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).

Loudon Wainwright III – new memoir, Liner Notes, published this month

With a career spanning more than four decades and still going strong, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of the most enduring singer ...
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GHALIA & MAMA’S BOYS – Let The Demons Out (Ruf Records RUF 1250)

Ghalia & Mama's Boys are, to all intents and purposes, the New Orleans band Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys acting as the studio band for ...
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ROBBIE CAVANAGH – To Leave / To Be Left (At The Helm ATH 99021)

Originally from Portland, Maine and now based in Manchester, Cavanagh’s second album, To Leave / To Be Left, explores, as the title succinctly puts it, ...
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DAVY GRAHAM – Large As Life And Twice As Natural (Bread And Wine BRINECD-2)

If you want to know why Davy Graham was such a unique and influential artist just listen to the first track on Large As Life ...
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Saskia Griffiths-Moore announces new album

Having left school with not much more than a GCSE in Astronomy, Saskia went into alternative therapy and established a practice on Harley Street, London ...
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JEREMY TUPLIN – I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut (Folkwit Records f0141)

Jeremy Tuplin released his debut album, I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut, on September 29th and it will be launched at Paper Dress Vintage in ...
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ADRIAN NATION – Anarchy And Love (Laburnum Ridge LABAN040)

Adrian’s fourth solo album (one of them is live), Anarchy And Love, began with the death of his father some four years ago. In a ...
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Seth Lakeman – album reissue with bonus tracks and tour dates

Seth Lakeman has re-released his Top 20 album Ballads Of The Broken Few, with five added bonus tracks via Cooking Vinyl. Recorded during the original ...
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MARK T. – From Blues To Rembetika (Circle Of Sound COS330CD)

From Blues To Rembetika neatly encapsulates the two strands of Mark T’s music and his love for both the resonator guitar and the bouzouki although ...
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SHANKARA ANDY BOLE – Rainbow Crow (Left Leg Records LL2017)

Rainbow Crow is a new CD from Shankara Andy Bole, featuring what are described as seven "spontaneous compositions" recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios ...
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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner announce mammoth album launch tour

Peter Knight's Gigspanner embark on a twenty-five date tour, beginning on Halloween, to launch their latest album,  The Wife Of Urban Law. October 31st The ...
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ONE BLOKE ONE MANDOLIN – Fair Travels & Fine Times (Mind If I Play Records MI-IPR-2148)

One Bloke One Mandolin is better known to his friends as Stevie Simpson. He’s a much-travelled veteran who exists under the radar as far as ...
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CARA DILLON – Wanderer (Charcoal CHARCD009)

Following last year’s release of her first Christmas album, Upon A Winter’s Night, Dillon returns to secular form with a predominantly traditional collection, again produced ...
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Katie Melua to release double-CD version of In Winter

In late 2016, Katie Melua and the Gori Women’s Choir released the now silver certified In Winter, an album (and associated live show), which received ...
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BIERE DE LUXE – Into The Thicket (own label)

Biere de Luxe are five guys from Falmouth who don’t say much about who they are except to describe themselves as rural gypsy-punks. They do ...
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Albion Christmas Band announce their annual tour

Folk music fans can start their Christmas celebrations early with the help of the Albion Christmas Band when the band hits the road for its ...
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JAMES FREDHOLM – Love Is The Answer (Honeybee Records GmbH)

James Fredholm releases the singles ‘Oars’ on October 27th. It is taken from his album Love Is The Answer. The album includes not only this ...
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DAVY GRAHAM – Folk, Blues & Beyond (Bread & Wine BRINECD1)

Davy (or Davey) Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond is a reissue of his 1965 Decca album on licence to Bread and Wine Records/East Central One, ...
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The Lost Notes unveil their debut album

The Lost Notes are a five-piece folk band based in Moseley, Birmingham and they are releasing our first album of thirteen original folk/country tracks on ...
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Adrian Nation announces third solo album

The spring of 2014 saw the release of the third Adrian Nation album entitled Live At Crossroads which was recorded during his 2013 tour of ...
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Singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin announces debut album

I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut is the debut album of London-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin and follows two independently released EPs: Open Letters (2016) and ...
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CIARA SIDINE – Unbroken Line (own label)

It’s been six years since the Irish singer-songwriter and book editor released her debut, but she’s finally got round to a second, one drawing an ...
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Gabriel Moreno And The Quivering Poets announce their new album

Gabriel Moreno and the Quivering Poets announce the follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed record Love & Decadence with a full length album available on ...
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Findlay Napier announces his new album, Glasgow

Following huge acclaim for his 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons, Scotland’s Findlay Napier again unites superb songwriting, magpie-minded imagination and compellingly vivid vocals ...
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Said The Maiden announce their second album and tour dates

