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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...

Farewell, Farewell.

Farewell, Farewell.

Gone though anything but forgotten, Tony Hooper (above) alumni of The Strawbs and Roger Burridge briefly fiddler with Fairport. At 81, Tony Hooper had once been at the eye of the commercial reality of British pop, however he was terribly uncomfortable in such a world...

One Man Band, New Tilston Product Ahoy!

One Man Band, New Tilston Product Ahoy!

If you rifle through Steve Tilston’s back catalogue there are albums with titles which, should you be only a casual acquaintance of his work, might well give totally the wrong impression. ‘Acoustic Confusion,’ being one ‘Life By Misadventure,’ yet another. He’s just...

New single from Wardruna – Andvevarljod

New single from Wardruna – Andvevarljod

Wardruna release their fifth studio album KVITRAVN in January. Postponed for a year due to you-know-what, the album continues and expands upon the themes and soundscapes the band have created in their previous work. In a recent interview with Einar Selvik we talked...

Musician of the Year Releases Single in aid of Baby Loss Charity

Musician of the Year Releases Single in aid of Baby Loss Charity

Jaw-dropping Anglo-Irish multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey, newly crowned Musician of the Year at the 2020 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, has released the first single from his forthcoming new album I Got Rhythm due out in January 2021. A sublime and shimmering...

Seth Lakeman Freedom Fields 15th Anniversary Online Concert

Seth Lakeman Freedom Fields 15th Anniversary Online Concert

West country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for 'Kitty Jay'.  It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom...

Granny’s Attic Premiere New Concert Film “Live At Edge Studios”

Granny’s Attic Premiere New Concert Film “Live At Edge Studios”

On Friday 18th December, lively English trad folk trio Granny’s Attic will be streaming a professionally-recorded concert premiering on Facebook and YouTube at 7.30pm GMT. The gig, filmed at Edge Studios in Cheshire, will feature live favourites from the past few...

Strawbs Lay Down New Recording.

Strawbs Lay Down New Recording.

  Cherry Red Records will issue a new album from folksy rockers Strawbs on February 26th next year. Ex Strawb and Bee Gee - Blue Weaver - has produced the album titled ‘Settlement,’ fitting together the elements from all five musicians at his studio during the...

Gryphon At Seven. Crumhorns ahoy!

Gryphon At Seven. Crumhorns ahoy!

  Gryphon, medieval prog rockers par excellence, have quietly issued a new album oddly titled ‘Get Out Of My Father’s Car,’ their seventh. It's the follow up to ‘ReInvention,’ which marked their studio return after some forty years. The band has lately undergone...

Virtual First Footing with Skerryvore this New Year’s Day!

Virtual First Footing with Skerryvore this New Year’s Day!

Multi award-winning band Skerryvore have announced that they are going first footing around the world this 1st January as they take to people’s living rooms internationally this New Year’s Day!  It’s first footing with a twist, as the eight-piece won’t be knocking at...