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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).

Declan O’Rourke tours Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine

Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, the new album by Declan O'Rourke, was released in October 2017. Fifteen years in the making, this epic song ...
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STRING SISTERS – Between Wind And Water (own label SISTERS118)

The impeccable musical pedigree of the String Sisters is undeniable and their new album Between Wind And Water demonstrates exactly why these formidably accomplished women ...
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SINGLES BAR 27

A round-up of recent EPs and singles MERRY HELL will launch their eagerly awaited acoustic album, Anthems To The Wind, in a couple of months ...
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Martyn Joseph honoured on both sides of the Atlantic

Not just ‘one of acoustic music’s most original voices’, but also one of its most active humanitarians, acclaimed Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph has received ...
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STUART FORESTER – The Good Earth (Melonstone MLNR002)

Since we last heard from Stuart Forester he has endured tragedy and moved to Scotland from where he sometimes posts photographs of his new life ...
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Caroline Keane and Tom Delany – new album

This new recording of traditional Irish music presents Irish cultural heritage in a fresh and creative context while remaining steadfastly loyal to the music, song ...
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STEVE LOGAN – Backstreets Of Eden (Moondragon Records SLOG 025)

Steve Logan is a welsh songwriter and musician now living in and working from Cambridge, UK, who is, as his website puts it, “working across ...
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Boldwood: second album available soon

Glory Of The West is Boldwood's second full length album, coming a decade after their debut album, Feet, Don't Fail Me Now, which was released ...
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KYLE CAREY – The Art Of Forgetting (Riverboat Records TUG 1109)

The Art Of Forgetting is Kyle Carey’s third album. Carey describes her style as ‘Gaelic Americana’. ‘Gaelic Americana’ is a fusion of Celtic and Appalachian ...
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CORRIE SHELLEY – The Leaf And The Cane (Own Label CSSSMCD002)

You know how it is, you spend 30 years busy doing other life stuff away from music, then seemingly effortlessly drop two self-composed albums within ...
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Copperplate Podcast 220 – 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 ...
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DAN HARTLAND – Great Novels (own label DH004)

In many ways Great Novels is a companion piece to the Amit Dattani solo debut, both of them hailing from Birmingham and sharing a love ...
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No Petticoats Here: Inspirational First World War Women

Critically acclaimed musician and singer Louise Jordan performs No Petticoats Here to tell the stories of remarkable women from the First World War. Based on ...
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival reveals more names

Folk legend Richard Thompson is set to make an electrifying return to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival after organisers announced a rare appearance by the ...
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ANTI RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE TOM WAITS’ ENTIRE 1970s ELEKTRA ASYLUM CATALOGUE

HISTORIC DEBUT ALBUM ‘CLOSING TIME’ TO BE RELEASED ON 9 MARCH ALSO ON 9 MARCH, ‘HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT’, ‘NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER’, ‘SMALL CHANGE’, ...
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LUCIA COMNES – Held In The Arms (Delfina DR386-LC09)

Her fifth album and only the second to feature all original material, Held In The Arms, Comnes’ follow-up to 2015’s Love, Hope & Tyranny, again ...
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Michael Chapman tours in April

2016 was a landmark year for Michael Chapman. As well as celebrating his 75th birthday it was also 50 years since he first went on ...
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Ad Vanderveen – Denver Nevada

Denver Nevada is a place that is not real, it’s made up. But it is real in the sense that it’s an anagram for Ad ...
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The Grahams – New limited 7 inch and UK Tour Dates

Vibrant Nashville-based Americana duo The Grahams (pronounced Grams) announce extensive February-March 2018 UK tour previewing material from two eagerly anticipated projects due later this year ...
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Levellers reveal brand new video for ‘McGee’

Levellers have revealed the video for their latest single ‘McGee’, which was filmed at Abbey Road Studios while the band were recording their upcoming album ...
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Reverend Shawn Amos – Breaks it Down

We would like to introduce you to; The Reverend Shawn Amos, a Los Angeles-based, chart-topping bluesman ready to turn any venue into a 1960s’ Chicago ...
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MIRIAM COOKE – Freefalling (First Night)

A former fashion model turned archaeologist, actress, broadcaster, folk singer and, er baboon stylist, raised in an Irish farming community, Cooke trades in a very ...
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Nigel Mazlyn Jones and Marker play The Music Institute

Nigel Mazlyn Jones begins a short tour at The Music Institute in Guildford on March 23rd Nigel Mazlyn Jones was born in Dudley. He started ...
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MIKE REINSTEIN – Acts Of Love (Irregular Records IRR110)

Mike Reinstein is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from Sussex and his songs are usually literate, thoughtful and, indeed, thought-provoking. I’m pleased to say that Acts Of Love ...
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Mad Martins – CDs, book and stage show by Gary Miller

