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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.

Sam Carter – new solo album and tour dates

Sam Carter announced his fifth solo album, Silver Horizon, for release on Captain Records on Friday, 16th of August. Featuring eleven hook-driven indie folk songs in an absorbing sound world, Silver Horizon represents a marked shift in style from Carter’s previous work. Over his fifteen-year career, Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter ...

Tarren announce their second album

Outside Time comes two years after new folk trio Tarren’s critically acclaimed debut Revel, an album that established their unique sound and quickly gained them a loyal following from acoustic music lovers. Outside Time sees the band develop this sound, weaving personal themes into music that explores the meaning of ...

THE NEW RADIO BALLADS – In The Footsteps Of Ewan MacColl 

A concert of songs and spoken word In 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2 involving a whole team of stellar musicians, singers and songwriters from the folk/acoustic/roots music scene under the guiding hands and watchful eyes of producer John Leonard and musical director ...

Michell Pfeiffer & Kulesh announce their first trio album

Three unique female voices from three different cultures rise in sublime harmony, telling powerful stories that have moved people across borders, languages and times. Exquisite, yet far from purely decorative, this rich, multilingual record evokes images of flowers placed in rifle barrels; it tells stories of women who certainly aren't ...

Anglo-Irish trio Lon Dubh announce May tour

Lon Dubh are a three part harmony trio singing hypnotic original songs inspired by landscapes of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and its poetry and mythology. Expect carefully crafted songs that sound like they’ve always existed. Lon Dubh (rhymes with ‘love’) is Irish for blackbird, reflecting the roots of nature ...

Levellers Collective announce acoustic tour, album and DVD

Following a summer of electrifying shows later this year, including their annual headline performance at Beautiful Days Festival in August, revered British band the Levellers will return with their much-loved acoustic Collective in spring 2025. Having thrilled fans and critics with two highly acclaimed acoustic tours and albums in recent ...

Oysterband extend their Long Long Goodbye

Today, Oysterband extend their A Long Long Goodbye tour with the announcement of a further series of headline shows this November. While recognised as one of the UK’s foremost folk-rock bands and an unparalleled live proposition, the band confirm the decision they made recently to call time on their touring ...

Pete Morton announces new album and launch tour dates

Fair Freedom is Pete Morton’s first album since the highly acclaimed A Golden Thread back in 2020. All ten tracks are originals but feature two older re-worked songs. In typical Morton style, the material spans a wide array of current issues from a celebration of Great British rivers (‘The Rivers ...

The Mark Harrison Band announces more dates

We're out there ploughing our singular furrow, and people keep coming up at gigs to say how nice it is for them to experience such new and original music, with the introductions to set the scene for the songs. In today's music world, where a lot is about nostalgia, it's ...

Dan Whitehouse tours his glass trilogy this year

Over the past two years, acclaimed Black Country singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse has been in a transparently reflective mood with three albums all themed around the physical and metaphorical nature of glass. On The Glass Age, produced by Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren and inspired by keeping in contact with his young ...

Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes present Ghosts, Werewolves And Countryfolk – the Songs and Stories Of Sabine Baring-Gould

Unlikely as it may seem, the same person who wrote ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ also wrote a study of werewolf myths and numerous bestselling ghost and horror stories that put on the same success footing as Dickens. Not to mention having a bibliography that includes some 1200 publications and being a ...

Annie Dressner announces new album and UK tour

Reflecting on love, friendships and memories, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner bears her soul on her upcoming new album I Thought It Would Be Easier, out 5th April via Dharma Records. Since the release of her first full-length solo record in 2011, Annie Dressner has relocated from her home city of New York to Cambridge in ...

Anna Anise and boci announce spring tour

boci Genres: alt folk, prog folk, singer-songwriter, alt pop boci is an innovative violinist and songwriter creating astral alt-folk that centres around themes of grief, unity and the natural world. Her debut album 'we are each other, this will set us free', received support from Songlines (★★★★), BBC 6 music ...

The Keith James Songbook – A long awaited concert tour

A unique voice within the fabric of music in the UK Mature, insightful and intriguing - emotionally giving and honest Spanning the past 50 years, Keith has performed thousands of enthusiastically received shows in Arts Centres and Theatres throughout the UK. Thoughtful, interpretive concerts devoted to the writing of visionary ...

Charlie Dore continues her spring tour

Charlie Dore cheerfully admits she still has the touring habit - in spades, as she continues her Spring Tour throughout March, taking in venues both North and South across England. The tour sees the celebrated hit-writer for Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield and Jimmy Nail perform songs ...

