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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…

SINGLES BAR 12

A round-up of recent and forthcoming EPs and singles Friends and supporters of DARIA KULESH who pledged to support her forthcoming album, Long Lost Home, received a personalised EP, The Gift, containing four songs from the album. The opener, ‘Tamara’ may be related to ‘Tamara’s Wedding’ which opens Kara’s second ...
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Robb Johnson releases new album

Robb Johnson is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest songwriters. “An English original”, (Robin Denselow, the Guardian) ... “one of our best singer-songwriters ever” (Mike Harding)... “Robb Johnson keeps folk music relevant & thought-provoking” (The Living Tradition). His songs are covered by many singers, from folk legend Roy ...
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Hannah Shira Naiman releases her second album

Toronto banjo player and singer songwriter Hannah Shira Naiman is releasing her second album Know The Mountain on October 7, 2016 on Merriweather Records. With a sound that sits between Gillian Welch and Sarah Harmer, Naiman's original songs ring with influences of Ola Belle Reed, The Carter Family, American old ...
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SWEET LIBERTIES – Sweet Liberties (Quercus QRCD002)

Sweet Liberties, originally a commission by the EFDSS and Folk at the Oak, in partnership with the House of Commons, to mark the 2015: Anniversaries: Parliament in the Making, this has now expanded to become a 14-track album featuring a varied line up of folk musicians in celebration of 800 ...
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Nancy Kerr And The Sweet Visitor Band at the West End Centre

Wed 12 October, 8pm £14 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr plays tracks from her new release Instar, backed by a stellar lineup. Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy’s emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening ...
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Video Wall 3

As we look back on the summer musicians are looking forward and sending us videos heralding new albums due for release in the coming months. Here is the pick of them and, as it turns out, all are by female artists. First we have Gitta De Ridder and her new ...
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SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION – Join Forces (Johnny Rock Records JOROCK 023)

Southern Tenant Folk Union’s seventh album was written and recorded in the political landscape brought about by last year’s general election and its title, Join Forces, is both a reflection on the position in which we find ourselves and a rallying cry to stand up to the forces ranked against ...
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PAULINE SCANLON – Gossamer (own label)

It doesn’t happen so much in England but there were singers, such as Gordon Hall, who considered that the only criterion for singing a song was “is it a good song?”. The Irish seem to have stuck by that tenet which goes some way to explaining Pauline Scanlon’s album, Gossamer ...
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CAROL FIELDHOUSE – Linen (own label CAROLFIELDHOUSE02)

It’s not usual for an artist to release a debut album in their sixth decade but Carol Fieldhouse has done just that with Linen. Not that she’s a newbie to the business: she’s a specialist in early music and leader of folk trio Cenote but this is her first album ...
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Vonda Shepard announces UK tour

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and musician Vonda Shepard is heading to the UK. The 9 date tour kicks off at Bush Hall in London on October 4th 2016 with the final show in Leeds on October 15th 2016. The multi-Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winning artist is best known ...
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October highlights at Cecil Sharp House

Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band plus Elliott Morris Thurs 6 Oct, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 / £10 under 26s BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Nancy Kerr heads out on tour in support of her brand new album, Instar. Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, ...
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WE BANJO 3 – String Theory (own label WB3CD004)

Take a look at the photographs on the cover of String Theory and you might wonder what you’re letting yourself in for. I mean, these guys look like exiles from Ripper Street! This is the third studio album – there is a live set, too - from the brothers David ...
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Southern Tenant Folk Union announce new album

September 2016 sees the release of the seventh Southern Tenant Folk Union album Join Forces. It was written following the May 2015 general election result, and then recorded in June and July this year amidst a quickly changing political landscape, something that has made the suite of songs seem timelier ...
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Southdowns Folk Festival – this weekend

A very warm welcome awaits you in sunny Bognor Regis for the fourth Southdowns Folk Festival, between 23 and 25 September. Once again, we have some to the country`s very best folk, roots and acoustic music performers, including the wonderful Cara Dillon, the legendary Oysterband, one of the U.K`s Folk ...
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GEORGIA RUTH – Fossil Scale (Navigator NAVIGATOR099)

I really liked Georgia Ruth’s 2013 debut album, Week Of Pines. It was refreshing, a record of many moods that she had taken time over. She’s taken her time over her second CD, Fossil Scale, too but this is very different. Georgia Ruth has taken a big step towards the ...
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Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin live at Derby Cathedral

