UK folk and Americana music website

UK folk and Americana music website
Turning folk on its head… Tuning heads into folk!

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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.


Robert Lane – new video: Alone Now

With masterful timing, Robert Lane releases a video of 'Alone Now' from his album Ends And Starts. How could we resist? Buy the album: ...
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ANDY SMYTHE – Waiting For A Rose To Bloom (Dreaming Element Records DER07)

Andy Smythe has been making music as a soloist since the mid-90s and more recently as the lead of a folk-rock trio. With Waiting For A Rose To Bloom he returns to basics. The album is all original, based on piano with some guitar. Andy’s songs cover of group from ...
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MY GIRL THE RIVER – This Ain’t No Fairytale (Super Tiny Records STR0006)

First, some bad news for fans of Cicero Buck. They are no more. Second, some good news, American singer-songwriter Kris Wilkinson and English bassist/writer husband Joe Hughes (co-writer of Annie Lennox’s ‘No More I Love Yous’) have reincarnated under this new name, enlisting, among others, the musical services of electric ...
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New album from Mark Harrison

Since going out into the world with his unique songs and style in 2010, Mark Harrison has rapidly established an ever-growing reputation. His highly individual, all-original music has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and ...
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A round-up of recent EPs and singles FRAN WYBURN AND THE INDIGOS are a Yorkshire-based trio whose second EP, Postcards, is out now. Here are five tracks of acoustic folk characterised by complex arrangements with lots of instrumental textures, rich harmonies from Rosie Evans and George Birkett, melodically strong songs and ...
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Sam Carter Trio at The Forest Arts Centre

Photograph by Dai Jeffries Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Sam Carter has reinvented himself and his sound for the ‘Trio Summer Tour’, which coincides with the release of his third album How The City Sings. Sam Carter appeared on the folk scene in 2009 with his debut album Keepsakes. His early career was mentored ...
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Turin Brakes release video ahead of Glastonbury gig

Turin Brakes released 'Jump Start' this morning through Acoustic Magazine. The track is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed recent album Lost Property which was released in January.. The band have also been picked for a large handful of upcoming UK festivals including  Cornbury Festival (July 9), Camp Bestival (July 29) and Belladrum ...
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BONFIRE RADICALS – The Albino Peacock (Burning Bones Records 2016/1)

Radical is an apt description for this Birmingham band who have welded together very different styles of music to make their debut album, The Albino Peacock. One the one side you have guitar, bass and drums and on the other, fiddle, recorders and clarinets. But folk-rock it isn’t even though ...
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Allan Yn Y Fan – new album and tour dates

Steam Pie Records is pleased to announce the release on 16th September 2016 of the new album by Allan Yn Y Fan entitled NEWiD – newid is the Welsh word for change, whilst in English the title could be represented as new identity – apt for an album reflecting the ...
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VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER – Paper Of Pins (WetFootMusic WFM160630)

Paper Of Pins, Vicki and Jonny’s latest album (something like their seventh), both follows and expands on its predecessors. They write songs and some serious music and mess about with traditional songs in a way that purists might frown upon. Their musical repertoire is ever-expanding but if you can play ...
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Padraig Lalor: new album, Light Up

With Light Up, Padraig Lalor has achieved a new level in his exploration of the modern Irish song. Based on his experiences and reflections of growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, the album is a positive affirmation of the power of peace over prejudice. On a richly layered collaboration with ...
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THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER – Make Believe (own label)

You know that rare moment when you hear something for the first time and it rocks you back on your heels. That. That’s what I got when I picked a song at random from The Brewer’s Daughter’s press pack. The Brewer’s Daughter is Rhiannon Crutchley, she lives on a narrow ...
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Jon Boden’s Painted Lady reissued

On September 30th 2016, Navigator Records will re-issue Jon Boden’s debut solo album, Painted Lady, (originally released on Soundpost Records in May 2006) – to mark its 10th anniversary.  The album will be available as a CD, 180gm vinyl and download and features previously unavailable bonus tracks. Those pre-ordering from ...
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Emily Mae Winters – video preview of debut EP

Born in England, raised in and around the rugged coasts of southern Ireland, Emily Mae Winters' haunting folk songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene. Her formative years were spent living in Clonakilty, Co. Cork where she immersed herself in a local music scene. Influenced by the ...
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Evering – new single and video

The inheritance of an old piano sparked new Scottish act Evering’s first collaboration. From this inception, the duo of Chris Yendell and Dawn Coulshed have created a sound which is also brimming with inheritance from their varied influences, including Scottish traditional Highlands music, Elbow, Jeff Buckley and Led Zeppelin, yet ...
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‘Big’ Jim Paterson to play Portsoy festival

