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 autumn with a string of live dates throughout October / November, concluding at London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November, 2017.

The band recently set up shop in Toronto’s Revolution Studio recording covers of iconic Chris Isaak song Wicked Game, released earlier this year, plus the new stunning cover of Memphis Minnie track When The Levee Breaks, also made famous by Led Zeppelin.

One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock ‘n’ roll, the other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. The duo released their debut full-length album Call To Arms in the summer of 2016, with tracks from their rapidly expanding collection of songs, including the kick-drum booming opener of Hangnail setting the tone for this soulful country album filled with guitar hooks and southern charm.

Read Mike Davies’ review if you missed it first time around: http://folking.com/harrow-fair-call-to-arms-roaring-girl-rgo14/

Rounding off their adventures of 2017 Harrow Fair perform at a host of festivals across the US and Canada, before returning to the UK for a headline tour.

HARROW FAIR 2017 – Remaining AUTUMN UK TOUR Dates…

Sunday 5th November Greystones, Sheffield www.mygreystones.co.uk

Tuesday 7th November The Tunnels, Bristol www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk

Wednesday 8th November Green Note, London www.greennote.co.uk

Artist web links:

KARINE POLWART Announces New Album – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
Photo by Sandy Butler.

Karine Polwart – five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut (“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful” ***** – The Telegraph). The production, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, was written, musically directed and performed by Polwart, winning her the Best Music and Sound Award at the 2017 CATS. Alongside three other nominations, it also placed Polwart on the shortlist for the Best Actor ‘Scottish Oscar’ in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. In-line with the album’s announcement, Polwart is streaming the first single to emerge from the album, ‘Labouring and Resting’.

For Karine, the ‘Wind Resistance’ project took seed from a close hand view of the annual migration of over two thousand pink-footed geese to Fala Flow, a tiny peat bog close to Polwart’s home just south of Edinburgh. Watching the geese’s constantly shifting skeins – in which the birds take turns to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight – prompted Karine to consider the ways in which humans depend upon each other, whether or not we form skeins of our own. The airborne phenomena & its role in Fala Flow’s delicate ecology – explored in beautiful detail by Polwart on ‘Labouring and Resting’ – resonated particularly with Polwart’s own recent experience of becoming a mother and protecting a family of her own.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the KARINE POLWART – A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.


Speaking about the album, Karine says;

“It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”

‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ – the follow-up to her 2012 Scottish Album of The Year-nominated ‘Traces’, produced by Chvrches’ Iain Cook – is the latest in a series of collaborative projects from Polwart which combine music and art with science, environment and politics. Following her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning 2005 debut ‘Faultlines’, Polwart collaborated on the naturalist-inspired ‘The Darwin Song Project’ in 2009 and last year’s all-female ‘Songs Of Separation’ release with Eliza Carthy, alongside ‘Sea Change’ in 2013, written as a response to climate change. Karine has also collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written with members of Portishead for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production ‘Flit’, and co-directed and worked on life novelist James Robertson’s ‘Pilgrimer’ production.

Following a run of shows through October, Polwart will be performing ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ as part of a residency at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh between November 3-11, 2017.

Remaining Tour Dates:

November 4, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 7, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 9, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 10, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Artist Web Link: https://www.karinepolwart.com/

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 Bognor Regis last Sunday evening. The name change also spearheads the launch of the new album by the same name that is released 6.10.17.

The definition of Edgelark is “to sing about or from the margins”.

So its no surprise that the album focus on transitional spaces, minimal places, people, refugees and times. It looks at boundaries and thresholds; crossroads and borderlands.  There is a travelling theme that runs through the new album which spans stories of transition from old to new, all documented in song and wonderful music to a backdrop of shades of early morning light contrasted with the last ebb of light at the end of the day.

Darren Beech

Edgelarks describe this further as:

The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That when social norms break down, when you are between two established worlds, there is a chance for new perspectives. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Edgelarks link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.


The Edgelarks – Remaining 2017 Launch Tour Dates…

*with very special guest The Little Unsaid

**with very special guest Tobias ben Jacob

07/11   Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham**

Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, W.Sussex, BN43 5EG

www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk / 01273 464440

08/11 Applegarth Farm, Headley Road, Grayshott, Hampshire, GU26 6JL

01428 725276 / stuart@handsontohealth.com

Tickets are £32, which includes a three course meal.

09/11   Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich**

7 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LJ

www.anterosfoundation.com / 01603 456 731

10/11   The Painswick Centre, Stroud**

Bisley Street, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucs. GL6 6QQ

www.painswickcentre.com / 07596 823 881

11/11   Somborne Sessions, Hampshire**

King’s Somborne Village Hall, off Romsey Road, Kings Somborne, Hants. SO20 6PP

www.sombornesessions.co.uk / 01794 388743

Artist Web links:


Facebook: www.facebook.com/philliphenryandhannahmartin

Brooke Sharkey – new single, album and remaining tour dates

Brooke Sharkey

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 another outstanding single ‘Offida’. This illustrious song interlaces webs of dreams and fathoms the enchantment of cinema. A brave move for the young artist, but one that is sure to carry her higher in her ever growing success.

‘Offida’ born from Sharkey’s captivating album Wandering Heart, out now, seems to breathe light into the curiosity of love whilst simultaneously casting a haunting spell sending any listener into a dream like state of wonder.