Mad Martins is the latest project from internationally acclaimed songwriter and performing and recording artist Gary Miller (“As a song poet there are few in ...
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The High Kings announce UK tour dates

The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s Folk Heritage, are delighted to announce the first UK shows on their DECADE - The Best of ...
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Karen Tweed to curate celebration of pioneering photographer

‘ANOTHER VIEW, DEAR JULIA’ - CONTROVERSIAL PIONEERING FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE 19TH  CENTURY TO BE CELEBRATED IN CONCERT ON HER ADOPTED ISLAND Quay Arts Centre, ...
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AMIT DATTANI – Santiago (own label AD001)

One half of the Mellow Peaches, Amit Dattani, will release his debut solo Long-Player on March 4th. While much of the Peaches’ output is somewhere ...
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GERI VAN ESSEN – A New Hiding Place (own label)

Coming to folk music by way of children’s choirs in the Netherlands, now based in East London, van Essen is gifted with a gentle, pure ...
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on tour

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys head out on the road again in March in support of their recently extolled new album, Pretty Peggy, released ...
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Gary Miller announces new single and album

2018 sees the launch of an exciting and unique collaboration between two leaders of the North East of England music scene in their respective musical ...
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The Self Preservation Society

Here is something that must have been a lot of fun to do... Released by ECC Records - 19th February 2018 - A really folking ...
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ÚNA MONAGHAN – For (own label)

Belfast’s Úna Monaghan is a harper, a composer and an exponent of electronic soundscapes – her description – and she combines those talents on her ...
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Keith James tours The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

www.keith-james.com His wonderful Tower of Songs Stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual Born 1934 into a traditional Jewish family from Montreal Canada, Leonard Cohen can ...
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FALSE LIGHTS – Harmonograph (Wreckord Label FL003)

The second crop of fruit from the joint project between Sam Carter and Jim Moray brings in Stuart Provan on drums and adds Archie Churchill-Moss’s ...
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KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM – Shine On (WildGoose WGS 423 CD)

If you like your folk music robust and uncluttered, you probably have, in your collection, at least one album by Keith Kendrick and his partner ...
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MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – Like A Radio (MIG MIG02023)

Matthews Southern Comfort – that’s a name we haven’t heard for a while and, to be honest, I’m not sure why we’re hearing it now ...
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THE LYNNeS – Heartbreak Song For The Radio (The LYNNEs Records TLR 2018-01)

Although they’ve shared a stage several times and written songs together over the past ten years, fellow Canadians Lynne Miles and Lynne Hanson haven’t actually ...
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JOSIE DUNCAN & PABLO LAFUENTE – The Morning Tempest (Own Label JDP2018CD)

The Morning Tempest, the debut album from Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente follows on from their 2016 EP, Half Of What You See. Arising, as ...
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REG MEUROSS – Songs About A Train (Hatsongs HAT012)

A companion piece of sorts to 2011’s The Dreamed And The Drowned in that it’s another limited edition (1000) collection of previously unreleased material, the ...
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JOHN OATES with the Good Road Band – Arkansas (PS Records PSR006CD)

After 46 years of making blue eyed soul, both as half of Hall & Oates and as a solo performer, John Oates has gone Americana, ...
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Wildwood Jack announce new album – touring this year

After selling their home to hit the road the acoustic folk and roots duo Wildwood Jack have been living the life of musical troubadours for ...
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RICHARD KNOTT – Long Story Short (Solid Thumb Music STCD1801)

There are times when a record like Long Story Short is just what you need to drive the blues away, which is odd because there ...
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Port Cities – Canadian band announce debut album and UK tour

Canadian band Port Cities are still bathing in the afterglow of November's Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album ...
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MOLLY TUTTLE TO TOUR THE UK

From her history-making win for Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards to 1M streams and counting on Spotify, all signs indicate that ...
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Wickham Festival Announces 2018 Line Up

Wickham have just announced that The South and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel are among the latest acts confirmed for this year's Festival. Also recently ...
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BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN – Hearts of Glass (BNC BNCCD006)

Her twelfth solo album (she also released Liv On, a collection of healing songs with Olivia Newton-John and Amy Sky in 2016), this is her ...
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LORI WATSON – Yarrow Acoustic Sessions (Isle Music Scotland ISLE05CD)

If the word you usually associate with the Scots is “dour” ‘I’m afraid this album may reinforce your prejudices. As I understand it Yarrow Acoustic ...
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STICK IN THE WHEEL – Follow Them True (From Here)

Let me start by confessing that I never quite took to their hugely acclaimed 2015 debut, but the arrival of their English Folk Field Recordings ...
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JOHN FORRESTER – Restless (Irregular Records IRR109)

