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).

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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Copperplate Podcast 217 – 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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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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London Folk & Roots – line-up announced

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 UNTIL SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 KITTY DAISY & LEWIS, BLAIR DUNLOP, FOY VANCE, SECRET SISTERS, KATHRYN WILLIAMS, ALIBHE REDDY, MARK EITZEL, SEAN TAYLOR, ...
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The Churchfitters announce their Christmas Cracker tour

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw ...
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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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The Final Mike Harding Folk Show – Sunday 22 October

Boohoo - here is the very last Mike Harding Folk Show.  The English singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, folk broadcasting and all-round entertainment Leg-end has ...
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The Unthanks release new single and film, featuring previously unseen film of Nick Drake and family.

Taken from the critically acclaimed album, Diversions Vol. 4 - The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake, The Unthanks release Do You Ever Remember? The ...
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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

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 new album and remaining tour dates

Peter Knight's Gigspanner embark on a twenty-five date tour, beginning on Halloween, to launch their latest album,  The Wife Of Urban Law. Remaining Tour Dates ...
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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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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 – LAST REMAINING 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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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 Remaining 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 remaining 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

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

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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.

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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Mister Keith continues his tour of parlour concerts

Mister Keith and his mini orchestra continue their ten date tour of unique parlour concerts for LIVE&LOCAL rural touring. “This tour is about gathering the ...
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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)

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GARETH DAVIES-JONES – The Beauty & The Trouble (own label HWM013)

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MIKE BROOKFIELD – Brookfield (Golden Rule Records GRCD003)

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Rory Ellis – One Skin

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Jon Boden shares new single ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’

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WILLIE WATSON – Folksinger Vol.2 (Acony ACNY1714)

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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)

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BRUCE COCKBURN – Bone On Bone (True North TND 678)

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GALLERY 47 – Adversity Breeds (Bad Production Records)

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PETE McCLELLAND – Carolina Sky (Hobgoblin Records HOBCD1016)

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The Black Feathers – new single

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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 continue 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

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY

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Hampshire singer/songwriter Darren Black announces his new solo 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

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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)

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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)

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RED SHOES – It Isn’t Over Yet (Cedarwood CEDAR15)

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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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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

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LUKAS NELSON & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL – Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real (Fantasy)

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David Crosby announces new solo album – Sky Trails

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SAM RYAN – The Traveller EP – (own label)

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Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson) announces new album

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Hobgoblin founder Pete McClelland announces debut solo album

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THE COGNAC TWINS –The Cognac Twins (Loopmaniac Records LOOP 1)

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KEVIN CRAWFORD – Carrying the Tune (Brooklyn Boy Records BBR 001)

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CONNOR WALSH – The Hardest Path EP (own label)

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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

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JOAN OSBORNE – Songs Of Bob Dylan (Womanly Hips Records WHCD001)

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SINGLES BAR 24

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Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth – Poor Man’s Paradise reissued

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RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Classics II (Beeswing BSW015P)

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MEGAN HENWOOD – River (Dharma Records DHARMACD30)

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Joan Osborne sings Songs Of Bob Dylan

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