A musician who was in a pop band that achieved chart successes in the 1980s has revealed that he is returning to his Banffshire roots – after taking his band back to his home town to play at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Dexys Midnight Runners had two number one hits, ...
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Show Of Hands release ‘The Gamekeeper’ in advance of centenary concert

Leading British actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton join the band in special centenary concert in Exeter Cathedral on July 1 Show of Hands, one of the leading acts in British folk, are to release a single and video to mark the centenary of the first day of WW1’s Battle of ...
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Goitse release new video

This is something that we released last Friday for the bank holiday weekend. It was a remix of a track from our new album done in collaboration with Super Ceili. It is a bit of fun and was picked up by the Independent Irish Newspaper and featured last week. It also ...
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John Paul White – new album coming soon

Single Lock Records will release John Paul White’s solo album Beulah on 19th August and you can here the first song from the new album, 'The Martyr', now. The highly anticipated release is White’s first solo work in nearly a decade. It was produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, ...
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Maria Kelly – single, video and live dates

Maria Kelly left quite an impression last year with debut single ‘Before It Has Begun’ - a mournful finger-picked song that shows off Kelly’s pin-drop vocals and beautiful lyricism. Her latest single ‘Black & Blue’ still feels vulnerable, with a hint of foolish optimism, managing to effectively captivate her talent ...
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JOHN WORT HANNAM – Love Lives On (Rebel Tone JWH6152015)

Born on Jersey in the Channel Islands, but now resident in Alberta, Hannam gave up teaching in 2000 to follow a career as a singer-songwriter and performing musician, becoming a regular on the festival scene, both at home and in the UK. Describing himself as blue collar roots music, Love ...
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Kaela Rowan announces second solo album

Kaela Rowan’s second album returns to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, to the songs she learned as a young session singer, and to the sounds of those who inspired her. The Fruited Thorn contains 11 traditional ballads, ancient and modern, coalescing into a work of raw and powerful beauty. Kaela ...
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Yvonne McDonnell blogs about her new video

I am going completely out of my comfort zone; I am doing a crowdfunder for my next music video. Being an unestablished/ unsigned musician, this is terrifying and I don’t expect to make a penny, so I thought I would write a blog explaining why I am doing this. Hopefully, ...
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Wren Music founders to receive national award for their contribution to folk music

The founders of a charity that has encouraged literally hundreds of thousands of people to sing and play music are to receive English Folk Music’s highest accolade at a star-studded event in July. Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson set up Wren Music in Okehampton, West Devon, 33 years ago, since when ...
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John Wort Hannam – UK tour dates

John Wort Hannam is a Canadian singer songwriter from Fort Macleod, Alberta. Born in the Channel Islands and raised in Alberta, John earned a degree in Native American Studies and taught on a reserve for five years. Since leaving his teaching post for music in 2002 he's been nominated for a ...
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KARA – Some Other Shore (Self-Released)

Fronted by the Russian-born (but quintessentially English-sounding) Daria Kulesh who also plays guitar and bodhran, alongside Kate Rouse on hammered dulcimer, guitarist Ben Honey and latest recruit Phil Underwood on melodeon, the Hertfordshire quartet’s latest fusion of traditional English and Russian folk also features one-off contributions from fiddle player James ...
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Finlay Leslie to support BBC2 winners with new single ’20 Cigarettes’

Showcasing her captivating and honest vocals with emotive guitar playing that lashes more passionately than the tides against the iconic white cliffs of her hometown of Dover, Finlay Leslie shines in the addictive ‘20 Cigarettes’, released yesterday.. Leslie brings the heart breaking new single ‘20 Cigarettes’ with her emotions laid bare ...
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HARP & A MONKEY – War Stories (own label)

As we approach the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Simon Jones, Andy Smyth and Martin Purdy turn their unique talents to its commemoration. War Stories is just that; not tales of great heroism, except in one case, but mostly stories of the aftermath in human terms and its ...
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The Brewer’s Daughter announces debut album

Rhiannon Crutchley, aka The Brewer's Daughter is from Northampton, with English, Irish and Ukrainian heritage. Rhiannon has played fiddle for 20 years. She is a collector of traditional folk music from Britain, Ireland and Eastern Europe. Whilst playing fiddle with Tarantism (Britain's most hard-working, long-running festival band) she also performs solo ...
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Master & A Hound: new single from Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov is pleased to share the brilliant new single 'Master & A Hound' taken from his forthcoming album (out tomorrow) with the brilliant Colorado Symphony. The beauty of Gregory Alan Isakov’s latest album is realizing how much it surprises and rewards the listener. It burns slowly, not unlike a campfire that blazes one ...
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