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The site was established in 1999 and has become one of the UK’s much loved on-line folk music resources.

The folking team is a small, dedicated group of people with a passion for music and a commitment to furthering the interests of the folk, acoustic and Americana music movement; with a growing team of writers & interviewers, reviewing the latest releases from the world of folk, each with their own inimitable style…

We all give our spare time to bring you this web resource and are always looking for new people to get involved who share a similar passion in our musical tastes. If that sounds like you, then email us here for more information about joining the folking team.

Our aim is to educate, inform and simply entertain you with all the latest album and tour press releases from the folk, acoustic and Americana music scene.

We also feature new and archived artist interviews, album, gig and festival reviews as well as photos, videos, mp3 interviews and sounds.

LATEST NEWS…

SINGLES BAR 15 – Merry Christmas Everybody

A round-up of festive EPs and singles It’s been a busy few months for THE CHANGING ROOM, aka Cornish duo Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain. Having released both their Names On A Wall EP for Armistice Day and the Picking Up The Pieces album, featuring mandolin and accordion, they now ...
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DAVID YOUNGS – In Between Silence (own label ASANACD003)

In Between Silence is the second album from Cambridge-based acoustic guitarist and composer David Youngs. Its eleven tracks are all original compositions opening with the nine-minute ‘Where Memories Go’ which begins with ringing, almost clashing chords and develops through the most delicate fingerpicking following a complex logic of its own ...
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James McArthur announces new album

Burnt Moth is the second album from Welsh-born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur. Having acquired years of experience as Paul Weller’s stickman, he moved frontstage to create his debut album “Strange Readings From The Weather Station” which was met with much well-deserved attention from the likes of Uncut, Prog and Record ...
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ANNA & ELIZABETH – Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt DIRT-CD-0072)

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle sing the songs of the southern mountains in the old-time style with banjos, guitar, fiddle and distinctive harmonies. Elizabeth hails from Virginia and released her first solo album aged just sixteen. Anna is from Vermont and is a classically trained violinist but was seduced by ...
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Fraser Anderson releases EP

A Scottish guitarist, songwriter and singer blessed with a delicate yet warm and comforting voice, the soulful troubadour Fraser Anderson has released four progressively improving albums that have enjoyed success at BBC radio and seen his sensitive yet sensual voice and guitar playing style compared to the likes of Joni ...
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Kenilworth’s Song Club is a hit

Keith Ayling’s event was a full house with all wanting more. Launched on Sunday 20th November, Kenilworth artist and musician Keith Ayling’s Song Vlub featured two artists and himself performing for free and talking about the inspiration and perspiration behind songwriting. The event drew a full house at Costa Coffee, ...
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RIBBON ROAD – Our Streets Are Numbered! (Shipyard RRD009)

As Leverhulme Artists in Residence in the Geography Department of Durham University Brenda and Geoff Heslop were involved in Disposal – in the Numbered Streets, a project looking at social housing issues in the ex-colliery houses of Hordern, Co. Durham. The houses on these fourteen ‘numbered streets’, so called as ...
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THE REVELLERS – Skeletons (The Revellers REV12345678)

A normal drive to work, a quiet day and you slip a CD into the player, which then explodes with raw energy. That is the impact upon first hearing the Revellers second album Skeletons. The Revellers are a seven piece band from the Shetlands who mix folk lyrics, banjos and ...
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First tickets for Cambridge Folk Festival on sale now

Tickets for next year’s Cambridge Folk Festival will go on general sale on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 10am. Priority booking opened at 10am on Thursday 24 November. Full details and ticket prices follow below. Early booking is advisable. In an exciting Festival first, folk star Jon Boden will take ...
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THE WESTERN FLYERS – Wild Blue Yonder (Versa-Tone Records)

Sometimes we review really serious albums and sometimes they are just for fun. I wonder if you can guess which sort Wild Blue Yonder is. The Western Flyers are a trio comprising Joey McKenzie on arch-top guitar, fiddler Katie Glassman and Gavin Kelso on double bass. All three sing but ...
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RASTKO – Love, Hate And Twists Of Fate (Vacilando ’68)

The mood in Medway was forlorn in 2013 when local favourites the Singing Loins disbanded. Other projects were pursued and yearnings sated but that nagging unfinished business feeling remained to the point that most of the Loins are now back together as Rastko with their first album, Love, Hate And ...
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CHARLIE HARRIGAN – Wasted And Wounded (Medicine Hat Records MHR000721)

After a long career littered with names like Alex Campbell, Alexis Korner, Lonnie Donegan and Derroll Adams, Charlie Harrigan took a break and went sailing for almost twenty years. A brush with mortality a couple of years ago brought him back to music to record Wasted And Wounded, his first ...
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Michael McDermott announces rare UK tour

On his tenth solo album, Chicago based singer-songwriter Michael McDermott (The Westies) has delivered one of the most honest, daring and defiant recordings of his extraordinary 25 year career. “This is an album of reckoning I suppose,” McDermott reflects. “There was a real cacophony of change going on in my ...
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Pitmen Poets announce January/February tour

