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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…

BEL BLUE – Our Places (own label)

Cardiff-based musician and songwriter Bel Blue’s debut album Our Places developed out of her idea to record a few songs for an EP in the locations where they were composed. So, during the late autumn of 2015, she and producer Kevs Ford, the multi-instrumentalist co-founder of John Peel favourites Llwybr ...
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Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola announce new album

The follow-up to their highly successful debut album, Widdershins sees Norway-based Scottish/Finnish duo Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola further develop their unique sound and telepathic interplay. Scots for ‘anti-clockwise’, or going against the norm (whether it be religious, social or musical), Widdershins perfectly sums up this exhilarating meeting of minds ...
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ANDREW JOHN & LISSA – At Home (Last Resort Records LRCD010)

Back in the early 1970s, I found a 1972-vintage LP lurking in a record shop in Manchester. It was called The Machine Stops, by Andrew John, a native of Yorkshire but living and working as a musician in Denmark. Featuring a fine choice of songs by Nick Drake, Roy Harper, ...
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Hungrytown announce UK tour dates

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson - otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown -- have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favour of honesty ...
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ALLAN YN Y FAN – NEWiD (Steam Pie Records SPCD10185)

Music has a rare ability to stir deep emotions in us. One of the best is happiness and that is exactly what NEWiD, the latest album from Allan Yn Y Fan, does. It's a glorious celebration of music performed with a buoyancy and lightness of touch that only good musicians ...
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THE HIGH BAR GANG – Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind (True North TND622)

The follow-up to 2014 debut Lost & Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion finds the Canadian octet leaving the gospel repertoire on the bench and focusing instead on “the cheating and hurting” side of things. Although the band, whose line-up includes upright bass, fiddle, mandolin and banjo, are firmly entrenched in ...
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Video Wall 2

Here's another selection of videos that have come our way recently, mostly with albums in the offing. First on Video Wall 2 is Seth Lakeman from his forthcoming Ballad Of The Broken Few. This is the title track live from Torre Abbey featuring Wildwood Kin. This is 'Free Range' by ...
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Hans Chew releases new album

Hans Chew's music explores the existential. Beginning with 2010’s Tennessee & Other Stories...and continuing on 2014's Life & Love, his albums have revolved around finding meaning in life, death, love and rebirth. Now on his latest release Chew drives deeper at the essence of the matter: From where does the ...
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Vanessa Anne Redd announces solo debut

Vanessa Anne Redd (of folk duo Six Years and electro band Rubicks) is releasing her first solo album Behind The Wall on 7 October, via Sharp Attack Records. Vanessa describes the album as “simple grunge-folk”. It is a more pastural affair than her previous incarnations, inspired by the work of ...
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Campie’s Capers at her first Cropredy festival 2016

It is that time of year again and I had an invite to join the lads from folking.com and ‘do’ the 2016 Cropredy Festival. As a Cropredy virgin and non-camper, three days before the event I was filled with trepidation and angst, although the music beckoned! How could you not ...
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HICKS AND GOULBOURN – Immortal (Striatum Records 140716)

A first glance at the track listing here and you might wonder how Immortal is going to work but it all fits together quite smoothly. Steve Hicks is guitar maker and player and Lynn Goulbourn is a singer and songwriter, who also plays guitar, and their talents mesh together well ...
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Katie Melua evokes Georgian winter on new album

From the opening notes, sung in Ukrainian, it is clear that there is something different and unexpected about Katie Melua’s new album In Winter. Twenty-five female voices blend to create a sound that is both powerful and delicate, that, in its apparent simplicity, is so beautiful it glows. Known as ...
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CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY – In Concert Saint Pancras Old Church London (Cabritunes CAB009)

The title says it all. Cathryn and Brian recorded the final gig of their 2016 UK tour – well, the first leg of it, anyway; they’re on the road again now – for their first live album. They prefer studio recording so this is a bit of a step but ...
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Patty Griffin headlines Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival

Following the earlier announcement of his brand new Under The Apple Tree Roots Festivals, Whispering Bob Harris is delighted to confirm Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin will headline the evening concert on the main stage. Her appearance at the festival will be her last in the UK in 2016. Bob’s ...
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GERRY COLVIN – Six Of One Half A Dozen Of The Other (own label)

Six Of One Half A Dozen Of The Other is perhaps an odd title for a CD of ten tracks but I’m sure that Gerry Colvin won’t let that bother him. The core band here is Jerome Davies on bass and banjo, Trish Power on accordion and Lyndon Webb on ...
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Ralph Mctell 2016 Cropredy Interview

