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.


Sarah McQuaid – tour dates and new album to come

Photograph by Phil Nicholls UK-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on a three-month, 65-show tour of the USA and UK before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album – see details of dates below. Featured earlier this year in the Legends Of Rock exhibition ...
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BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY – Shine A Light (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD623)

Billy Bragg is fine songwriter but I do enjoy it when he goes off piste like this but Shine A Light is rather more in Joe Henry’s territory. The album is subtitled “Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad” but the inclusion of MOR standards like ‘Gentle On My Mind’ ...
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CHEYENNE BROWN & TORY DUGAN – Road Soda (Bird Creek Records BCR003)

Cheyenne and Tory are both from Alaska where Tory still lives, Cheyenne having moved to Scotland some years ago. Tory plays fiddle and keyboards and owns a studio from which he works by internet; Cheyenne plays harp and gets about a bit more and Road Soda is packed with traditional ...
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Video Wall

It's too hot for thinking and writing so we'll take the opportunity to post some of the many videos we've received recently: the first of our Video Wall series. First, here's Kat Healey with 'Hearts Entwined' from her EP, Wolf. Next we have Billy Bragg and Joe Henry with their ...
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Seth Lakeman – new album and tour dates

Seth Lakeman’s eighth studio album is a stunning combination of his dynamic songwriting and playing, the genius of legendary producer Ethan Johns and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin. Between them they have conjured up an epic, soulful album of compelling songs that are stripped ...
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BJ BARHAM – Rockingham (At The Helm)

Taking time out from fronting American Aquarium, Barnham’s solo debut, Rockingham, draws on his observations of people and places, from growing up in hometown Reidsville to his current life in Raleigh, small town stories that may not be autobiographical but still feel very real. Working with a basic format of ...
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CUPOLA:WARD – Bluebell (Betty Beetroot BETTY02)

Cupola:Ward is a co-operative venture between Cupola – Doug Euson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews – and Lucy Ward. All four come from Derbyshire, a county that’s on the rise in breeding singers and musicians, but only three of the songs originate there. The template for their debut album, Bluebell, ...
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Philip Murray Warson releases two online tracks

Having gained considerable attention with an EP late last year, Philip Murray Warson has made two new tracks available online. 'The Trees They Grow So High' is his own, rousing arrangement of a traditional folk song. The recording features Helen O’Hara on the violin, familiar to many for her work ...
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Twinnie releases debut EP

After the incredible success of her previous two singles ‘Cool’and ‘Home’, Twinnie is set to release her self-titled debut EP, out on 29th July 2016 via TLM Records. The EP explores different themes of love and loss under the guise of her signature country pop style. Opening track and previous ...
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Young’uns Show will be the highlight of FolkEast

The culmination of a collaboration between FolkEast, its multi award-winning patrons The Young’uns and Aldeburgh Young Musicians promises to be one of the highlights of Suffolk’s 2016 FolkEast festival. Performing on the main stage on the opening night (Friday, August 19) The Young’uns trio (Michael Hughes, Sean Cooney and David ...
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Damien O’Kane talks to Dave Freak

Hailing from Coleraine, Northern Ireland, banjo-playing singer and arranger Damien O'Kane certainly ruffled a few feathers with his recent solo album, Areas Of High Traffic. Featuring a selection of (as he rightly says) "great songs" they're given a surprising sheen by O'Kane and his band, while the publicity images depict ...
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Neal Hoffmann releases debut single

Summer Time Bliss b/w Vanity And Pride Once in a while a great new summer song — evoking or maybe lamenting summer — just appears… “A few years ago summer didn’t ever seem to arrive. It was wet and cold for a long time and so I thought I’d write ...
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Your chance to back Rosie Hood

Rosie Hood's debut solo album is coming soon; your chance to preorder with exclusive rewards Nominated for the Horizon Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie Hood has already appeared on RootBeat in the Dovetail Trio's Wing of Evening. We're delighted to be bringing you her solo ...
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DARLINGSIDE – Birds Say (Thirty Tigers)

Named as the Folk Alliance Artist of the Year 2016, the Massachussetts-based quartet are likely to make Mumford fans moist with their four-part harmony baroque folk-pop, but you’ll also hear touches of Fleet Foxes, the Byrds, CSN&Y and, especially on ‘My Gal, My Guy’, with Simon and Garfunkel in there ...
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Trail West announce second album

With all band members hailing from the Hebridean Isles of Tiree and South Uist, the music and culture that they were raised in remains a pure and refreshing trademark in the sound of Trail West. Rescattermastered represents the next step on the journey for this exciting west coast quartet. With ...
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HATTIE BRIGGS – Young Runaway (Wise Dog Records WDR003)

