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When Rivers Meet – Autumn Tour Dates announced

When Rivers Meet – Autumn Tour Dates announced

British husband and wife blues rock duo When Rivers Meet are pleased to announce they will be special guests on King King’s October 2021 UK Tour. In November 2020, the band released their debut album “We Fly Free” which attracted strong media support and popular...

Ellis Mano Band second album due

Ellis Mano Band second album due

  Swiss-based four-piece blues rock band the Ellis Manos Band will release their second album “Ambedo” on 25th June 2021 via Jazzhaus Records. The band describe their trademark well-produced sound as “a sort of rock n’ soul, rooted deep down in the blues.” In...

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

If all the world’s a stage and the men and women are merely players, then there are plenty of players for the stage at the  unique 'As you like it' Festival being held in Stratford-upon-Avon from 26th to 30th July this year. Following the postponement of Costa del...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2021 Cancelled

Cambridge Folk Festival 2021 Cancelled

Sadly the organisers of Cambridge Folk Festival have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 event. The full announcement is below, but the key points seem to be "We still don’t know whether artists will be able to travel internationally and what steps organisers would...

Shrewsbury Folk Festival & SOH Making the Waking Film Stream

Shrewsbury Folk Festival & SOH Making the Waking Film Stream

Show of Hands have a special double header live stream on Sunday March 21st.  A 'fly on the wall' film about the making of the 'Wake the Union', their 14th studio album, plus Show of Hands and the Urban Soul Orchestra in concert at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. "Released...

Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier Announce New Songwriting Classes

Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier Announce New Songwriting Classes

Following the huge success of a series of songwriting workshops from acclaimed musicians Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier, the pair have announced a new series of engaging classes that will be open to all. Having launched earlier this year, the Bird on a Wire...

More Fun from Breaking Tradition with Second Lockdown Video

More Fun from Breaking Tradition with Second Lockdown Video

Breaking Tradition is the UK’s leading Folk & Hip Hop theatre company, developing innovative dance theatre using English Folk Dance remixed with Hip Hop styles such as breaking, locking and popping. Founded by Artistic Director, Damien Barber, in 2005, the company...

Online gigs from Phil Beer, Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes

Online gigs from Phil Beer, Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes

In the absence of live gigs Phil Beer, Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes have been streaming solo online gigs, giving guitar and fiddle insights along with live chats to keep us entertained and engaged during what seems to have been a never ending lockdown.  With the...

Justin Sullivan announces new solo album ‘Surrounded’

Justin Sullivan announces new solo album ‘Surrounded’

Justin Sullivan of New Model Army releases his second solo album in May. Sixteen new songs, written in the first weeks of the 2020 lockdown, check out the video to the single Amundsen below. https://youtu.be/n_YZd6N978c Justin says, “Under the circumstances, it wasn’t...

Young Four Piece Band Release Lockdown Single ‘Fly High’

Young Four Piece Band Release Lockdown Single ‘Fly High’

Wondering what the next generation of music makers have been up to during lockdown? Well it may surprise you to learn that not all our offspring are perpetually staring at their phones or sitting in front of a video game consol....well not all the time anyway?! This...

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...

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...