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Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

The full suite of programmed activity for Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival has been unveiled, with a number of exciting in-person shows confirmed to go ahead as part of the nine-day event.  The world’s biggest piping festival will take a hybrid approach for 2021,...

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival is delighted to reveal actor, author and comedian, Dawn French, will be taking part in the family-friendly music and arts festival at Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley (30 July – 1st August). Filling the popular afternoon slot previously held by...

Brand New Solo Acoustic Album from Altfolk Chris Cleverley

Brand New Solo Acoustic Album from Altfolk Chris Cleverley

Live from The Glass Isle is the brand new solo acoustic album from Altfolk songwriter/guitarist Chris Cleverley. This series of stripped back recordings features adapted versions of songs from his previous two studio albums, arranged exclusively for solo guitar and...

Kitty Macfarlane Autumn ‘21 Tour

Kitty Macfarlane Autumn ‘21 Tour

“Folk-Ambassador for the Wild” Tours UK with New Band Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for the Horizon award, and voted FATEA Female Artist of the Year.  Her lyrics touch on intervention and...

Peter Knight Keeping Safe in Quarantine for Summer Tour Dates

Peter Knight Keeping Safe in Quarantine for Summer Tour Dates

The Master that is Peter Knight has been dutifully quarantining after arriving in this country from his home in France.      Rehearsing alone before proper rehearsals start next Monday for gigs and festivals with the Gigspanner Trio / Big Band and his duo partner John...

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Six time BBC Folk Award winner Chris Wood has been announced as the headliner for Brighton and Hove’s first folk festival. Established local promoters Folkroom have announced their full line-up for the festival, which takes place at The Brunswick in Hove on September...

Monster Ceilidh Band Live Album Release and Tour Dates

Monster Ceilidh Band Live Album Release and Tour Dates

The Monster Ceilidh Band, are a five-piece 'Electro Folk' outfit from Newcastle.  They are no strangers to experimentation, and continue to demonstrate a great talent for producing innovative yet accessible music. They push the boundaries of contemporary folk in all...

Sam Lee Announces UK Tour Dates 2021 and Reissue of Old Wow

Sam Lee Announces UK Tour Dates 2021 and Reissue of Old Wow

Since childhood singalongs around campfires, folk song and mother nature have been indivisible passions for Sam Lee and on the acclaimed singer’s third album, ’Old Wow’, these two obsessions were fused in dazzling style. ‘Old Wow’ was released by Cooking Vinyl in...

The Demon Barbers – New Line Up for 2022

The Demon Barbers – New Line Up for 2022

The award winning Demon Barbers, celebrated an impressive two decades of galvanising the folk scene during ‘Lockdown’ 2020. Their rousing rhythms, soaring crescendos and no holds barred approach to their stunning, critically acclaimed, live shows have made them firm...

Show of Hands Launch Post-Lockdown Anthem on 19th July

Show of Hands Launch Post-Lockdown Anthem on 19th July

 The hotly anticipated single sees the folk supergroup and friends reunite to celebrate our return to normality with an unforgettable up-tempo track.  2021, a year that will now be remembered as ‘The Best One Yet’ thanks to the unforgettable new single from Show of...

John Blek Last Album in Four Part Catharsis Project

John Blek Last Album in Four Part Catharsis Project

On Ether & Air is the final part John Blek’s Catharsis Project, a four album exploration into themes of the sea, the earth, the embers and the air. This new record is an examination of the simultaneous lightness and weight of the atmospheres surrounding us and the...

Afterlight – the artist we once knew as Thea Gilmore

Afterlight – the artist we once knew as Thea Gilmore

Afterlight is doing it just like Chekhov said. She was always the loaded gun that appears in the first act. Now, as the third act unfolds, it’s time to put on your bulletproof vest… After the stop comes the start. After the dark; the light. This is not a drill....

Spiers & Boden new Album and UK Tour

Spiers & Boden new Album and UK Tour

By the time John Spiers & Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience that few could rival. Described by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the...

Robert Jon & The Wreck Launch New Single

Robert Jon & The Wreck Launch New Single

The single is the title track taken from the Californian southern rock band's forthcoming album, "Shine A Light On Me Brother," written and recorded during the COVID pandemic. Self-produced by Robert Jon & The Wreck, the new album is the follow-up album to 2020's...

Vibrant Trad Trio Granny’s Attic to Release Fourth Studio Album

Vibrant Trad Trio Granny’s Attic to Release Fourth Studio Album

Vibrant trad trio Granny’s Attic are releasing their fourth studio album, The Brickfields, in October this year. While their previous two releases - 2019’s Wheels Of The World and 2016’s Off The Land - included both songs and tunes, this album consists entirely of...

Didn’t We Have A Lovely Festival The Time We Went To Shrewsbury!

Didn’t We Have A Lovely Festival The Time We Went To Shrewsbury!

From the valiant team at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, still on and determined to see the event go ahead, pandemic be hanged. (Cheers and applause from the Spiral Earth New Desk.)  This is what they've said ... "We have revealed our plans for a covid-safe festival...

CROP OFF!

CROP OFF!

Fairport Convention have announced that their annual music festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, has been postponed for the second time. The three-day event had been scheduled to take place on 12-14 August this year. It will now be staged over the weekend of 11,...