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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.


Bap Kennedy announces new album

Reckless Heart is released on Nov 18th 2016 Completed earlier this year shortly before he was taken ill, Reckless Heart is the culmination of a lifetime of refining the songwriting craft. Bap Kennedy delivers nothing less than a timeless album that captures the songwriter at his peak Bap Kennedy was ...
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Robb Johnson and his band at Lodsworth

Robb Johnson is currently touring the UK and Europe to promote his new critically acclaimed album My Best Regards and brings his band to Lodsworth Village Hall on Saturday 19th November. My Best Regards, an album of thirteen songs, was released this September. It features pianist Jenny Carr and bassist ...
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November highlights at Cecil Sharp House

Songs for London Part of 'London Sounds' - The 'Blue Plaque' Concert Series Thursday 3 November, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 / £10 under 26s Performed by a stellar group of London based folk artists including Stick in the Wheel, Sam Carter, Lisa Knapp and Jack Harris, Songs for London is one ...
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EWAN MCLENNAN & GEORGE MONBIOT – Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness (Fellside FECD277)

This album might come as a surprise. Fast-rising singer/songwriter and interpreter of the tradition Ewan McLennan joins forces with George Monbiot, journalist and bête noire of the fascist classes – or at least those sections of it that can actually read – to explore one of the themes of Monbiot’s ...
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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker play the Westy

Fri 28 October, 8pm £12 (£10 concs) To win the Best Duo category at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards is quite an achievement at any stage of an artists' career. But just two years prior to this accolade Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker were virtually unknown on the folk scene ...
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THE CHANGING ROOM – Picking Up The Pieces (TCR Music TCRM75068)

A fluid Cornish collective built around the constant foundation of Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain who share vocals and play guitar/bass/piano and accordion, respectively, Picking Up The Pieces, their second album sees them joined by Jamie Francis on banjo, percussionist Evan Carson and Morrigan Palmer Brown on harp with various ...
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SINGLES BAR 13 (I Ain’t Superstitious)

A round-up of recent and forthcoming EPs and singles This year, Armistice Day, November 11, also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of, not just WWI, but all history with over one million wounded or killed. Among the Tommies who fought ...
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NANCY KERR – Instar (Little Dish Records LiDiCD002)

Instar is term given to an intermediate stage of an animal’s life-cycle, most usually applied to insects. It explains the rather disconcerting cover image and suggests that Nancy may one day make an album called Imago. This is complex album with roots in the natural world and the Sweet Liberties ...
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EWAN MACPHERSON – Fetch (Shooglenifty SHOOGLE16017)

When I was asked to review the latest CD to be released by Ewan MacPherson, I was surprised to find that it was entirely instrumental works composed by himself, with the exception of three tunes. The CD, titled Fetch, comprises of thirteen tracks which last a total of 59 minutes ...
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Sarah McQuaid announces winter tour dates

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on her final UK tour before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album. Born in Madrid, raised in Chicago and now based in Cornwall, Sarah McQuaid has spent the past seven years touring virtually nonstop on both sides of ...
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Chapel Sessions presents Celtic Roots

Chapel Sessions presents Celtic Routes with Richard Wood - one of the best “celtic” fiddlers in the world. From Canada he has been described as “Prince Edward Island’s Bow shredding Fiddling sensation”. If this wasn’t enough he will be accompanied by his friend and fellow Canadian the superb Guitarist & ...
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JESS MORGAN – Edison Gloriette (Drabant Music)

Two years and one EP on from Langa Langa, released through the Norwegian label, the breathy-voiced Norwich-based singer-songwriter returns with Edison Gloriette her fourth and finest album to date, a relaxed and assured collection of eleven unfussily arranged, thematically-linked acoustic tracks that again speak to her English and Americana influences ...
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Underhill Rose announce UK/Irish tour

Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful Americana music. With Eleanor Underhill, playing her distinctive claw-hammer style on a Deering banjo along with harmonica, Molly Rose on guitar, and Salley Williamson plucking the upright bass, the trio has carved out a place in the Americana scene with ...
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MEEK MEN – Dumdedum (KHMPFörlag KHMPCD1601)

Kenneth Holström used to play bass with West Of Eden, a Swedish band with a love of Celtic music. Now, in partnership with Jonas Lundberg, he has formed Meek Men and describes them as “progressive folk-pop”. It’s a cumbersome label but not inaccurate although occasionally Dumdedum, their debut album, drifts ...
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Finlay Leslie – new single and live dates

Fresh from supporting TV & solo star Heather Peace on her UK tour, Finlay Leslie showcases 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, in the addictive ‘Waiting On Your Goodbye’, released ...
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Mister Keith launches Song Club in Kenilworth

