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The National Piping Centre Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

The National Piping Centre Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

The National Piping Centre has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to protect the legacy of its Piping Times and Piping Today periodicals. The two-strand project involves the digitisation of the magazine archive, a resource that will be free to access...

Lights – Music – Action! – FolkEast returns this Summer !

Lights – Music – Action! – FolkEast returns this Summer !

With the biggest easing of COVID restrictions about to go ahead, and the roadmap out of lockdown on target, England’s most easterly folk festival, FolkEast, has confirmed it is on course to return this August – with weekend tickets now on sale. Last summer FolkEast...

Show of Hands ‘Live in June’ 2021

Show of Hands ‘Live in June’ 2021

After over a year of inactivity Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are taking to the road again this June in the duo format that launched their careers over 25 years ago.  Folk awards, sell-out Albert Hall shows, honorary doctorates and headline festival appearances all...

Gigspanner Big Band LIVE Dates 2021

Gigspanner Big Band LIVE Dates 2021

Can it be true ?? Dare we even believe it ??  I type this with everything crossed after frantically running around the house,  madly implementing the ancient pagan ritual  used by the Celts, who believed that spirits and gods resided in trees. ( I'll give you a moment...

Sheelanagig Release Video to Celebrate Initiation of New Guitar Player

Sheelanagig Release Video to Celebrate Initiation of New Guitar Player

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a...

Belshazzar’s Feast ‘Summer of Love’ Tour 2021

Belshazzar’s Feast ‘Summer of Love’ Tour 2021

FEASTIE BOYS ARE BACK ON THE MAP! ....with new music and real concerts at venues and festivals from 17th May, when the roadmap will allow it. Some are indoor and some outside. At some venues they’re doing two concerts so that the audience can be well spaced out – yes...

Miranda Sykes and Hannah Martin Debut Tour 2021

Miranda Sykes and Hannah Martin Debut Tour 2021

In this exciting new collaboration from two of British folk's finest voices, Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) join forces to present a set of songs that take them back to their shared roots. Having played together on...

Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Owing to the lack of a Government backed COVID specific insurance scheme to provide a vital safety net to events this summer, the organisers of Boomtown Fair have come to the difficult decision to no longer go ahead in 2021. Rumours and speculation about vaccination...

Suffolk Duo Honey and The Bear Cast off on Journey Through The Roke

Suffolk Duo Honey and The Bear Cast off on Journey Through The Roke

Roke: An old East Anglian word describing the smoke-like mist that rises in the evening off marshes and water meadows. East Anglian-based duo Lucy and Jon Hart have always had a strong sense of place. Performing as Honey and The Bear, the multi-instrumental...

‘Tunnelers’ new 5 track EP from Nancy Kerr

‘Tunnelers’ new 5 track EP from Nancy Kerr

It is the 50th anniversary of the British Tunnelling Society this year. No, I didn't know that either. But now I do I want to know more.  The society has commissioned Nancy Kerr to create a 'a mythical-industrial song cycle ', which, as you would expect from the...

Paul Hutchinson Records Album of Compositions During Lockdown

Paul Hutchinson Records Album of Compositions During Lockdown

A member of the much-loved duo Belshazzar’s Feast, Paul Hutchinson has 20 years of touring in the UK,  He is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country because of his unique, refreshing, and at times ‘classical’ approach to playing.  For Paul, the March...

Suthering Announce their Arrival by Releasing new Single Gather

Suthering Announce their Arrival by Releasing new Single Gather

If the interweaved vocals, pure harmonies, and plaintive piano of new single ‘Gather' from Devon-based folk-duo Suthering ring some familiar bells, it is because those voices belong to acclaimed composers, choir leaders, and songwriters Julu Irvine and Heg...

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson to Release Debut Duo Album

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson to Release Debut Duo Album

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich.  Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving and deeply inspired by the world...

Jumbo Treat From Elephant Sessions.

Jumbo Treat From Elephant Sessions.

Highland folk juggernauts Elephant Sessions are presenting a very special lockdown streaming show on Saturday 10 April at 8.00pm. Bringing their now infamous late-night party show, from a custom built stage, join them and go behind the scenes as they play their...