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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.

Bella Hardy announces retrospective collection and tour dates

BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught ‘fiddle singer’, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting established her reputation as a talented ...
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Jon Boden announces new album and live dates

Chicago-born and Sheffield-based folk outlier Jon Boden has recently announced his fourth solo album, Rose In June, which is due for release November 1st on Hudson Records, and is now sharing the second single from the album, ‘Leviathan’. In support of the album, Boden will play six UK live dates, ...
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John Tams rejoins Home Service

If you thought Home Service had gone a bit quiet of late here’s some good news - the band is back with some great gigs in the diary and the major news is that John Tams has re-enlisted alongside John Kirkpatrick as joint front man and lead vocalist. This is ...
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Smoke Fairies announce new album and 2020 tour

Smoke Fairies have announced the release their first album for four years. Darkness Brings The Wonders Home will be released on January 31st coupled with new tour dates for the band. The first single to be taken from the album, ‘Disconnect’, is available now on all online platforms. Jessica and ...
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Brophy’s Law announce more tour dates

Brits abroad Celtic folk rock band Brophy’s Law, stranded in the EU, return to the UK to sing out that it’s “nice to know that some things stay the same”. The debut single 'Nice To Know' (That Some Things Stay The Same)' reflects a homecoming to Northampton after many years ...
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The Roundhouse announces its 2020 In The Round season

Celebrating its fifth year, the Roundhouse presents In The Round, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s iconic main space, staged in a rarely seen, fully-seated concert set up around an almost circular stage.  Since its inception in 2016, In the Round has become known for ...
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Hannah James announces her new album and tour dates

Described as 'a true original' by the Guardian, spellbindingly innovative musician and dancer Hannah James and her most recent project The JigDoll Ensemble, announce the release of their impressive new album The Woman And Her Words on October 4th. Recorded in Hungary, at the prestigious music venue/studio Budapest Music Centre, ...
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Darrin Bradbury announces new album and tour dates

Known for blending dark humor with obvious-once-you-hear-them observations on everyday life, Darrin Bradbury’s songs are both funny and thought-provoking. Today, Bradbury is proud to share his anticipated new album Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, his first for ANTI- Records. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), Talking Dogs & ...
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The Urban Folk Quartet announce autumn tour

After a festival-packed summer, The Urban Folk Quartet continue to celebrate their year-long 10th anniversary with an Autumn 2019 tour. The dozen dates take The UFQ from Derby’s last surviving coaching inn (The Old Bell Hotel) to a 14th century Devonshire church (St Mary’s, Kingskerswell), by way of several arts ...
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The Leisure Society – September tour dates

During the promotion of the band’s previous LP, The Fine Art Of Hanging On, Nick and the band's flautist Helen Whitaker went through a long process of separation, ultimately resulting in Nick moving out of their Brighton home. This displacement set the tone for the next 18 months, as Nick ...
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Dervish announce special London show

Brendan Gleeson, Imelda May, Abigail Washburn, David Gray and Kate Rusby To Join Dervish For A Very Special Evening Of Irish Folk Music Dervish are delighted to announce that they will be joined by multi instrumentalists and top session musicians, Graham Henderson (Sinead O Connor band / Fairground Attraction/ Moving Hearts) and ...
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The Pitmen Poets final tour – in full colour

Artists' website: www.thepitmenpoets.co.uk 'Shiftin To The Toon' - live: ...
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Annie Dressner and Luke Williams announce tour dates

Since moving to the UK from her hometown of New York City eight years ago, Annie Dressner has received considerable recognition from her live shows, and studio recordings. Her second studio album Broken Into Pieces was produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) and was released on 26th October to rave ...
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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band announce tour dates – John Spiers Joins the lineup

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted ...
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The Salts are on the road again

Rockin’ Sea Shanty band The Salts set sail on a UK tour of Venues and Festivals starting this week at the Wokingham Music Festival and including the Great British Folk Festival where they will be performing alongside the likes of Steeleye Span, Eddie Reader, Barbara Dickson, Tom Robinson and many ...
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Rachel Taylor-Beales to tour theatrical adaptation of Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie

Singer-songwriter Rachel Taylor-Beales is touring a gig-theatre adaptation of her highly acclaimed Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie album. Singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Rachel Taylor-Beales has teamed up with award winning actor-musician Lucy Rivers and Director Louise Osborn, to create and perform a gig-theatre adaptation of Rachel’s most recent ...
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3hattrio – new album and tour dates

3hattrio arrive here at the start of the week to kick off their latest UK/European tour. Their fifth album Live At Zion, recorded  in a pre-Civil War adobe-and-frame church in the hamlet of Virgin at the mouth of Zion Canyon in front of a crowd of neighbours, friends and fans ...
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Bob Fox – autumn gigs

Here are Bob Fox's solo gigs throughout September and October. Don't forget that the Pitmen Poets UK Farewell Tour starts 16th October. Details at www.thepitmenpoets.co.uk SEPTEMBER Sat 7th SEDGEFIELD Folk Festival,County Durham. tickets/info: website Wed 11th CRAMLINGTON Folk Club,The Benedictine Social Centre, Glenluce Drive, CRAMLINGTON Northumberland NE23 6YA tickets/info: website ...
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Rowan Rheingans announces her first solo album and tour dates

Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist, singer and songwriter widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ ...
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The Pitmen Poets announce their farewell tour

The Pitmen Poets celebrate the songs, humour, and culture of North East England's Coal Mining tradition, bringing together four of the region's leading champions of its musical heritage. Ex-Lindisfarne & Jack The Lad singer and writer Billy Mitchell, Song Man from London’s West End musical Warhorse, Bob Fox, leading exponent ...
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Reg Meuross – 12 Silk Handkerchiefs tour details

