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All the events listed below are taken from the latest “Hot Off The Press” gigs, tour news and special events that the folking news desk have hand-picked for you.

Matt Gresham – first London headline show

Fresh from supporting UK’s James Arthur on his 16-date March tour, Perth born singer songwriter Matt Gresham has announced his first London headline show at The Islington on Friday 26 May. Tickets are on sale now. Now residing in Berlin after signing to Warner Germany, Matt is delving into a ...
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Damien Dempsey postpones UK tour dates

We are sorry to have to announce on behalf of Damien Dempsey that his forthcoming UK tour needs to be postponed. Unfortunately Damien has a very minor medical issue that presents no major risk to him at all but it  does  mean that he will not be able to sing ...
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Give Voice 2017 – all the details

Venue website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk ...
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Kaia Kater announces new album Plus Tour Dates

The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater ...
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Le Vent Du Nord To Play South Hill Park

Artree are absolutely delighted to be hosting a show by possibly their favourite band in the entire world right now - Le Vent Du Nord on the 9 June at South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire. Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are ...
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Fraser Shaw – posthumous tune book and CD

Fraser Shaw was a wonderful piper, whistle player and composer from Glasgow who resided on the Isle of Islay. After his passing in May 2015, a group of friends and family started a Trust in his honour. The foremost aim of the Fraser Shaw Trust is to raise money for ...
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Bob Fox – The Warhorse Songman – May dates

LIVE & LOCAL CONCERTS "Evening with the Warhorse Songman" Saturday 20th  The Peel Centre, High Street, Dronfield,Derbys S18   tickets/info: 07860 752471 Thursday 25th  Hallgate Gallery Vault, 22-24 Hallgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1XD tickets/info: 01434 603884 Friday 26th       BollyFolk, The Dog and Partridge, Palmerston Street, Bollington, Cheshire SK10 5JX tickets/info: ...
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May highlights at Cecil Sharp House

Luke Jackson with special guest Rebecca Loebe Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm Tickets:  £14 | £10 under 26s A meeting in Kansas, USA led to a transatlantic partnership of two exceptional charismatic young songwriters. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury in Kent.  2013 saw him nominated for ...
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Fairport are fifty on May 27th

When Fairport Convention, the legendary band which originated British folk-rock, takes the stage on Saturday 27 May 2017 it will be fifty years to the day since their first-ever gig. The birthday concert takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington just a few miles from the Golders Green venue ...
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Oysterband celebrate 40 years together

Oysterband was born in the summer of 1977 when the sound of punk rock rang loud from the radio, disaffection became the order of the day and riots filled the streets which would ring through the later years of Thatcherite Britain. There were many on the UK folkscene who felt ...
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Skipinnish announce seventh album and tour dates

In the world of lore and legend, the seventh wave was bigger and more powerful than all gone before.  This, the seventh album, from Skipinnish, epitomizes that theme perfectly.  With Norrie MacIver’s distinct vocal taking on the lead and with a few other transfers and additions, this is the band’s ...
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Tim Grimm and the Family Band – new album and tour

A Stranger In This Time ranges from Tim Grimm’s signature reverence for the people and the land where he grew up, to sharply crafted and damning indictments of the times in which we live; from deep, poetic ballads of bittersweet love to edgy, groove-driven social commentary. The opening track, ‘These ...
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Folk Sounds Best at Cecil Sharp House

The English Folk Dance and Song Society has unveiled its line up for the 2017 summer music and performance season at England’s national folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House in London. Rosie Hodgson Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 | £10 under 26s As a rising star of the English folk ...
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Kate & Raphaël – debut album and tour dates

Kate Young and Raphaël Decoster together form an exciting blend of original and folk-influenced music. The French accordion dialogs with the Scottish fiddle and Kate's voice with an intimate spontaneity, which invites us to discover their hidden stories and landscapes. They create melodies and songs through their interest for visual arts as ...
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Indigo Girls join Cambridge bill

