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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.

Belinda O’Hooley tours Inversions this spring

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow ...
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Martha Tilston announces spring tour

Following the autumn 2021 launch of The Tape, her debut feature film which she wrote, directed and starred in, singer-songwriter Martha Tilston has announced her first UK tour in almost five years with dates in February and March. The stunning soundtrack album for The Tape was recorded live on set, ...
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Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell present The Lindisfarne Story – Chapter 5: 50 Years Of Fog

The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the life, times and music of the North East of England's most beloved band, Lindisfarne.  Founder member and drummer Ray Laidlaw and front man Billy Mitchell tell the remarkable story with a combination of rare video, unseen photographs, acoustic versions of their favourite ...
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Mark Harrison announces spring dates

Happy New Year to everyone, and all fingers remain crossed! We have a lot of great dates coming up this year at all manner of nice venues - if you can come to one or more, please do so. And please tell people you know who live in or near ...
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Wolf & Clover announce second album and launch concert

Wolf & Clover is excited to announce the completion of their long-awaited second album, twelvemonth and a day, to be released Tuesday, February 1st  2022. The release will be accompanied by a concert on March 17th 2022 at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Legacy Hall, one of the finest ...
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Flook announce spring tour dates

Sat 22 January        GLASGOW - CELTIC CONNECTIONS (special guests of Elephant Sessions at their 10th Anniversary) Wed 2 February       CARDIFF Acapela Thurs 3 February     SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims Fri 4 February          SALTAIRE The Live Room Sat 5 February         BURY MET  (2pm matinee show) Sun 6 ...
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Will Varley announces May 2022 tour

Following his recent run of intimate headline shows acclaimed alt-folk singer-songwriter Will Varley has announced a major UK headline tour for May 2022. In October, Varley released his brilliant new album The Hole Around My Head, the first album release on Yellow Cake, a brand-new record label and artist protection ...
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Peggy Seeger announces her 2022 tour

Peggy Seeger, the undisputed queen of folk & political song, has announced 29 UK dates on her 2022 First Farewell tour. Covering the UK from top to bottom and left to right, she’ll perform with her son Calum MacColl, a gifted professional musician in his own right and producer of ...
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Beth Nielsen Chapman to tour UK in 2022

If you are going to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on is one great song after another and some fascinating stories woven between them. Giving UK fans the opportunity to reacquaint themselves ...
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Gretchen Peters announces 2022 tour

Planning a series of special appearances in the new year, Peters will be packing in a mixture of fixtures that range from unmissable full-band live performances (featuring Barry Walsh, Conor McCreanor and Colm McClean, along with special guest Kim Richey), to those in cosier settings that will promise “an intimate ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – Live at Stoller Hall, Manchester, 17th November 2021

With a special 15th anniversary edition of his breakthrough Freedom Fields album as well as a brand new album, Make Your Mark, to celebrate, Seth Lakeman has been hitting the road in an extended, two-pronged tour. Playing tonight in Manchester’s Stoller Hall is the full band, comprising two of his ...
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Frazey Ford – new single and UK tour dates

Following huge acclaim for her 2020 album U Kin B The Sun, Vancouver Soul-Americana artist Frazey Ford finally returns to UK shores this month for her 11-date tour and to celebrate shares a brand new single ‘Saul,’ a previously unheard track originally recorded for the album. ‘Saul’ is a languid ode ...
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Spell Songs announce their second album

Spell Songs, the ensemble created in 2018, is to release their second album Spell Songs II: Let The Light In, on 10 December 2021 via Thirty Tigers Worldwide. The announcement is lead with single ‘Oak’, fronted by Orkney songwriter Kris Drever. Spell Songs II: Let The Light In features the multifaceted talents and ...
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Phil Cunningham returns with his Christmas Songbook

Following the huge success and popularity of Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook over the last 15 years, the show will be returning to venues across Scotland this December – bringing festive musical cheer that will warm hearts and get toes tapping. Phil and a selection of Scotland’s finest folk musicians will ...
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Kate Rusby announces her Christmas tour dates

A Kate Rusby Christmas Concert perpetuates the tradition of Yorkshire carols, specific carols sung in the crowded pubs of South Yorkshire. Kate sat in the corner of those crowded pubs as a child, so the songs she brings to these shows are in her bones. For over two hundred years, ...
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The Trials Of Cato – new album and tour dates

The Trials Of Cato - One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times their debut album won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (Apologies for short notice for some concerts) Formed in Beirut, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK in ...
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Dan Walsh announces live album and tour dates

Recorded just before the first lockdown, Live At The Floodgate is the first live release by top banjo player, singer and guitarist Dan Walsh. Recorded in his spiritual home of Stafford, the album sees a varied set featuring material from each of his five critically acclaimed albums as well as ...
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Beans On Toast announces new album and tour dates

Released on 1st December 2021 via his own BOT Music imprint, Survival Of The Happiest is a record all about hope, positivity and camaraderie that chooses to celebrate the very best of human nature. Its first single is 'A Beautiful Place'; a pastoral folk/rock song that finds an artist blown ...
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Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox on tour