Once in a while a group of young musicians get together that make you stop, look and listen… Said The Maiden is one such gathering ...
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Cornish gypsy-punks Biere de Luxe announce their new album

Rural gypsy-punks hailing from the worn-out edges of Cornwall’s glossy picture postcard mystique. Summoning the spirit of Baltic bohemianism and growled ol’ timey blues in ...
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Robbie Cavanagh announces new album

Robbie Cavanagh returns with his stunning second album To Leave / To Be Left, out 13th October via At The Helm Records Recorded at Eve Studios ...
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Irish duo Ye Vagabonds announce their debut album

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and ...
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Introducing Cambridge band, Reed

Reed are a three piece folk band with a light dusting of percussive guitar, viola, bass ukulele, flute, whistle and vocals. Alan (guitar/vocals) and Sasha ...
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EDGELARKS – Edgelarks (Dragonfly DRCD004)

Having previously traded under their own names, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have decided to save space on the album sleeves (well, after this one ...
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SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS – Pretty Peggy (Navigator NAVIGATOR 102)

Based in Bristol, but born in Norfolk, Kelly stakes a claim for a Best Album nomination in next year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards to add ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Hobgoblin Music – 40 Years (Hobgoblin HOBCD040)

It’s forty years since the founders of Hobgoblin Music set out to make, and I quote “what was then almost impossible – finding good quality ...
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JEREMY PINNELL – Ties of Blood and Affection (Sofaburn SBR2-032)

Opening your album with the line “laid up in the house full of hookers and wine” is a pretty good way to get the listener’s ...
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The Young’uns – new video, ‘Be The Man’, and tour dates

'Be The Man' - official video: October Tour Dates 15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club  https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/the-younguns/  0871 472 0400. 17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog https://theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572817?locale=en-GB 01874 611622 18 ...
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Bonesandtheaft with Bird Radio at All Inked Up

7.30 pm Sharpish on Saturday 14th October at the All Inked Up Bookfair Event at the Brewery Tap Art Centre 53 Tontine St, Folkestone, Kent All Inked Up ...
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Laura Smyth And Ted Kemp – new album and gig dates

The song that gives the album its name is also its first. And, unaccompanied with seamless harmonies, it’s a portent to what lies ahead. Laura ...
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THE MINING CO. – Mountain Fires (own label)

As is increasingly fashionable these days, The Mining Co. is a one man band, although I believe he was once a trio, and that man ...
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THE EAST POINTERS – What We Leave Behind (East Pointers Music EPCD17)

A trio from Canada’s East Coast, fiddler and nasally-voiced singer Tim Chaisson, banjo player Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron serve up bluegrassy songs and ...
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Louis Brennan releases single from his forthcoming debut album

London-based Dubliner Louis Brennan has released the poignant first single from his upcoming debut album Dead Capital. ‘Bit Part Actor’ is a dark gem of ...
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THE RAILS – There Are Other People In This World Not Just You (The Orchard PSYCHED CD010)

Their debut album Fair Warning, being one of the finest folk albums of 2014, expectations were high for a follow-up from Kami Thompson and James ...
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HARROW FAIR ANNOUNCE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER UK TOUR DATES

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair; Miranda Mulholland (formerly Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) are excited to announce their return to the UK this ...
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GOOD LOVELIES ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES

You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really ...
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Velvet & Stone announce new EP, Embers

Devon based band Velvet & Stone release their EP Embers on 13th October 2017! The four-track EP, recorded at Cube Recording in Cornwall, is the ...
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JOOST DE LANGE’S ROCK BLUES EXPERIENCE – Live In Antwerp (own label)

Joost de Lange, though well known as guitarist with Zeeland band Yes You Did (among others), has fairly recently emerged as a vocalist/guitarist with his ...
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KARINE POLWART Announces New Album – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart - five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson ...
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Edgelarks – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – New Album and Tour Dates

We were recently treated to the hatching of Edgelarks (the new name for duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) at the Southdowns Folk Festival in ...
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Winter Wilson announce new album and tour supporting Fairport Convention

Winter Wilson are preparing to hit the road with the legendary Fairport Convention right now - but they could very easily be on the dole ...
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SHAKE THE CHAINS – Shake The Chains (Quercus Records QRCD003)

Even supposing you knew nothing about this album, a quick glance down the track listing would instantly identify Shake The Chains as a politically conscious ...
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Hobgoblin Music celebrates its 40th anniversary with unique album

Founded in the autumn of 1976, Hobgoblin Music has turned 40! Hobgoblin Music has been trading in the UK for 40 years across many locations, ...
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DARREN BLACK – Wisperau (own label DBCD005)

