The folking.com music archive for album reviews and news

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This is a list of everything we have on folking.com in date and month order. So if you like trawling the depths of the site for amazing content that you may have missed then this is the place to “net” an article, feature or review or two.

The archive is a work in progress as we still have gaps to fill from 2009 back to 2001. Most of the missing content are older album reviews which require reformatting with each article having to be submitted back on to the site with album covers and links to where they can be obtained from (where available).

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 ...
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THE HYDES – Green & Blue (Hyde Music Productions – HYDECD1)

This recently released debut album from Denver sibling duo – Joanna and Iain Hyde – who have mastered the art of Irish music, and entwined ...
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RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE – Poor Ellen Smith (WildGoose Records WGS419CD)

Rattle On The Stovepipe are Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart who play American old-timey music with the classic guitar, fiddle and banjo set-up, ...
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Jeremy Tuplin announces new single and debut album

London-via-Somerset newcomer Jeremy Tuplin will release his debut LP I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut in the summer of 2017.   Following on from his two independent released ...
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KATE DIMBLEBY – Songbirds (Folkstock FSR44)

For the past 25 years Kate Dimbleby, the daughter of legendary broadcaster David and opera loving cookery writer Josceline, has been plying her musical trade ...
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March highlights at Cecil Sharp House

The Rheingans Sisters Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm £12 / £10 under 26s Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track in ...
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SALLY BARKER – Ghost Girl (Old Dog Records 017)

The title track is a new recording of the song she wrote for 2015 Poozies album, Into The Well, featuring real rather than electric piano, ...
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Towersey Festival announces headline acts

KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden, are set to headline the 53rd Towersey Festival (25-28 August 2017, Thame, Oxfordshire). They’re joined by ...
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Góbéfest – The UK’s first Transylvanian Hungarian festival of arts and culture

Saturday 13-Sunday 14 May 2017 Albert Square, Manchester Free “There’s more to Hungarians than paprika and more to Transylvania than Dracula,” says Ottilia Ördög, organiser ...
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Folk East 2017 announces first headline acts

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the sixth time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music ...
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SINGLES BAR 18

A round-up of recent EPs and singles Having released their Death and Other Animals album to wide acclaim last year, FAUSTUS return to the well ...
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GARY INNES – Era (own label GH101)

Oh boy, do I like this CD? Yes, I do! Era is only the second ‘solo’ album released by Gary Innes who is part of ...
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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, ...
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TOP FLOOR TAIVERS – A Delicate Game (TFT Records TFTR001)

The first thing I had to do was discover the meaning of taiver. Apparently it means a rag and, by extension, low or abject. Top ...
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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 ...
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AMY WADGE AND LUKE JACKSON live at Cambridge Junction

Cambridge City Roots Festival, 7 February 2017 What comes across so strikingly from an evening with Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson is their natural rapport ...
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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 ...
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The Food Of Love Project features Shakespearean songs

Introducing The Food of Love Project, a compilation album featuring some of the great names of folk music performing a rich variety of songs either ...
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STEVE PLEDGER live at Dunster Castle Hotel

Friday 9th February 2017 A very chilly evening in Dunster, North Somerset was made glowingly warm by a lovely gig, courtesy of award winning singer ...
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CAMBRIDGE CITY ROOTS FESTIVAL – Various artists and venues, 3-11 February 2017

The 2017 inaugural City Roots Festival is kind of like an expansion pack for the Cambridge Folk Festival: a winter top-up with lots of bonus ...
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POLICE DOG HOGAN – Wild By The Side Of The Road

Formed in 2009 and currently an eight-piece, Wild By The Side Of The Road is Police Dog Hogan’s fourth album and firmly consolidates their growing ...
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THE AMPLIFIED ACOUSTIC BAND – Now. Here. This. (100Promotion 100P038)

I was approached by acclaimed Czech and London based singer songwriter Jamie Marshall to do a review of 'Now. Here. This.' - the debut album ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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CARREG LAFAR – Aur (Sain SCD2754)

