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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band Rescheduled Dates

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band Rescheduled Dates

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots,...

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Autumn Tour Dates

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Autumn Tour Dates

Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Since emerging in 2016, the duo have...

Paddy Maloney/Robin Morton

Paddy Maloney/Robin Morton

The death of two giants of traditional music means that the folk world loses a pair of tireless individuals who gave their time to restore and take the music they loved out from the clubs to a wider audience. Spiral Earth notes their passing.    Paddy Maloney was the...

Seth Lakeman Announces New Studio Album ‘Make Your Mark’

Seth Lakeman Announces New Studio Album ‘Make Your Mark’

Emerging from lockdown, Seth Lakeman explodes back on the music scene with stunning new studio album ‘Make Your Mark’ set for CD and digital release on November 19th, followed by a double vinyl format on December 17th. Written during his enforced 18 months off the...

Jacob & Drinkwater join with Emily Barker for new Single

Jacob & Drinkwater join with Emily Barker for new Single

Songwriting duo Jacob & Drinkwater have shared ‘To Call You Friend’ the second single from their new album ‘More Notes From The Field’, released on the 29th October through Polyphonic Life Records.Made up of singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob, known for his work...

Usher’s Island Announce UK Dates

Usher’s Island Announce UK Dates

Usher’s Island brings together two generations of the finest and most influential Irish traditional musicians, stretching back to the acclaimed 1970’s era of Planxty, through Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, and the Bothy Band, through fiddler Paddy Glackin. They follow...

Steeleye Span’s Rescheduled 2020 Tour

Steeleye Span’s Rescheduled 2020 Tour

1970 would prove to be a vintage year for music and the start of an era that would change the world. For Steeleye Span – formed the year before - it would mark a major milestone. The band released their debut album Hark The Village Wait, a record that would not only...

Celtic Connections Returns For 2022

Celtic Connections Returns For 2022

Celtic Connections, the UK’s premiere celebration of roots music, will return in full force for 2022 with an exciting and eclectic programme of events taking place in Glasgow from Thursday 20 January to Sunday 6 February 2022. Breathing life and soul into much-loved...

Official Folk Albums Chart SEPTEMBER 2021

Official Folk Albums Chart SEPTEMBER 2021

Today, the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released in the September reporting period.  The chart is first announced to the public at 7pm BST on Tuesday 5 October as part of...

The Edgelarks 6th Studio Album Autumn Tour Dates

The Edgelarks 6th Studio Album Autumn Tour Dates

Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) found themselves halfway through their spring tour when COVID-19 shutdown the world. They hurried home to Devon, feeling despondent, and unsure how they would make ends meet while unable to gig. However, as the days passed...

Scottish Songstress Kate Reid Releases 60s Cover Single Yes It Is

Scottish Songstress Kate Reid Releases 60s Cover Single Yes It Is

Yes It Is, is the enchanting new single from Scottish singer-songwriter Kate Reid. The track is a cover of the 1965 song by The Beatles and will be released on Friday 1st October. The emotive track, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, describes lingering...

Hildring – new album from Lindy-Fay Hella & Dei Farne

Norwegian collective Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna) & Dei Farne announce the new album Hildring (meaning mirage) arriving on 26th November via By Norse. Hildring is Lindy-Fay’s second album, following the release of Seafarer in 2019 which was released in her own name....

Summer of Glamping Festivals Comes to a Spectacular Close in Cannich

Summer of Glamping Festivals Comes to a Spectacular Close in Cannich

A fun-filled summer of glamping festivals in Cannich came to a close in spectacular style this weekend as headliners Mànran and Scooty and the Skyhooks brought the curtain down on the series of ground-breaking events. Capers in Cannich made history earlier this year...

Cara Dillon’s New Live Album & 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl

Cara Dillon’s New Live Album & 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl

Cara Dillon, one of Ireland’s leading folk artists, has just released her latest Album Live at Cooper Hall.  The album is a collection of 16 songs with accompaniment by Sam Lakeman on Steinway grand piano and guitar. The album was recorded without distraction —not...

*Video Exclusive* of Merlin’s Oak by The Meadows

*Video Exclusive* of Merlin’s Oak by The Meadows

The Meadows are a young and vibrant multi-instrumentalist Celtic-Crossover Folk band, all drawn from one family.  The siblings’ second album ‘Dreamless Days’ is due for release on 24 September 2021,  and we are thrilled to premier the Video for Merlin's Oak, the 3rd...

The Remarkable Jazz Journey of Katriona Taylor : BLIND PASSION

The Remarkable Jazz Journey of Katriona Taylor : BLIND PASSION

BLIND PASSION is the journey of an artist who loves to sing and share her positive passion for music. 'Sunny Days', 'Fly Me To The Stars' and 'Things Have Changed' on BLIND PASSION exude a whole lot of jazz soul. But Katriona does not stop here. BLIND PASSION also...

Plain Dealer.

Plain Dealer.

British guitar hero Michael Chapman very sadly passed away on September 10th.  His influence and impact on the wider and specialist music scene was immense and mostly unheralded. His music and his appeal crossed generations. To say he will be missed is nowhere near...

Long Awaited Album Launch for Pete Josef

Long Awaited Album Launch for Pete Josef

The long awaited album launch for Pete Josef's 2020 LP, 'I Rise With The Birds' is finally going to happen on Wednesday 22nd September at The Jam Jar in Bristol This homecoming gig will be the first performance by the full Pete Josef band for 3 years.  Featuring a...