Darren Black is not a man to repeat himself. His previous album was inspired by his boyhood in industrial south Wales but Wisperau is a ...
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TOMMY GUIHEN – The Torn Jacket (Cló lar-Chonnacht ClCD 204)

Tommy Guihen has been making music since players in ceilidh bands wore ties and he is an acknowledged master of the North Connaught flute style ...
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The Shee Cancel Continuum Autumn 2017 Tour

We are very sorry to announce that our October tour will no longer be taking place. We were due to play at Nettlebed Village Club, ...
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THE EVERYDAY SINNERS – Shakedown (Coll 051)

The lead singer is called Jack Cade, after the man who led a rebellion to end government corruption in 1450, and it’s no surprise that ...
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Brooke Sharkey – new single, album and tour dates

Brooke Sharkey will headline London’s Union Chapel and head out on tour with Blair Dunlop. London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey returns with the release of ...
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BLUE ROSE CODE – The Water Of Leith (Navigator NAVIGATOR103)

Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson, has a deservedly growing reputation, with luminaries as diverse as Edith Bowman, Ewan McGregor and Ian Rankin among his ...
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PILGRIMS’ WAY – Stand & Deliver (Talking Cat Records TCCD1748)

There has been a change along the Pilgrims' Way. Lead vocalist Lucy Wright has moved on and in her place has come singer and maestro ...
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Kirsty Merryn to launch debut album at Union Chapel

Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. London-based ...
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JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON – Wildflower Blues (Cinquefoil Records CINQ-CD-017)

If you’re struggling to remember, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton are former members of the wonderful Be Good Tanyas, the exact status of whom is ...
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Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion – first new album for fourteen years

Known for creating a Celtic cauldron of eclectic bardic beats and credited for the Welsh folk revival of the 90’s – Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion ...
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Kings Of The South Seas – new single and launch tour dates – new album next year

The lead track from the album Lady Franklin is a broadside from the 1850s. After the disappearance of her husband, Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several ...
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HEAD FOR THE HILLS – Potions And Poisons (Head For The Hills)

Despite a slightly altered line up (with original mandolinist, Mike Chappell departing to pursue other endeavours) the Colorado-based quartet, Head For The Hills, are back ...
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SAM KELLY talks to Folking’s Su O’Brien

Pretty Peggy, the much-anticipated second album from Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys is released on 6th October, so Folking.com caught up with Sam, freshly ...
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Neil Brophy Joins Ducking Punches And We Bless This Mess for UK Tour

New single ‘The One Man Folk Band’ To Be Released 17th November Neil Brophy returns to the UK this November for a solo tour supporting ...
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John Lee Hooker’s centenary celebrated with 5-CD box set

Craft Recordings, the catalogue division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the release of King Of The Boogie, a career-spanning retrospective, honouring blues ...
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Strawbs – new studio album: first for eight years. Plus tour dates

The Ferryman’s Curse is the first Strawbs album of new material in eight long years. It is produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides, whose studio ...
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SATUO – Earned (Lindo LINDO 044)

Satuo is an Austrian folk-rock quintet although you wouldn’t pick out their nationality until about half-way through when they switch from English. And maybe the ...
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Mister Keith launches tour of parlour concerts

In two weeks Mister Keith and his mini orchestra embark on a ten date tour of unique parlour concerts for LIVE&LOCAL rural touring. “This tour ...
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ELLIOTT BROOD – Ghost Gardens (Paper Bag Paper114)

Not an individual artist, but the collective name of an Ontario trio who play fizzed up roots Americana with a poppy edge, Ghost Gardens is ...
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MARRY WATERSON & DAVID A. JAYCOCK – Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love (One Little Indian Records TPLP1419CDP)

Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock release their second album as a duo, Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love, on the 29th of September 2017 ...
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GARETH DAVIES-JONES – The Beauty & The Trouble (own label HWM013)

Although probably better known in the Christian music circle, the Tyneside-based singer-songwriter’s music is not bounded by its religious backdrop. His first full album in ...
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MIKE BROOKFIELD – Brookfield (Golden Rule Records GRCD003)

Mike Brookfield has followed up his debut album Love Breaks The Fall with a blues-soaked CD simply and eponymously titled Brookfield, due for release on ...
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Exploring Folklore Weekend – some place still available

Venue website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk ...
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The Mike Harding Folk Show – Sunday 17 September

Here is the latest folk show that English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment Leg-end Mike Harding (aka 'The Rochdale Cowboy') ...
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Rory Ellis – One Skin

Its hard to believe that the "Big Man", RORY Ellis is now on his eighth album. The new album is called "One Skin" and celebrates ...
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Jon Boden shares new single ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’

