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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.

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LATEST NEWS…

JUDE JOHNSTONE – A Woman’s Work (BoJack BJR2221960-2)

Although A Woman’s Work is her seventh album, there’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of the piano-playing New England singer-songwriter. It is, however, very likely you’ll have heard one of her songs. She’s and had her songs covered by such superstar names as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha ...
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RED TAIL RING – Fall Away Blues (Earthwork Music EW8504)

So you’ve seen the title, Fall Away Blues, and noted that Red Tail Ring are a guitar/fiddle/banjo duo so you know what their album sounds like, right? I thought that, too, but we were both wrong. Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are from Michigan but their love of old-time music ...
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Americana Music Association showcase events at AmericanaFest UK

As part of this year’s Americana Music Association UK Awards, there will also be an evening of curated showcases from twenty new and established artists in the trans-Atlantic Americana Music scene, to be known as ‘AmericanaFest UK 2017’. The Americana music genre has enjoyed steady growth in the UK and ...
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Keith James presents The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

His wonderful Tower of Songs Stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual Born 1934 into a traditional Jewish family from Montreal Canada, Leonard Cohen can now be described as one of the most accomplished and celebrated singer-song writers and poets of our time. He published his first book of poetry in ...
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Petula Clark to headline Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival announces four more acts to complete the roster of nineteen previously announced. Petula Clark will headline on Friday 11 August. With three Grammy Awards and millions of record sales to her name Petula's stellar career stretches back to 1949 yet Cropredy will be her first-ever ...
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FLEETWOOD CAVE – People Like Us (Rhythm Records FCPLU2016))

Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave met with the formation of TRADarrr and things went from there. Unlike their parent band, Fleetwood Cave’s debut album, People Like Us, consists of original material plus one cover version. Supporting Marion and Gregg are Tali Trow and Paul Johnston on double bass and drums ...
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Billy Bragg to headline Wychwood Festival

Wychwood Festival has announced that punk singer-songwriter Billy Bragg will be playing the main stage on Friday night. The festival which takes place 2nd - 4th June in 2017 also adds the likes of Beans On Toast, CC Smugglers, Big Boy Bloater, Trudy And The Romance, Laurel and Harpers Ferry ...
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February highlights at Cecil Sharp House

The Transports - SOLD OUT Thurs 2 Feb, 7.30pm Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita Tues 14 Feb, 7.30pm £18 / £10 under 26s It’s been whirlwind few years for Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita since the release of their debut album Clychau Dibon in October ...
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Feast Of Fiddles – new studio album and tour dates

Feast Of Fiddles was formed in 1994 as a one-off concert ensemble as Hugh Crabtree thought it would be a good idea and Mike Sanderson of Nettlebed Folk Club thought so too! Their first live recording Live 01 was released in 2002 – quite a long wait for the increasing ...
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Fairport Convention celebrate their golden jubilee

Fairport Convention, the legendary band who originated British folk-rock, celebrate their golden anniversary this year. When Fairport takes the stage on Saturday 27 May 2017 for their birthday concert at the Union Chapel in Islington it will be fifty years to the day since their first-ever gig. Formed by Ashley ...
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The Transports 40th anniversary tour opens next week in Cambridge

The much anticipated 40th anniversary all-star revival of Peter Bellamy’s The Transports opens in Cambridge next Tuesday (24 January) followed by an appearance at Celtic Connections and shows in Gateshead, Buxton, Bury, Derby, Exeter, Milton Keynes, Crawley, London (Cecil Sharp House) and Shoreham-by-Sea. Half the shows are now sold out ...
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JOHN CEE STANNARD & BLUES HORIZON – To The River (Cast Iron CIRCD 028)

It might be blues but it’s happy music. Sometimes my wife’s initial reactions to an album are perfectly insightful and To The River, the latest waxing by John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon, certainly has more in common with the string bands of the 1930s than the urban howl of ...
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Barbara Dickson – new EP and tour dates

Barbara Dickson’s career spans 50 years and she is now recording some of her most interesting material, a fusion of old and new. ‘I started in folk clubs of the 1960s’, says Dickson, ‘and there I learned songs I’ve never forgotten.’ That material, paired with soaking up the ‘new’ songs ...
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Top names for Cwlwm Celtaidd announced

Bands Calan and Jamie Smith’s Mabon will join other artists to perform at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion on March 10-12th, 2017 in Cwlwm Celtaidd, the annual festival that celebrates music and dance from the Celtic nations. For a whole weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy performances, workshops, street dancing as ...
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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – tour dates

