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Edward II new video from forthcoming album ‘Dancing Tunes’

Edward II new video from forthcoming album ‘Dancing Tunes’

Edward II have a brand new album, ‘Dancing Tunes’ due for release on 12 March 2021 - they have released the video below to the track Hold 'Em Joe. ‘Dancing Tunes’ is a selection of traditional songs from Jamaica and the Caribbean as collected by Walter Jekyll and...

Blowing  His Own Whistle

Blowing His Own Whistle

Brian Finnegan has fronted Flook for nigh on a quarter of a century yet steadfastly refuses to be defined by any genre or stereo typing. He may play flute and whistle, splendidly with a  deft lightness and atmosphere in every tune, but you'd be doing him a dis-service...

Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE Raises Over £81,000

Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE Raises Over £81,000

The latest online festival from the award-winning Folk on Foot podcast has raised £81,519.84 from its crowdfunding appeal and sales of merchandise. Half will go to the charity Help Musicians and the other half will be divided between the 28 artists who took part. The...

What do the four steps to lockdown lifting mean for gigs and festivals?

What do the four steps to lockdown lifting mean for gigs and festivals?

On the 22nd February the government announced its roadmap to lifting lockdown, with a potential complete lifting of restrictions for theatres, venues and large outside events by late June - so we seem to be on course to be enjoying gigs and festivals across the summer...

Spanning Lockdown

Spanning Lockdown

So there you are wondering if some of those promised early 2021 gigs will take place.  Matters may be on a knife edge and we may have to wait until later in the summer or autumn, meanwhile you don’t want to wish the year away but at the same time need a fix of your...

Night Of A Thousand Candles

Night Of A Thousand Candles

It is with sadness Spiral Earth notes the passing of Stefan Cush, vocalist and guitar player with folk punk pioneers The Men They Couldn't Hang. He died from a heart attack on Feb 5th at the far too young age of 60. A message  on the band's Facebook page spoke of his...

Comfort & Courage: live stream season of music, poetry & talk

Comfort & Courage: live stream season of music, poetry & talk

Comfort and Courage is a season of music, poetry and discussion performed live from St Mary Magdalene’s church in Paddington, from 3 March - 8 April – all live streamed for online audiences. Some of the highlights we've noticed include Tongue Fu (10 March), Created...

The Lockdown Lives of the Lock In Artists

The Lockdown Lives of the Lock In Artists

Wondering what the artists from the high energy dance spectacular The Lock In have been getting up to since they haven't been able to bring their traditional / hip hop dance spectacular to us during Lockdown? Fear not dear readers, the winners of the Best Live Act at...

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

In these dark and challenging times, we all need love. And the award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has signed up over twenty of the UK and Ireland’s leading folk artists to provide it on Valentine’s Day (Sunday February 14th 2021). For the Folk on Foot Festival of...

A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day

A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day

With the passing of Craig Pickering music and roots music in particular has lost a tireless champion. Craig, who inherited the booking and management of North Staffordshire’s wonderful Up In Arms organisation from its founder Eric Cox a decade or so back, was...

Firebrand Music Presents Edgelarks ‘Live from the Living Room’

Firebrand Music Presents Edgelarks ‘Live from the Living Room’

Edgelarks are the musical duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.  They combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is "Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original” (The Guardian). The BBC Folk...

Miranda Sykes Returning to Roots with ‘Online’ Tour Dates

Miranda Sykes Returning to Roots with ‘Online’ Tour Dates

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started...

Blackbeard’s Tea Party TikTok Dance Challenge

Blackbeard’s Tea Party TikTok Dance Challenge

Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s bold and riotous modern, folk rock style, was built for late nights and big stages.  They give traditional songs and tunes a heavy rock edge with earth shattering riffs, playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is gutsy folk rock...

Did you miss us?

Did you miss us?

Having previously announced their return to action through a well-received set on the web at the Folk On Foot festival, Spiers & Boden have now confirmed that 2021 will indeed see new material and fingers crossed a fresh album in the rack towards the end of the...

Goddess Of The Airways Sue Marchant Is Treading New Paths

Goddess Of The Airways Sue Marchant Is Treading New Paths

Most people will know Sue Marchant from her time spent at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and the whole of the Eastern Region.  In the good old days, she had a three hour evening show on weekdays and a fantastic evening show on Sundays.  Everyone wanted to come on Sue’s...