Jon Boden, former front-man of the progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, the new single to be ...
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Copperplate Podcast 215 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, yes you guessed it, the one and only Mr. Alan O'Leary with his regular ...
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Portland’s John Craigie Announces October UK Tour Dates

Portland-based songwriter John Craigie has announced a UK tour this October; following the release of new record No Rain, No Rose earlier in the year ...
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WILLIE WATSON – Folksinger Vol.2 (Acony ACNY1714)

Formerly part of the Old Crow Medicine Show and currently a member of the David Rawlings Machine, the grainy-voiced LA-based folkie follows up his solo ...
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David Ramirez Announces January 2018 UK Tour

David Ramirez has announced details of a January 2018 headline tour, taking into account eight different cities across the UK with a London date at ...
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RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing Records BSW016P)

October 6th will see the third instalment of Richard Thompson’s Acoustic series, and having seen two instalments of Classics, our attention is now turned to ...
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BRUCE COCKBURN – Bone On Bone (True North TND 678)

Having released twenty-four studio albums, starting with his self-titled 1970 debut, at almost yearly intervals, the acclaimed Canadian singers-songwriter found himself hitting a creative block ...
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GALLERY 47 – Adversity Breeds (Bad Production Records)

Gallery 47 might sound like a high street card shop, but is the working name adopted by prolific singer-songwriter, Jack Peachey. Originally Nottingham-based, he relocated ...
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PETE McCLELLAND – Carolina Sky (Hobgoblin Records HOBCD1016)

Although a co-founder of Hobgoblin Music and a member of several different folk bands, Pete McClelland has only just released an album in his own ...
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The Black Feathers – new single and tour dates

Hailing from the Gloucestershire countryside, award winning Americana duo, The Black Feathers announce the release of a new single ‘Holy Water’, the first to be ...
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GreenMatthews present a Christmas Folk Opera

GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. First published in 1843, the ...
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The Urban Folk Quartet announce their autumn tour

Following the success of their Live III album tour, The Urban Folk Quartet head back out on the road for a series of shows that ...
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Marry Waterson and David A Jaycock – new single and album

Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock have revealed the first single (and accompanying video) taken from their second album as a duo, the haunting folk ...
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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY

‘ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE WILDLIFE CONCERT’ RETRO WORLD: FLOATD6309 RELEASED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th 2017 The Doobie Brothers, one of the most commercially-successful and best-loved ...
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Hampshire singer/songwriter Darren Black announces his new solo album

Wisperau is the new album from Darren Black. Consisting of vocals, acoustic guitar and fiddle, and recorded over Spring/Summer of 2017, it is an album ...
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SEAN COONEY talks to Folking about writing songs and life as a Young’un

The Young’uns have come a long way in a very short time. I asked Sean Cooney what he attributed this to – apart from natural ...
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Richard Thompson announces Acoustic Rarities

Following the release of Acoustic Classics Vol. II to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October ...
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THE BARA BARA BAND – The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine) (Singaround Records Sing06)

From the opening rolling guitar of ‘Mists Of Time’, The Bara Bara Band’s second album, The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine), makes itself ...
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Sally Barker and Vicki Genfan – debut duo album

This album was brought to life by the friendship between singer-songwriters Sally Barker (UK) and Vicki Genfan (USA) that spans the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Fifteen ...
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MARK OLSON – Spokeswoman Of The Bright Sun (Glitterhouse GRCD918)

Co-founder of seminal alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks and subsequently the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, you would naturally expect Mark Olson’s new project with wife ...
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HEATHER LYNNE HORTON – Don’t Mess With Mrs. Murphy (At The Helm)

One half of The Westies alongside husband Michael McDermott, like him Horton also has a solo career, one which, aided and abetted by multi-instrumentalist Lex ...
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GERRY COLVIN BAND – Back & Forth (own label GC003)

True to form, a new album from Gerry Colvin is always something to look forward to and to be enjoyed. Back and Forth is one ...
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JACK RUTTER – Hills (own label RUTTCD024)

Look, I’m sorry. I know that this record won’t be released for a while yet and you can’t get your hands on it but I’ve ...
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RED SHOES – It Isn’t Over Yet (Cedarwood CEDAR15)

Okay, first off let me declare that I’ve known Mark and Carolyn Evans, who are the core of Birmingham-based Red Shoes, for some 30 years ...
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CONNOR WALSH AND SAM RYAN – Double Album Launch – The Sorry Head, Exeter August 26th 2017

A double whammy album launch with best friends Connor Walsh and Sam Ryan launching their EP’s to the world, The Hardest Part and The Traveller ...
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David Ramirez Streams new single