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music ...
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Conservatoire Folk Ensemble celebrate twenty years

The UK's biggest folk band, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, mark their 20th anniversary year with a new album, Painted, and a series of special appearances. The band's touring line-up features a stage-challenging 50 members. Among them are 15 horns, four cellos, five percussionists, five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, ...
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Golden State songstress Corinne West takes the stage in Aldershot

West End Centre, Aldershot, on Wednesday May 3rd Hailing from San Francisco, California, singer-songwriter Corinne West is a poet, tunesmith, visionary and a stellar performer. An established figure on the acoustic roots/folk scene, she has recorded five critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. As well ...
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Kate Rusby announces 25th anniversary tour dates

Kate Rusby: one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at ...
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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Out Of The Ordinary tour dates

One of the most exciting and beguiling duos of recent years Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin will embark on a unique tour of the most unexpected ‘venues’ this spring. Nobody sounds like the highly innovative Henry and Martin and few can have come up with a tour as different as ...
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Track Dogs announce new album and tour dates

These particular dogs started life back in the autumn of 2006, under the name of The Garrett Wall Band. The starting line-up was simple but effective; guitar, bass, trumpet and cajón. They wanted a clean sound that would work as easily in someone's living room as it would on the ...
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Emily Maguire – new album and live dates

Emily Maguire, the beguiling British-born singer-songwriter whose remarkable personal journey fast-tracked her from the Australian bush to the Albert Hall, will release her first album in more than three years this Friday (February 24) – A Bit Of Blue. A sold out launch gig for A Bit Of Blue will ...
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Kyshona and Robert Lane announce tour dates

After a sold out tour with Sarah Darling and Jenn Bostic as part of Nashville In the Round in September 2016, Kyshona Armstrong returns to the UK for a joint headline tour with Robert Lane. Originally from South Carolina, Kyshona has been resident in Nashville since 2014. Her songwriting skills ...
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The Unthanks tour How Wild The Wind Blows

Performing the Songs & Poems of Molly Drake UK Tour 18 April - 28 May Forming the latest in their series of intrepid album projects, Diversions Vol. 4 sees Mercury nominated Tyneside band The Unthanks embark on a major tour of How Wild The Wind Blows: Performing The Songs and ...
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Martha Tilston announces new album and single

Enchanting songstress Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album Nomad released via Squiggly Records on May 12th. Martha’s seventh album to date, Nomad will be preceded by the double A-side single ‘Nomad Blood’/‘Little Arrow’ on April 7 with UK live dates to follow. Nomad stands as Tilston’s most ...
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Aldershot’s West End Centre hosts award nominees

Aldershot showcases nominees for prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 as top UK and international folk artists perform at Aldershot’s West End Centre this season. With almost half of the dozen nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 performing this year or in the very recent past, ...
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Monster Ceilidh Band announce new album and live dates

Mutation: a new line-up unleashed; a greater, deeper exploration of Monster Ceilidh Band’s signature melding of traditional music and powerful, electronic beats. For the first time, Monster Ceilidh Band have tackled their new album live, showcasing the band in full frenetic flow. Mutation indicates why the band has been in ...
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The Salts announce spring and summer gigs

The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Here are the remaining tour dates... Sunday 28th May @3pm Godalming Bandstand, Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming, Surrey ...
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Carrie Elkin announces new solo album and UK tour dates

The Penny Collector is Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Carrie Elkin’s long-awaited new solo album. After touring extensively as a featured vocalist with the Sam Baker Trio and as a duo performer with her husband Danny Schmidt, this is Elkin’s highly anticipated return to her solo work. Written in a year that ...
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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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Coven – new supergroup tour in March

Three of the British folk scene's finest, most formidable and forthright female acts take to the stage to celebrate International Women's Day 2017. BBC 6 Music favourites and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 Best Duo nominees O'Hooley and Tidow will be joined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists ...
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The Unthanks announce Diversions Vol. 4 and tour

Diversions Vol. 4 The Unthanks - How Wild The Wind Blows Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, ...
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