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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…

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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…

Jeremy Tuplin announces new single and debut album

London-via-Somerset newcomer Jeremy Tuplin will release his debut LP I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut in the summer of 2017.   Following on from his two independent released EPs (2016’s Open Letters and 2014’s Carry The Fire EP), his music was described in The Telegraph Culture section as ‘Stunningly candid… A distinctive deep vocal that ...
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KATE DIMBLEBY – Songbirds (Folstock FSR44)

For the past 25 years Kate Dimbleby, the daughter of legendary broadcaster David and opera loving cookery writer Josceline, has been plying her musical trade in live performance, most notably in her one woman shows and albums based around Peggy Lee and Dory Previn. However, Songbirds, her sixth studio album ...
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March highlights at Cecil Sharp House

The Rheingans Sisters Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm £12 / £10 under 26s Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track in 2016, The Rheingans Sisters’ are a fiddle-singing duo whose influences today range from the Scandinavian fiddle tradition to classical music.  Rowan and Anna grew up ...
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SALLY BARKER – Ghost Girl (Old Dog Records 017)

The title track is a new recording of the song she wrote for 2015 Poozies album, Into The Well, featuring real rather than electric piano, given a softer feel and with Tom Bull on double bass, Sally Barker’s follow-up to Maid In England, the 2014 album on the back of ...
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Towersey Festival announces headline acts

KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden, are set to headline the 53rd Towersey Festival (25-28 August 2017, Thame, Oxfordshire). They’re joined by Show Of Hands, Lindisfarne, The Blockheads and Foy Vance, amongst others. Scotland-born and Los Angeles-based, KT Tunstall came to prominence with her 2004 debut Eye ...
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Góbéfest – The UK’s first Transylvanian Hungarian festival of arts and culture

Saturday 13-Sunday 14 May 2017 Albert Square, Manchester Free “There’s more to Hungarians than paprika and more to Transylvania than Dracula,” says Ottilia Ördög, organiser of the UK’s first Transylvanian Hungarian festival of arts and culture. A Transylvanian herself, Ottilia felt it was time she shared her culture’s little known ...
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Folk East 2017 announces first headline acts

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the sixth time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals. The three day festival will return to the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall, the home of Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, between ...
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SINGLES BAR 18

A round-up of recent EPs and singles Having released their Death and Other Animals album to wide acclaim last year, FAUSTUS return to the well to lift ‘Slaves’ (Westpark Music 87333) to head up their new 5-track EP, their first for the Germany-based label. You should, of course, be familiar ...
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GARY INNES – Era (own label GH101)

Oh boy, do I like this CD? Yes, I do! Era is only the second ‘solo’ album released by Gary Innes who is part of the award-winning group, Mànran and it has such a variety of material that it grasps you from start to finish. All of the tunes and ...
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The Unthanks tour How Wild The Wind Blows

Performing the Songs & Poems of Molly Drake UK Tour 18 April - 28 May Forming the latest in their series of intrepid album projects, Diversions Vol. 4 sees Mercury nominated Tyneside band The Unthanks embark on a major tour of How Wild The Wind Blows: Performing The Songs and ...
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TOP FLOOR TAIVERS – A Delicate Game (TFT Records TFTR001)

The first thing I had to do was discover the meaning of taiver. Apparently it means a rag and, by extension, low or abject. Top Floor Taivers is a good name for a band but there is nothing abject or low about Claire Hastings, Gráinne Brady, Heather Downie and Tina ...
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Martha Tilston announces new album and single

Enchanting songstress Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album Nomad released via Squiggly Records on May 12th. Martha’s seventh album to date, Nomad will be preceded by the double A-side single ‘Nomad Blood’/‘Little Arrow’ on April 7 with UK live dates to follow. Nomad stands as Tilston’s most ...
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AMY WADGE AND LUKE JACKSON live at Cambridge Junction

Cambridge City Roots Festival, 7 February 2017 What comes across so strikingly from an evening with Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson is their natural rapport. Both are hugely talented songwriters, singers and musicians with a constant drive to create new music. They work effortlessly well together and although they like ...
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Aldershot’s West End Centre hosts award nominees

Aldershot showcases nominees for prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 as top UK and international folk artists perform at Aldershot’s West End Centre this season. With almost half of the dozen nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 performing this year or in the very recent past, ...
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The Food Of Love Project features Shakespearean songs

Introducing The Food of Love Project, a compilation album featuring some of the great names of folk music performing a rich variety of songs either referenced or performed in the plays of William Shakespeare. The album was curated and commissioned by Sebastian Reynolds ofPinDrop and Tom McDonnell of TMD Media ...
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STEVE PLEDGER live at Dunster Castle Hotel