This is the interview that I have always wanted to do with Ralph. The conversation started earlier this year, when I was at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. I had managed to catch Ralph for a moment at the after show party and became locked into a fascinating conversation about ...
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Al Scorch – tour dates with Jess McIntosh

New album Circle Round The Signs out now Al Scorch grew up in Chicago, with its storied history of corrupt power at the top and righteous fighters and big dreamers at the bottom. From the town that gave the world characters like Studs Terkel, Upton Sinclair, and the anarchists in ...
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Ben Glover announces tour dates

Ben Glover has announced a string of UK tour dates supporting Brandy Clark. The news comes ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, The Emigrant - tackling the universal issue of immigration - out September 30 on Proper. Tour dates: SEPTEMBER Tuesday 20 Glee Club, Birmingham Wednesday 21 Oran ...
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JON BODEN – Painted Lady (Navigator Records NAVIGATOR098)

2016 sees the 10th anniversary of Jon Boden's first solo album Painted Lady, which is being re-issued to mark the event. This is an album of love songs, of a sort, but certainly not chivalric love or the deep love of long-term relationship. Instead there is a feeling of furtive, ...
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Acoustic Strawbs announce more UK dates

The Acoustic Strawbs – Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk – play seven more UK dates before flying off to the USA and Canada. Thursday 15 September - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Friday 16 September - Music Club, Wokingham Saturday 17 September - David Hall Arts, South Petherton Sunday ...
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HANNAH JAMES – Jigdoll (Rootbeat RBRCD30)

After a career in groups and duos (she is still in at least two) Hannah James embarked on a solo live show Jigdoll of which this is the recorded version. The stage show used an innovative looping technique to allow Hannah to multi-track herself and the album is recorded to ...
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Roy Bailey announces first ever live album

Six years on from his acclaimed album of children’s songs, Tomorrow, singer and activist Roy Bailey returns with Live At Towersey Festival 2015. As the title suggests, the 11-track collection was recorded live at the long-running Oxfordshire festival, and will be officially launched at the 2016 event, on Monday 29 ...
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SINGLES BAR 9

A round-up of recent EPs and singles TWINNIE follows her two singles, ‘Home’ and ‘Cool’, with an eponymous debut EP which opens and closes with those two songs. Twinnie’s style is described as country-pop but the opening bars of ‘Home’ sound as though it’s looking to be a soul classic ...
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Swedish singer Albert af Ekenstam announces debut album

Albert af Ekenstam just premiered his beautiful first track 'The Devil Bird' off the forthcoming album Ashes. CLASH wrote of the track, "Matching the exquisite detail of Bon Iver to the sonic wash of Explosions In The Sky, his work is powerful, emotionally trenchant. Hugely affecting, the way each cut ...
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Seth Lakeman – single and tour dates

Seth Lakeman’s new single ‘Meet Me In The Twilight’ is taken from Ballads Of The Broken Few, Seth’s eighth studio album. The album is a stunning combination of his dynamic song writing and playing, produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling) and the sublime harmony vocals ...
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THE SHEE – Continuum (Shee Records SHEE4)

The concept behind Continuum, supported by Celtic Connections, was to celebrate their tenth anniversary by having each of them commission a musician of their choice to write a piece of music for the album. That’s only half the story, of course, for the band had then to arrange the music ...
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DANA AND SUSAN ROBINSON – The Angel’s Share (Threshold Music TM1116)

Based back in Susan’s home state of Vermont (in an historic schoolhouse), after 12 years living in North Carolina, the husband and wife duo’s new album, The Angel’s Share, is perhaps understandably suffused with themes of home and belonging, while the music threads together traditional folk, Celtic, Appalachian and country ...
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HEIDI TALBOT – Here We Go 1,2,3 (Navigator Records)

Heidi Talbot has been musically quiet of late, with her last album Angels Without Wings released in 2013 and only a Christmas single 'Christmas in September' in 2015. However, that does not mean life has been uneventful and from those experiences comes a new album Here We Go 1,2,3 due ...
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Tom Brosseau – new album and tour dates

Tom Brosseau is releasing his new album North Dakota Impressions on 16 September. The album is the 3rd record of a trilogy following on from Grass Punks (2014) and Perfect Abandon (2015). The trilogy explores Tom’s homeland of North Dakota, visiting life from a local perspective, exploring ideas of identity ...
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Inaugural Glasgow Songwriting Festival

Opening Concert Friday 9th September. The Glad Café, Glasgow 7:30pm Workshops Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Govanhill Baths Glasgow 10am-5pm In September Govanhill Baths will host the inaugural Glasgow Songwriting Festival. Organised by singer songwriter Findlay Napier the festival is primarily a teaching festival with a “songwriters in the ...
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