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK release via Thirty Tigers on September 8, 2017. Produced ...
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DAVE STEWART Nashville Sessions : The Duets

’Nashville Sessions : The Duets' is a new collection that presents the best duets from the recording sessions at John McBride’s famed Blackbird Studio in Nashville that resulted in ...
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THE FOXGLOVE TRIO – Distant Havens (own label FGXCD03)

The second album from Anglo-Welsh band The Foxglove Trio sees them getting a little more Welsh, possibly down to recording in Abergavenny with Dylan Fowler ...
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ANNA COOGAN OCTOBER UK TOUR DATES

US singer-songwriter and former fisheries biologist, Anna Coogan, is excited to announce her return to the UK this October, following the release of her well ...
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THE REMEDY CLUB – Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes (High Flying Disc Records)

The Remedy Club are the husband-and-wife duo of KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen, and Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes is their debut album, set for ...
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Harp And A Monkey: Martin Purdy talks about their new single

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 about ...
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MAIREARAD GREEN MIKE VASS – A Day A Month (Buie Records BUIECD004)

Scottish musicians lead very busy lives. In fact, I sometimes wonder how they keep track of what they are playing where and when and with ...
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Bruce Cockburn announces thirty-third album: Bone On Bone

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Bruce Cockburn. Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream ...
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Heather Horton announces new solo album

Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy is out in the UK on 1st September via At The Helm Records You may already know Heather as singer, ...
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LUKAS NELSON & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL – Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real (Fantasy)

I’m sure it’s true of daughters and mothers too, although, off the top of my head, I can’t think of a case to cite, but ...
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David Crosby announces new solo album – Sky Trails

David Crosby is set to release his new solo album Sky Trails – his third solo album in four years - on September 29th via ...
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SAM RYAN – The Traveller EP – (own label)

Devon based up and coming singer songwriter Sam Ryan, has released his debut EP at 19 years of age, and has a bevvy of fans ...
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Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson) announces new album

Blue Rose Code, aka acclaimed singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, releases The Water Of Leith, his first album for Navigator Records on October 27 on CD, download ...
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Hobgoblin founder Pete McClelland announces debut solo album

Carolina Sky is a collection of Pete McClelland's original songs and is his first solo release, recorded in Sussex and in Nashville during late 2016 ...
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THE COGNAC TWINS –The Cognac Twins (Loopmaniac Records LOOP 1)

After writing, singing, jamming and performing together for over two decades, Craig Anderson and Paul Connelly, The Cognac Twins, are here with their self-titled debut ...
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CROPREDY 2017 – Campie’s Highlights Of An Amazing Few Days

Last year I was a Cropredy virgin, but this year on THAT field in August, I knew what the score was. Well, until I tried ...
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KEVIN CRAWFORD – Carrying the Tune (Brooklyn Boy Records BBR 001)

Carrying The Tune is the third solo album in the extensive discography of the critically acclaimed flautist Kevin Crawford, and accompanied by bouzouki (Mick Conneely ...
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The Nights At The Circus folk club – Birmingham’s newest attaction

The Nights At The Circus Folk Club is the newest edition to Birmingham’s heritage of guest-booking folk clubs. Starting in January 2017, the club has ...
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BEMIS – A World Of Difference (Mayfield Records)

“I’ve got the new Bemis album for you”, said the boss. ‘Fine”, I said wondering what he was going on about. I Googled them and ...
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Megson announce autum tour

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, revered duo Megson hit the road once ...
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CONNOR WALSH – The Hardest Path EP (own label)

Connor Walsh – a very talented, young, upcoming musician, based in Devon is to release his new EP, The Hardest Path, on September 2nd, and ...
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Wickham 2017 Reviewed

Click on the photo below to see the full set... ‪Squelch... Wickham Festival finally kicked off to a great start with sets from ‪Low, Barker, ...
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English Folk Dance and Song Society awards funding for new music

Seven projects will create new music rooted in the English folk tradition following the latest round of funding awards by England’s national development agency for ...
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The Young’uns road trip and tour dates

Teesside trio The Young’uns have embarked on a road trip to meet four men who have inspired songs on their acclaimed new album Strangers (out ...
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DARIA KULESH & JONNY DYER – live at The Troubadour

The Troubadour is one of the iconic venues in the country. Founded in 1954, it still occupies the coffee shop in Old Brompton Road near ...
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JOAN OSBORNE – Songs Of Bob Dylan (Womanly Hips Records WHCD001)

I should say from the outset that I’m a sucker for covers of Bob Dylan songs. Artists can and do so much with them and ...
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SINGLES BAR 24

A round-up of recent EPs and singles MERRY HELL describe the title track of their new EP, Come On, England, as an alternative National Anthem ...
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Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth – Poor Man’s Paradise reissued

