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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…

LATEST NEWS…

April highlights at Cecil Sharp House

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham Saturday 1 Apr, 7.30pm Tickets: £18 / £10 under 26s Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Scottish duo Phil and Aly recorded their first album The Pearl in 1994 and followed it with many more highly acclaimed albums ...
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Room For All: Shrewsbury Folk Festival launches new cultural diversity project

A new project to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the plight of refugees has been launched by Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Organisers of the annual four-day music festival have secured a £95,000 investment from Arts Council England for the 18-month Room For All initiative that will include a new music commission featuring refugee ...
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STEAMCHICKEN – Look Both Ways (Chicken Records STEAM16/3)

Steamchicken began life as a ceilidh band but have expanded their horizons considerably with a brass section and a powerful vocalist in Amy Kakoura. Look Both Ways is something like their fifth album and is possibly the definitive statement of jazz-folk. The album kicks off with the powerful spiritual, ‘Jericho’ ...
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SHORTSTUFF – Big Blue (Blonde On Blonde DCT16BB01)

When I first played this album I assumed that Shortstuff were American and had been playing the blues for years. Big Blue has a confident swing about it that invites you in and settles you down. In fact Dave Thomas and Hugh Gregory met in London and once enjoyed a ...
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Meet hazeyjane – ambient guitar experimentalists

Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and adaptive arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry. Chris' voice is often said to resemble that of David Sylvian and his ambient acoustic guitar style ...
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Nick Ellis – spring tour dates

Nick Ellis is a Liverpool-based singer and guitarist who released his debut album Daylight Ghosts via Liverpool label Mellowtone Records in November 2016. Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation ...
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Shirley Collins talks to Dave Freak for Folking

"It’s been a sort of fairy story!" is how Shirley Collins describes her unexpected return to the spotlight with a studio album and live tour after 30 years of silence. The singer and song collector was at the forefront of the so-called folk revival, releasing a string of well-received and ...
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Butlins’ Great British Folk Festival announces first names

Heading into its sixth year! The Great British Folk Festival 2016 promises to be the best yet, with an amazing line up of award-winning folk talent. Book early to get the best choice of accommodation and avoid missing out on this renowned festival which is now a staple in the ...
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Southdowns Folk Festival – first names announced

Planning and preparations are well under way for this year`s popular Southdowns Folk Festival which is happening in and around Bognor Regis between Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th September. This year will see a lot more Town Centre activities with a bigger & even more spectacular dance programme, expanded delightful ...
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VARIOUS – From Here: English Folk Field Recordings (From Here Sitw005)

They may be newcomers to the scene, but Stick In The Wheel are certainly making their mark, not just with their own recordings and associated artifacts, but in their involvement with the folk world in general, and the traditional in particular. Band members Ian Carter and Nicola Kearey serve as ...
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QUILES & CLOUD – Shake Me Now (Compass)

Although conveniently filed under NewGrass, there’s more to San Francisco based duo Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud that bluegrass, Shake Me Now, their third album, produced by label founder Alison Brown, evidencing traces of jazz, classical, blues and folk. With Oscar Westesson on upright bass essentially making them a trio, ...
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Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors reveal new album

Souvenirs. Drew Holcomb has collected many of them. A road warrior for more than a decade, he's spent his adulthood onstage and on the road, traveling from place to place with a catalogue of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. He turns a new ...
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BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS – Copenhagen (LOUVAIO L00005)

Benjamin Folke Thomas was born on a small island off the coast of Sweden, mainly populated by evangelical Christians, but his third album takes it's title from across the Øresund; Copenhagen. Combining his upbringing with musical influences ranging from Leadbelly to Cohen and Jackson Browne means his work tends, perhaps ...
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Harri Endersby announces her debut album

Durham-based musician and songwriter Harri Endersby is proud to release her full-length, debut album Homes/Lives. The 11-track album is a collection of songs written by Harri over the past two years, the recording of which has been made possible by 85 ‘backers’ who funded the album process through her successful ...
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Ron Sexsmith announces new album

Three-time Juno award winner Ron Sexsmith has revealed details about his new album, The Last Rider. Ron’s thirteenth studio recording was co-produced at The Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario by longtime drummer and collaborator Don Kerr and Sexsmith. The album is his first to include Ron’s touring band. Since making his major-label debut in 1995, Ron ...
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Maverick Festival announces first names