It's probably true to say that Hattie Briggs has burst onto the scene. The Gloucestershire based singer/songwriter drew enough confidence from being a BBC2 Young Folk Award nominee to give up reading Russian at Oxford to go full time as a musician. Her début EP My Shepherd’s Hut was released ...
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TANNARA – Trig (Braw Sailin’ Records CD001BSR)

Here is yet another fine young band coming out of Scotland with a song on their lips and a tune in their hearts. We think this album is called Trig – that little symbol on the cover, see. Actually it’s written on the spine but I don’t believe anything I ...
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India Electric Co. – tour dates and special live event

One of the most exciting young duos to have emerged on the acoustic roots scene in the last few years – India Electric Co - are to play a completely unplugged, candlelit gig at the National Trust’s stunning Tudor Sutton House in the heart of Hackney next week. The ...
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Hattie Briggs – new album and live dates

Photograph by IWPhotographic Award-winning musician Hattie Briggs is excited to announce the release of her second studio album Young Runaway on July 8th 2016. This accomplished record features 11 new tracks showcasing her distinctive vocals, skilled musicianship (Hattie plays guitar, keys and ukulele) and observant, heart-warming songwriting. It has been ...
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Two Weeks to Folk By The Oak

A festival of folk's finest acts gathered in beautiful leafy parkland for one uplifting summer day of music - Folk By The Oak Cara Dillon will play an exclusive set at Folk By The Oak, Hatfield House on Sunday 24 July, bringing together an all-star line-up of musicians. Joining Cara ...
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Daniel Meade and The Flying Mules – new album

New album Let Me Off At The Bottom features eleven new Meade originals. It is the first record he has made with The Flying Mules and the hundreds of gigs they have notched up over the last couple of years really comes across in this collection. The Flying Mules are ...
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Fifty years ago Wizz Jones invited Ralph May down to Cornwall to play at the Folk Cottage. May decided to change his name to McTell and the rest is history…except that they never made an album together. Until now. About Time is a selection of old favourites – you’ll find ...
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Maria Kelly – new single

Maria Kelly left quite an impression last year with debut single ‘Before It Has Begun’ - a mournful finger-picked song that shows off Kelly’s pin-drop vocals and beautiful lyricism. Her latest single ‘Black & Blue’ still feels vulnerable, with a hint of foolish optimism, managing to effectively captivate her talent ...
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EVE SELIS – See Me With Your Heart (Hippie Chick Twang HCTCD0513)

Laid up after a rollerblading accident, Selis took time to take stock of why she was making music, especially given that, after eight albums (nine if you include her Christmas collection), she had still not broken down the crossover wall between a loyal following and wider acceptance. It also allowed ...
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Final tickets on sale for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The final tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival as organisers prepare to celebrate 20 years of hosting the event in the county. The four-day festival of music and dance takes place at the West Mid Showground from August 26 to 29 and is expected to ...
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New Syd Barrett film with unreleased footage announced

Cambridge Live teams up with Cambridge Film Festival for film premiere as part of Syd Barrett celebrations Syd Barrett walking tours also confirmed Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Syd’s passing and Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series ...
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THE LEYLINES – Along The Old Straight Track (own label)

Twenty-five or thirty years ago you would have identified Along The Old Straight Track as a new Levellers’ album. There’s the distinctive vocal style, the driving fiddle, the solid drums and bass in the engine room and the occasional agit-prop lyrics. You won’t be surprised to learn that The Leylines ...
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THE DRIFTWOOD MANOR – For The Moon (Folkwit f0133)

Glancing at the track listing of For The Moon and seeing such titles as ‘Fraction Of A Wolf’ and ‘Fire And Brimstone’ (both early singles) you might get a certain impression. ‘Spring’ and ‘I Have Become The Waves’ might contradict that notion and, in truth, neither would be correct. The ...
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Blackbeard’s Tea Party announce more tour dates

Playing together since the summer of 2009, Blackbeard's Tea Party have become firm favourites on the English folk scene. An independent band with four albums to their name, Blackbeard's Tea Party have also completed a number of successful UK headline tours. Their latest album Reprobates was produced by Dave Boothroyd ...
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MARK HARRISON – Turpentine (own label)

I love melodic finger-picking, resonator and slide guitar so it should come as no surprise that I really like Turpentine. I hadn’t encountered Mark Harrison before he got in touch with us, and I’m very glad he did. This is his fifth album, I think, and he’s usually referred to ...
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