John Forrester is a singer, a songwriter, an ace double bass player and the sort of chap that everybody in the business knows. Restless is ...
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CAITLIN KING – Flower Crown (SoSlam)

Musicians, like policemen, are looking younger and there is a new young musician on the beat.  Southend-on-Sea based Caitlin King has only just turned 16 ...
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RED PINE TIMBER CO. – Sorry For The Good Times (GOLDCD016)

On January 26th Red Pine Timber Company released their second album Sorry For The Good Times. The band are based in Perth (the Scottish one) ...
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MAEVE MACKINNON – Strì (Own Label, MM003)

Launched this weekend as part of Celtic Connections 2018, comes Maeve Mackinnon’s third studio album, Strì (meaning “strive”). After a couple of years of touring ...
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SALT HOUSE – Undersong (Make Believe MBR7CD)

There have been changes in the Salt House with Jenny Sturgeon joining Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl and having a big impact as songwriter and ...
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WHITE ROOKS – I See Fairisies (Chalk Horse Music)

First up, some history. Back in 1999, singer Liz Overs and future husband producer Darren Pearson, who first performed together as Eastbourne-based outfit The Hit ...
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BRONA McVITTIE – Live at the Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall, London

London is a city divided by the Thames, so “heading south of The River” always adds a little something to an occasion.  In this case ...
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You Are Wolf announces her second album

You Are Wolf is the alt-folk project of award-winning composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Releasing her second album Keld in March, it is the follow-up ...
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Sarah McQuaid CD launch tour – 25th January 2018

While I've been living in West Cornwall for nearly two years now, and have checked out some local open mics and even a folk club ...
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Don McLean – new album and British and Irish tour dates

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and ...
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HC McENTIRE –Lionheart (Merge MERG602)

While still fronting Mount Moriah, Heather McEntire has taken time out to record a solo album, Lionheart, recorded in the living room of her house ...
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MIKE TURNBULL – Circlet Of Gold (own label)

I started to listen to Circlet Of Gold and got so wrapped up in the opening track that I had do some research and by ...
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DOUGIE MacLEAN – New Tomorrow (Dunkeld Records DUNCD039)

There they are: the familiar ringing guitar, the unmistakeable melodic cadences. The last Dougie MacLean album I got was his 40th anniversary concert set, Till ...
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WINTER WILSON – Far Off On The Horizon (own label, WWCD009)

Winter Wilson’s eighth album, Far Off On The Horizon, does not do showy or flashy. It just calmly and confidently insinuates its way into the ...
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MARY GAUTHIER – Rifles & Rosary Beads (Proper PRCD145)

Founded by Darden Smith some five years ago, SongwritingWith: Soldiers is a charitable organisation that brings together musicians and often wounded (physically, spiritually and mentally) ...
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Lori Watson announces two new albums

Scots Singer of the Year 2016-17, Lori Watson is a fiddle player, singer and composer. She has drawn on the rich tradition of the Scottish ...
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YVONNE LYON – Metanoia (own label)

Metanoia is Yvonne Lyon’s eighth album and is a mixture old tracks revisited and brand new tracks. The collection opens with an Americana track laced ...
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Breabach piper James Duncan Mackenzie announces new solo album

Breabach piper and flautist, James Duncan Mackenzie, from the Isle of Lewis, launches his second solo album, Sròmos, a collection of newly composed melodies. The ...
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TRENT MILLER – Time Between Us (Bucketfull Of Brains BOB801)

Trent Miller's new CD Time Between Us, due for release on 16th March 2018, as yet has no mention that I could find on his ...
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ERIC ANDERSEN – Silent Angel: Fire and Ashes of Heinrich Böll (Meyer Records no. 221)

Since The Cologne Concert LP in 2011, Eric Andersen’s output on the Meyer label has been prolific to say the least; and only months since ...
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Salt House announce their new album

Five years on from their debut, which announced a major new force on the scene, Scottish band Salt House release their new album Undersong. Produced ...
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BRICKWORK LIZARDS – Haneen (Lazima Records)

You probably couldn’t invent the way this band came about - but the results are very impressive and the beginning is entirely in keeping with ...
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Rich Krueger releases long-awaited album

The long awaited full-length album by Chicago folk rocker, Rich Krueger, Life Aint That Long is released on  Friday, January 26th with a celebration performance to be ...
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THE SILVER DARLINGS – Something Of The Sound (Anklebreka Records AR0017)

Something Of The Sound is the second album released by The Silver Darlings, following the Souls in 2011. The band are from Sheffield and have ...
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STEVE HACKETT Wuthering Nights : Live in Birmingham

