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.


Home Gathering returns for a second year

Now in its second year, Home Gathering is set to be one of the most talked about events in the region this year. Curated and headlined by one of Tyneside’s most celebrated bands, The Unthanks, the two-day festival takes place in two historic Newcastle venues on Friday 16th and Saturday ...
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Paddy Garrigan, Darren Leadson and Ben McCabe hail from the north-west. They have been together as The Stroller Priests for a while but I Jumped Ship is their first full-length album. Their music, all written by Garrigan, mixes a rock-a-billy energy with clever lyrics displaying a mordant sense of humour. The ...
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MEGSON – Good Times Will Come Again (EDJ Records EDJ021)

For the first time in the twelve years they’ve been making music together, Teeside husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna have, in response to fan demand, recorded an album of all original material, although, as you would imagine, these are, like previous self-penned numbers still influenced by the ...
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GOITSE – Inspired By Chance (own label GSECD4)

I sometimes wonder if bands spend their spare time thinking up titles for their sets. Goitse’s fourth album, Inspired By Chance, opens with ‘Odds’, which is OK given that the whole record is about chance events but there is no particular reason that the three tunes gathered together should be ...
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St. Beaufort play Poole Bluegrass Festival

St. Beaufort is an international folk and bluegrass trio from Canada, Germany and the USA. Based on guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and layers of colourful vocal harmonies, the band is raw acoustics and forges a bridge between the American folk and bluegrass tradition and contemporary songwriting. Touring behind their 2013 first ...
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Gregory Alan Isakov – new single and album

The beauty of Gregory Alan Isakov’s latest album is realising how much it surprises and rewards the listener. It burns slowly, not unlike a campfire that blazes one moment and then crackles the next. A song might begin with the barest of bones, with Isakov’s resonant voice closely synched to ...
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Turner Prize winner Martin Creed – new album

Wakefield-born and Glasgow-raised, Creed is known as the self-effacing, playfully provocative artist and 2001 Turner Prize-Winner (for the infamous Work no. 227: the lights going on and off). His pre-eminence in contemporary British art was confirmed by the Hayward Gallery’s expansive 2014 Creed retrospective/takeover show, What’s The Point Of It? ...
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Jon Kenzie announces new album

Jon Kenzie is a singer-songwriter from Manchester with musical roots steeped in blues, folk and soul. Starting out as a truly independent artist and initially choosing to avoid traditional record companies altogether by releasing two solo albums that have sold thousands of units online, at concerts and while  busking on the ...
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Water Pageant summer dates

Photograph by IW Photographic On Thursday 26th May Water Pageant support the legendary Emma Pollock - formerly of the 90s Scottish Indie pop band The Delgados at the O2 Academy Oxford. In addition  they have been asked to play BBC's Country File Festival at Blenheim Palace in August hosted by the man ...
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Bob Dylan tribute at Gate To Southwell Festival

May 24th was Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday and, fashionably late, there will be a special tribute concert at next month’s 10th Gate To Southwell Festival on Saturday June 11th. Backed by a fantastic festival band, led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there’ll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by ...
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STEWART GARRY – Sojourner (Minor Artists)

Is it a film? Is it an album? Both, of course, and Sojourner is also a unique presentation of an artist and his music. There are eight tracks, performed on a rather stylish Avalon Arc cutaway, linked by Stewart’s narration much of which was filmed at the Laphroaig distillery on Islay, ...
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June highlights at Cecil Sharp House

The SANS Sessions Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Friday 17 & Saturday 18 June, 7.30pm The SANS Sessions is a series of performances by SANS, each different and with a theme, in a variety of intimate London venues, the longest section being four nights at Cecil Sharp House. Uniting the powerful, ancient Karelian runo-songs ...
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JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND – Live At Otley Courthouse (own label)

You’ll be relieved to know that Jon Palmer and his chums weren’t in court for sentencing, although if protest ever becomes illegal it’s just a matter of time. Live At Otley Courthouse was originally recorded just to be sold to the faithful at gigs but the response was so positive ...
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The Stroller Priests – debut album out now

Paddy Garrigan And The Stroller Priests are a three piece band from Ulverston and Lancaster, featuring songwriter Paddy on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonium and piano; Ben McCabe on drums, french horn and backing vocals: and Darren Leadsom on bass and backing vocals. The band’s music is best described as alt-folk/rock. Story ...
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Adam Holmes And The Embers – new album and tour

(Photograph by Thomas Slack) Adam Holmes will be playing headline shows in Glasgow and London in June and September as well as an appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival as part of Martin Green’s Flit show alongside members of Lau, Mogwai, Portishead and The Unthanks. Adam’s musical education began in the infamous folk clubs of ...
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THE SAM CARTER TRIO Live at the West End Centre