12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’ 13th album inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community in the aftermath of the Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968. After three sell-out performances in Hull that recreated and expanded upon the original song cycle, the singer-songwriter is now taking the show on a national tour this ...
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Special guest artists announced for Richard Thompson’s birthday bash

An incredible array of special guest performers has been announced for Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday celebration show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th 2019. This once in a lifetime concert will see eminent fellow musicians, friends and family grace the stage to mark the milestone birthday of this ...
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June Tabor and Oysterband announce tour dates

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour.  The 2019 Fire And Fleet Tour will take in fifteen dates across the UK this Autumn, including shows at the majestic Union Chapel, Islington, Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, ...
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Bill And The Belles – live at Barnoldswick

Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre, Mon. 26th August (Bank Holiday) Influenced by bluegrass, hillbilly, classic country and honky tonk, Bill And The Belles have an attractive "vintage" persona, putting their own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. They were nominated for four IBMA ...
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3 Daft Monkeys Interview and Tour Dates

Its been a while since we chatted to those 3 Daft Monkeys, so thought it was high time we caught up with them at the New Forest Folk Festival. One of my lasting beer aerobic memories was standing with Tim and Athene at a festival watching a band years ago, ...
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Peter Knight Interview + Gigspanner Big Band Tour Dates

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech caught up with Peter Knight after Gigspanner Big Band closed the Friday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019. We talk to Peter about the early days of Gigspanner, how the idea came about,  Peter's ethos for music, what he looks for in his musical ...
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Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote – album and live dates

From Here Records release On Clay Hill, Stick In The Wheel harmony singer Fran Foote’s debut album with her mother, Belinda Kempster. Belinda began singing traditional songs in the 1960s: “Our family has a history of farming and working on the land; these songs come from that way of life – ...
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Reg Meuross wins Arts Council support for 12 Silk Handkerchiefs Autumn Tour

Winter 1968. Three Hull trawlers sink. 58 men die. A fishwife leads the fight to change safety laws. 12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’s 13th album inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community in the aftermath of the Triple Trawler Disaster ...
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Jack Rutter announces second album and tour dates

Gold Of Scar & Shale, the second solo album from traditional folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter will be available on CD and DL from October 4th 2019. Produced by Joe Rusby and recorded as live, the new album continues the stripped back approach of its critically acclaimed predecessor, Jack’s debut solo ...
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The Local Honeys announce UK festival gigs and November tour

The Local Honeys are from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley are two exceptionally talented young women who will be bringing the Folk music of Kentucky to UK shores for a string of UK festivals, including Latitude ...
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THE SMALL GLORIES – New Album and Tour News

The Small Glories make their US debut with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED, an album that celebrates the Canadian Prairies. The first single, "Oh My Love," is included in NPR's "New Music Friday" Spotify playlist. The album's title references the junction of two rivers, the Assiniboine (pronounced 'uh-sin-uh-boin’) and the Red, ...
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Flook release limited edition vinyl Ancora

Ancora is released today in a Limited Edition of 500 Orange Vinyl. To celebrate its release, Flook are playing two special shows, Stapleford Granary near Cambridge, and the Roman Theatre of Verulamium in St Albans, Hertfordshire, as part of St Albans Folk Festival and the Roman Theatre Festival on Saturday ...
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Blackbeard’s Tea Party hit ten

Festival favourites, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, infamous for their frenetic fiddle tunes and thumping backline, celebrate their tenth birthday as a band in 2019 with a lengthy autumn-winter Ten Yaar Anniversary tour across England and Wales and a special re-release of their best-known single, ‘Chicken On A Raft’. Following a packed ...
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Renegade – The new album from Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc has announced the release of his highly anticipated new album, Renegade, out on 7th June on ATO Records. Produced by Grammy Award winning Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), the album features ten new songs and LeBlanc’s longtime band, The Pollies. Of the album LeBlanc says, “I wanted ...
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June Tabor and Oysterband on the road again

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour.  The 2019 ‘Fire and Fleet’ Tour will take in 15 dates across the UK this Autumn, including shows at the majestic Union Chapel, Islington, Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, ...
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Steeleye Span celebrate 50 years

Park Records are delighted to announce the release of EST’D 1969 from Steeleye Span on 24 June 2019 ahead of UK dates later in the year.  This is a new collection of songs, featuring contributions from all seven of the band members [with a guest appearance from Ian Anderson of ...
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Elles Bailey announces tour dates

Rising independent Blues and Americana fuelled star Elles Bailey continues to wind her way along the road that she really DOES call home, taking her storming second album, Road I Call Home on tour, into Elles’ native habitat: live performance! Elles is also sharing a new video for ‘Road I Call Home’ that’s being ...
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Kate Rusby announces new album and tour dates

Pure Records presents Philosophers, Poets & Kings, the 17th studio album from award-winning folk singer Kate Rusby. Seamlessly blending old and new across twelve tracks of traditional folk, covers and self-penned songs, the inimitable contemporary folk songstress’s new solo album is a deeply personal collection which pays homage to her ...
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Richard Thompson – 70th Birthday Bash

April 3rd 2019 - Today, as he turns 70, Richard Thompson OBE has announced a 70th birthday celebration show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th 2019. This once in a lifetime concert will feature some very special guests, who will be announced in the coming weeks. ‘Please join ...
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Sharon Shannon tour dates announced

Sharon Shannon the button accordion player from Co. Clare, Ireland has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison ...
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