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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.

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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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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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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Old Blind Dogs announce new album and tour dates

Old Blind Dogs are back  with a new record and a new line up. Original member, Jonny Hardie (Fiddle / Vocals) is joined by long term partners Aaron Jones (Bouzouki / Vocals), Ali Hutton (Pipes / Whistles) and new percussion powerhouse Donald Hay. In their twenty five year history this ...
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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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Dreadzone release new album and hit the road

Entering an impressive third decade, Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release a brand new album Dread Times on February 17th 2017. Dread Times is the band’s eighth studio album and the third release on their own Dubwiser label ...
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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 latest tour dates... Thursday 16th March @ 8pm South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell ...
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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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Artree Live – news of February gigs

Artree Live have a couple of exciting shows coming up in February we're very much looking forward to. First up is next Friday - 3rd February, and our first Artree Live @ The Clubhouse show of 2017, which features a headline set from one of the top acts on the ...
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Martin Harley – new album and tour dates

Static In The Wires is the new album from blues-Americana singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player extraordinaire Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe). Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Static in the Wires is his seventh album ...
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Keston Cobblers Club – new album and tour

This spring Keston Cobblers Club return with their brand new album, Almost Home, the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album,Wildfire. While continuing to showcase huge hooks, intricate melodies and the kind of honest, accessible lyrics that have already won them an army of loyal fans - Almost Home ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Police Dog Hogan – new album and tour

Police Dog Hogan release their new album Wild By The Side Of The Road on Major Tom Records on Friday 17th February. The official launch gig will take place at Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club in West London on 22 February and will be followed by an extensive tour throughout ...
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Stephen Fearing announces new album and UK tour

For multiple JUNO Award winner Stephen Fearing, a cross-country relocation - from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia - kicked off a period of reflection that inspired the songs which became Every Soul’s A Sailor, his ninth solo record. While they span a range of musical styles from folk ...
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The Grahams – new album and UK tour

Dynamic Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams announce the release of The Grahams and Friends (Live in Studio), a combined collection of songs from Rattle The Hocks (the soundtrack from the film), and the deluxe edition of their 2015 album Glory Bound, none of which have previously been released in the ...
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Ray Cooper (Chopper) announces spring tour

In 2000 Ray Cooper moved to Sweden, to a small red wooden house close to the forest and the wild beasts. The love of winter, the Swedish fiddle tunes and the love of a woman took him there. There is a melancholy to the music, it's the blues of the ...
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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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Siobhan Miller – single, album and tour dates

As a taster for the forthcoming album Strata, Siobhan Miller’s lovely, new single ‘One Too Many Mornings’ is released today. As well as Siobhan’s wonderful vocals, the single features Aaron Jones and Kris Drever (guitar), Tom Gibbs (piano), Euan Burton (bass) and Jack Smedley (viola) This interpretation of Bob Dylan’s classic ...
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Pitmen Poets Remaining Feb Tour Dates

After two sell out UK tours in 2011 and 2013, The Pitmen Poets’ planned world tour was put on hold when Bob Fox was offered a starring role as The Songman in the West End production of Warhorse. Now that Bob has stopped horsing around for a while, it is ...
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Shake The Chains – protest songs old and new

Featuring Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell & Tim Yates WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Peggy Seeger | Steve Knightley | Martin Simpson | 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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Urban Folk Quartet – new album and tour

Reflecting their reputation as a forceful and electric live act, The Urban Folk Quartet return with an extended tour and new live album. As the title suggests, The Urban Folk Quartet: Live III is The UFQ's third live album, and follows the previously released Live (2011) and Live II (2013) ...
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India Electric Co. – tour dates

One of the most exciting young duos to have emerged on the acoustic roots scene in the last few years. Pigeon hole India Electric Co. at your peril. “Folk teleported to the future” is how BBC 6 presenter Tom Robinson has described their bold and refreshing eclectic sound while testament ...
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Show Of Hands announce Albert Hall date

The phenomenally popular Show of Hands have today announced they will mark their milestone 25th year with a return to one of the world’s most famous stages – the Royal Albert Hall – on Easter Sunday 2017 (April 16). Singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged ...
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