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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.

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 of Thatcherite Britain. There were many on the UK folkscene who felt the same urge for similar challenges and ...
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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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Damien Dempsey announces new album and tour

Damien Dempsey’s debut album in 2000, They Don’t Teach This Shit In School, set him apart as a unique and important voice, championed from an early stage in his career by Sinéad O’Connor. The follow-up, Seize The Day, marked the beginning of his relationship with producer John Reynolds, picking up many awards ...
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Madison Violet – new album and May tour

For those who don’t know Madison Violet, it all began in 1999 when Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac met over coffee and omelettes, in a Toronto restaurant called The Green Room. It was a chance meeting, 1900 km away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were ...
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Tim Grimm and the Family Band – new album and tour

A Stranger In This Time ranges from Tim Grimm’s signature reverence for the people and the land where he grew up, to sharply crafted and damning indictments of the times in which we live; from deep, poetic ballads of bittersweet love to edgy, groove-driven social commentary. The opening track, ‘These ...
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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. Luke Jackson with special guest Rebecca Loebe Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm ​Tickets: £14 | £10 under 26s A meeting in ...
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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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Fairport Convention 50th Anniversary Concert at St George’s in Beckenham

Fairport Convention are to open the Arts at St George’s Festival in Beckenham on Friday 5th May 2017 at 8.00pm. So, come and join us and the band for this golden anniversary concert for an evening of musical celebration on the 50th Anniversary Tour. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took ...
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Kate Rusby announces 25th anniversary tour dates

Kate Rusby: one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at ...
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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Out Of The Ordinary tour dates

One of the most exciting and beguiling duos of recent years Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin will embark on a unique tour of the most unexpected ‘venues’ this spring. Nobody sounds like the highly innovative Henry and Martin and few can have come up with a tour as different as ...
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Davis Lindley Mullan – first east London date

Davis Lindley Mullan - otherwise known as DLM - a three piece acoustic trio based in the West Country, are heading to London on Saturday 29 April to headline a show in the theatre space at Walthamstow's Rose & Crown. DLM are headed by Andy Davis, or Andrew Cresswell Davis ...
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April highlights at Cecil Sharp House

RANT Saturday 29 Apr, 7.30pm ​Tickets: ​£12 / £10 under 26s Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl ...
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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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Shirley Collins talks to Dave Freak for Folking

"It’s been a sort of fairy story!" is how Shirley Collins describes her unexpected return to the spotlight with a studio album and live tour after 30 years of silence. The singer and song collector was at the forefront of the so-called folk revival, releasing a string of well-received and ...
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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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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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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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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 remaining tour dates... Saturday 29th April @ 1pm Brixham Pirate Festival, Brixham, Devon FREE ...
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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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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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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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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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