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).

Royal Albert Hall to Haslemere Hall – Phil Beer Band Gig Review

The Phil Beer Band rocking Haslemere Hall on 19th May - photo by Darren Beech Phil arrived hot on the heels of the Show of Hands 5th ...
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JIM CAUSLEY AND FRIENDS – I Am The Song (WildGoose Records WGS420CD)

Young Jim Causley returns once more to the writing of his distinguished relative, Charles. I Am The Song, unlike the serious and sometimes mysterious Cyprus ...
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HARROW FAIR – Call To Arms (Roaring Girl RGO14)

Comprising Miranda Mulholland, violinist with Great Lake Swimmers, and Andrew Penner, Harrow Fair are a Canadian duo who first began working together as part of ...
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Keith James releases new solo album

Keith James has become one of the most active and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK. A very accomplished sound man with a ...
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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 ...
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DONALD BLACK – Bho M’ Chridhe (own label DB05CD)

Scottish Celtic harmonica might seem like something of a niche market and that’s what I thought at first – but wait. Bho M’ Chridhe translates ...
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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 ...
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JANET DOWD – Home (Blue Cow Records)

Although Janet Dowd writes songs, and there are three of her own compositions on Home, her particular forte is in covering other writers. Her subjects ...
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THE TWISTED TWENTY – The Twisted Twenty (Penny Fiddle Records)

The Twisted Twenty are a septet of string players whom I suspect to be proper musicians. What makes then unique is their use of baroque ...
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Hannah’s Yard announce exciting debut album

A knock at a recording studio door during the Spring of 2010 and a 14 year old schoolgirl accompanied by her mother, wanted to record ...
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Give Voice 2017 – all the details

Venue website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk ...
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LIANNE HALL – The Caretaker (Market Square MSMCD182)

Lianne Hall used to be a punk. She was a member of Witchknot but I rather think that she was punk in the way that ...
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GALLEY BEGGAR – Heathen Hymns (Rise Above Records RISECD208)

I have opined before that Galley Beggar’s albums, though excellent in themselves, never quite reflect the live feel of the band. The last album Silence ...
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Canny Fettle release their first album in thirty years

This year sees the release of Still Gannin’ Canny, the first album in over 30 years from veteran folk band Canny Fettle. Their debut album ...
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ALAN REID & RACHEL CONLAN – A Quare Yield (own label)

A Quare Yield is an album of mostly banjo and fiddle duets. I say mostly because Alan Reid also plays bouzouki and mandolin and, on ...
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Martin Simpson announces his 20th solo album

World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years Trails & Tribulations on September 1st 2017 via Topic ...
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SKIPINNISH – The Seventh Wave (Skippinish Records SKIPCD26)

The Seventh Wave is the seventh album to be released by Skipinnish and it is possibly one of the most enjoyable albums that I have ...
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Kaia Kater announces new album Plus Tour Dates

The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots ...
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The Mike Harding Folk Show – Podcast #228

We thought it was high time we started sharing the excellent folk show that English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment ...
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Copperplate Podcast 211 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

Copperplate Podcast 211 presented by Alan O'Leary May  2017 www.copperplatemailorder.com 1. Paddy Glackin: Top It Off. Glackin 2.London Lasses: Humours of Castlefinn/Eileen O’Brien’s/The Enchanted Lady ...
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Le Vent Du Nord To Play South Hill Park

Artree are absolutely delighted to be hosting a show by possibly their favourite band in the entire world right now - Le Vent Du Nord ...
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AMY McALLISTER – String On String (own label)

I’ll state now that anyone who sings ‘Matt Hyland’ is all right with me, especially when that anyone sings it as gorgeously as Amy McAllister ...
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BRINDLEY HUNT – Find My Way… (own label)

Staffordshire based singer/songwriters Barry Hunt and Bryan Brindley have formed a duo - namely Brindley-Hunt - and the result of this collaboration has led them ...
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CHIP TAYLOR – A Song I Can Live With (Trainwreck TW057)

