Rura announce new album and tour dates


In Praise of Home is the new album from four-piece powerhouse Rura. The Scottish outfit, described as one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene today, will release their new album on Friday 1st June 2018.

With their last album (Despite the Dark) released in 2015, it is three years since RURA last produced a record. The foursome have taken their time to make sure their new material is as reflective of them as a band as possible, with their new release being their first ever exclusively instrumental album.

In Praise of Home features nine tracks of completely self-penned music that showcases a fresh and evolved sound from these four outstanding instrumentalists and celebrates a new chapter for the band.

Jack Smedley, one of the founding members and fiddle player in the band, said: “For us In Praise of Home celebrates our progression as a band – this was one of the biggest motivators behind us composing all of the music together as a four piece. The primary overarching theme for this album is all of us getting back to our roots as instrumentalists, composing and playing together as a group, whilst at the same time showcasing a progression in our sound. We’re pretty happy with the result and we hope listeners are too!”

Throughout the new album’s writing process, the group felt there was the opportunity within some of the music to feature spoken word and sampled audio. Sampled interviews with band member David Foley’s granny and Jack’s grandfather – both sharing stories of their home – can be heard on the album. This recognition of their ancestry and the places Rura to name both the opening track and the full album In Praise of Home.

Rura began in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Since then Jack Smedley, Steven Blake, David Foley and Adam Brown’s powerful, entrancing instrumentals have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals, including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg, Vancouver and HebCelt, amongst countless others in over 20 countries.

Enjoying a number of accolades over the past eight years, Rura were named Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated Folk Band of the Year in 2016.

Rura have affirmed their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful contemporary folk-based bands. Their rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

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Rura will be taking their new album on tour throughout June this year, taking in 15 venues across the UK.

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UK Album Launch Tour – June 2018

  • Friday 22nd – Portsmouth Festivities – PORTSMOUTH
  • Saturday 23rd – Ropetackle Arts Centre – SHOREHAM-BY-SEA
  • Monday 25th – Cambridge Junction – CAMBRIDGE
  • Tuesday 26th – Norwich Arts Centre – NORWICH
  • Wednesday 27th – Kings Place – LONDON
  • Friday 29th – Eden Court – INVERNESS
  • Saturday 30th – Drygate – GLASGOW

Richard Thompson announces autumn/winter tour

Richard Thompson
Photograph by David Kaptein

World renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter Richard Thompson has announced an extensive UK tour for October and November 2018.

During a busy 2017, Thompson released two volumes of acoustic recordings:  Acoustic Classics Vol. II featuring acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue and Acoustic Rarities featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in his repertoire. He also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention, the ground-breaking band he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s, with a performance at its annual Cropredy Festival last August.

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs.

A brand new studio album will be released later this year on Proper Records.

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‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ – live:

Tour Dates


Thursday 11                  Liverpool Philharmonic
Saturday 13                   Perth Concert Hall
Monday 15                Canterbury Marlowe
Tuesday 16                  London Barbican
Wednesday 17                Bath Forum
Thursday 18                  Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 20                   Stoke on Trent Victoria Hall
Sunday 21                  Manchester Opera House
Monday 22                York Grand Opera House
Tuesday 23                  Hull City Hall
Wednesday 24                Gateshead Sage
Friday 26                    Birmingham Town Hall
Saturday 27                   Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 28                  Oxford New Theatre
Tuesday 30                  Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 31                Salisbury City Hall


Thursday 1                     Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Friday 2                       High Wycombe Swan
Saturday 3                      Woking The New Victoria

Support on the shows will be Joan Shelley.

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Alistair McCulloch Trio announce new album and tour dates

Alistair McCulloch Trio

The Alistair McCulloch Trio annual summer Scottish tour has become a firm fixture on the folk music calendar. Featuring champion fiddler McCulloch, alongside past Scottish folk musician of the year, Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs and the Kate Rusby Band on bouzouki, guitar and vocals and former Capercaillie whistle wizard Marc Duff, the trio has gained a formidable reputation for its dynamic concert performances.

