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All the events listed below are taken from the latest “Hot Off The Press” gigs, tour news and special events that the folking news desk have hand-picked for you.

Jackie Oates: new album and tour dates

We are proud to announce the release of the seventh studio album, The Joy Of Living, by Jackie Oates. It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her ...
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Son Of William – EP launch event

Though their name would suggest otherwise, the link between Hayley and Ben Williams is nothing but musical. Son Of William is a collaboration between Hayley and Ben which seems to have been lifted straight from a film script. Having forged individually hugely successful solo careers, they found themselves as tutors ...
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The Ballads Of Child Migration on tour

With award-winning folk artists: John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting Narrated by Barbara Dickson In November 2018, a collective of brilliant and respected musicians and singers are taking to the road to tell the ...
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Former pig farmer and secret hitmaker Ian W Brown to play the Green Note

On Wednesday, 6th June, the singer-songwriter Ian W Brown will play an intimate date at the Green Note venue in Camden. The last time Ian topped the bill in London was 1986, a year which saw a Royal Wedding (Andrew and Fergie), noxious Russia poison in the air (Chernobyl) and ...
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Scottish trio Dowally announces second album and tour dates

Described as "something very special” “truly great music-making” and “great stuff” by BBC Radio Scotland, Scottish folk trio Dowally release their hotly-anticipated second album, Somewhere on 20 June 2018, followed by a week long tour of major UK cities. Dowally is the meeting point of three musicians from very different ...
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Lucy Ward announces new album and tour dates

Pretty Warnings is the captivating fourth studio album from Lucy Ward. Rich with tradition and exquisitely penned original songs, this album weaves its way effortlessly through matters of love, darkness, longing and joy. It confirms what we already knew – that Ward’s unique ability to inhabit the very heart of ...
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Cowboy Junkies release new album and announce winter tour dates

Cowboy Junkies will release All That Reckoning, the band’s first new recording since The Wilderness (2012) on July 13, 2018 via Proper Records. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection of songs encourages the listener to take notice. It also may ...
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Hò-rò announce new album and tour dates

Hex is the much-anticipated new album from Scottish outfit Hò-rò.  Winners in the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ category at 2017’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the young band from the Scottish Highlands & Islands are releasing their second album Hex on Friday 25th May. Two years on from the release ...
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Boo Hewerdine announces Brighton and London dates

Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it’s been seven years since Boo released his last studio album of original material God Bless The Pretty Things (Reveal Records 2009). Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, ...
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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 ...
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Richard Thompson announces autumn/winter tour

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 ...
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Skipinnish re-release Wishing Well in tribute to Eilidh MacLeod

Released, on download, at midnight on Saturday, 19th May To help with fundraising for a permanent memorial to Eilidh MacLeod from Barra who was killed in the Manchester Arena Bombing, trad band Skipinnish are releasing a new version their song ‘Wishing Well’. The song was originally written about Eilidh, but ...
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Olivia Chaney announces new album and London show

London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows up her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter on June 15th 2018. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, the Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Florence Welch, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight ...
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Alistair McCulloch Trio announce new album and tour dates

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 ...
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Caro Emerald announces autumn tour dates

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 ...
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String Sisters announce May tour dates

Blending Nordic and Celtic traditions into a glorious riot of all-encompassing sound, String Sisters, with band members from Shetland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, created a huge impact when they appeared at Celtic Connections in January. The band was founded at that same event back in 2001 ...
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Will Varley announces autumn tour dates

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 ...
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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 ...
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Frank Turner – 2018/2019 tour dates

Frank Turner has announced details for the Be More Kind 2019 UK Tour - a string of arena dates running through early 2019, which will also take in Alexandra Palace on February 3, 2019. The details arrive ahead of Turner’s new album Be More Kind, due out May 4 through ...
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PHIL ODGERS & BOBBY VALENTINO – live

Live at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DX Saturday 28th April 2018 Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 'partial' autobiography Tales From The Tracks, knock out album Roll To The Left and sold out UK tour, Phil 'Swill' Odgers rides into town with ...
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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage announce their new album and tour dates

Two years ago, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage stirred the folk and acoustic world with a stand-out debut album and there’s been little slumbering since. Now they are set to release an arresting second studio album, Awake. The combination of Hannah’s outstandingly pure, clear voice, their perfect fit harmonies and ...
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Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton – new album and tour dates

Following on from the success of their debut album Symbiosis Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton will release their second album Symbiosis II this spring. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018, Ross and Ali ...
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Gretchen Peters announces new album and tour dates

Described by Uncut magazine as “One of Nashville’s greatest talents”, Gretchen Peters is releasing new album Dancing With The Beast next month. It’s the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed record Blackbirds, which was named Album of The Year by the Americana Music Association. It’s with some anticipation that the record is ...
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Connla on UK Tour to promote Next Chapter album