With a career that stretches back to the 1960s, vocalist Tracy Nelson has pursued her own path through roots music. A skilled, acclaimed interpreter of ...
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Golden anniversary show at Cropredy 2017

Click on the photo below to see the full set... Festival-goers attending Fairport's Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire enjoyed three days of diverse music in fine ...
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DAVID RAWLINGS – Poor David’s Almanack (Acony)

The material is all new, but, in part because several are based on traditional stories and songs, the feel is ageless as David Rawlings evokes ...
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THE YOUNG‘UNS – Strangers (Hereteu Records YNGS17)

The Young’Uns have come a long way in a few short years. Strangers is their fourth studio album, coming a mere three years after they ...
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ELEANOR McEVOY – The Thomas Moore Project (Moscodisc MOSCD4015)

Well, you certainly can’t accuse Eleanor McEvoy of being predictable when it comes to releasing albums. Over the past six years she’s done stripped down ...
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RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Classics II (Beeswing BSW015P)

The latest batch of new solo, stripped back acoustic recordings from the Thompson songbook brings together material previously only available in band format or not ...
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MEGAN HENWOOD – River (Dharma Records DHARMACD30)

The third album by singer-songwriter Megan Henwood, River, is due for release on 27th October 2017. And it demonstrates the evolving talent and maturity of ...
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Joan Osborne sings Songs Of Bob Dylan

The multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne has announced the release of her ninth studio album Songs Of Bob Dylan for September 1st ...
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MARTIN SIMPSON – Trails & Tribulations (Topic TSCD593)

Martin Simpson never disappoints, whether live or on record, but rarely does he surprise. Rather he evolves over time and emerges with something new and ...
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BOB LESLIE – Land and Sea (Big Red Records. Big Red 3)

Following 2010’s In a Different World and 2011’s Fat Cat, Land and Sea is the third release in the discography of Bob Leslie, and it ...
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TOM RUSSELL – Folk Hotel (Proper PRPCD143P)

Tom Russell releases a new studio album Folk Hotel on September 8th. Russell has been described as “The greatest living folk-country songwriter” by John Swenson ...
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EFDSS announce marathon autumn program at Cecil Sharp House

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm £18 | £10 under 26s John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed ...
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PONS AELIUS – Captain Glen’s Comfort (own label PACGC01)

Great band name, Pons Aelius. To save you the trouble, the original was a small Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall so the name reflects their ...
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PAUL BRADY – Unfinished Business (Proper PRPCD144P)

On September 8th, Paul Brady releases Unfinished Business. It features nine new compositions and two traditional folk songs. The album is Brady’s fifteenth solo album ...
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RYAN YOUNG – Ryan Young (Ryan Young Music RYM01CD)

Ryan Young has already begun garnering what are doubtless only the first of many awards and accolades for his superb fiddle-playing. His self-titled debut album ...
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BLIND RIVER SCARE – Pastures New (Creosote CR004CD)

Blind River Scare is the performing vehicle for South Wales based singer-songwriter, Tim Manning, here, on their fourth album, working as a trio with Steve ...
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The Passerine to make its debut at Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Refugees and migrant musicians from Sudan, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Israel and India have been named in the line up of a new world music ensemble ...
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PAUL ANDERSON – The High Summit (Fingal Records FINCD506)

I sometimes while away an idle moment trying to discern trends in Scottish music and I always fail. There are young musicians playing the oldest ...
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ODDFELLOW’S CASINO – Oh, Sealand (At The Helm/Microcultures)

Taking their name from Ambrose Oddfellow, a Victorian freakshow host whose moustache frontman David Bramwell apparently inherited from a great-aunt, the Brighton outfit have released ...
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The 19th Street Band – new album

High-energy Americana folk-rock group, The 19th Street Band, is making their debut appearance in Northern Ireland this summer as part of the Open House Festival ...
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SAM DRAISEY – As I Live And Breathe (own label)

“I’m the last of the protest song heroes” sings Sam Draisey in ‘Five Years Later’. That in itself is unusual because many writers of protest ...
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BLAKE’S FORTUNE – Hello World (own label)

Blake’s Fortune is the nom de plume of a young singer-songwriter from Dublin. His real name is John Lennon which, you have to admit, is ...
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BIRD RADIO/BONES & THE AFT – You’ve Been Kind! (Liver & Lights No. 55)

John Bently never does things the easy way. You’ve Been Kind! is available on vinyl with a hand printed sleeve and poster or on CD ...
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GREG RUSSELL – Inclined To Be Red (Fellside FECD281)

More commonly seen in partnership with Ciaran Algar, Greg Russell now also embarks on a solo career with an album the title of which refers ...
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THE LAST DINOSAUR – The Nothing (Naim Records NAIMDD350)