Friday 9th February 2017 A very chilly evening in Dunster, North Somerset was made glowingly warm by a lovely gig, courtesy of award winning singer songwriter Steve Pledger. I had been looking forward to this event immensely, after attending his album launch at Dunster Castle itself in November, and was ...
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CAMBRIDGE CITY ROOTS FESTIVAL – Various artists and venues, 3-11 February 2017

The 2017 inaugural City Roots Festival is kind of like an expansion pack for the Cambridge Folk Festival: a winter top-up with lots of bonus features. Aiming to expand the relationship between folk/roots music and the city, the Folk Festival organisers lined up a diverse roster of artists over one ...
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POLICE DOG HOGAN – Wild By The Side Of The Road

Formed in 2009 and currently an eight-piece, Wild By The Side Of The Road is Police Dog Hogan’s fourth album and firmly consolidates their growing reputation for infectiously punchy folk rock shaded with elements of country and bluegrass. Fronted by lyricist James Studholme and with banjo and mandolin provided by ...
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THE AMPLIFIED ACOUSTIC BAND – Now. Here. This. (100Promotion 100P038)

I was approached by acclaimed Czech and London based singer songwriter Jamie Marshall to do a review of 'Now. Here. This.' - the debut album by The Amplified Acoustic Band, who have been wowing live audiences in Prague and surrounding areas for some time. I had heard a taster of ...
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Old Blind Dogs announce new album and tour dates

Old Blind Dogs are back  with a new record and a new line up. Original member, Jonny Hardie (Fiddle / Vocals) is joined by long term partners Aaron Jones (Bouzouki / Vocals), Ali Hutton (Pipes / Whistles) and new percussion powerhouse Donald Hay. In their twenty five year history this ...
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Monster Ceilidh Band announce new album and live dates

Mutation: a new line-up unleashed; a greater, deeper exploration of Monster Ceilidh Band’s signature melding of traditional music and powerful, electronic beats. For the first time, Monster Ceilidh Band have tackled their new album live, showcasing the band in full frenetic flow. Mutation indicates why the band has been in ...
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Dreadzone release new album and hit the road

Entering an impressive third decade, Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release a brand new album Dread Times on February 17th 2017. Dread Times is the band’s eighth studio album and the third release on their own Dubwiser label ...
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CARREG LAFAR – Aur (Sain SCD2754)

Carreg Lafar are a five-piece band from Wales and Aur is their fourth album in a career that has spanned 20 years.  From the front cover picture, with its carefully arranged Victoriana it's clear that this is going to be an album of traditional music and a glance at the ...
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THE HUT PEOPLE – Routes (Fellside FECD280)

The Hut People are an English instrumental duo, Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond. Routes is their fourth studio album on the Fellside label. Both are experienced musicians with and the list of artists they have worked with would grace any music festival - it includes Kathryn Tickell, The Dubliners, Sharon ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION – 50:50@50 (Matty Grooves MGCD054)

Opportunities for celebration come round with increasing frequency when you’ve been in the business as long as Fairport Convention has. The current line-up has been together for almost twenty years and before that they have a back catalogue so large that they can never hope to play it all. This ...
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Belinda O’Hooley talks to Folking about Coven

There’s a new gang in town and if their publicity photographs are any guide they mean business. Coven combines the talents of O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery (Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans) and singer Grace Petrie. Belinda O’Hooley explains how it all came about. “We were introduced to ...
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STEVEN JAMES ADAMS AND THE FRENCH DROPS – live

The Portland Arms (Cambridge City Roots Festival, 3 February 2017) Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams returns to home turf in Cambridge to play the packed, intimate venue at The Portland Arms, with support provided by the intriguingly angular sounds of indie trio Mammoth Penguins. This evening’s gig also kicks off the ...
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The Hut People announce their fourth album

This month The Hut People release their fourth studio album on the Fellside label entitled Routes. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and ...
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BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE – A Burdensome Year (Gin House Records)

When I first heard of Benjamin William Pike's latest CD A Burdensome Year (released on January 27th 2017), my interest was piqued by a suggested comparison to Michael Chapman. (That's the folky/bluesy/jazzy singer and guitarist, not the Chinnichap chap who wrote and produced hits for the likes of Sweet, Suzi ...
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SHEILA K CAMERON – Alone On The Road (Glalell SKC1703CD)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged (pace Jane Austen) that to really sing the blues you have to feel the blues, have to live the blues. As amply demonstrated in Alone On The Road, one of a trilogy of reissues, Sheila K Cameron is most definitely the real thing. Somewhat enigmatic, ...
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