Seasick Steve announces new album, single and live dates

Seasick Steve is today announcing details of his forthcoming album A Trip A Stumble A Fall Down On Your Knees. Due for release on 7th June via SO Recordings, the album's lead single 'Backbone Slip' is out now. It's been almost 20 years since Seasick Steve's celebrated appearance on Jools Holland's Hootenanny launched ...

Oysterband and June Tabor bid a long, long goodbye

One of the UK’s foremost folk rock bands - Oysterband - are announcing that they are calling time on their live career and will be performing live with June Tabor for the last time. After forty-five years on the road, the legendary Canterbury-formed collective will be hanging up their touring ...

Beans On Toast Band on tour

Yes. English Folk hero, Beans On Toast, will be taking his brand new live band out on tour for the first time this February and March. With a new-look outfit comprising Scottish guitar wizard/folk songsmith Memphis Gerald, honky-tonk royalty King Killership, percussive powerhouse Abbi Drums, and festival poet extraordinaire Bassie Gracie; ...

Davie Furey announces new album and Irish tour dates

One of Ireland’s most beloved and respected musicians and songwriters, Davie Furey, is to embark on his first headline tour of Ireland in 5 years.  After a busy 2023, which included touring with the legendary Paul Brady, Davie is set to release a brand new album of 9 original compositions titled Glimpses Of ...

The Longest Johns announce new album and tour dates

Internationally renowned Bristol-based sea shanty sensations The Longest Johns will release their brand new album Voyage on February 9th 2024. The album is available to pre-order now here. Their fifth studio album is a unique take on traditional folk and shanties which is their “most fantastic splendiferous journey yet”, according ...

Grace Petrie announces new album, single, tour

2024 looks set to be a pretty turbulent year. There’s a general election coming, plus the ever-constant spectres of industrial disputes, climate change and continuing socio-economic disparity between the haves and have nots. It is perhaps an apt time then for the return of  the critically acclaimed political singer/songwriter Grace ...

Fairport Convention – WinTour dates

It feels like mere weeks ago that Fairport's Cropredy Convention brought the cream of Folk, Roots, Rock (and Disco!) to the Oxfordshire countryside, topped off by an epic headline slot by the hosts themselves. For fans that missed out on the opportunity to witness the full live experience back in August, ...

Andy Sharrocks announces Valentine’s Day gig

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Andy Sharrocks & The Incurable Romantics will perform a Valentine’s Day Headline London Show which will see him perform a Free Entry headline show with a full band and special guests on Wednesday 14th February 2024 (Valentine’s Day) at the legendary venue The 100 Club, Oxford ...

Finn Collinson announces February tour

East Anglian contemporary folk musician Finn Collinson will be heading out on a nine-date English venue tour in February 2024. Together with his virtuosic band, Finn will introduce new material, along with favourites from critically-acclaimed studio albums The Threshold (2022) and Call To Mind (2019). Although fundamentally folk in approach, ...

The Haar to tour in the spring

The Haar are on tour February and April 2024: A splendid balance of swirling instrumental magic and beautifully sung narratives. Two albums in, and this exciting Anglo/Irish band is being compared to the sensational Lankum. Heading back out on the road with their unique take on traditional Irish songs in ...

Martyn Joseph – new album and tour

What is it that the artist wants to say? Even the singer-songwriter who’s been trying to say the unsayable by singing it and hitching words to melodies for a lifetime? Maybe it takes a lifetime to find out. Or at least, for Martyn Joseph, a forty year journey of writing, ...

The Albion Christmas Band on tour again!

The Albion Christmas Band are widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for 23 years this year, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK.  Indeed, many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Band. Featuring the combined talents of ...

Robb Johnson – Murder At The Grange album release and live dates

The soundtrack from Robb Johnson’s festive entertainment MURDER AT THE GRANGE will be released December 1st, & available as an LP & digital download. Twelve original festive songs, characterised by Johnson’s characteristic songwriting excellence, ranging in tone from the sardonic to the sentimental, featuring traditional seasonal conventions (50s jazz, Father ...

Tim Edey announces Christmas album and tour

Released to coincide with his first Celtic Christmas UK tour, Tim Edey’s new album presents listeners with seasonal music from a range of traditions, performed by some of the finest musicians from the world music scene. The track listing reflects suggestions made by friends and fans responding to posts on ...

The Trials Of Cato tour UK airing new songs

Award winning band The Trials Of Cato tour UK airing new songs BBC radio 2 folk show album of the year winners The Trials Of Cato are touring the UK from October through to December and are airing new songs. Robin Jones and Tomos Williams were joined in 2020 by ...