On 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music release Wuthering Nights : Live in Birmingham, the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett. Wuthering Nights ...
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WILDE ROSES – Wilde Roses (Blood & Desire BNDR02CD)

The Wilde Roses CD, by the duo of the same name and due for release on January 26th 2018, is a two-dimensional snapshot of the ...
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BLUES & FOLK STARS LINED UP FOR GATE TO SOUTHWELL 2018

There’s a perfect blend of rising stars, festival favourites and music legends lined up for next year’s Gate To Southwell. Already booked for the East ...
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NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS – Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me (Dusty Willow DWR004)

“Concerning Love, Madness & Obsession” is what is says.  I’m never sure what to expect from Naomi Bedford but I’m not sure that this was ...
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ASH GRAY – Chicken Wire (Labelship Records – LC24628)

Despite being something of a veteran on various indie circuits – on two continents, no less – Chicken Wire is only the second solo album ...
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Heather Downie announces her first solo album

Harpist and singer Heather Downie was introduced to Scottish music by the late Martyn Bennett at the age of nine and has been involved in ...
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Son Of Town Hall – spring tour dates

Welcome to the world of Son Of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England,and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico ...
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Fairport Convention are on the road again

Fairport Convention, still one of the busiest bands around, are proud to announce their 2018 UK Winter Tour. The folk-rock legends follow a successful Golden ...
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Dougie Maclean: new album

Leading singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean is looking forward to his first big solo concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during the award-winning Celtic Connections festival ...
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ZOE MULFORD – Small Brown Birds (Azalea City ACCD 1701)

Originally from Philadelphia, singer, songwriter, guitarist and much-praised clawhammer banjo-player Zoe Mulford now lives (sometimes) in Manchester. She is currently on tour with Tom Kitching ...
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SARAH McQUAID – If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous (Shovel And A Spade Records SAASCD001)

Ian Semple, whose radio programme on CoastFM specializes in promoting artists with a connection to Cornwall, describes Sarah McQuaid's new CD If We Dig Any ...
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Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs

Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate. For more than a half-century, Sainte-Marie has ...
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ALICE DIMICELE – One With The Tide (Alice Otter Music AO114)

Born in New Jersey, but a long time resident of South Oregon, DiMicele has fourteen albums to her name, all released via her own independent ...
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Knight & Spiers UK Tour March 2018

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for ...
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BENYARO – One Step Ahead Of Your Past (own label)

Benyaro is the musical vehicle of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ben Musser from the mountain resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is partnered by Leif ...
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Wilde Roses – eponymous debut album and Tintagel date

Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. Musically and visually inspired by the ...
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NO THEE NO ESS – California (Folkwit Records)

No Thee No Ess are a unique Cardiff duo comprising Andy Fung and Paul Battenbough who just so happened to have released their most recent ...
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KEEGAN McINROE – A Good Old Fashioned Protest (own label)

Last year saw a welcome return of the protest album and it’s good to see the momentum hasn’t slowed, Texas-based McInroe getting 2018 off to ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Transports – A Tale Of Exile And Migration (Hudson Records HUD007LP/CD)

Tom Paxton once remarked about one of his songs that it originally sounded as if it had been written a century ago, but that he ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (Sylvan Songs Records)

Taking its name in part from a James song, Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James reworks thirteen well- and lesser-known James songs in homage ...
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Alasdair Roberts announces a new collaboration for a new album

For his twelfth solo album, What News, and his fourth album focused exclusively on the performance of traditional songs, Alasdair Roberts has chosen a typically unusual and eclectic ...
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Canadian folk double header tour

A transatlantic co-headline UK tour from two of the biggest names from the culture-rich maritime province of Canada. The Ennis Sisters have grown up and ...
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Sarah McQuaid announces new album

Produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based ...
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Dan Walsh Trio announce spring tour dates

After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh's annual ...
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CIRCUMNAVIGATE – When Worlds Collide (Own Label)

The members of Circumnavigate are from Sandvika, Norway and from London, so it’s not unnatural that this band has a particular interest in making music ...
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International band String Sisters announce their new album

String Sisters produces a sound that is awe-inspiring and captivating in equal measure. Capable of capturing an audience from the first few notes, their shows ...
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Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are back for a series of intimate gigs during February 2018

2017 saw Dempsey Broughton return to the fray with a series of exciting live appearances to accompany the release of their acclaimed album, Off By ...
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Zoe Mulford announces new album and tour dates

Small Brown Birds is the eagerly awaited new album release from Zoe Mulford, an album that looks for joy in the midst of hard times ...
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Spirit Of Minnie – The New Will Varley Album

Will Varley has announced details of his 5th studio album, 'Spirit Of Minnie’, released February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Following 2016’s much praised ...
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I’M WITH HER announce debut album and UK Tour Dates