His fifth album in as many years, and his twenty-first studio recording in total, A Song I Can Live With falls firmly into what Taylor ...
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TRACK DOGS – Serenity Sessions (Monde Green)

For those who don’t know, Track Dogs are an Anglo-Irish-American acoustic quartet based in Madrid comprising Sheffield’s Howard Brown, Ohio’s Robbie K Jones and, respectively ...
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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, ...
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Lifetime Achievement Award for Sarah McQuaid at Ards International Guitar Festival

At the Ards International Guitar Festival, Sarah McQuaid was presented with the festival’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients over the festival’s 20-year history include ...
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Calum Alex Macmillan releases second solo album

The latest in a venerable family line of Gaelic singers and bards, Calum Alex Macmillan ranks squarely at the forefront of his culture’s contemporary renaissance ...
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FRONT COUNTRY – Other Love Songs (Organic Records OR16882)

What I really like about Front Country is the way they take the styles of country music, its bones if you like, and take them ...
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SINGLES BAR 20

A round-up of recent EPs and singles The first of three self-released themed EPs set for 2017 from Devon duo INDIA ELECTRIC CO., pianist/violinist and ...
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SOUND OF THE SIRENS – For All Our Sins (DMF Records)

Sound of the Sirens consist of Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood. Their debut album For All Our Sins is released on May 5th ...
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Folk stars heading to Jinney Ring Festival

Some of the UK’s best folk acts will be heading to Hanbury for the Jinney Ring Craft Centre’s annual festival. Headlining the festival programme on ...
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Bob Fox – The Warhorse Songman – May dates

LIVE & LOCAL CONCERTS "Evening with the Warhorse Songman" Saturday 20th  The Peel Centre, High Street, Dronfield,Derbys S18   tickets/info: 07860 752471 Thursday 25th  Hallgate ...
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JUPITER OWLS – The Fallow Cry Of The Jupiter Owls (Cupboard Under The Stairs)

Based in Frome, The Jupiter Owls began life as a duo comprising singer-songwriter/ guitarist John Libert and guitarist Ryan Steele but have subsequently added the ...
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PORTER NICKERSON – Bonfire To Ash (Weasel Records WSL-1601)

Porter Nickerson are Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson. Bonfire To Ash is their new album, released on May 5th. I haven’t stopped playing it since ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Porter Nickerson announce new album

Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that ...
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HAZEYJANE – One (Tu-Kay Records TKHJCD01)

It’s almost impossible to pigeonhole Hazeyjane. At their heart is the songwriting of guitarist Chris Brown accompanied by Ash Tu-Kay, a pseudonym of producer and ...
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REV HAMMER – Skald (own label)

It is always good when you hear that Rev Hammer has released a long awaited new album! He has done just that in the recently ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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LOWRI EVANS & LEE MASON – A Little Bit Of Everything (Shimi Records ShimiCD0011)

I have to confess that when Lowri Evans released her debut English language album I really wasn’t a fan and I wasn’t allowed anywhere near ...
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The Folking Awards – the 2017 Winners

So here they are: the Folking Award winners of 2017. First of all, a big thank you to everyone who voted – more than 20,000 ...
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Harp And A Monkey bio

Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking ...
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Applewood Road bio

In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing ...
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Phil Beer bio

Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler ...
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Said The Maiden bio

Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several ...
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Standing ovations for Show Of Hands’ Big Gig

England's premier folk duo Show of Hands, once described as “the most famous unknown band in Britain”, brought the house down at the Royal Albert ...
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Damien Dempsey announces new album

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 ...
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PETE COE – The Man In The Red Van (Backshift BASH CD 63)

Pete Coe is one of the old guard, one of the last. He’s been in this business for more than forty-five years and still has ...
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TRADARRR – Further Tales Of Love! Death! And Treachery! (Hedge Of Sound HOS25)

