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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.

Knight & Spiers UK Tour March 2018

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be ...
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Wilde Roses – eponymous debut album and Tintagel date

Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, they draw their repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories ...
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Canadian folk double header tour

A transatlantic co-headline UK tour from two of the biggest names from the culture-rich maritime province of Canada. The Ennis Sisters have grown up and gone through a number of phases and musical explorations together. Their latest album, Stages, is a return to their roots – singing contemporary folk songs ...
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Sarah McQuaid announces new album and tour dates

Produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid. Musings on mortality dominate this recording, but it’s by no means all gloom: ‘Break Me Down’ is possibly the cheeriest song ever ...
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Dan Walsh Trio announce spring tour dates

After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh's annual UK tour offers an exciting change for 2018 seeing the launch of the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. This exciting new outfit sees him team up ...
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Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are back for a series of intimate gigs during February 2018

2017 saw Dempsey Broughton return to the fray with a series of exciting live appearances to accompany the release of their acclaimed album, Off By Heart. The collection’s nine tracks ranged from outlandish and inventive instrumentals, to traditional and original songs. With “a slightly political twist” running throughout, the collection ...
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Zoe Mulford announces new album and tour dates

Small Brown Birds is the eagerly awaited new album release from Zoe Mulford, an album that looks for joy in the midst of hard times. The songs touch on wintry themes with compassion, honesty, and sometimes wit, tracing a journey from sadness to hope and from winter to spring. The ...
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Spirit Of Minnie – The New Will Varley Album and UK Tour

Will Varley has announced details of his 5th studio album, 'Spirit Of Minnie’, released February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Following 2016’s much praised ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, the new album marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being ...
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I’M WITH HER announce debut album and UK Tour Dates

I'm With Her, is a new band project featuring; Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, who have recently announced the release of their full-length debut, See You Around (out February 16, 2018). Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter ...
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Ferris & Sylvester release new song ‘London’s Blues’

Ferris & Sylvester have released a brand new song ‘London’s Blues’, the new track is taken from their forthcoming EP Made In Streatham, out February 2nd. ‘London’s Blues’ opens with finger clicks and vocal rounds before breaking into a sound that’s pulled straight from the Deep South with slide guitar ...
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Glen Hansard announces third album and European tour

Marking his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will release Between Two Shores on January 19 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm And Repose, the ten-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more ...
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The Lake Poets – live EP and tour dates

The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff,  released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Christmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up ...
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Luke Jackson and Amy Wadge announce their New Year tour

Sometimes unlikely performing partnerships just work – and fizz! That is undoubtedly the case with acclaimed young singer songwriter Luke Jackson who will join forces for the fourth time with Cardiff’s Amy Wadge for what promises to be a dazzling double header UK tour in the new year. Between January ...
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Joan Baez returns with new album and spring tour

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The ...
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Reg Meuross announces new album and tour

In 2011 Stephen Jordan, the Head Librarian at The Bodleian Music Library in Oxford, approached Reg Meuross with the idea of commissioning a compilation of unreleased material. After a cursory search down the back of the sofa Reg managed to find 20 songs that he had recorded to various stages ...
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Maeve Mackinnon – new album and spring tour

Contemporary Gaelic Singer Maeve Mackinnon releases her third studio album in February, 2018. Strì is a collection of songs in Gaelic and English, based on the themes of work, exile and struggle, from a woman’s perspective. “Strì means to strive or struggle in Gaelic. My original idea was to revisit ...
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Levellers – new acoustic album and tour

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers will be releasing We The Collective on March 9th via the band’s own label, On The Fiddle Recordings. Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, the Levellers have long ...
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Police Dog Hogan announce spring tour

Police Dog Hogan get back on the road with a short tour during February and March 2018. With 300 plus gigs already under their belts and a highly successful fourth album, Wild By The Side Of The Road, released in 2017 this band carries on delivering their own brand of ...
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Mister Keith continues his tour of parlour concerts

Mister Keith and his mini orchestra continue their 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 the latest album ‘Record ...
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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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