Moonrakers announce their final gigs of the year

Dear Friends, Exciting news!  Our music is to be used on the forthcoming second season of the BBC television series Beyond Paradise. We're dead chuffed with that, and with the four-star review we had in RnR Magazine this quarter. If for any reason (and we can't imagine why) you haven't ...

Andy White – new album and tour dates

It’s great that Andy White has people to do this sort of thing for him these days. Hi everyone Ticket links for Andy's January tour of the UK and Ireland are below. If you're further afield then let me know - he has told me he's planning on getting back ...

Katherine Priddy announces new album and spring tour

British singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy is to release her much-anticipated second album The Pendulum Swing on February 16 2024 via Cooking Vinyl. This follows her highly acclaimed 2021 debut The Eternal Rocks Beneath, which announced Priddy as a singular new talent on the contemporary roots music scene. Pre-order: https://KPriddy.lnk.to/ThePendulumSwingPR Speaking about ...

Show Of Hands – Best of album and tour dates

Three decades on the road. 4500 gigs. 35 albums. 6 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. 3 BBC Folk Awards. 2 Honorary Doctorates. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia, Canada to India. What more can you say about Show of Hands? Over three decades the West Country alliance of Steve ...

Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden – new single, album and tour dates

Eliza Carthy & Jon Boden join forces to release their first duo album and launch their first UK duo tour. Glad Christmas Comes is a collection of some of their favourite traditional and modern festive songs. The album will be toured throughout the UK in November and December 2023. Glad ...

A Winter Union – new single, album and tour dates

Featuring members of Gilmore & Roberts, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage and The Willows, it’s no surprise that A Winter Union’s Sooner After Solstice showcases a band bursting with individual brilliance. Crucially though, A Winter Union produce a sound so much greater than the sum of their parts; this is ...

Honey & The Bear – new album and tour dates

Fast-rising East Anglian duo Honey & The Bear (aka Lucy and Jon Hart) are heading out on the road this November/December, showcasing their warm and spellbinding new album in seven counties. The Suffolk-based husband-and-wife will release third album Away Beyond the Fret on November 3, officially launching it in an ...

The Pleasures – debut album and UK tour

The Pleasures are an Americana band fronted by renowned Australian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt - mother, breast cancer survivor, multi-Golden Guitar winner, multi-ARIA nominee, fifteen-time Grand Old Opry performer and Melbourne's Lachlan Bryan - modern day troubadour, songwriter's songwriter, Golden Guitar winner and consummate story-teller. Their much anticipated debut album The ...

Max ZT and Dan Whitehouse

Max ZT and Dan Whitehouse bring a haunting blend of virtuosic hammered dulcimer and soulful spoken word to eight beautiful listening spaces on their UK tour this October. New Yorker Max ZT, aka the "Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer" and Black Country tunesmith Dan Whitehouse are taking their unmissable ...

The Mary Wallopers – new single, album and tour dates

The Mary Wallopers have released a new track from their forthcoming second album Irish Rock ’n’ Roll today. ‘The Idler’ is a timely folk song, one that carries a pertinent (and what should be universally given) message of acceptance in the face of daily injustices that have run down the ...

Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones announce Christmas album and tour dates

Following the success of their 2022 debut album A Year Too Late And A Month Too Soon which earned the pair five star reviews and global airplay, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones present a brand new collection of winter songs and tunes sourced from their beloved native county of Yorkshire ...

Rosie Hood Band – new album and tour dates

Sheffield-based musician Rosie Hood presents The Rosie Hood Band and their new album A Seed Of Gold (released 3rd November 2023). For her first album since 2017’s critically acclaimed The Beautiful & The Actual, Rosie Hood (vocals, tenor guitar, baritone ukulele) is joined by fellow Sheffield-based musicians, Nicola Beazley (fiddle, ...

Cara Dillon announces new single, album and tour dates

Few singers are as revered as Cara Dillon. Known for her captivating live performances she seldom fails to leave audiences spellbound and has earned her place as one of the most celebrated singers in Ireland. Cara’s breadth of appeal stems from a remarkable career that continually places her home and ...

Kate Rusby announces her Christmas album

Light Years, Kate Rusby’s 7th Christmas album and her 22nd in total, is released on December 1st, three days before her fiftieth birthday. Pre-order: https://PureRecords.lnk.to/LightYears. She’s in multiple celebration mode. More than thirty years of pursuing her unique path through the music world have earned her a devoted and loyal ...

Pierre Schryer & Seán Gray announce tour dates

Whenever Canadian top gun Pierre Schryer chooses a playing partner for a project, you can bet it will be a crème de la crème pairing. With guitar maestro Adam Dobres by his side, they made a major impact around the world. RnR magazine said they were “a match made in ...