Between their first and second albums Mark Jolley left has Tradarrr to be replaced by Tim Harries (more serious folk-rock credentials) and Phil Bond has ...
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NIGEL STONIER – Love And Work (Shameless SHAME017)

Nigel Stonier is probably best known as a producer and a man who writes songs with and for other people so it came as a ...
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BOO HEWERDINE – Swimming in Mercury (REVEAL072CDX)

Boo Hewerdine’s new album Swimming In Mercury will be released on April 28th and the single ‘Satellite Town’ on April 21st. He has a pedigree ...
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ELEPHANT SESSIONS – All We Have Is Now (Elephant Sessions CDTES02)

This CD, All We Have Is Now, recently released by Elephant Sessions has nine exceptional tracks. Each one is a masterpiece of arrangements and instrumental ...
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Madison Violet – new album

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 ...
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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 ...
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Argyll Gathering – new Scottish festival debuts in August

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th - 20th 2017 in ...
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JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND – The Silences In Between (own label)

Will someone please explain why Otley’s finest folk-rock band are not huge stars. The Silences In Between is their third studio album – there’s also ...
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Lianne Hall (one of the great English voices) releases new solo album

UK singer and songwriter Lianne Hall releases her fourth solo studio album on Market Square Records (UK) via Lowswing Records (Berlin).  Lianne is “one of ...
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BEAU –When Butterflies Scream (Cherry Red BEAUWBS1)

What with the likes of Steve Pledger and Will Varley the last couple of years have seen quite a resurgence in the protest song album ...
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EMILY MAE WINTERS – Siren Serenade (own label EMW 02)

Co-produced by Josienne Clarke’s musical other half, Ben Walker, and Laura Marling knob-twiddler Lauren Deakin-Davies, following on from her Foreign Waters EP (which Walker also ...
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ROVING CROWS – Bury Me Naked (own label RC008)

Based around Worcestershire and Gloucestershire they may be, but with fiddle player Caitlin Barrett and guitarist Paul O’Neil sharing vocals, Loz Shaw on bass, keys ...
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Gate To Southwell Festival announces top names

The eleventh Gate To Southwell Festival is expected to attract five thousand visitors to the East Midlands in early June. With over sixty international, UK ...
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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 ...
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CALAN – Solomon (Sain Records SCD2749)

I was a little nervous about reviewing the CD Solomon by the Welsh band Calan, released on 14th April. After all, it's been more decades ...
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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 ...
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Video Wall 4

It has been a while since we put one of these together but the sunny spring weather seems to be bringing them out. Let's start ...
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MARK NEVIN – My Unfashionable Opinion (Raresongs Recordings MARKNCD005)

Some of you might be asking ‘What’s Mark Nevin got to do with folk music? Folk music should be traditional or nothing’. Others might say ...
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CHRISTY SCOTT – Amaranthine (Christy Scott Music CSMO1EP)

Amaranthine is a terrific five track EP released by Christy Scott. She has written all five of the songs and selected a well-respected group of ...
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BATTLEFIELD BAND – The Producer’s Choice (Temple COMD2108)

In late 2016 Battlefield Band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame which gave their long-time producer Robin Morton the excuse, if ...
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Peter Knight and John Spiers return to FolkEast

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers, seen for the first time at FolkEast 2016, will return to the fast-rising East ...
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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 ...
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JOAN BAEZ – The Complete Gold Castle Masters (Proper PROPCD141)

Without a label and not having not made a studio album since 1979’s Honest Lullaby, in 1987 Joan Baez got back into the ring, signing ...
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ROGER KNOTT – Echoes In Time (Leg Room Records LEGCD116)

Echoes In Time is a slightly curious but very enjoyable blend of Englishness and Americana. All the instruments on Roger Knott’s ninth album (or possibly ...
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THE FAR FLUNG COLLECTIVE – Far Flung Corners (Anna-Wendy Music FFC001)