Carreg Lafar are a five-piece band from Wales and Aur is their fourth album in a career that has spanned 20 years.  From the front ...
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THE HUT PEOPLE – Routes (Fellside FECD280)

The Hut People are an English instrumental duo, Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond. Routes is their fourth studio album on the Fellside label. Both are ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION – 50:50@50 (Matty Grooves MGCD054)

Opportunities for celebration come round with increasing frequency when you’ve been in the business as long as Fairport Convention has. The current line-up has been ...
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Belinda O’Hooley talks to Folking about Coven

There’s a new gang in town and if their publicity photographs are any guide they mean business. Coven combines the talents of O’Hooley & Tidow, ...
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STEVEN JAMES ADAMS AND THE FRENCH DROPS – live

The Portland Arms (Cambridge City Roots Festival, 3 February 2017) Singer-songwriter Steven James Adams returns to home turf in Cambridge to play the packed, intimate ...
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The Hut People announce their fourth album

This month The Hut People release their fourth studio album on the Fellside label entitled Routes. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across oceans and ...
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BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE – A Burdensome Year (Gin House Records)

When I first heard of Benjamin William Pike's latest CD A Burdensome Year (released on January 27th 2017), my interest was piqued by a suggested ...
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SHEILA K CAMERON – Alone On The Road (Glalell SKC1703CD)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged (pace Jane Austen) that to really sing the blues you have to feel the blues, have to live the blues ...
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BRENDAN HENDRY & JONNY TOMAN – Living Roots (own label LR001)

Living Roots is a traditional and modern tunes album that sets the scene from the first track – ‘The Boyne Hunt’. Hornpipe and fiddle at its ...
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Rock legend Steve Hackett announces new album

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony).  ...
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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 ...
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Rodney Crowell announces new album

Multi-Grammy award winning troubadour Rodney Crowell will release his new album Close Ties on 7th April through New West Records. The ten-song set is his ...
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The Doc Rowe Archive And Collection – important news

New exhibition to celebrate and interpret traditional British folk culture The Doc Rowe Archive And Collection is delighted to announce an exhibition of artworks inspired ...
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KEITH JAMES – The Songs Of Leonard Cohen – live at Farnham Maltings

No-one can accuse Keith James of opportunism. He has been touring The Songs Of Leonard Cohen for six years now. The set has changed sometimes ...
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ÉILÍS KENNEDY – Westward (own label)

Éilís Kennedy  comes from and still lives in Dingle in the far west of Ireland. She is half of Lumiere with Pauline Scanlon and Westward ...
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Amelia Curran announces new album, Watershed

Canadian Juno award winning songwriter Amelia Curran reveals plans for new album Watershed, due for UK release on 21st April, through Six Shooter Records, following ...
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ELIZA CARTHY & THE WAYWARD BAND – Big Machine (Topic TSCD592P)

From her debut solo album back in 1996, Carthy has never been predictable in her constant determination to both celebrate and reinvent the folk tradition ...
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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 ...
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THE RACHEL HAMER BAND – Hard Ground (own label RHB01)

Hard Ground is the debut album from The Rachel Hamer Band: Rachel, Graeme Armstrong, Grace Smith and Sam Partridge. The Newcastle based quartet are the ...
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Joe Booley announces his debut album

Joe Booley is a 20 year-old singer-songwriter from Hampshire who has been active on the local and national scene since 2012. In the last five ...
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Cwlwm Celtaidd 2017 announces first children’s choir competition

This year the inter-Celtic festival, Cwlwm Celtaidd, will host a choir competition for the first time as part of its annual event on March 12th, 2017 ...
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KRIS WOODBIRD – Monsters Of Heart (Mess Productions MESS116)

Known to friends and family as Krister Svensson, Woodbird hails from southern Sweden and is currently based out of Stockholm, arriving at his indie folk ...
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Artree Live – news of February gigs

Artree Live have a couple of exciting shows coming up in February we're very much looking forward to. First up is next Friday - 3rd ...
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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 ...
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MIKE GROGAN – Too Many Ghosts (Poacher Records PRCD105 & PRLP106)