After two sell out UK tours in 2011 and 2013, The Pitmen Poets’ planned world tour was put on hold when Bob Fox was offered a starring role as The Songman in the West End production of Warhorse. Now that Bob has stopped horsing around for a while, it is ...
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MARTIN GREEN – Flit live

Cambridge Junction, 22 October 2016 Following its premiere at Edinburgh Festival in August 2016, Martin Green's latest musical concept Flit, heads out on tour, starting in Cambridge. There's a bit of a delay getting into the venue, which the staff member working the queue tells us is due to some ...
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UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY – Unplugged + Greatest Hits (UMC)

The Unplugged album (along with the Greatest Hits compilation), by the band calling itself UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, means that UB40's current status deserves and requires a little clarification. In 2008, frontman Ali Campbell left the band, followed soon after by keyboard player Mickey Virtue, and in 2013 ...
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Robb Johnson live at Lodsworth

19th November 2016 The last time I heard Robb Johnson live was the London Gentle Men show, an acoustic, thoughtful story of the Great War and its consequences inspired by the experiences of his grandfathers. This was very different – Robb the rocker, the man who could front a Clash ...
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Emily Portman and The Coracle Band – tour dates

Emily Portman rounds off a frenetic yet fulfilling year with a final tour to introduce audiences to her new big band, The Coracle Band. Nominated for folk singer of the year at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Emily Portman takes to the road in December 2016, flanked by ...
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SINGLES BAR 14

A round-up of recent EPs and singles HICKORY SIGNALS are Brighton duo Laura Ward on vocals, flute and shruti box and Adam Ronchetti in guitars and percussion, their self-released second EP, Noise Of The Waters also featuring contributions on strings, banjo and lap. Produced by Stick In The Wheel’s Ian ...
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Daria Kulesh – Tales of Ingushetia

Dai Jeffries talks to Daria Kulesh about her recent trip to Ingushetia, her grandmother's ancestral homeland, the stories that form the basis of her new solo album, Long Lost Home, and the significance of February 23rd. The photograph shows Daria in traditional Ingush costume. The interview is presented in three ...
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ANNE JANELLE – I Didn’t Want To Break It (own label AJCD003)

Having trained as a classical cellist, earning Masters in cello performance from the University of Ottawa, Janelle began dipping her toes in the popular music world playing live with the likes of Kanye West and Bruce Cockburn before getting into folk with her 2009 collaboration with fellow Canadian – and ...
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LUKE JACKSON – Tall Tales And Rumours (First Take Records FTCD002)

I never fail to be impressed by Luke Jackson. He is still only in his early twenties, has a voice that many more experienced singers would kill for and writes songs of such wisdom and perception. Tall Tales And Rumours is his fourth studio album and he’s only just started ...
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Doghouse Roses announce new album

Glasgow’s Doghouse Roses once more present their unique take on contemporary folk and reaffirm that they are “Something a little bit special” (The List) with the release of their long-awaited third studio album Lost Is Not Losing. In 2014, an invitation to open for Television brought the pairing back to ...
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WINTER MOUNTAIN – I Swear I Flew (Astral Fox WMISIF001CD)

Originally twin peaks, the departure of Martin Smyth has seen a change in the topography, meaning I Swear I Flew, the follow up to the eponymous debut is now a solo project for Cornwall's Joe Francis. Not that he’s entirely alone, with a clutch of musicians providing drums, pedal steel, ...
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BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY – live at G Live, Guildford

Shine A Light, the album of railroad songs recorded by Billy Bragg & Joe Henry on their epic train journey from Chicago to Los Angeles has a rough-hewn feel recorded, as it was, in train stations and hotels en route with the sounds of the passers-by left in place. That ...
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WILL VARLEY – Kingsdown Sundown (Extra Mile Recordings XMR124CD)

If the time was ever ripe for a few protest songs it is now and Will Varley duly obliges on Kingsdown Sundown, his fourth full-length album. It isn’t all protest, however, and it certainly isn’t packed with political rantings. The songs are deep and thoughtful but when Will decides to ...
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EMILY SMITH – Songs For Christmas (White Fall Records WFRCD015)

The clocks have gone back, the days are shortening, so it must be time to settle down and look towards the festive season. And what better to line up on the CD player than Scottish singer/songwriter Emily Smith's unambiguously titled Songs For Christmas album? It's a smart, quietly eclectic mix ...
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Steeleye Span and some real Dodgy Bastards

In an age when it is not uncommon for an artist to take five years to follow up a successful album, the creativity that Steeleye Span displayed in their early years is still astonishing. In the decade between their debut and 1980's Sails Of Silver, they released twelve records alongside ...
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RED MOON ROAD – Sorrows And Glories (Folkwit f0135)

Sorrows And Glories falls somewhere outside Folkwit’s usual sphere of influence but not by as much as I thought on first hearing. Red Moon Road are a Canadian trio from Winnipeg and, despite some fairly mainstream songs (but not too many), their third album has the quirkiness that often distinguishes ...
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When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday

Singer-songwriter Jo Mango has teamed up with an array of songwriters, academic researchers and sustainability organisations to create the When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday project. The project’s aim is to bring together academic, musical, artistic and practical knowledge to imagine a future in a more sustainable world. They will be releasing ...
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