Sharkey has seen plaudits arrive from across the UK and Europe with BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland along with French, Belgium and Dutch national radio all championing the song-smith and The Guardian naming Brooke among the FUTURE 50 most exciting artists in the world.

With a vocal style that switches effortlessly between lithely melodic and fiery, set against a deeply atmospheric musical backdrop and drawing comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush, Ane Brun and Cat Power, her unique sound can be described as:

“An introspective sound adorned with emotional vocals and sliding string sections that create a tense air of melancholy that few others can master so simply and so elegantly, Brooke Sharkey oozes a creativity that radiates emotion. She is a woman who bleeds artistry.” – Fresh Beats.

Busking since the age of 16 around Europe and the UK, most specifically in London, France and Italy, her broad music influences have connected with a multitude of audiences that include Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Green Man, Secret Garden Party and Broadstairs Folk Festival.

The London based singer-songwriter is set to headline her biggest show to date at the historic Union Chapel, London the location for what is set to be a triumphant return to the capital as part of the London Folk & Roots Festival, 17th November.

Brooke is set to charm audiences across the UK this October and November on tour with Blair Dunlop.

Artist’s website: http://brookesharkey.co.uk/

‘Offida’ – official:

Tour Dates

November 9th              Manchester, The Ruby Lounge

November 10th            Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre

November 11th            Stockton, The Arc

November 17th             London, Union Chapel Co-Headline w/ Blick Bassy

November 21st             Norwich, Art Centre w/ Blick Bassy

Neil Brophy Joins Ducking Punches And We Bless This Mess for UK Tour

New single ‘The One Man Folk Band’ To Be Released 17th November

Neil Brophy

Neil Brophy returns to the UK this November for a solo tour supporting UK acoustic punks Ducking Punches for 6 dates and some further shows with Blackbeard’s Tea Party.

Neil will be following up on his two recent UK tours sharing stages with Mad Dog Mcrea and Blackbeard’s Tea Party promoting the recent politically charged release ‘Fear Of Fear’ and upbeat uke/banjo driven ‘Where The Bears Go Fishing’.

’The One Man Folk Band’ is heart a felt four minute autobiography about traveling the world appearing on hundreds of stages where Neil feeds from his experiences of travel and performing.  Neil says that he will “Stand & Deliver every Song I’m Gonna Sing Ya, because I’m a One Man Folk Band in a Strange Land”.

Neil’s craft of storytelling never fails to paint a vivid picture.  He is living the dream again in this one, backed by a lifting acoustic guitar, mandolin & Dylan-esque harmonica.

One of Neil’s previous singles ‘The Record Collector’, released on Record Store Day, was championed by Steve Lamacq, receiving substantial airplay on BBC 6 Music.

The band has toured extensively in Northern Europe and Scandinavia becoming firm favourites on the festival circuit including multiple festival appearances in Germany, Holland and Belgium. UK festivals include Beautiful Days with The Levellers, Big Session and Middlewich Festival.

‘One Man Folk Band’:

Artist’s website: http://www.neilbrophy.co.uk/

Tour Dates

15th November Bristol                       Exchange
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
16th November Exeter                         Cavern
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
17th November London                     Surya
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
18th November  Birmingham             Sunflower
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
19th November Manchester             Gullivers
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
20th November York                           Fibbers
(supporting Ducking Punches & We Bless This Mess)
26th November London                     Borderline
(supporting Blackbeard’s Tea Party)
28th November Manchester                Band on the Wall
(supporting Blackbeard’s Tea Party)

Mister Keith continues his tour of parlour concerts

Mister Keith

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 community in unusual places and telling stories of life, love and loss through great songs. When I was writing and recording the latest album ‘Record of Wrongs’ I knew that these were the type of concerts the music was being written for. When I discovered the Rural Touring network, the match was perfect.”

Mister Keith continues his tour across five counties between September and January. All of the venues will be intimate to allow the songs to fire the imagination.

“It’s a very eclectic show and suitable or all ages. Alongside some glorious music from the multi-instrumental mini orchestra, there are some great moments of spontaneity. You’ll be singing as a choir, writing a song on the spot and joining the band!”

Among the many musicians on tour with Mister Keith is the well-known percussionist Chip Bailey (who works with Duke Special) who’ll perform on all shows and guest Double Bass player John Parker (Nizlopi) who will play on 29/30 September only.

This tour comes hot on the heels of performances at Eroica Festival, Derbyshire, where Mister Keith supported eighties band ABC and then played to a late-night capacity Arts Tent – leading hundreds in a singalong! The rest of the summer was spent teaching young people how to write songs at various summer residentials.

“The show is very interactive. I want to take the audience on a journey with the songs and tell stories that resonate with their own experiences.”

Songwriting is indeed important for Mister Keith. Writing for 32 years, he has produced 14 albums, written with, performed with and  interviewed many leading artists. He has also led songwriting workshops in many countries and appeared on BBC, iTV, Five and MTV.

Remaining Tour Dates

NOVEMBER 17 Skegness, Lincolnshire / Skegness Grammar School

DECEMBER 8     Caistor, Lincolnshire / Caistor Town Hall

JANUARY 26  Church Lench nr Evesham (Worcs) / Church Lench Village Hall / 01386 870 794

JANUARY 27  Normanton on Trent, Nottinghamshire / Normanton on Trent Village Hall / 07823449381

FEBRUARY 2     Claverdon, Warwickshire / Claverdon Church Centre / 01926 842110