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Gate To Southwell Fest dates for 2021 and new venue

Gate To Southwell Fest dates for 2021 and new venue

The 14th Gate To Southwell Festival is now set to take place in September 2021 at a beautiful new location in the nearby village of Kirklington (just outside Southwell). Having had to cancel the 2020 festival because of the Covid pandemic, the GTSF organisers are...

40 Top Folk Musicians “TOGETHER AGAIN” for Folk On Foot 3

40 Top Folk Musicians “TOGETHER AGAIN” for Folk On Foot 3

The award-winning Folk on Foot podcast is re-uniting some of the top names in UK folk for a third online festival on Bank Holiday Monday August 31st. The podcast’s first two festivals raised over £190,000 for musicians who lost their livelihoods during the Covid...

FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast, the UK’s most easterly folk festival, is to welcome audiences to Suffolk for a live event this month after all. In April, in common with most other 2020 folk festivals, husband and wife directors John and Becky Marshall-Potter reluctantly decided to postpone...

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Given all the drastic cancellations, restrictions and general disquiet that’s gone on because of CoVid 19 it’s been on line activities and events which have at least raised a ray of hope for live music when all is restored to a modicum of normality. Of course this...

Stars Line up for Second Folk on Foot Front Room Festival

Stars Line up for Second Folk on Foot Front Room Festival

The award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has announced the line-up for a second Front Room Festival to take place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. It follows the success of the first festival on Easter Monday which raised nearly £110,000 through a crowdfunding...

Ciaran Algar’s CCC Festival after 50 day Lock-down Collaborations

Ciaran Algar’s CCC Festival after 50 day Lock-down Collaborations

Over the lockdown period, Ciaran Algar has been creating a daily musical collaboration with many of the Folk scene's top musicians to provide a bit of joy in very strange times. After many comments from people who had discovered a new favourite artist from the...

Folkeast adds more artists to line up

Folkeast adds more artists to line up

FolkEast is pretty unique in the festival scene, not least from the incredible vision and faith of the organisers John and Becky Marshall-Potter. They have nurtured this festival over several years, sunk their own money into it and seen it stand on its own two feet as...

Folk By The Oak 2020 Line Up

Folk By The Oak 2020 Line Up

New names have been added to the already great line up for possibly the best one day festival in the UK (actually I'll say it is the best). It's just been announced that they have added Sam Sweeney to the Main Stage line up, accompanied with Jack Rutter,Louis Campbell...

First names on the Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 line up revealed

First names on the Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 line up revealed

The first announcement of artists appearing at the Cambridge Folk festival 2020 have been announced; Cat Stevens, Suzanne Vega, Martha Wainwright, Show of Hands and Seasick Steve are amongst the list. here is the press release: Cambridge Folk Festival is thrilled to...

Brighton and Hove Folk Festival Announced

Brighton and Hove Folk Festival Announced

Isn't it about time Brighton had a folk festival of its own? In 2020 it will! The Brighton and Hove Folk Festival is a timely new addition to the folk festival circuit, run by established local promoters Folkroom, with renowned illustrator and political cartoonist...

Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2020 – Growing Great Places

Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2020 – Growing Great Places

Plans for the 2020 Folk Festival on 3rd, 4th & 5th July are well under way and this year we are aiming to be bigger and better than ever. We are aiming to provide a weekend of free family orientated entertainment for local people of all ages, with an opportunity...

New Site For Towersey Festival 2020 Revealed

New Site For Towersey Festival 2020 Revealed

56 years old Towersey Festival is the longest running folk festival in the country and for a good proportion of five and a half decades was held in the village which bears the name. However when that was no longer an option the entire operation stayed close to home at...

FolkEast 2019 Review: Something On Offer For Everyone

FolkEast 2019 Review: Something On Offer For Everyone

Back in 2017, reviewing FolkEast for Spiral Earth, I said the festival was "muscling its way through the crowds to become one of the most enjoyable folk music festivals of the summer". The Guardian has also said that "FolkEast feels more like a very English village...

Cropredy 2019 Review: Oooh… isn’t it windy?!

Cropredy 2019 Review: Oooh… isn’t it windy?!

As gazebos flew away, tent poles twisted into impossible shapes, intriguing mysteries abounded, who was that bloke in the purple wizard hat? Simon Jones ventures to once more to the mystical fields of Cropredy. Cropredy is forty years old, over that time it’s taken...

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival  – more than just great music!

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – more than just great music!

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, 15-18 August, with its idyllic location on a working farm, and spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills, has a stonking line-up this year, featuring multi-talented superstars, Afro Celt Sound System; critically acclaimed multi-award...

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Interview with folk legend Judy Collins, who has – in the words of her biggest hit – looked at life from both sides now… and has somehow come through the triumphs and the tragedy. The American star, who headlines the opening night of the Wickham Festival on Thursday...

Cambridge Folk Fest battles single use plastics

Cambridge Folk Fest battles single use plastics

With governments dragging their feet when it comes to virtually anything that will help to tackle the climate crisis, it comes down to the public, businesses and event organisers to take the lead. Glastonbury festival reduced their 'plastic footprint' hugely this year...