Collectively Alistair, Marc and Aaron have appeared on dozens of albums over the years and after many requests they have finally recorded a studio album as a trio. From driving reels and jigs to tender airs and expressive songs, Off The Hook perfectly encapsulates the feel of their live shows. Blending traditional, contemporary and self-penned material the album showcases the combined talents of three of Scotland’s most respected and established traditional musicians.

Alistair McCulloch is one of the country’s best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers and one of the fiddle instructors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. To date he has performed in over 20 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, China, the Middle East and throughout Europe and North America.

Of the Off The Hook album Alistair said

“this has been a project we have been discussing for quite some time and we are all delighted that we have finally captured our live sound in the studio. We are really excited to see how the album will be received”.

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Alistair McCulloch live in Central Park:


6th July – Fiddlers Bar, Arran

7th July – Brodick Village Hall, Arran

12th July – Tolbooth, Stirling

14th July – Dunoon Burgh Hall

17th July – SEALL @ An Crubh, Isleornsay, Skye

24th July – Abbotsford Hotel, Ayr

25th July – Aros, Portree

26th July – Old Bridge Inn Aviemore

27th July – Tigh an Eilean, Shieldaig

29th July – Speyfest, Fochabers

30th July – Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

31st July – Melness Community Centre, nr. Tongue

31st Aug – McCosh Hall, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire

1ST Sep – Mossblown Community Centre, Ayrshire

2nd Sep – Lendalfoot Community Centre, Ayrshire

6th Sep – Plockton Hall

7th Sep – Ardross Hall, nr. Alness

8th Sep – Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack

17th Nov – Fiddle 2018, The Pleasance, Edinburgh




Caro Emerald announces autumn tour dates

Caro Emerald

Following 5 star reviews and sold out shows across the board, the gorgeous and stylish Caro Emerald is back with a brand new live UK tour for 2018.

Since the release of the 2010 multi-platinum debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor Caro Emerald and producers Grandmono have fashioned their own niche, blending retro jazz with sampling and modern pop, starring Caro’s exceptional vocals. The result is a truly unique signature sound.

Second album The Shocking Miss Emerald entered the Official UK Album Chart at number 1 in May 2013, remaining in the chart for an entire year. With more than 2.5 million record sales, a host of awards (including an Echo, Goldene Kamera, Edison Award, EBBA & MTV Music Award), and a string of sold out tours and performances at festivals throughout Europe including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight, Caro has made her mark.

The vocalist is an original pop star with the look of a Hollywood icon of yesteryear and a voice that oozes warmth and vitality. Her live performance is not to be missed – as The Daily Telegraph noted “Caro Emerald had everyone in the palm of her hand’’ and her “infectious sense of fun and vintage charm can be relied on to lift the spirits”. This new tour follows her acclaimed Emerald Island tour in 2017. Prior to her 2018 headline tour Caro will be performing at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, at Quincy Jones’ 85th birthday concert at the O2 in June and Cornbury Festival in July.

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‘The Ghost Of You’:

Tour Dates

Friday 05 October      Ipswich Regent

Saturday 06 October     Harrogate Intl Centre

Monday 08 October  Leicester De Mondaytfort Hall

Tuesday 09 October     Milton Keynes Theatre

Thursday 11 October    Gateshead Sage

Friday 12 October      Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 13 October     Edinburgh Usher Hall

Monday 15 October  Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Tuesday 16 October     Liverpool PhilharMondayic

Friday 19 October      Cambridge Corn Exchange

Saturday 20 October     Brighton Centre

Monday 22 October  Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Tuesday 23 October     Bath Forum

Wed 24 October   Cardiff St David’s Hall

Friday 26 October      Bournemouth Intl Centre

Saturday 27 October     Plymouth Pavilions

Monday 29 October  Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 30 October     Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed 31 October   London Royal Albert Hall

Friday 02 November      Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre

Saturday 03 November     York Barbican

Sunday 04 November    Sheffield City Hall

Tickets on sale now from / 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.

Will Varley announces autumn tour dates

Will Varley

Will Varley is very pleased to announce he will be touring the UK again this autumn, with the majority of the shows taking place in seated theatres and venues.

Varley celebrated the release of his fifth studio album, Spirit Of Minnie, with a packed out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February. He then spent the first part of this year playing his new album live around the world, touring extensively in the US, appearing at SXSW festival in Texas and selling out venues across the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.