The London Lasses – more live dates

The London Lasses continue their series of 25th Anniversary Concerts with three UK dates in October! LL25, the 25th anniversary album from The London Lasses, features all new material and includes both past and present band members. The recording celebrates the band’s musical journey over the past quarter-century and showcases ...

LAU-LAND 2023 – Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October

Lau bring their jubilant Lau-Land festival back to Edinburgh’s Summerhall and The Queen’s Hall on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October for another open-hearted celebration of music, community and the artists who inspire them. This year’s programme features sessions, performances and a family ceilidh, with special guests including Kathryn Joseph, ...

The Unthanks re-release three landmark albums

Did you know that 2008 Mercury Music Prize nominated The Bairns was the only British folk album to make The Guardian and Uncut’s Albums Of The Decade, compared to Fairport Convention's Liege And Lief and described as “quite possibly the folk album of this generation?” Here’s The Tender Coming was ...

Beans On Toast announces hard-hitting new album

The latest Beans On Toast album hits hard and hits home. The cult folk artist takes centre stage, delivering unfiltered takes on the environment's dire straits, the UK political landscape, the ominous rhythm of war drums, and the impending AI revolution. But don't let the weighty topics fool you – ...

Skinny Lister – new album, single and tour dates

Skinny Lister are excited to confirm details of their sixth studio LP titled Shanty Punk, for release on 20 October via Xtra Mile Recordings. The album announcement is coupled with the unveiling of its leading single, ‘Company Of The Bar’. A song built for the road and the endless adventures it ...

Sarah McQuaid announces three-month international tour

Singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid will be kicking off a 3-month, 59-show autumn USA and UK tour with high-profile hometown shows in both West Cornwall, England, where she’s lived since 2007, and Chicago, where she spent most of her childhood. World-renowned for its dramatic cliffside setting, Cornwall’s Minack Theatre – where Sarah ...

Gilmore & Roberts – new album and tour dates

Documenting Snapshots is the sixth album from acoustic roots duo Gilmore & Roberts, and their first since 2018’s A Problem Of Our Kind. “So much has changed since our last album”, says Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin, vocals). “It feels like a different landscape altogether.” “The music industry is still feeling ...

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening – new album and tour dates

Award-winning Northumbrian roots musician Kathryn Tickell is to release her second album with The Darkening, cloud horizons on September 1 via Resilient Records. The new record will be available on CD and digital download. First and second singles, ‘Long For Light’ and ‘Clogstravaganza’ out now: Based in the shadow of ...

Annie Keating – new album and tour dates

Annie Keating- released her new album Hard Frost in early June ahead of her UK tour in the Autumn. The album has already been described as an 'Absolute Triumph a work of beauty' and 'Truly outstanding' by At the Barrier magazine. A staple of the contemporary Americana scene, Annie Keating writes and ...

Bruce Cockburn announces UK dates

Revered Canadian singer-songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn has announced UK live shows for 2023, with dates in Oxford and London. Heading to Oxford’s O2 Academy on 24 August and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 25 August, the shows will celebrate Cockburn’s latest and 35th album O Sun O Moon (out now via True North Records). Bruce Cockburn has ...

Old Crow Medicine Show announce new album and UK dates

Old Crow Medicine Show will release their new album Jubilee on 25th August via ATO Records. Arriving as the two-time GRAMMY award-winning band gears up to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Jubilee finds the group once again co-producing with Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul & the Broken Bones) and recording ...

Charlie Dore announces new tour dates

Venerated singer-songwriter Charlie Dore has announced her biggest UK tour for over four years, with a storm of dates to wrap up her three Short Circuit outings. The tour sees the celebrated hit-writer for Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield and Jimmy Nail perform songs from her own ...

Mavis Staples plays two nights at the Union Chapel

Mavis Staples returns to the UK next week for two shows at London's Union Chapel on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July. Mavis, who released Carry Me Home (a collaboration with Levon Helm) last year, is currently on an extensive European tour before heading back to the US to complete a nationwide run ...

Bella Gaffney announces new album and autumn tour

Bella Gaffney is set to captivate listeners with her new album, Reflections. This remarkable collection of songs has been meticulously crafted to reflect the profound connections made during the tumultuous period of lockdown. Bella's poignant lyrics and heartfelt melodies invite us to embrace the power of human connection and the ...

Iain Matthews announces summer tour dates

There’s a purity about Iain Matthews’ voice. And it’s mirrored by the integrity of his career. The singer-songwriter has never been seduced by fame. His focus has always been on creating music that captivates the ear, the mind and the heart. Born Ian Matthews McDonald, June 16, 1946, in Scunthorpe, ...
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