I'm With Her, is a new band project featuring; Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, who have recently announced the release of their full-length ...
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Swill and Valentino to reunite on tour in April

PHIL ‘SWILL’ ODGERS & BOBBY VALENTINO April 2018 Tour Never the same set twice! The Men They Couldn't Hang singer-songwriter Phil 'Swill Odgers and roots ...
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Ferris & Sylvester release new song ‘London’s Blues’

Ferris & Sylvester have released a brand new song ‘London’s Blues’, the new track is taken from their forthcoming EP Made In Streatham, out February ...
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Cambridge City Roots Festival – the line-up

The spirit of the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival will inject the city with winter cheer in February and March, when Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk ...
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The Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters, a web platform for socialist and progressive arts and culture, are pleased to announce a new Songwriting ...
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ALESSIO BONDÌ – Sfardo (Malintenti Dischi/800 Records 800aMLT/001)

ÌSfardo, a Sicilian dialect word meaning “strain”, is the debut album from singer-songwriter Alessio Bondì. It reveals a wide range of influences, like the rap-inflected ...
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Harp And A Monkey – new documentary by folk storytellers

A small rural church in Cumbria, a disused airfield in Norfolk, an old railway wagon in Sussex, and the winding room of a former colliery ...
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ALASH – Achai (Smithsonian Folkways SWF 40578)

For the geographically challenged – and I include myself – the Tuvan Republic is an independent area of Siberia bordering Mongolian and Kazakhstan. It’s traditional ...
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Rick Shea and The Losin’ End release new album

Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino, California and his songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences ...
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Glen Hansard announces third album

Marking his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will release Between Two Shores on January 19 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He ...
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The Lake Poets – live EP and tour dates

The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff,  released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show ...
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MUIREANN NIC AMHLAOIBH – Foxglove & Fuchsia (own label MUNA 002)

Foxglove & Fuchsia is actually the third solo album by former Danú lead singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. The first, Fainne an Lae, was released in ...
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ZETOR IN THE KAILYARD – Collateral (own label ZITK001)

Zetor In The Kailyard are a multi-instrumental duo – Kate Babcock and Roddy Johnston – and when I say “multi” I really do mean multi ...
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Lucia Comnes to release new album in February

“Over the past two years while living in Italy, I’ve set and met my goal of completing at least two new songs a month. It’s ...
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THE PHIL LANGRAN BAND – The Distance (Folkwit Records f0145)

The Phil Langran Band have released The Distance, their fourth album. The music is based around Langran’s acoustic guitar and (predominantly) self-penned songs but brings ...
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BETH WIMMER – Bookmark (own label)

Raised on America’s east coast with her poet mother and folk-singing grandfather before moving to Los Angeles, Wimmer’s been based in Switzerland for several years, ...
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JACK BRETT – Plays The Blues And Other Melodic Misfortunes (JBR Records)

When I lived in South Shropshire I saw and heard quite a lot of Jack Brett, and knew him to be a seriously talented practitioner ...
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CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA McKAY – Bare Knuckle (own label)

It’s been seven years since Fiddler’s Bid duo Chris Stout and Catriona McKay released White Nights. They haven’t wasted the time of course: two albums ...
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SOPHIA JOHNSON – One Year (own label)

When I reviewed Hannah Johnson’s solo debut a few months back, I was unaware that her sister, Sophia, had also released her debut back in ...
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THE TIN HEART TROUBADOURS – Collected Short Stories (own label)

The Tin Heart Troubadours play what they call American parlour folk music; a light but musically rich Americana. Most of the songs on their debut ...
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SINGLES BAR 26

The Christmas bonus edition When RALPH McTELL wrote ‘Streets Of London’ it was a song of its time. Everyone, but everyone, sang it. In the ...
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Joan Baez returns with new album and spring tour

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) ...
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Beth Nielsen Chapman announces new album

Beth Nielsen Chapman’s brand-new studio album, Hearts Of Glass is a powerful collection of songs that dig deep into the place within us where vulnerability ...
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John Forrester announces new solo album

As the title suggests, Restless - the fourth studio album from English songwriter John Forrester - explores the transient underpinning of the lone musician: songs ...
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DAISY CHAPMAN – Good Luck Songs (Folkwit SW89)

Good Luck Songs is Daisy Chapman’s third studio album; her first for five years. There was a live set a couple of years ago but ...
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Reg Meuross announces new album and tour

In 2011 Stephen Jordan, the Head Librarian at The Bodleian Music Library in Oxford, approached Reg Meuross with the idea of commissioning a compilation of ...
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Elles Bailey releases deluxe edition of Wildfire