Funny thing, grief. There might be an immediate gut punch of loss, but the full effects are often only truly recognisable with years of hindsight ...
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Wickham Festival 2017 Interview

Darren Beech caught up with Peter Chegwyn just before the festival and had a chat about what we could expect from Wickham this year. Many ...
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The Lake Poets (Marty Longstaff) plays North-East dates

The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff. Following an appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend he plays a number of dates in the North-East during August ...
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The Sweet Water Warblers – Dave Freak talks to Rachael Davis

Hailing from Michigan, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis and The Flatbellys' Lindsay Lou have all carved successful careers as individual artists.  But an invitation to sing ...
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COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE – Outway Songster (WildGoose WGS 422 CD)

An outway songster was one who sang traditional song and popular hits of the time but “actually invented new ones themselves” according to Lucy Broadwood ...
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AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS – Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters (Organic Records OR 16902)

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters (formerly known simply as The Honeycutters) is the fifth Long Player from the group and is available in the ...
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SONGDOG – Joy Street (Junkyard Songs JSLPCD17)

I became a convert to Welsh poet-novelist-playwright Lyndon Morgans’ often talk-sing vocal style and deeply poetic narrative lyrics with the band’s second album and have ...
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THE FOUR OF US – Sugar Island (Future FUTURECDS011)

The Four of Us have had limited exposure elsewhere in the UK but have been a major force in Irish music since 1989 when they ...
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BILL MADISON – If I Had The Time (own label)

Unlike his last release, the latest offering from the deep and dusty voiced New England singer-songwriter, his thirteenth, is, save for one number, all self-penned, ...
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Ron Pope announces new album, Work, and UK live dates

This fall, Nashville-based independent artist Ron Pope will embark on an international headline tour making stops in New York, London, Chicago, Nashville, Washington D.C., Boston, ...
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Jon Boden announces new solo album and tour dates

Jon Boden, former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of his new solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on ...
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Video Wall 5

We just realised that the backlog of videos has built up again - it must be something to do with the summer weather bringing them ...
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ANDY GRIFFITHS – Big Red Monster (Musician Records MR011)

The Big Red Monster of the title is probably the rusting old tractor on the back cover but even Andy Griffiths isn’t quite sure. This ...
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BBC dramatises Michael Morpugo’s book, Alone On The Wide Wide Sea

BBC Radio 2 is to broadcast a drama starring Toby Jones and Jason Donovan based on award-winning author Michael Morpurgo’s child migration novel, Alone On ...
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CATHERINE MacLELLAN – If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North TND670)

The name might not be familiar, but you should certainly be familiar with the late Gene MacLellan’s songs, if not as a performer himself (though ...
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OFFA REX – The Queen Of Hearts (Nonesuch)

Born in Florence but raised in Oxford, Olivia Chaney’s 2015 debut album following contributions to assorted collections and albums by Seth Lakeman and Alasdair Roberts ...
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Southdowns Folk Festival announces its dance programme

The 5th eagerly awaited SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL takes place in Sunny Bognor Regis from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th September 2017. We have already covered ...
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REV HAMMER AND NICK HARPER – Live at Unit 23 Live, Totnes

Folk Rock legends, Rev Hammer and Nick Harper wowed the audience at Unit 23 Live in Totnes, South Devon recently. The venue owner Simon has ...
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AULD HAT NEW HEIDS – Volume 1 (Rickety Rackety Records RRR005)

The stated aim of Auld Hat New Heids’ album is to recreate the glory days of folk clubs – you remember; when we could go ...
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CHRISTINE PRIMROSE – Gràdh Is Gonadh – Guth Ag Aithris (Temple COMCD2109)

That Christine Primrose is one of Scotland’s premier Gaelic singers is a given. The title translates as Love & Loss – A Lone Voice and ...
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CORY FLYNN – A Boy Named Hunger (Long Way Home Music LWHM 003)

Cory Flynn, from Brighton, is just 16 years old, but has been performing both as a soloist and in bands for nearly six years. And ...
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Keith James tours The Songs Of Nick Drake

A haunting and immaculately crafted concert This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake ...
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LEVERET – Inventions (Rootbeat RBRCD38)

After two very successful albums and sold out gigs, Leveret bounce back onto the music scene with Inventions, an album of original material which was ...
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Bath Folk Festival announces Summer School plans

Once again the Bath Folk Festival runs its summer school, open to all ages and abilities, teaching traditional music to a backdrop of concerts, sessions ...
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The English Folk Dance and Song Society announces its autumn education programme

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has unveiled its programme of activities for the autumn season (September to December) at Cecil Sharp House ...
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Jarrod Dickenson announces new album, single and tour dates