Originally a schools-based music education project by the University of the Highlands and Islands in collaboration with Soundstorm Music Education Agency exploring the similarities and ...
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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 ...
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MIDSUMMER – The Stories You Tell (own label)

A new Birmingham acoustic folk outfit, Lizzy Daniel-Sam and Chris Taylor (who also plays guitar and mandolin ) are the Midsummer vocal and writing core, ...
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TUNEBOOK – Melody Lab (SHEEM02)

Melody Lab is a CD created by a group of fabulous Scottish musicians, Ross Ainslie, Simon Bradley and Mairearad Green joined by Mhairi Hall on ...
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BEATRIX PLAYERS – Magnified (own label)

Lining up as Amanda Alvarez (cello), Jess Kennedy (piano, flute) and Amy Birks (vocals), Beatrix Players are an London-based Anglo-Spanish trio who, taking their name ...
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HECLA – Smallpipes, Fiddle, & Gaelic Song (KRS001)

I note on the “Thanks to” section on the cover of this CD that the ‘UHI Student Development Fund’ get first credit. I have no ...
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SINGLES BAR 19

A round-up of recent EPs and singles KADIA are a young trio from Dorset who already have one album, East Of Alexandria, to their name ...
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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Winners Announced

The winners of the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 have been announced in a ceremony broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, London. Now in ...
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CORMAC BEGLEY – Cormac Begley (Airt)

Who on earth would want to buy a CD of a solo artiste playing a concertina with no support from other musicians? Probably only somebody ...
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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 ...
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New album from Elephant Sessions out next month

All We Have Is Now is the eagerly anticipated second album from award winning Highland neo-trad quintet, Elephant Sessions. Their debut album, The Elusive Highland ...
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NED ROBERTS – Outside My Mind (Aveline AVREC004)

He may be physically based in London, but Ned Roberts’ spiritual and musical home is clearly late 60s California, Outside My Mind, his second album, ...
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HARRI ENDERSBY – Homes/Lives (own label)

A rising new presence on the contemporary folk scene, Durham-born Harri Endersby has been putting herself about on the live circuit for the past four ...
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Sound Of The Sirens announce debut album

There’s a certain transcendent magic that happens when two contrasting voices coalesce in perfect harmony – think The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel or George ...
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HAV – Inver (Folkwit f0136)

As albums go Inver is a bit off the wall but you hope for that from the Folkwit label and I really like it. HAV ...
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CUNNING FOLK – Ritual Land, Uncommon Ground (Dharma)

George Nigel Hoyle is a man of many incarnations. He started out professional musical life as bassist with late 90s outfit Gay Dad, a band ...
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FAY HIELD live at the West End Centre, Aldershot

31st March 2017 Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party started their spring tour at a brisk pace – seventeen songs, including two encores, in a ...
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Cormac Begley releases debut album

Award winning concertina player and innovator, Cormac Begley, will be releasing his debut album in April! This, the first solo concertina album in traditional Irish ...
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PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER live at Forest Arts, New Milton

30th March 2017 During Vincent Salzfaas’ enforced absence from this tour, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner have replaced him with not one but two percussionists. On duty ...
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Colin Harper releases remastered and expanded album

Colin Harper, author of several books on music history, released his first national-level album in March 2016, Sunset Cavaliers – a homage to the musicians ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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AMY DUNCAN – Antidote (Filly Records FILLY002)

This CD, Antidote by Amy Duncan, is not generally my type of music but I really like this recording. Regretfully, the cover is somewhat minimal ...
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TERENCE WINCH, MICHAEL WINCH, AND JESSE WINCH – This Day Too: Music from Irish America (Free Dirt Records CTM-CD-002)

The CD This Day Too: Music From Irish America is very much what it says on the tin. It's a collection of tunes and songs ...
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The 2017 Folking Awards

Welcome to the 2017 Folking Awards. Last year's inaugural poll was such a success that we had to do it again. The nominations, in eight ...
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