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).

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 ...
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Room For All: Shrewsbury Folk Festival launches new cultural diversity project

A new project to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the plight of refugees has been launched by Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Organisers of the annual four-day ...
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STEAMCHICKEN – Look Both Ways (Chicken Records STEAM16/3)

Steamchicken began life as a ceilidh band but have expanded their horizons considerably with a brass section and a powerful vocalist in Amy Kakoura. Look ...
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SHORTSTUFF – Big Blue (Blonde On Blonde DCT16BB01)

When I first played this album I assumed that Shortstuff were American and had been playing the blues for years. Big Blue has a confident ...
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Meet hazeyjane – ambient guitar experimentalists

Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Butlins’ Great British Folk Festival announces first names

Heading into its sixth year! The Great British Folk Festival 2016 promises to be the best yet, with an amazing line up of award-winning folk ...
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Southdowns Folk Festival – first names announced

Planning and preparations are well under way for this year`s popular Southdowns Folk Festival which is happening in and around Bognor Regis between Thursday 21st ...
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VARIOUS – From Here: English Folk Field Recordings (From Here Sitw005)

They may be newcomers to the scene, but Stick In The Wheel are certainly making their mark, not just with their own recordings and associated ...
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QUILES & CLOUD – Shake Me Now (Compass)

Although conveniently filed under NewGrass, there’s more to San Francisco based duo Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud that bluegrass, Shake Me Now, their third album, ...
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Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors reveal new album

Souvenirs. Drew Holcomb has collected many of them. A road warrior for more than a decade, he's spent his adulthood onstage and on the road, ...
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BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS – Copenhagen (LOUVAIO L00005)

Benjamin Folke Thomas was born on a small island off the coast of Sweden, mainly populated by evangelical Christians, but his third album takes it's ...
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Harri Endersby announces her debut album

Durham-based musician and songwriter Harri Endersby is proud to release her full-length, debut album Homes/Lives. The 11-track album is a collection of songs written by ...
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Ron Sexsmith announces new album

Three-time Juno award winner Ron Sexsmith has revealed details about his new album, The Last Rider. Ron’s thirteenth studio recording was co-produced at The Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario ...
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Maverick Festival announces first names

For its milestone 10th anniversary Maverick Festival is thrilled to welcome some exciting new names to this years line-up. First up we would like to ...
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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 ...
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Halsway Manor – call for Artists In Residence 2018

Halsway Manor – National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4BD  Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts is seeking ...
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Oxford Folk Weekend announces headline names

Drum roll please… Oxford’s favourite community based, volunteer-run festival is gearing up for its sixth year in big style! Folk Weekend: Oxford has grown steadily ...
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DAVE BURLAND AND THE AWKWARD SQUAD – Okkard (Fat Cat FATCD037)

Dave Burland may have recorded one of the definitive folk albums of the seventies but he’s always been a rocker at heart as anyone who ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival announces more top names

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to ...
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Imagined Isle Festival announces headline names

Birmingham music festival returns for second year. Headliners include Fairport Convention and Jon Boden. Fairport Convention, Jon Boden and The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble are among ...
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Jenn & Laura-Beth announce debut album, Bound

Jenn Butterworth (guitar and voice) and Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin and voice) have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of ...
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FINTAN McHUGH – Wait Till The Clouds Roll By (own label)

Wait Till The Clouds Roll By is the debut album from young Irish singer Fintan McHugh. It has been available for a while but has ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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MONSTER CEILIDH BAND – Mutation (Haystack Records HAYCD011)

There was a time when I would stand in front of a ceilidh band and when things were going well and you had a hall ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Alison Moyet set to headline Weyfest

We are delighted to announce that the fabulous Alison Moyet will be headlining our main stage on Saturday 19th August.  Our first ever female headliner! During her impressive ...
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MAD DOG McREA – Live at Cambridge Junction (Cambridge City Roots Festival)

It’s a chilly Wednesday in February, but there’s the heat of a storming party going on from the minute the door opens into the Cambridge ...
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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 ...
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COVEN live at the West End Centre, Aldershot

Coven aren’t so much a group as a collective made up of three elements. On the one hand there is the musical delicacy of Lady ...
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LORELEY – The Frozen North (own label LRL001)

I specifically asked to review The Frozen North because I was interested in the concept put to me as “a collection of traditional songs by ...
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KING’S GAMBIT – From One To Another (own label)

