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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.

Kings Of The South Seas – new single and launch tour dates – new album next year

The lead track from the album Lady Franklin is a broadside from the 1850s. After the disappearance of her husband, Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several expeditions to discover his fate and worked hard to keep the search going for decades. When explorer John Rae returned with Inuit stories of cannibalism, ...
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Neil Brophy Joins Ducking Punches And We Bless This Mess for UK Tour

New single ‘The One Man Folk Band’ To Be Released 17th November Neil Brophy returns to the UK this November for a solo tour supporting UK acoustic punks Ducking Punches for 6 dates and some further shows with Blackbeard's Tea Party. Neil will be following up on his two recent ...
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Strawbs – new studio album: first for eight years. Plus tour dates

The Ferryman’s Curse is the first Strawbs album of new material in eight long years. It is produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides, whose studio is littered with diamond, platinum, and gold discs by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. In celebration of the ...
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Mister Keith launches tour of parlour concerts

In two weeks Mister Keith and his mini orchestra embark on a ten date tour of unique parlour concerts for LIVE&LOCAL rural touring. “This tour is about gathering the community in unusual places and telling stories of life, love and loss through great songs. When I was writing and recording ...
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Jon Boden shares new single ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’

Jon Boden, former front-man of the progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, the new single to be taken from his forthcoming solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on October 6, 2017. Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling ...
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Portland’s John Craigie Announces October UK Tour Dates

Portland-based songwriter John Craigie has announced a UK tour this October; following the release of new record No Rain, No Rose earlier in the year. The extensive tour includes shows in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield and London’s Green Note on October 19th. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, ...
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The Black Feathers – new single and tour dates

Hailing from the Gloucestershire countryside, award winning Americana duo, The Black Feathers announce the release of a new single ‘Holy Water’, the first to be taken from their eagerly awaited second album, due for release in the spring of 2018; the band will also embark on a tour across the ...
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GreenMatthews present a Christmas Folk Opera

GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. First published in 1843, the story is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every generation since. Using new lyrics and traditional ...
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The Urban Folk Quartet announce their autumn tour

Following the success of their Live III album tour, The Urban Folk Quartet head back out on the road for a series of shows that will see the band travel from the South of Devon to the Scottish Borders. The 2016-2017 Live III tour was The UFQ’s longest and most ...
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Richard Thompson announces Acoustic Rarities

Following the release of Acoustic Classics Vol. II to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour that month. Acoustic Rarities is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, ...
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Give Voice! Weekend at Halsway 2017

Venue website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk ...
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The Shee bid farewell to Continuum with autumn 2017 tour

Described as ‘a sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set’ (The Guardian), The Shee’s most recent album, Continuum, has captivated both critics and audiences alike since it was launched at Celtic Connections in January 2016. And this autumn, after rave reviews, two high profile tours and summer festivals, the six-piece is ready to ...
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ANNA COOGAN OCTOBER UK TOUR DATES

US singer-songwriter and former fisheries biologist, Anna Coogan, is excited to announce her return to the UK this October, following the release of her well received new record ‘The Lonely Cry of Space & Time’ in April. The live dates include a show at London’s Sound Lounge on Thursday October ...
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The Nights At The Circus folk club – Birmingham’s newest attaction

The Nights At The Circus Folk Club is the newest edition to Birmingham’s heritage of guest-booking folk clubs. Starting in January 2017, the club has brought a hugely varied programme of nationally touring folk artists to the Second City, including such renowned names as Sam Kelly, winner of the 2016 ...
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Megson announce autum tour

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, revered duo Megson hit the road once again in 2017, with a string of dates booked across the UK through September, October and November for their Pushing On tour. The husband and ...
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The Young’uns road trip and tour dates

Teesside trio The Young’uns have embarked on a road trip to meet four men who have inspired songs on their acclaimed new album Strangers (out Sept 29) – two in the UK, one in France and one in Germany. First Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle were in their ...
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EFDSS announce marathon autumn program at Cecil Sharp House

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm £18 | £10 under 26s John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. A quarter of a century later, the fired-up folk live-wires are set to celebrate their musical kinship, with their first studio album, ...
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Ron Pope announces new album, Work, and UK live dates

This fall, Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope will embark on an international headline tour making stops in New York, London, Chicago, Nashville, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and more. See below for a full tour itinerary. Pope’s latest studio album, Work, is due August 18th on his own Brooklyn Basement Records ...
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Jon Boden announces new solo album and tour dates

Jon Boden, former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of his new solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on October 6th. Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a twelve-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million ...
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Keith James tours The Songs Of Nick Drake

A haunting and immaculately crafted concert This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake - Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by ...
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Jarrod Dickenson announces new album, single and tour dates

Jarrod Dickenson announces the release date for his long awaited album Ready The Horses as September 29th 2017 and reveals new single ‘California’. Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson ...
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The Routes Quartet announce their debut album

The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan) ...
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Sarah Jane Scouten releases new album and announces UK tour dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten released new full-length album When The Bloom Falls From The Rose on June 16th via Light Organ Records. Observant, outspoken, and at the top of her craft, the new album is an luminous body of work; one that shines a light ...
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Richard Thompson to release Acoustic Classics II

Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October. On the heels of the success ...
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Les Barker – live dates for 2017

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. A well known style icon Les always cuts a dash in the world of fashion where he is much respected as a leading exponent of the ...
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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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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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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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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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