Costa Coffee, Sunday 20th November 2016 Acclaimed Kenilworth artist and musician Keith Ayling, also known for his project Mister Keith is keen to pass on thirty years of songwriting experience in a new format called Song Club. Launching on Sunday 20th November at Costa Coffee, Kenilworth, this free event will ...
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Doncaster Folk Festival’s autumn showcase

Autumn Showcase November 12th, Doncaster Brewery , Young Street Doncaster - 7.30 p.m. HADRIAN’S UNION Five piece contemporary folk outfit from the Borders, fronted by vocalist Stew Simpson with melodeon , keys, bass and violin provided by award winning musicians gleaned from Tom McConville, Folkestra and The Poison Whiskey Band ...
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Ewan McLennan and George Monbiot in unique collaboration

‘An epidemic is sweeping the world: an epidemic of loneliness. Never before have we, the supremely social mammal, been so isolated. The results are devastating: a collapse of common purpose, the replacement of civic life with a fug of consumerism, insecurity and alienation. We cannot carry on like this.’ - ...
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Shake The Chains – protest songs old and new

Featuring Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell & Tim Yates WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Peggy Seeger | Steve Knightley | Martin Simpson | Boff Whalley From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade through to CND, Rock against Racism and the Miners’ strike, songs are a common ...
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Shovels & Rope – new album and live dates

Critically acclaimed husband & wife duo Shovels & Rope released their anticipated new album Little Seeds on their new label New West Records on 7th October. Known for their honest, raw and highly distinctive sound, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) have made their most personal ...
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HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE – Before The Sun (Sungrazing Records SGR002)

Hannah Sanders first solo album, Charms Against Sorrow, was produced by Willows guitarist Ben Savage who also played on the record and shared in the arrangements. With Before The Sun their partnership has been formalised but little else has changed except that the duo went to Toronto to record with ...
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Pete Morton set to join Kara

Singer and songwriter Pete Morton has been touring the folk circuits of Europe, North America and beyond since the late eighties. With his energetic and passionate style of performance, he brings together his love of the tradition with contemporary social commentary. His song ‘Another Train’ has been widely covered by ...
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The Blackheart Orchestra announce new album

Manchester based multi-instrumentalist duo The Blackheart Orchestra bring a heavenly fusion of acoustic folk, progressive pop and modern classical composition with the new single 'Sebastian' taken from the breathtaking new album Diving For Roses, released Friday 25th November. “Beautiful and powerful. Their music is inspiring.” - Steve Hackett, Genesis Combining ...
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Nancy Kerr And The Sweet Visitor Band live at the West End Centre, Aldershot

The first time I heard Nancy Kerr play she was sitting primly on stage alongside Eliza Carthy. How things have changed: now she’s front and centre, mistress of her stage with a superb band behind her. The Sweet Visitor Band is a fluid entity. With James Fagan at home on ...
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Lynched to play the West End Centre

Thurs 20 October, 8pm £15 (£12.50 concs) Lynched are a traditional four-piece folk group from Dublin whose repertoire includes music-hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads, traditional dance tunes and a smattering of their own compositions. Their instruments are traditional too, uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar, but ...
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Ani DiFranco releases major new single, Play God

DIY pioneer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco continues to advocate for women as the November election looms. While on her current Vote Dammit tour, DiFranco has been performing new song ‘Play God’, which reflects her beliefs in reproductive freedom. ‘Play God’ (from her forthcoming full-length release) is the first new ...
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JOHN FORRESTER – The Former Me (IRR103)

John Forrester is a man with a plan and The Former Me represents a stepping stone, the bridge between the excellent 2014 album Outsider and a body of new work due for release in 2017. Despite a long song writing career, this is the first album Forrester has recorded completely ...
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Carrie Rodriguez announces UK tour dates

Carrie Rodriguez, acclaimed singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, announces a headline November UK tour, following her recent project, the celebrated Spanish/English album Lola, released in the UK earlier this year. Carrie will perform at the Old Queens Head in London on 9th November, promoted by the Green Note. A passionate performer, ...
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Irish Troubadour Ben Reel announces tour dates

Since his debut back in 1999, each album released by Ben Reel has gone from strength to strength earning him many plaudits from the music media around the world. Ben’s unique style has evolved by drawing from a wealth of different types of music, from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, ...
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Cabinet Of Wonders at Cecil Sharp House

Saturday 19th November Since 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in the USA as an exciting stage for prominent and emerging voices in the worlds of music, literature and comedy. The November show represents the most astounding amalgamation of cross-disciplinary star quality gathered under one roof since the first ...
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