Elles Bailey is releasing a special edition of her successful and critically-acclaimed debut album, Wildfire, on 22nd December 2017. Heralded by Blues in Britain as “The Blues Princess,” Elles ...
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GREENMATTHEWS – A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera (Blast Records BFTP011)

The Dickens novella A Christmas Carol has become almost integral to the Yuletide celebrations since its publication in 1843, helped and sometimes hampered by innumerable ...
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DAMIEN O’KANE – Avenging & Bright (Pure Records PRCD46)

Damien O’Kane isn't actually auditioning for Game Of Thrones on the cover. The cos-play refers to the title track, ‘Avenging & Bright’, taken from a ...
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BLAZIN’ FIDDLES – The Key (Blazin’ Records BFCD2017)

As is often the case I initially listened to The Key while driving and my first thought was that it seemed very restrained. Second time ...
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VIV LEGG AND THOMAS McCARTHY – Jauling The Green Tober (Brown Label TMVL0302)

I was handed this album with the warning that it was “hard-core folk music”. If your thing is experimentation and big arrangements, Jauling The Green ...
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Prosecco Socialist – new band, new Christmas single

‘This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)’ is an attempt to truthfully answer the old John Lennon rhetorical question “and so this is Christmas, and ...
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The Tin Heart Troubadours announce their debut album

The Tin Heart Troubadours are Nigel Orme (vocals/guitar), Steve Clark (vocals/Dobro) and Clare Pastorius (vocals/cello) They play American Parlour Folk music and their songs tell ...
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JOHNNY CAMPBELL – Avalon (Subversive Folk SF001)

There’s a long story behind Johnny Campbell’s second album Avalon. He is much travelled throughout Europe and the United States and although the record’s title ...
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Orphan Colours announce debut album

When UK alt.country outfit ahab went on indefinite hiatus, song-writer Steven Llewellyn decided to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former ...
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Fairport Convention announce first names for Cropredy 2018

Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival has announced the first acts booked for the 2018 event which takes place on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday ...
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Maeve Mackinnon – new album and spring tour

Contemporary Gaelic Singer Maeve Mackinnon releases her third studio album in February, 2018. Strì is a collection of songs in Gaelic and English, based on ...
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PURCELL’S POLYPHONIC PARTY – An Invitation To Dance (WetFootMusic WFM170901)

A musician once commented on social media that the word he hated seeing in a review was “interesting”. I was as guilty as anyone and ...
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ANGE HARDY – Bring Back Home (Story Records STREC 1701)

Ange Hardy’s new album Bring Back Home was released on November 28th. For the past few years, she has had nominations and awards a-plenty, both ...
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Levellers – new acoustic album and tour

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers will be releasing We The Collective on March 9th via the band’s own label, On The Fiddle Recordings. Emerging ...
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PETER FERGUS McCLELLAND – The Turn Of The Tide (Hobgoblin HOBCD1017)

Pete McClelland, if I may be so familiar to address him thus, has had a busy year. This is his second solo album of 2017 ...
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THE DARIA KULESH QUARTET talk to Folking

For their many fans there is sadness at the news that the latest iteration of Kara has disbanded. With the plan not quite coming together, ...
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ROB CORCORAN & THE NECESSARY EVILS – Inverse Alchemy (Sullen Link)

There is something instantly appealing about Rob Corcoran & The Necessary Evils' debut album, Inverse Alchemy. Its songs are honest, relatable, lived, and the musicianship ...
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DAVID BOTTING – Heart Beat (Haven Records)

Heart Beat is the debut album from singer songwriter David Botting. Hard times in life can be the inspiration for many great songs, as David ...
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LUKE DANIELS – Singing Ways To Feel More Junior (Gael Records GAEL017)

Singing Ways To Feel More Junior by Luke Daniels, is a wonderfully eclectic collection of a dozen songs, most of which are Daniels’ originals. It ...
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Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will release her most important work to date with Rifles & Rosary Beads on January 26th, 2018 via Proper Records. Co-written ...
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ROSS AINSLIE – Sanctuary (Great White Records, GWR005CD)

If there’s a more intensely personal album release this year than Ross Ainslie’s third album, Sanctuary, it would be hard to find. It’s a conceptual ...
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First names unveiled for Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed the first acts in its 2018 line up as tickets go on sale for next year’s event. American singer songwriter ...
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Lincoln Alive announces its festival line-up

Before we know it summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival...... Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce that the ...
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MATTHEW ROBB – Spirit In The Form (Wabisabi Music WAB 30)

Matthew Robb is a UK singer-songwriter based in Cologne in Germany. His latest release is Spirit In The Form with nine self-composed songs. He is ...
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INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Seven Sisters (Shoelay Music SHMU32)