Peter Knight's Gigspanner will be touring the country in February and March. Do not miss them. February 2017 23rd Preston, Minster http://www.friendsoffolk.org.uk 24th Sale, Waterside Arts Centre https://watersideartscentre.co.uk 25th Hepworth,Village Hall http://www.hepworthlive.com/ March 2017 3rd Stourbridge, The Glasshouse Theatre http://www.rmt.org/glasshouse/ 4th Hungerford, The Croft Hall https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knights-gigspanner-tickets-30692494076 5th Basingstoke, The Anvil ...
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Rayna Gellert releases a new mini album

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, Gellert turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her ...
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Show Of Hands announce guests for anniversary Big Gig

Leading folk duos from both sides of the Atlantic will be among special guests for Show Of Hands’ 25th anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall this Easter - their fifth Big Gig at the venue. The phenomenally popular Devon band will mark their milestone year with a return to ...
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Emily Portman – spring tour bids farewell to Rachel Newton

Following the success of Emily Portman’s short December tour with her all-new big band, The Coracle Band, the singer and concertina player is set to the hit the road again in March 2017 for a series of gigs that will see Emily and her band expand their repertoire, playing material ...
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JOHN RENBOURN & WIZZ JONES – Joint Control (Riverboat Records TUGCD1095)

This CD review is something of a special case, in that it actually comes from my own collection, and wasn't bought specifically to review (and has been available since September 2016). However, it includes the last recorded work of John Renbourn, in a rare recorded collaboration with the almost equally ...
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SON OF THE VELVET RAT – Dorado (Fluff and Gravy FnG037/Mint 400)

Dorado is released on February 17th, the sixth album of husband and wife duo Georg Altzeibler and his wife Heiki Binder who left Austria to make their home in Joshua Tree, California in 2013. They had an impressive career with five albums to their credit and the description "best Austrian ...
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Chris Murphy announces new album of original fiddle music

Have you ever had the feeling that a perfect moment could only be made more so if it had a soundtrack? From misty strolls down forgotten trails, to laughter-filled pubs bursting with dance and joy, to that moment when you look at someone and realize for the first time that ...
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SOPHIE RAMSAY – The Seas Between Us (own label SRAM003)

The collection of Scots and Gaelic songs that form The Seas Between Us are largely taken from Burns (either by attribution or orgin), together with Hector Macneil’s ‘My Love’s In Germanie’ and a handful of traditional airs. From the opener, ’Ae Fond Kiss’, we are on well-trodden and familiar ground ...
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Thom Ashworth announces debut EP

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is the debut EP by English folksinger and bassist Thom Ashworth. Thom hails from Hampshire, but calls London home. Thom’s is a stripped back approach to British traditional music, played on his ‘home’ instrument – bass. The unique sonic palette of this release brings instruments ...
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Benjamin Folke Thomas announces new album

Scandinavian-born singer Benjamin Folke Thomas is excited to announce the release of his impressive new album Copenhagen on March 3rd, 2017. Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg, Sweden; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up ...
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DIPPER MALKIN – Tricks Of The Trade (own label DM001)

If you wish for an exemplar of the adage that less is more look no further than Tricks Of The Trade, the debut album from the duo of John Dipper and Dave Malkin. John is a maker and restorer of concertinas which may surprise those who know him only as ...
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New duo Fleetwood Cave announce debut album and spring tour

Fleetwood Cave, the new folk duo featuring Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave, will be launching their new album, ‘People Like Us’ with a tour of England and Wales starting in late January 2017. Marion and Gregg met through new folk supergroup TRADarrr, who will be visiting Canterbury later in the ...
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Shake The Chains tour dates announced

Featuring Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell & Tim Yates WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Peggy Seeger Steve Knightley Chris Wood Martin Simpson and 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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Ulaid & Duke Special – crowdfunding project

Ulaid & Duke Special would like to record (with a live audience) an album of material which they have written and arranged together called 'The Belfast Suite'. They're asking for your support in order to make this happen. Ulaid are Seán Óg Graham, John McSherry and Dónal O’Connor. McSherry and ...
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SINGLES BAR 16

A round-up of recent EPs and singles We’re a bit late with this one but we can’t let the year turn without a mention of ANGE HARDY’s Christmas single. There are two tracks, both original compositions and both sung acapella. ‘The Quantock Carol’ should immediately go into every seasonal repertoire ...
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John Paul White tours with the Transatlantic Sessions

The highly anticipated Beulah is John Paul White’s first solo work in nearly a decade. It was produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and White, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the renowned FAME Studios and at White’s own Single Lock Studios, which he founded and runs with Ben Tanner ...
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