If you take away the rock excesses of folk-rock you’re left with Northampton’s King’s Gambit – a band that rocks acoustically while still capable 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 ...
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RODNEY CROWELL – Close Ties (New West Records 6354)

While I've long been aware of Rodney Crowell's talents as a songwriter, going back at least as far as Emmylou Harris's 1975 recording of 'Bluebird ...
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Thea Gilmore announces new album and single

Thea Gilmore has announced the release of her new album The Counterweight, which will be released June 2nd through Cooking Vinyl. The first single to ...
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OLD BLIND DOGS – Room With A View (own label OBD013)

It has always been my opinion that an album/CD should have a minimum of twelve tracks to offer the purchaser value for money. I equally ...
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CHILLI WILLI AND THE RED HOT PEPPERS – Real Sharp (Last LMCD204)

Way back in 1972, Martin Stone and Philip Lithman, reunited as a duo following the former’s stint with blues acts Savoy Brown and Mighty Baby ...
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Amy Duncan announces her sixth solo album

Antidote is the adventurous 6th album by singer/songwriter Amy Duncan. There are elements of pop folk, with harp and sparse acoustic guitar in an open ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Food Of Love Project (Autolycus Records AUTO1CD)

Commissioned to mark the Oxford Shakespeare Jubilee 2016, The Food Of Love Project falls into the weird and wonderful category. All the tracks are or ...
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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 ...
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Aimee Mann heralds her new album with a single, ‘Goose Snow Cone’

The first album by Aimee Mann in five years, Mental Illness, will be released on March 31st via SuperEgo/Membran. The record follows 2012’s Charmer, which ...
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Fay Hield talks to Folking about touring, banjos and working in the shed

Last year Fay Hield took her Hurricane Party on tour to promote her new album, Old Adam. They are on the road again soon so ...
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ATLANTIC UNION – Homeward (Blue Island Records BI201601)

Atlantic Union is a long-established acoustic trio from St. John's, Newfoundland. Their third CD Homeward features a new thematic approach as well as a change ...
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Quiles & Cloud announce their debut album

When Maria Quiles (pronounced key-less) and Rory Cloud met in 2011, both were adrift. Maria had quit her job, given up her San Francisco apartment, and moved ...
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The Waifs announce 25th anniversary album

It has been 25 years since West Australian sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson (now Vikki Thorn) joined forces with Josh Cunningham to create one of Australia’s best-loved bands, The Waifs. To ...
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The centuries-old Devon songs that are returning ‘home’ from Newfoundland

It’s a link that spans 3,500 miles and hundreds of years and today, the Devon-Newfoundland connection lives on not just through a sense of shared ...
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Dave Burn announces his debut solo album

Dave Burn, former vocalist and guitarist of alt-country band ahab emerges to create his eagerly awaited debut solo album Arizona. By turns autobiographical, celebratory and ...
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MICK RYAN & PAUL DOWNES – The Passing Hour (WildGoose WGS417CD)

This is an album by two veterans; one famous as a songwriter, the other well-known as a sidesman and both fine singers. Many of the ...
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DARIA KULESH Live at Cecil Sharp House

February 23rd is a date that should be known in history.  On this day in 1944 the entire population of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist ...
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NORRIE McCULLOCH – Bare Along The Branches (Black Dust BDR1603)

Based in Glasgow, Ayrshire singer-songwriter Norrie McCulloch clearly doesn’t like to let the grass grow under his feet. Bare Along The Branches is his third ...
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COVEN – Unholy Choir (own label COVENCD01)

In case you haven’t been paying attention, let me explain. Coven combines the prodigious talents of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow, Lady Maisery (Hazel Askew, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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EMILY MAGUIRE – A Bit Of Blue (Shaktu Records, SHK2105)

Emily Maguire's latest album, A Bit Of Blue, pretty much defines the maxim that when you want people to really listen, speak quietly: make them ...
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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 ...
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Tilly Moses is crowdfunding her debut album

At just 18 Tilly’s lyric writing and delicate instrumentation on mandolin and harmonium demonstrate a maturity beyond her years. She’s already featured on BBC Radio ...
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Lisa Knapp announces new solo album

Lisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable, independently released debut Wild And Undaunted which was followed a full seven years later by 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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