The only thing wrong with this record is that there isn’t enough of it; only six tracks even though one of them is long. Many ...
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THE NOVEL IDEAS – The Novel Ideas (own label)

Take a quartet of friends from Massachusetts, a clutch of guitars and a pedal steel, set them to work on their four-part harmonies, simmer gently ...
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Show of Hands at Wells Cathedral – Friday 3rd November 2017

Almost exactly seven years have passed since Show of Hands last appeared before an audience at Wells Cathedral; an interval of time that many would ...
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THE DEPORTEES – The Birth Of Industry (own label DEP-001)

The Deportees are a five piece band from the Aberdeen area and The Birth Of Industry is their debut album. They make a big, powerful ...
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PEATBOG FAERIES – Live@25 (Peatbog Records CDBOG008)

The Peatbog Faeries new album, Live@25 is only their second foray into live recording in their long career, the other being 2009’s Live. As the ...
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SINGLES BAR 25

A round-up of recent EPs and singles with compliments of the season WOLFNOTE are a new trio from Berkshire making their debut with an EP, ...
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THE WAILIN’ JENNYS – Fifteen (True North Records TND 683)

On January 5th 2018, The Wailin’ Jennys release their first new recording for six years. The album, Fifteen, is a celebration of a musical partnership ...
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THE LOST NOTES – Run Free Right Now (own label TLN01)

A self-deprecating acoustic folk roots five piece from Moseley in Birmingham, guitarists Ben Mills and Oli Jobes and Charlize Theron lookalike Lucy Mills provide the ...
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Daisy Chapman releases third solo album

Good Luck Songs is wonderful new collection of powerful and poignant songs from Bristol-based singer-songwriter Daisy Chapman... Daisy’s powerful vocals have been used by the ...
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CHRISTY MOORE – On The Road (Sony Music/Frontline)

Neither a greatest hits collection nor a conventional concert album, On The Road sits somewhere between the two. Here are two dozen of Christy best ...
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DAVID NEWEY – Unfold (own label)

David Newey releases Unfold on December 18th with a solo launch event in Camden followed by a full band launch in Newcastle on December 22nd ...
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BELLA HARDY – Hey Sammy (Noe NOE10)

Her ninth solo outing, this is very much Hardy’s ‘pop’ album, a dramatic change in sound an style resulting from a brief relocation to Nashville ...
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Ange Hardy’s new album is on general release this month

Bring Back Home is the sixth studio album from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated singer, songwriter and independent recording artist Ange Hardy. The ...
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KATE RUSBY – Angels & Men (Pure PRCD44)

Bringing the 25th anniversary of her music career to date to a sparkling finale, Kate Rusby sees the year out with Angels & Men, her ...
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THE WAILIN’ JENNYS – FIFTEEN

One of today’s most respected folk groups, The Wailin’ Jennys are releasing their first new recording in six years, Fifteen. This long-awaited follow-up to Bright ...
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THE COMPANY OF PLAYERS – Shakespeare Songs (own label)

The Company of Players is an assemblage of young musicians brought together at the behest of Jess Distill of Said The Maiden, in order to ...
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KARINE POLWART – A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson HUDOO5)

Originally conceived as the musical accompaniment to her theatrical debut production of the same name in collaboration with sound designer Pippa Murphy, this now takes ...
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SAOIRSE MHÓR – Ghosts Of Tomorrow (own label)

Saoirse Mhór is an Irish singer-songwriter living and working in Germany. British and Irish folk is big there but Saoirse is barely known in England ...
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MELROSE QUARTET – Dominion (own label MQCD03)

Dominion is the long-awaited second album from Melrose Quartet: Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith. If you haven’t heard them you should ...
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Ross Ainslie announces a remarkable third album

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, ...
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SAID THE MAIDEN – Here’s A Health (own label)

Following on from last years EP, ‘Of Maids And Mariners’, Hertfordshire folk trio Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton return with their much anticipated ...
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THE WINTERLINGS – American Son (own label)

American Son is the fourth album release from Washington -based duo, The Winterlings, alias Wolff Bowden and Amanda Birdsall. A meeting of minds at a ...
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Police Dog Hogan announce spring tour

Police Dog Hogan get back on the road with a short tour during February and March 2018. With 300 plus gigs already under their belts ...
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REBECCA PRONSKY – Witness: Hillary’s Song Cycle (own label)

Well, here’s an unusual one. Written in response to last year’s Presidential Election upset in America, Pronsky has, joined by all-female musicians, devised an eight ...
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PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER – Live at Farnham Maltings

I’ve heard Peter Knight’s Gigspanner three times this year and it never gets old. Admittedly the first occasion was with Gary Hammond on percussion and ...
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MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES – Bayswater Road (Barbaraville Records)

