Derby Folk Festival – all the details

Derby Folk Festival
Photograph by Peter Dunwell

The complete line-up for Derby Folk Festival is now confirmed, featuring main and headlining artists.

This will be the 12th year that the festival will be held right in the centre of Derby, and it has become embedded in the City’s events calendar. Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions.

Two of this year’s headline acts Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys were nominated for Best Group in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk awards.

For the first time ever the festival has become a four day event. Derby LIVE and PR promotions have extended the festival after deciding they could not fit all the fantastic acts into three days. As well as the full weekend, there will now be a great evening concert on Thursday 4 October.

Kicking the evening off, and setting the mood for the night will be the amazing Zulu Tradition. Then Gary Stewart’s Graceland (Gary Stewart Band / Hope and Social) bring together a spectacular group of musicians to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark album in all its glory.

Full price tickets are £16 for this additional evening concert. For those who have already bought a Weekend Ticket, they will be able to add this extra night for just £10.

The latest acts to be confirmed are

Festival regulars the Melrose Quartet will be joined by a few special friends for a fabulous one-off concert Sheffield Made. It has been a busy few years for Melrose Quartet since being nominated for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards in 2014 and they now have their new album Dominion.

Louise Jordan played as part of the festival fringe a couple of years ago and now she is back. With an exquisite voice, and perfect self-accompaniment she will be performing her show No Petticoats Here. The show is about the inspirational women who challenged expectations through original song and storytelling. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women.

Bringing together some of the most exciting musicians on the UK folk & roots scene, The Willows blur the boundaries between contemporary song and folk traditions on either side of the Atlantic.

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.

Events will run in the City Marquee on the Market Place, in the Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral throughout the weekend. As well as ticketed concerts and events, there will be dance displays throughout the streets and free music performances during Saturday and Sunday as part of the ever-expanding fringe.

The full festival line up is available at

With the whole festival programme taking place in and around the city, it is perfectly placed for those arriving by either bus or train. Festival tickets are still available and can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at they can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, Derby, DE1 3AH.

Tickets for the whole weekend are £90 (adult), £50 (Students) and £20 (under 16’s) and are on sale now. Weekend tickets allow access to all events throughout Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, with the Thursday 4 October evening concert being an add-on event (open to all, but at a special price to weekend ticket holders). Tickets to the concert on Thursday can be added to Derby Folk Festival Weekend tickets for just £10 (once you have logged in with your account after you have purchased the weekend ticket, the discount will apply automatically). Day and Evening tickets for those who can’t make the full weekend are also available to book across all of the days.


A Night For Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan

Monday 3rd September 2018: London, Union Chapel

Finally. After way too long, we have a great follow up concert to the ‘Rock Island Line’ memorial concert for Lonnie Donegan back in 2004.

The late “King Of Skiffle” and “Godfather Of British Rock’n’Roll” whose hits include ‘Rock Island Line’, ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’ and  ‘Jack of Diamonds’ – to name a few – inspired so many artists from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, from Van Morrison to even The White Stripes’ Jack White – names Lonnie as one of his major influences.

Billy Bragg’s latest hit book which is flying off the shelves – Roots Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World – is centred around the importance Lonnie Donegan had in almost single headedly changing the British music industry from his first hit ‘Rock Island Line’ and creating the ‘teenager’.

Joining us for this this very special event will not only be Billy, but a host of other great names including but not limited to: Ralph McTell, Chas and Dave, The Jive Aces, Chas McDevitt, Chris Difford, Vince Eager, Deborah Bonham, along with Nora Guthrie, daughter of seminal American folk writer, Woody Guthrie – whose songs provided Lonnie with several hits – and The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra.

All these wonderful guest artists will be backed by the surviving members of Lonnie’s band of the last 40 years and the night will be hosted by Lonnie’s sons, Peter and Anthony Donegan, as well as some special guest hosts including broadcaster and author, Mike Read.

All proceeds go to assisting Lonnie’s grandson get his ABA therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This one off special concert will take place at beautiful and evocative Union Chapel in Islington, London.

Tickets available at:

‘Jack O’Diamonds’ – live in 1960:

Charley Crockett tours UK this month

Charley Crockett

The wonderful Charley Crockett is coming back to the UK later this month.  With new album Lonesome As A Shadow out earlier this year he’ll be playing eight headline dates, including an appearance at The Borderline on June 24th.

