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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.

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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John Wort Hannam announces July tour dates

John Wort Hannam is a Canadian singer songwriter from Fort Macleod, Alberta. Born in the Channel Islands and raised in Alberta, John earned a degree in Native American Studies and taught on a reserve for five years. Since leaving his teaching post for music in 2002 he's been nominated for ...
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LE VENT DU NORD live at South Hill Park, Bracknell

Smoke swirled over the darkened stage as four shadowy figures took their places. The sound began with the drone of a hurdy-gurdy, joined by fiddle, jew’s harp and voice and lastly bouzouki. Finally the lights came up to reveal Le Vent Du Nord in all their splendour. It was an ...
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Texan singer-songwriter Sam Baker announces new album and UK tour

Central Texas singer-songwriter Sam Baker releases his long-awaited fifth album, Land Of Doubt, on June 21, 2017. The recording represents a deepening of the approach Baker has pursued since his 2004 debut album Mercy - lyrics pared down to their essence set against the spare backdrop of folk-rock instruments used in ...
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Home Gathering 2017 – all the details

HOME GATHERING 2017 15-17th September Hoults Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2HL Home Gathering, curated and presented by The Unthanks, returns for its third edition this September, with another thrilling line-up across two stages in Newcastle’s Hoults Yard - the post industrial site brimming with atmosphere and regional heritage that was so ...
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Peter Knight to celebrate 70th birthday in Tewkesbury

"Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow” so said no less a philosopher and writer than Sir Terry Pratchett, a man who knows what it is to invent a world…several actually. Equally at home in diverse worlds/scenarios, Peter is a skilled practitioner who conjures and crafts aural images ...
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German-Celtic band Cara – first UK tour dates

Born fourteen years ago of Germany’s longstanding love affair with Celtic music, Cara’s line-up features four of that country’s finest traditional musicians, together with Scottish singer-songwriter and pianist Kim Edgar, delivering an innovative blend of old and new material with traditional and folk-pop stylings, fronted by twin lead vocals. Now ...
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Annie Keating – new download single and UK tour

Annie Keating announces release of new digital-only single ‘Trouble’ to coincide with her first UK tour since 2013. Trick Star, Annie’s seventh and most accomplished album to date, was released to wide acclaim in 2016. Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Annie has recorded two sessions for his ...
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Spooky Men’s Chorale announce 7th UK tour

Australia’s weird and wonderful black-clad choristers, The Spooky Men's Chorale are gearing up for another biennial blast round Britain. Following triumphant UK tours in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, they are busy packing multifarious hats in their native New South Wales, ready to whisk themselves away from the ...
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The Unthanks, Gabrielle Drake and Maxine Peake in Conversation and Performance

Saturday 27th May The Barbican (Fountain Room) 6pm-8pm (free, registration required) Sandwiched between the album release the day before, and two sold out performances at The Barbican the day after, The Unthanks launch Diversions Vol. 4 - The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake, featuring an exclusive Q&A with The ...
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June highlights at Cecil Sharp House

Moya Brennan – The Voice of Clannad Thurs 1 June, 7.30pm £18 | £10 under 26s When Bono stated recently, "I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced", he was heralding what many people know already about The Voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan ...
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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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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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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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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. The Takeover Sunday 9 July, 7pm ​Tickets: £6 Showcasing talented young folk bands and musicians, this concert wraps up an ...
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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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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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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 2nd July @ 1pm Purbeck Pirate Festival, Swanage, Dorset FREE ...
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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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