Believe it or not, Bayswater Road is Martin Stephenson’s 35th album in as many years. He emerged as one of the rising stars of the ...
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THE STONED CHERRIES – Baked In A Pie (own label)

Having only recently moved away from Shropshire, I had heard from time to time of The Stoned Cherries, who are based in the Shropshire/ Herefordshire/ ...
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KIRSTY MERRYN – She & I (own label)

Kirsty Merryn hails originally from the New Forest but is now, inevitably, based in London where the action is. She & I is her debut ...
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Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples has again joined forces with songwriter-producer Jeff Tweedy for a new album entitled If All I Was Was Black, out this November 17th ...
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BOB FOX – A Garland For Joey (Fledg’ling FLED 3107)

I’m guessing that A Garland For Joey is an album that Bob Fox has wanted to make for a long time. Many fine musicians have ...
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The Peatbog Faeries announce a live album to celebrate twenty-five years

The Peatbog Faeries have a new album - Live@25. Given that this is a band that is so renowned for live performances, a live album ...
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Fairport Convention: Folk Heroes will be broadcast this month

Sky Arts is to broadcast a major television documentary to mark the fiftieth anniversary of legendary folk rock band Fairport Convention. Titled Fairport Convention: Folk ...
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O’HOOLEY & TIDOW – Winterfolk Vol 1 (No Masters NMCD51)

My first Christmas review of the year, it seems to have become de rigueur now that at some point the great and good of the ...
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Pete McClelland announces a new maritime themed album

The idea for The Turn Of The Tide came out of a concert performance supporting Martin Simpson at Cornwall Folk Festival in 2016. For this ...
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JON BODEN – Afterglow – Hudson Records HUD004

Folk royalty Jon Boden’s latest album, Afterglow, is an excellent follow on from Songs From The Floodplain, which was released in 2009, and was Jon’s ...
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VIDEO WALL 6

The videos have been flooding in again so here's the first of the latest batch. We'll begin with Louis Brennan's film for 'Bit Part Actor', ...
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THE STRANGE BLUE DREAMS – The Strange Blue Dreams (Holy Smokes Records, HSR006)

At first glance, the front cover of the debut and self-titled album by The Strange Blue Dreams, might seem to hint at sci-fi or electronica ...
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ASSEMBLY LANE – Northbound (own label ALCD01)

The Newcastle-based band Assembly Lane are Tom Kimber (mandolin, harmony vocal), Niles Krieger (fiddle, harmony and lead vocals), Bevan Morris (double bass), and Matthew Ord ...
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GABRIEL MORENO & THE QUIVERING POETS – Farewell Belief (Amber Records AMBERCD007)

Gabriel Moreno is a poet and singer-songwriter originally from Gibraltar but now an integral part of the London scene. Farewell Belief was recorded in Vilafant, ...
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Melrose Quartet announce their second album, Dominion, plus launch tour dates

Melrose Quartet are Nancy Kerr (voice, fiddle), James Fagan (voice, bouzouki, guitar), Jess Arrowsmith (voice, fiddle) and Richard Arrowsmith (voice, melodeons). November 2017 sees them ...
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LEE ANN WOMACK – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO)

Over the years, I’ve reviewed several albums on which Womack’s appeared, but somehow never managed to actually review one of her own. And she’s now ...
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The Deportees announce their debut album, The Birth Of Industry

Over three years in the making, the debut album from Aberdeen five piece The Deportees is now ready for release. The Birth Of Industry is out on 3rd November 2017 ...
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Martin Stephenson releases his 35th album – Bayswater Road

Way back in 1982 Martin Stephenson and the Daintees put their first single out on the seminal Kitchenware label, and four albums, including the classic ...
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Tom Waits re-releases his Anti- catalogue

Tom Waits is set to release newly versions of each of his acclaimed albums in the Anti- catalogue.  In addition, the album Real Gone has ...
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The Stoned Cherries release their debut album

The Stoned Cherries are a folk band with a twist. Their material is a mix of original songs, traditional tunes and the occasional cover. The ...
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LAURA SMYTH & TED KEMP – The Poacher’s Fate (Broken Token Records TOKEN 002)

I get to listen to a great deal of wonderful music in this “job” but nothing pleases me more than traditional songs from the British ...
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FINDLAY NAPIER – Glasgow (Cheerygroove Records, Cheery006)

A sense of place is a wondrous, nebulous thing; it’s very personal and can be tricky to evoke meaningfully. Findlay Napier’s homage to his own ...
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YE VAGABONDS – Ye Vagabonds (Inglenook Records YVB01)

I heard Ye Vagabonds supporting Roy Harper at the Festival Hall last year, and that is a hell of a gig for a duo who ...
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