Lonesome As A Shadow was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Zac Brown) and recorded at Sam Phillip’s Recording in Memphis, TN, and from it you can check out the video for the soulful ‘Ain’t Gotta Worry Child’:

The release of Lonesome As A Shadow culminates a series of breakthrough years for Crockett following the release of 2015’s A Stolen Jewel and 2016’s In The Night which received widespread critical acclaim and earned him a Dallas Observer Music Award for “Best Blues Act.” Following the releases, Rolling Stone included Crockett as one of their “10 Artists You Should Know” while Wide Open Country described him as, “A honky tonk hero for the modern era.” Most recently, in 2017, Crockett released a collection of his favorite honky tonk songs, entitled Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee. The album features songs originally performed by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce and other great heroes of honky tonk.

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‘Ain’t Gotta Worry Child’ – live:

UK Dates – July

17 – Manchester, Night People

18 – The Loco Klub, Bristol

19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

21 – Scarborough, Woodend

23 – Broadbast, Glasgow

24 – London, The Borderline

25 – Brighton, The Prince Albert

26 – Norwich, Arts Centre

Jake Morley – new recordings and tour dates

Jake Morley
Photograph by Danial Alexander Harris

Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley is a firm believer in straight talking, direct songs.  His Spotify playlist, Tell It To Me Straight, a collection of some of his favorite examples by other artists, is a constant source of inspiration.

Now he’s recording a series of his own stripped-back songs featuring just voice and his extraordinary guitar playing. They will be released one by one over the coming months though Sandwich Emporium Records. In the autumn he performs at twenty of the UK’s most intimate venues from the Highlands to Devon, from Wales to East Anglia and releases an acoustic version of ‘Ghostess’ on July 20th via Sandwich Emporium Records.

At the heart of Jake’s music are tender, poetic, heartfelt lyrics that showcase his talent for putting a twist on the everyday, crystalizing what many may think but are unable to say.  Every emotion – whether dark feelings of obsession, fear, loss or inadequacy, or simply just feeling foolish or overwhelmingly happy without an obvious reason – are all fair game for Morley’s disarming honesty. Featuring his remarkable ability to make a guitar sound like a piano, drums or a harp, these immaculate new recordings (produced by Grammy nominated producer Calum MacColl) are as elemental and starkly beautiful as they come.

Jake says

“I like songs that treat you like an equal, that say exactly what they mean without over-complicating things.  It sounds simple, but it’s as demanding as any song writing – possibly more so. When you strip everything back you remove the barrier between the song and the listener so there’s nowhere for the artist to hide. It was the same principle when we picked the most up-close and intimate venues we could find for the tour. I want to minimize the divisions between the stage and the audience, so it’ll just be them, the songs and me.”

Jake has had airplay on Radio 2, 6 Music, numerous local and overseas radio stations. He’s played hundreds of gigs around the world and opened for Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Lucy Rose, The Hoosiers and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Overseas representation for management and live booking across North America mean Jake will be touring USA and Canada again in 2019.

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‘Ghostess’ – live:

Live Dates

5th August                     Dranouter Festival, Belgium
11th August                   Here Comes the Sun Festival, Reading
25th August                   Greenbelt Festival
14th September             Pipefest, Lancashire
28th September             London, Campfire Nest
24th October                Durham, Old Cinema Launderette
25th October                Aviemore, Old Bridge Inn
26th October                Howwood, Boarding House
27th October                Glasgow, Berits & Brown
28th October                Ayton, Hemelvaart
29th October                Hawick, Heart of Hawick
1st November               Bournemouth, Blue Line
2nd November              Bristol, Café Kino
3rd November               Cardiff, Snails
4th November               Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
9th November               Salford, Eagle
10th November             Liverpool, Music Room @ The Phil (supporting Hafdis Huld)
16th November             Totnes, Barrel House
17th November             Reading, Rising Sun
21st November             London, The Islington
28th November             Nottingham, Running Horse
29th November             Sheffield, Café #9
30th November             Ipswich, Smokehouse
1st December                Chesham, The Drawing Room

Alt-country band Lucero announce new album and tour dates


Celebrated rock / alt-­country quintet Lucero celebrate twenty years together with the announcement of the August 3rd release of their ninth studio album Among The Ghosts (Liberty and Lament / Thirty Tigers). Co-produced and engineered by Grammy Award winner Matt Ross­Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive­by Truckers), Among The Ghosts was recorded in the band’s hometown of Memphis, TN at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service.