Jarrod Dickenson announces the release date for his long awaited album Ready The Horses as September 29th 2017 and reveals new single ‘California’. Storytelling is ...
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Brona McVittie announces debut solo album and single

We Are The Wildlife is the forthcoming debut solo LP from celebrated Irish folk chanteuse and harpist Brona McVittie. As a taster of the magic ...
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VARIOUS – Spiritual Music From The Hebrides (AN LANNTAIR)

Spiritual Music From The Hebrides was recorded at a live event that drew together singers and musicians from the worlds of the Presbyterian church, classical ...
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HANNAH JOHNSON– Shaken (Woodville)

Physically based in Kings Heath, Birmingham but with her spiritual and musical homes shared between Nashville and Austin, Johnson was formerly one–third of Western Swing ...
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BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS – Acoustic Classics (Louvaio Lou006)

Folking.com has already announced the imminent release of Acoustic Classics by Benjamin Folke Thomas - http://folking.com/benjamin-folke-thomas-returns-with-live-album/ - with the back story to the singer’s life ...
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SLAID CLEAVES – Ghost On The Car Radio (Candy House Media CHM 130)

It’s been four years since there was any new material from the Maine-bred, Texas-based Cleaves, but, marking his 25th year in the business, he returns ...
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VARIOUS – Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams (Slate Creek SCR0526172)

Now 78 and still going strong (his most recent album being in 2014), Don Williams is, both in person and on disc, one of the ...
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SINGLES BAR 23

A round-up of recent EPs and singles SAILING STONES is the name by which Irish born, London-based Jenny Lindfors plies her trade, the digital self-produced, ...
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ELLIOTT MORRIS – Lost & Found (Dominoes Club DCRCD001)

An Anglo-Scot, based in Yorkshire, the soft-voiced Elliott Morris plies a mix of folk and blues that highlight his percussive guitar slapping technique on a ...
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EFDSS launches Musicians In Museums scheme

Applications are open for first artist residency A new project to explore and celebrate the collections at three national museums and bring them to life ...
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BLACK*SCARR – Deluded (own label)

Having released the second album with band project The Persecuted just a couple of months ago, East End-based singer-songwriter Johnny Black makes a swift return ...
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The Routes Quartet announce their debut album

The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes ...
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AMY HENDERSON – Soul For A Compass (own label AH2017CD)

These days we need all the cheering up we can get and my first thought was that this record would do the job nicely. Amy ...
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Sarah Jane Scouten releases new album and announces UK tour dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten released new full-length album When The Bloom Falls From The Rose on June 16th via Light ...
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Paul Brady announces new studio album, Unfinished Business

With a career spanning five decades, Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of contemporary music’s most enduring popular artists. Brady first came to attention ...
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MARY ANN KENNEDY – An Dàn (Arc Music EUCD2737)

Mary Ann Kennedy describes this album as Gaelic songs for a modern world. An Dàn means…well, dàn means song but it also means destiny, which ...
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Harriet! are on the road to promote double-A single

HARRIET! consists of Harriet Brooke McDonnell and Neil Wardleworth. Harriet hails from Mickleover, Derbyshire. She has established herself in and around the local music scene ...
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WEST OF EDEN – No Time Like The Past – A Collection (West of Music WOMCDII)

A school trip to Dublin the early 90s was to prove the catalyst for 20 years of music when classmates and subsequently husband wife Martin ...
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Chris Murphy announces new album

For 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, ...
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Cory Flynn – sixteen year old singer/songwriter announces debut album

Cory Flynn is a talented young singer-songwriter and musician from Brighton. His songs are folk/country/blues with an edge and a style heavily influenced by Bob ...
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THE BROTHERS BRIGGS – The Brothers Briggs (All Made Up Records, AMU0010)

This self-titled album by The Brothers Briggs drops in like the soundtrack to a long-lost folk horror film. There’s that delicious sense of the indefinably ...
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Ilfracombe Folk Festival announces its 2017 line-up

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce that Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival will be returning to Ilfracombe Holiday Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ...
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CANNY FETTLE – Still Gannin’ Canny (Canny Fettle Records CANNYCD001)

You know the kind of friendships where you don’t see one another for ages, yet when you next meet up, you just pick up right ...
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Tom Russell announces a new album, Folk Hotel

Tom Russell will release a brand-new studio album, Folk Hotel (Proper Records) on September 8th. The physical version showcases thirteen new Russell originals plus, as ...
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GREG RUSSELL – Inclined To Be Red (Fellside FECD281)

When he isn’t partnering Ciaran Algar or working with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and half a dozen other projects, Greg Russell follows another path ...
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