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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Continuum whirlwind continues with April tour

The Shee’s much lauded 2016 album, Continuum, continues to garner critical acclaim – so much so that the band is responding to demand by taking to the road for a second album tour. The album, composed and released in celebration of the band’s tenth anniversary, will be the focus of ...
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Artree Live at South Hill Park

Tuesday 28th March Tickets are selling fast for our hugely exciting Wilde Theatre show on the 28th , featuring Scottish traditional icons Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. Aly and Phil have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across ...
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Rackhouse Pilfer announce UK tour dates

Stomping Irish Americana-bluegrass sextet Rackhouse Pilfer announce extensive UK tour from March 11-April 2, opening with a show at this year’s Country to Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena. Performing songs from their acclaimed 2014 album Love And Havoc, they’ll also be previewing material from their eagerly anticipated third album, ...
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Folk stars present The Theatre Ballads

Several leading folk musicians will star in a new commission bringing traditional folk ballads to life in a short run of exclusive performances in March. The Theatre Ballads, which has been developed by Horse + Bamboo Theatre, will debut at Cecil Sharp House in London on March 23 with shows ...
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Alasdair Roberts – new album, tour and video

Alasdair Robert's high-spirited new album, Pangs, is in stores today - and in commemoration with this forthcoming moment of uplift, we share with one and all the newly-minted video for the title track. Throughout Pangs, Alasdair's leads a band on electric guitar, offering an evocation of the 60s and 70s folk-rockers of the British ...
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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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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... Friday 31st March @ 8pm The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, ...
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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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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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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – tour dates

Peter Knight's Gigspanner will be touring the country in February and March. Do not miss them. March 2017 22nd Hastings, The Stables Theatre http://stablestheatre.co.uk/ 23rd Frome, Rook Lane Chapel http://www.rooklane.org.uk/ www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knights-gigspanner-tickets-30843750488 24th Dartmouth, The Flavel https://theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/Home 25th Falmouth, The Poly http://thepoly.org/ 26th Lichfield, The Guildhall http://lichfieldarts.org.uk/ 28th Stratford-upon-Avon, The Bear ...
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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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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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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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