For its milestone 10th anniversary Maverick Festival is thrilled to welcome some exciting new names to this years line-up. First up we would like to announce Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee! Known for his signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed picking, Albert has not only worked with some of ...
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Winter Mountain (Joe Francis) announces spring tour

Winter Mountain (Cornish-born Joe Francis) delivers heartfelt, self-penned songs in an extraordinary voice. In spring 2017 Joe will be taking his full band on the road. Together they form a blistering, shimmering 4-piece, comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and reenergize the soulful, folk-rock songs from Winter Mountain‘s two acclaimed ...
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Halsway Manor – call for Artists In Residence 2018

Halsway Manor – National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4BD  Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts is seeking applications from artists, companies or groups to be Artists in Residence for 2018. The successful artist will follow in the footsteps of  acclaimed folk trio ...
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Oxford Folk Weekend announces headline names

Drum roll please… Oxford’s favourite community based, volunteer-run festival is gearing up for its sixth year in big style! Folk Weekend: Oxford has grown steadily every year since its inception in 2012, with increasing support and collaborations from local and national folk artists and performing groups. Known for the strong ...
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DAVE BURLAND AND THE AWKWARD SQUAD – Okkard (Fat Cat FATCD037)

Dave Burland may have recorded one of the definitive folk albums of the seventies but he’s always been a rocker at heart as anyone who has been in the same room as Shagpile will testify. Alongside him in The Awkward Squad are two members of that band, Dave Fisher and ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival announces more top names

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years; a Festival exclusive from multi-platinum selling Indigo Girls, whose celebrated and influential career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, ...
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Imagined Isle Festival announces headline names

Birmingham music festival returns for second year. Headliners include Fairport Convention and Jon Boden. Fairport Convention, Jon Boden and The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble are among the acts headlining folk and roots festival Imagined Isle, which returns to the Birmingham's iconic Town Hall from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017 ...
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Jenn & Laura-Beth announce debut album, Bound

Jenn Butterworth (guitar and voice) and Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin and voice) have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk ...
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FINTAN McHUGH – Wait Till The Clouds Roll By (own label)

Wait Till The Clouds Roll By is the debut album from young Irish singer Fintan McHugh. It has been available for a while but has only recently come into our possession and we feel compelled to bring it to your attention. Fintan plays guitar and cittern and for his instrumental ...
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Ida Wenøe announces debut album and tour dates

Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe (pronounced EE-da ven-O) is excited to announce the UK release of her impressive debut solo album Time Of Ghosts on April 7th 2017 (Shellshock Distribution). Ida will be returning to the UK in April for a full UK tour, performing at Camden’s Green Note in ...
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Banjo wizard Dan Walsh announces UK tour dates

Nominated for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). 2017 sees the release of highly anticipated new solo ...
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MONSTER CEILIDH BAND – Mutation (Haystack Records HAYCD011)

There was a time when I would stand in front of a ceilidh band and when things were going well and you had a hall full of people who were into it it was the most fun you could have with your clothes on. When it comes to recording an ...
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Bob Fox – live dates in March

Monday 20th White Horse Folk Club, Conservative Club, Wylies Road, Beverley, E.Yorks. HU17 7AP tickets/info: 01430 810213 website Tuesday 21st Dartford Folk Club Dartford WMC, Essex Road, Dartford, Essex. DA1 2AU tickets/info: 01322 277218 website Wednesday 22nd Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury, Berks. tickets/info: 0845 5218218 website Thursday 23rd Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants. BH25 ...
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Seafoam Green announces debut album, Topanga Mansion

The genesis of Seafoam Green followed a chance meeting with Rich Robinson during recording sessions in Nashville. Dave O’Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and European tour dates and soon the pair began writing and recording in earnest, leading to their collaboration on the stunning debut album ...
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Alison Moyet set to headline Weyfest

We are delighted to announce that the fabulous Alison Moyet will be headlining our main stage on Saturday 19th August.  Our first ever female headliner! During her impressive career spanning over three decades, Alison has produced eight studio and three compilation albums, all charting in the UK Top 30 and two reaching number one. With UK ...
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