Among The Ghosts features ten new songs written by lead singer/co-founder Ben Nichols that are steeped in the southern gothic inspired vignettes that have become a Lucero trademark. This time around, the seminal band pulls back on the big arrangements and Memphis-styled horns of their recent work for the more straight up, rock band style of their earlier years. Nichols, and bandmates Brian Venable (guitar), Roy Berry (drums), John C. Stubblefield (bass) and Rick Steff (keyboards) maintain their footing in their blues, rock, country gospel and R&B foundation, while simultaneously pushing their sound forward.

Nichols’ penchant for writing songs that immediately create mental imagery is at the forefront of Among The Ghosts. The band sets the tone masterfully with the perfect balance of nuance and grit, where delicate moments can exist equally in the same space as anxious restraint, as heard in the opening title track. The narrator longs for the family that distance is keeping him from, before the snarling chorus blasts out with intensity. The moody ‘Back To The Night’ features a haunting spoken word interlude by actor Michael Shannon. ‘Loving’, originally recorded by Nichols and appearing in the film Loving (from his filmmaker brother Jeff Nichols), receives a fresh full band treatment on the new album. The heartfelt ‘Always Been You’ speaks tenderly of the trials and tribulations of love while the deeply moving ‘To My Dearest Wife’ was inspired by Civil War letters written by soldiers that can easily apply to our fighting men and women today.

For twenty years, amidst the highs and lows many bands experience, Lucero has remained grounded firmly in their blue­ collar ethos. They create music with a soul that provides a common ground for many. As a live band, they have consistently brought it night after night with exhilarating performances in a communal atmosphere. The droves of fans who jumped on board have remained for the journey through the years, and they continue to bring others along for the ride. With Among The Ghosts, it is clear that Lucero still has many miles left to travel.

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‘For The Lonely’ – official audio:

UK Tour Dates

December 5 Glasgow,​ Stereo
December 6 Manchester, The Deaf Institute
December 7 London, T​he Garage
​December 8​ Brighton, The Haunt
December 9 Bristol, Thekla

Landermason announce new album and tour dates


Northumberland based song-writing duo Landermason are soon to release their 6th studio album on their own label Lama Records. The combined talents of Fiona Lander and Paul Mason are well known for their unique sound which combines traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles. Some of their previous recordings ‘Angel Of The North’, ‘The Reason’ and Tree Of Souls’ have gained national airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, BBC Radio Scotland and Wales, whilst their instrumental version of ‘Dance To Your Daddywas used to set the scene for an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Road Show!

The new release titled Stand Together, contains eight original songs by Landermason plus a brand-new jazz arrangement of the North East traditional song ‘The Water Of Tyne’ and their own rendition of the classic standard ‘In The Wee Small Hours’. All the vocal and instrumental parts on the album were arranged and recorded by the duo, with the exception of one track where a crowd of willing local volunteers are featured singing along!

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the duo in “the shed down the bottom of the garden”, their recording studio in Bellingham, Northumberland. The quirky album cover was designed by Paul.

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‘When The Boat Comes In:

Tour Dates

Friday 6th July – Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford WEST MIDLANDS

Wednesday 11th July – Dorking Folk Club SURREY

Thursday 12th July – The Corn Hall, Diss NORFOLK

Friday 13th July – St Lawrence’s Church, Little Waldingfield SUFFOLK

Tuesday 17th July – Great Knight Folk Club, Far Cotton NORTHAMPTON

Thursday 19th July – St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge NORTHUMBERLAND

Thursday 26th July – St James’ and St Basil’s Church, Fenham NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Saturday 4th August – Redefest, Rochester NORTHUMBERLAND

Friday 17th August – Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven CUMBRIA

Saturday 25th August – Twice Brewed Inn, Bardon Mill NORTHUMBERLAND

Thursday 6th September – Brownrigg Lodges, Bellingham NORTHUMBERLAND

Saturday 8th September – BAAFest, Bellingham NORTHUMBERLAND