If Seth Lakeman was feeling any road rage from having spent eight and a half hours in a car during a delayed journey to the Midlands – cancelling an appearance at a record store in nearby Nottingham along the way – then he wasn’t letting any of it show. Indeed, ...
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Neil Brophy Band announces new single

Folk Rock from Copenhagen via Northampton, Neil Brophy Band combine powerful lyrics, upbeat folk guitar and iconic banjo & whistle melodies to deliver an infectiously catchy song with a serious political message in the outspoken new single ‘Fear of Fear’, out 21st October. Infused with a raw, brash Celtic soul ...
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The Goat Roper Rodeo Band announce second album

Tucked away amongst the wild hillside pines of North Wales, sits an old weather beaten, rust eaten showman’s wagon, gently swaying and creaking with the warm, low hum of sweet dreams and two four blues. The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are preparing to take their show on the road with ...
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Albert Hammond – symphonic album and tour dates

It’s multi-million-selling hit songwriter Albert Hammond as you’ve never heard him before – for the first time ever, his remarkable hit songs lavishly adapted with orchestration and choir by award-winning producer Rob Mathes at Abbey Road Studio. On October 21st legendary singer-songwriter Albert Hammond will release the 14-track In Symphony, ...
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Recipients of the Malcolm Taylor grant for Folk Collections announced

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has announced two recipients of the inaugural Malcolm Taylor Grant for Folk Collections. The awards have been made to celebrate the work of Malcolm Taylor, who was Librarian and later Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) from 1979 to 2014 ...
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SETH LAKEMAN featuring WILDWOOD KIN – Ballads Of The Broken Few (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD644)

In keeping with his determination to record in unusual and inspiring locations, Lakeman set up shop in the Great Hall of an unnamed Jacobean Manor House, recording the tracks for Ballads Of The Broken Few as live. On top of which, he not only enlisted the services of legendary American ...
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DAMIEN DEMPSEY – No Force On Earth (Clear Records CLEARCD01)

To mark the centenary of the 1916 uprising Damien Dempsey has recorded a short album of songs from and about the period. It’s probably just as well that No Force On Earth is only eight tracks because I can guarantee that you’ll be wrung out by the end. The power ...
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Llantrisant Folk Club – Autumn program

September 21, 2016: Beverly Smith & John Grimm (USA) (£8 admission, £5 members) – Lovely songs and old-time dance tunes from the Appalachian Mountains in North Georgia, expertly played on fiddle, banjo and guitar. October 12, 2016: Showcase with Bel Blue & Kevs Ford (Wales) (£3 admission) – Cardiff resident ...
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Give Voice 2016 – only a few places left

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The Eskies announce UK tour dates

The Eskies are purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmer knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in ...
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ANGE HARDY & LUKAS DRINKWATER – Findings (Story Records STREC1662)

I can’t decide if I’m more impressed by the quantity or the quality of Ange Hardy’s work. The ink is barely dry on Esteesee, her 2015 exploration of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and she’s back with her fourth album formalising her work in partnership with Lukas Drinkwater. Findings is a term ...
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Martyn Joseph nominated as hardest working artist

Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph, "one of acoustic music’s most original voices", had the honour of being nominated at the AIM Independent Music Awards at The Brewery in London this week – in the closely contested category of Hardest Working Band or Artist. Known for his astute songs of compassion, ...
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CHAIM TANNENBAUM – Chaim Tannenbaum (Storysound 161-017)

Anyone who has been a fan of the McGarrigles will be familiar with multi-instrumentalist Chaim Tannenbaum. Friends with Kate and Anna at high school in Montreal, he joined their group, the Mountain City Four, in the mid-60s and, after a brief hiatus as they went their separate ways, reunited with ...
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ANDREW DAVISON – MineFolk (own label BCCD 003)

Andrew Davison is half of the duo Brother Crow and he’s also a guide at Kilhope – The North Of England Mining Museum in County Durham. MineFolk brings these two parts of his life together: he now conducts musical tours with songs based on real-life stories. MineFolk comprises just six ...
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KIT HAWES & AARON CATLOW – The Fox (Big Badger Records BBRCD006)

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are two-fifths of Bristol band Sheelanagig and The Fox is their first recorded exploration of their music as a guitar/violin duo. Their parent band is well-known for its pan-European influences and they can’t quite escape that – Aaron’s ‘Peddler’s Leg’ is a high-energy instrumental – ...
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