When they first emerged, Irish Music magazine said of their debut EP: “Consider this your early warning system…there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla.” They had already been crowned Best New Group in the Live Ireland 2016 Awards then carried off Best Vocal/Instrumental Album ...
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Frank Turner – BE MORE KIND

NEW FRANK TURNER ALBUM ‘BE MORE KIND’ RELEASED MAY 4th 2018 Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album. Be More Kind will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions ...
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Dàimh announce new album and Scottish tour

Translated from the Gaelic Na Garbh Chrìochan, the Rough Bounds is the area of West Lochaber where Dàimh were formed 20 years ago. Still based in the area, the band’s roots remain firmly tied to the region by the enduring connections of the three remaining founding members. Historically regarded as ...
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Jon Boden’s intimate bonfire

Jon Boden performed tracks from his recent album Afterglow round a campfire at a secret location in London on 22 March 2018 in preparation for the main tour (click the photo below to see all our shots from the night). Jumping through the rabbit hole, the folkmaster found himself in ...
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Ian Siegal – new album and tour dates

A studio album from Ian Siegal is always a seismic event. Recent times have seen this award-winning British songwriter put untold miles on the clock, with the spit-and-grit of his shows bottled in several live albums. But in 2018, it’s tantalising to find his name alongside ten new original songs ...
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Seán McGowan – interview and tour dates

In the run up to his debut album release, lyrically dextrous folk-punk troubadour Seán McGowan has shared an intimate new interview and session video. Featuring a stirring solo acoustic session of Seán performing currently unreleased track ‘Springhill’, the video also sees the budding singer-songwriter open up about family, football, his ...
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Birds of Chicago release Love in Wartime and announce UK and Irish Tour

Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience. Recorded in Chicago ...
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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman announce new album and spring tour

Duos come and duos go. And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and ...
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Finbar Furey announces new album and tour

Irish folk legend Finbar Furey has announced the UK release of his new album Don’t Stop This Now as March 30th 2018 on BMG UK. The album was originally released in Ireland as Paddy Dear, and has been repackaged for the UK to include new tracks and a DVD live ...
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The Rheingans Sisters – new album and tour

Musicians, composers and folk music scholars The Rheingans Sisters release their third album Bright Field on 23rd March 2018, on Rootbeat Records (RBRCD39). Since their award winning album Already Home (2015) the duo have cemented their reputation as an unmissable live act on the folk and world music stage, captivating ...
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Declan O’Rourke tours Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine

Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, the new album by Declan O'Rourke, was released in October 2017. Fifteen years in the making, this epic song cycle combines the best of traditional Irish music and the heart of modern song-writing to present a series of extraordinary true tales from the most ...
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No Petticoats Here: Inspirational First World War Women

Critically acclaimed musician and singer Louise Jordan performs No Petticoats Here to tell the stories of remarkable women from the First World War. Based on extensive research and combining original live music with recorded sound, this one-woman performance is a theatre concert like no other; a rich visual and auditory ...
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The High Kings announce UK tour dates

The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s Folk Heritage, are delighted to announce the first UK shows on their DECADE - The Best of The High Kings, 10th Anniversary Tour in March 2018. The dates will feature new member George Murphy, who was drafted into the band late in ...
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MOLLY TUTTLE TO TOUR THE UK

From her history-making win for Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards to 1M streams and counting on Spotify, all signs indicate that MOLLY TUTTLE is the next in a line of storied performers like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss who used their consummate musicianship to break boundaries ...
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Don McLean – new album and British and Irish tour dates

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in eight years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date, as he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago ...
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Wilde Roses – eponymous debut album and Tintagel date

Wilde Roses is a musical collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composers, dancers and performers Anna Tam and Emily Alice Ovenden. Musically and visually inspired by the medieval and renaissance world, they draw their repertoire from illuminated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the folk tradition. Fascinated by the stories ...
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Dan Walsh Trio announce spring tour dates

After a mammoth solo world tour promoting the release of the critically acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh's annual UK tour offers an exciting change for 2018 seeing the launch of the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. This exciting new outfit sees him team up ...
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Zoe Mulford announces new album and tour dates

Small Brown Birds is the eagerly awaited new album release from Zoe Mulford, an album that looks for joy in the midst of hard times. The songs touch on wintry themes with compassion, honesty, and sometimes wit, tracing a journey from sadness to hope and from winter to spring. The ...
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I’M WITH HER announce debut album and UK Tour Dates

I'm With Her, is a new band project featuring; Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, who have recently announced the release of their full-length debut, See You Around (out February 16, 2018). Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter ...
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The Lake Poets – live EP and tour dates

The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff,  released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Christmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up ...
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Joan Baez returns with new album and spring tour

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The ...
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Reg Meuross announces new album and tour

In 2011 Stephen Jordan, the Head Librarian at The Bodleian Music Library in Oxford, approached Reg Meuross with the idea of commissioning a compilation of unreleased material. After a cursory search down the back of the sofa Reg managed to find 20 songs that he had recorded to various stages ...
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