Mike Grogan’s musical background spans many genres - rock, punk and indie among them. He became a solo artist in 2011 and released his first ...
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Folk By The Oak – last chance for early bird tickets

Folk By The Oak were thrilled to announce the addition of acoustic blues legend Eric Bibb to our line-up last week, and can now confirm ...
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ALICE MARRA – Chain Up The Swings (Inner City Sound Records ICS002)

Those of you who are paying attention will have spotted the name and wondered what was going on. Yes, Alice Marra is a Hazey Jane ...
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DÓNAL CLANCY – On The Lonesome Plain (own label DCLPCD16)

Dónal is a scion of the Clancy dynasty and really had no choice but to embrace their musical  heritage but spent his early life in ...
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SIOBHAN MILLER – Strata (Songprint Records SPR003CD)

Scotland is currently blessed with a crop of superb young female singers and Siobhan Miller is right up there in the top section of that ...
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THE GRAHAMS – The Grahams and Friends (Live in Studio) (Three Sirens Music Group)

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was seven and he was nine, they became a ...
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Mànran’s Gary Innes announces new solo album and single

Highland born accordionist and one of the founding members of Scottish award-winning celtic  supergroup,  Mànran, Gary Innes, is about to release his much-anticipated second solo ...
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MÀNRAN – An Dà Là – The Two Days (Mànran Records MAN04)

It is now so easy to create your own CD that most artistes of any calibre have at least one to boast of. Regretfully, this ...
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Mike Grogan announces his new album

The new album by singer-songwriter Mike Grogan, called Too Many Ghosts is released on the 10th February, 2017. This will be Mike’s third album and ...
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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 ...
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Son Volt announce their new album, Notes Of Blue

Nashville, TN – Seminal band Son Volt has announced the February 17 release of their new album, Notes Of Blue (Thirty Tigers). Led by the ...
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SINGLES BAR 17

A round-up of recent EPs and singles Having released their latest album, Good Times Will Come Again last year, MEGSON now lift the lead track, ...
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RAYNA GELLERT – Workin’s Too Hard (Storysound 161-019)

Fiddle player with Uncle Earl, Gellert follows up her 2013 solo debut with the seven track Workin’s Too Hard, which, at under 25 minutes, may ...
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JUDE JOHNSTONE – A Woman’s Work (BoJack BJR2221960-2)

Although A Woman’s Work is her seventh album, there’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of the piano-playing New England singer-songwriter. It is, however, ...
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RED TAIL RING – Fall Away Blues (Earthwork Music EW8504)

So you’ve seen the title, Fall Away Blues, and noted that Red Tail Ring are a guitar/fiddle/banjo duo so you know what their album sounds ...
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Americana Music Association showcase events at AmericanaFest UK

As part of this year’s Americana Music Association UK Awards, there will also be an evening of curated showcases from twenty new and established artists ...
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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 ...
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Petula Clark to headline Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival announces four more acts to complete the roster of nineteen previously announced. Petula Clark will headline on Friday 11 August ...
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FLEETWOOD CAVE – People Like Us (Rhythm Records FCPLU2016))

Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave met with the formation of TRADarrr and things went from there. Unlike their parent band, Fleetwood Cave’s debut album, People ...
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Billy Bragg to headline Wychwood Festival

Wychwood Festival has announced that punk singer-songwriter Billy Bragg will be playing the main stage on Friday night. The festival which takes place 2nd - ...
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February highlights at Cecil Sharp House

The Transports - SOLD OUT Thurs 2 Feb, 7.30pm Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita Tues 14 Feb, 7.30pm £18 / £10 under 26s It’s been ...
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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 ...
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Fairport Convention celebrate their golden jubilee

Fairport Convention, the legendary band who originated British folk-rock, celebrate their golden anniversary this year. When Fairport takes the stage on Saturday 27 May 2017 ...
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JOHN CEE STANNARD & BLUES HORIZON – To The River (Cast Iron CIRCD 028)