It didn’t start well. We heard the crash somewhere backstage and when Sam came onstage to find that his DI wasn’t working he confessed that he’d dropped his guitar. A few minutes fiddling got it going, fortunately for all concerned. Sam made a big joke of it and started again, ...
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Tuulikki Bartosik – debut album

After a warm response and across-the-board critical acclaim for her collaboration with Chatterbox, Tuulikki Bartosik strikes out on her own with her solo debut Storied Sounds. A showcasing artist at Tallinn Music Week, Bartosik enlists the help of Timo Alakotila (piano), Villu Talsi (mandolin) and Dylan Fowler (guitar). “We transfer our ...
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Alasdair Roberts and James Green – unique new album

Mayday 2012: an email from James Green in Sheffield reached me in Glasgow. I knew James a little – not particularly well; we had met a few times over the years and had collaborated a little too (I'd sung on a couple of songs on the album Folk Songs 2 ...
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Mairearad Green – new tour dates

Mairearad will be supported by Hector MacInnes; a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from the Isle of Skye. Hector has worked with some of the finest acts in Scotland's folk and acoustic scenes including Dàimh, Fras and Amy Henderson as well as performing guest vocals on Mairearad’s Summer Isles ...
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RÉALTA – Clear Skies (Réalta Music ADC 002)

Since their debut album back in 2012, Réalta have expanded into a quintet with the addition of Dermot Moynagh’s percussion and multi-instrumentalist Dermot Mulholland. The focus of the band is still the twin uilleann pipes of Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan but Deirdre Galway’s guitar seems to have taken something ...
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The Silver Lake Chorus announce their debut album

Choruses date as far back as antiquity, so it’s rare that a self-defined “chorus” could also be described as novel and unique, let alone cool. Meet The Silver Lake Chorus, a collection of twenty young, dynamic, seriously talented Angelenos, whose debut album features original songs written exclusively for them by ...
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Aly and Phil – Le Grand Anniversaire Tour

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham celebrate thirty years with their spring tour of Scotland. Tue 17 May GARTMORE Gartmore Village Hall 7.30pm Wed 18 May LOGIE COLDSTONE Logie Coldstone Hall 7.30pm Thu 19 May BOAT OF GARTEN Boat of Garten Community Hall 7.30pm 01479 831213 Fri 20 May DUNDEE Gardyne Theatre 7.30pm 01382 434940 Sat 21 May MUSSELBURGH The Brunton Theatre 8pm 0131 6652240 Sun 22 May STONEHAVEN Stonehaven ...
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FRANCESCA BLANCHARD – Deux Visions (Vis-À-Vis VAV-CD-60)

Francesa Blanchard’s first full-length album, Deux Visions, is picking up a lot of interest for the debut of a relative unknown. Francesca was born in France and raised in Vermont and writes and sings naturally in both English and French. It’s almost a reflex to talk of French chanson but Francesca ...
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The second Sarah Morgan memorial concert

Today would have been Sarah's 68th birthday and Winchester Community Choir announce the second memorial concert in aid of her Foundation on May 25th. Tickets from Winchester Community Choir ...
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Cecil Sharp in Appalachia – 100 years on

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a series of special events in July to mark the 100th anniversary of Cecil Sharp’s voyage of musical discovery to America. The society will host talks, workshops, a day-long conference and concerts at Cecil Sharp House in London to mark ...
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GILLIAN FRAME – Pendulum (Cheery Groove CHEERY005)

Gillian Frame was Scotland’s first Young Traditional Musician Of The Year. That was back in 2001 and it’s taken her the fifteen years since to release her first solo album. Of course she recorded three with the band she helped found, Back Of The Moon, played sessions for other bands ...
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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry – album and tour

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.  With his friend and ...
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Jenny Sturgeon announces debut album

Inspired by her home region, the north east of Scotland, Jenny Sturgeon explores themes of nature, legend, myth and everyday human experience as she celebrates a community that is both local and global. The songs and the range of musical influences they incorporate weave a web of varied styles and ...
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Mikko Joensuu releases first album of his debut trilogy

Mikko Joensuu is the kind of singer-songwriter who’ll easily stand out from the crowd. His debut album Amen 1 taps into the American folk music tradition, and it is all about deep and healing songs which at times give the listener an impression of spending time in quiet, intimate surroundings ...
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Give Voice 2016

There is a maximum of 33 places only left for this year’s ‘Give Voice!’ weekend – don’t be too late to be able to take part! Websites for more information: ...
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