Culminating at London’s stunning Round Chapel in Hackney, this brand new tour will come after a busy summer of shows including appearances at Bearded Theory, BoomTown Fair, Green Man and the wonderful Cropredy Festival (at the request of members of Fairport Convention themselves).

Described recently by Donovan as “The next generation” and counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner amongst his fans, it seems the rambling songwriter who cut his teeth haunting the open mics of south London is finally getting the attention he deserves. Don’t miss him across the UK this autumn.

‘Seize The Night’ – live:

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12 October – DERBY THE VENUE


16 October – YORK NCEM






23 October – BATH KOMEDIA






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Calan announce 10th anniversary album and tour dates


It’s 10 years since the masters of Welsh folk Calan released their debut album – Bling. It’s fair to say that during those 10 years they’ve blasted their way through the old traditions giving a fresh and contemporary sound to traditional Welsh music. Credited for their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing, they’ve taken Welsh traditional music to international audiences.

Following the release of their debut album, Bling in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, the five piece have played to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain, USA, Australia and Europe. It hasn’t always been plain sailing for the band, there have been a few hiccups along the way, the biggest crisis being Sam and Patrick’s night in a cell at Chicago O’Hare Airport and their deportation back to the UK the following day! Despite this not so nice experience the band’s love of touring the States has continued as they’ve recently returned from a successful few weeks of gigs that included a performance for the radio programme Mountain Stage – produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR to more than 240 stations across America.

Highlights from the last 10 years include performing at the Royal Albert Hall with Bryn Terfel and Sting, singing in the rain at the Borneo Rainforest Festival and performing to 25,000 people at the coveted Cropredy Folk Festival. They’ve toured Italy, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Australia and the USA and have performed several times at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the best group and they will be returning this year to perform alongside other Welsh artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Alaw, Vri and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita.

Calan have released three further studio albums – Jonah, Dinas and Solomon and the compilation album Deg |10 is a combination of their favourite tracks along with three brand new songs, two live recordings and two brand new remixes of previous singles ‘Apparition’ and ‘Synnwyr Solomon’. Calan are heading out on tour again and we are looking forward to see where the next 10 years will take them!

The new song ‘Irontown’ tells the story of the Chartist uprising of November 4th 1839 when iron workers and coal miners from the valley towns of south Wales marched into Newport in support of the People’s Charter.  A charter which called for universal suffrage, secret ballot, a salary for MPs, giving those who did not own property the right to vote. Waiting for them were troops from the 45th Of Foot who opened fire on the crowd. By the end of the protest 22 men were dead and 50 wounded. The troops were defending the Westgate Hotel where it was rumoured some Chartist supporters had been taken prisoner.  The hotel still stands today and it is believed the bullet holes can still be seen in the fabric of the walls.

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‘Apparition’ – live:

Tour Dates

23/7/2018 – St David’s Hall, CARDIFF

4/8/2018 – Theatre Lorient, Festival Interceltique Lorient, BRITTANY

6/8/2018 – Space Marine, Festival Interceltique Lorient, BRITTANY

17-19/8/2018 – Summer folk festival, OWEN TOWN, CANADA

8/9/2018 – Atkinson, SOUTHPORT

15/9/2018 – Worthing Theatre, WORTHING

27/10/2018 – Harlech Castle, HARLECH

8/11/2018 – Arts Centre, ABERYSTWYTH

10/11/2018 – CelticFolk, WIMBOURNE

11/11/2018 – Parish Church, KINGSKERSWELL

4/12/2018 – Lyric Theatre, CARMARTHEN (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

5/12/2018 – Arts Centre, STAMFORD (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

6/12/2018 – The Met, BURY (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

7/12/2018 – Toll Gavel Church, BEVERLEY (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

8/12/2018 – Talbot Theatre, WHITCHURCH (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

12/12/2018 – Cecil Sharpe House, LONDON (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

15/12/2018 – Huntingdon Hall, WORCESTER (Christmas show – tickets TBA)

16/12/2018 – Old Chapel, ALFRISTON (Christmas show – tickets TBA)