It might be blues but it’s happy music. Sometimes my wife’s initial reactions to an album are perfectly insightful and To The River, the latest ...
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Barbara Dickson – new EP and tour dates

Barbara Dickson’s career spans 50 years and she is now recording some of her most interesting material, a fusion of old and new. ‘I started ...
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Top names for Cwlwm Celtaidd announced

Bands Calan and Jamie Smith’s Mabon will join other artists to perform at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion on March 10-12th, 2017 in Cwlwm Celtaidd, the annual ...
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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. February 2017 23rd Preston, Minster http://www.friendsoffolk.org.uk 24th Sale, Waterside ...
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Rayna Gellert releases a new mini album

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, Gellert turned ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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JOHN RENBOURN & WIZZ JONES – Joint Control (Riverboat Records TUGCD1095)

This CD review is something of a special case, in that it actually comes from my own collection, and wasn't bought specifically to review (and ...
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SON OF THE VELVET RAT – Dorado (Fluff and Gravy FnG037/Mint 400)

Dorado is released on February 17th, the sixth album of husband and wife duo Georg Altzeibler and his wife Heiki Binder who left Austria to ...
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Chris Murphy announces new album of original fiddle music

Have you ever had the feeling that a perfect moment could only be made more so if it had a soundtrack? From misty strolls down ...
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SOPHIE RAMSAY – The Seas Between Us (own label SRAM003)

The collection of Scots and Gaelic songs that form The Seas Between Us are largely taken from Burns (either by attribution or orgin), together with ...
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Thom Ashworth announces debut EP

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is the debut EP by English folksinger and bassist Thom Ashworth. Thom hails from Hampshire, but calls London home. Thom’s ...
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Benjamin Folke Thomas announces new album

Scandinavian-born singer Benjamin Folke Thomas is excited to announce the release of his impressive new album Copenhagen on March 3rd, 2017. Folke Thomas was born ...
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DIPPER MALKIN – Tricks Of The Trade (own label DM001)

If you wish for an exemplar of the adage that less is more look no further than Tricks Of The Trade, the debut album from ...
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New duo Fleetwood Cave announce debut album and spring tour

Fleetwood Cave, the new folk duo featuring Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave, will be launching their new album, ‘People Like Us’ with a tour of ...
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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 ...
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Ulaid & Duke Special – crowdfunding project

Ulaid & Duke Special would like to record (with a live audience) an album of material which they have written and arranged together called 'The Belfast ...
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SINGLES BAR 16

A round-up of recent EPs and singles We’re a bit late with this one but we can’t let the year turn without a mention of ...
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Siobhan Miller announces her second solo abum

Siobhan Miller releases her hotly-anticipated second solo album, Strata, on February 24th, 2017. Following her well-received 2014 debut, Flight of Time, Strata consists of eleven ...
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The Amazing Devil release debut album

They met aboard a boat bound for strange new worlds and sang each other songs of blashy storms and sinking ships, following the release of ...
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JAMES McARTHUR AND THE HEAD GARDENERS – Burnt Moth (Moorland MLAND003)

James McArthur’s third album, Burnt Moth, is every bit as enigmatic as its predecessor, Strange Readings From The Weather Station. The line-up remains the same ...
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PIPPA REID-FOSTER – Driftwood Harp (own label PRF2016CD)

There’s a meditative quality to the sound of the harp, something at once hypnotic and calming. It can be a pleasure to put on the ...
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RAB NOAKES – The Treatment Tapes EP (Neon Records NEONCD018)

I haven't heard much of singer/songwriter Rab Noakes since the early 1970s, when he was associated with Lindisfarne, Gerry Rafferty and others, as well as ...
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Jenny Sturgeon records an EP for St Kilda

The Wren And The Salt Air is a collection of songs and tunes by acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon. It was written to celebrate the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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GEOFF LAKEMAN – After All These Years (own label GLAK-01)

Geoff Lakeman isn't quite as famous as his sons but he is a much regarded singer and songwriter, particularly in the West Country. At 69 ...
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