Unleashed and on the road again, two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together again throughout the UK. And what a treat it is! ...
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Jacob & Drinkwater announce new album and tour dates

Songwriting duo Jacob & Drinkwater have announced their new album More Notes From The Field will be released on the 29th October through Polyphonic Life Records and shared the first preview of the album with new single ‘The Nameless’ alongside extensive tour dates throughout September and October. Jacob & Drinkwater ...
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Skinny Lister announce new album and tour dates

Skinny Lister are back! Their fifth studio album, A Matter Of Life & Love is out 22nd October 2021 on Xtra Mile Recordings and ushers in an exciting new chapter in the band’s long and established career. The album announcement is coupled with the release of their boisterous lead single ...
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Flook announce tour dates through 2022

Dear Friends - finally it seems that the stars have aligned favourably enough to allow us a way back to live work. It gladdens our hearts to know that the wait to play live for you is almost over, and while all manner of unfathomable rules and regs make the ...
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Moonrakers – line-up change and live dates

Dear Friends, It was so good to be out playing again - thanks again to the 270 people who made our Waterperry concert a very special occasion. We've published some videos on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/MoonrakersBand. Some big changes afoot. Our lovely talented harpist, Eleanor Dunsdon, is leaving the band ...
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Serious Sam Barrett announces new album and tour dates

Following on from 2019’s acclaimed Where The White Roses Grow Serious Sam Barrett, one of Yorkshire’s finest rising folk artists is back with a new 10-track studio album, The Seeds Of Love. The album takes its title from the book The Seeds Of Love, an anthology of folk songs from the British ...
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Karine Polwart announces new duo album with Dave Milligan

Piano and voice isn’t a combination that you hear much in the folk idiom and yet it can be just as potent – if not more so – than a full band. Karine Polwart’s new album Still As Your Sleeping is just this, a duo album of piano and voice ...
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The Magpies – festival and tour dates

It has only been a short space of time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impact with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been ‘making waves wherever they play’ (Phil Beer, Show of Hands). Three accomplished musicians in ...
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Dan Walsh – banjo wizard back on the road

Dan Walsh returns to solo touring throughout the UK during late summer and autumn to promote the delayed release of a new live album, recorded in January 2020 in a special hometown gig in Stafford. Prior to the pandemic, Dan was one of the most in-demand performers on the folk ...
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Mark Harrison announces new album and live dates

We're back in action, and very glad to be (with fingers crossed of course). We've done a couple of great gigs and there are a lot more coming, see below and get tickets and come to anything you can - a very special thing happens at gigs! The one at ...
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys announce new album and tour dates

Ready to unveil their first album since 2017, “one of the best bands on the scene” (according to Seth Lakeman) have flexed their studio muscle again. UK folk heavyweights Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys have a brand new twelve track project to release, The Wishing Tree landing on August ...
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The Breath – live dates go on

Despite the government’s announcement of continuing restrictions and social distancing measures until July 19th, The Breath are delighted to announce their July shows will go on! The alt-folk duo - guitar whiz Stuart McCallum and Irish singer/flautist, Ríoghnach Connolly - are excited to be performing once again to in-the-flesh audiences ...
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Talisk announce festival and tour dates

You can’t keep a good band down – and Talisk are widely recognised as one hell of a band! Described by Glasgow Herald as ‘a rockin’ powerhouse’, Talisk are one of the most exciting acts on the UK folk scene, renowned for their innovative, show-stopping, high energy instrumentals and trademark ...
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Matthews Southern Comfort announce live UK dates

These days, most band ‘reunions’ take place because of the huge financial rewards available and occasionally, record company pressure. In the case of Matthews Southern Comfort, neither reason applies. The original band wasn’t around long enough to have any fanatical following and there is no high-profile label hovering in the wings. MSC has been ...
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Chris Cleverley announces new album and live dates

Altfolk songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley announces new release for Summer 2021. Chris will be releasing a series of stripped back recordings entitled Live From The Glass Isle on Friday 30th July. The track list features adapted versions of songs from his previous two studio albums, arranged exclusively for solo ...
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Chloe Foy announces debut album and UK tour

Chloe Foy first started to attract attention as far back as 2013 when her debut single ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ was picked up by BBC Radio 6 and Radio 2. Follow-up singles, ‘Flaws’ and ‘Asylum’, brought huge streaming success - the latter is approaching 8.5 million Spotify plays ...
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Oysterband – back on the road in 2021

Oysterband are delighted to be able once more to take to the road for a series of previously postponed dates that are now set for Autumn 2021.  Tickets for all dates are on sale now from: https://bandonthewall.org/2020/12/oysterband-2021-uk-tour/ Previously bought tickets remain valid, see website for details. Oysterband: the outfit that grew ...
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The Magpies – new single, festival and tour

It has only been a short space of time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impact with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been ‘making waves wherever they play’ (Phil Beer, Show of Hands). Three accomplished musicians in ...
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Declan O’Rourke announces November tour dates

Following the release of his brand new, Paul Weller-produced album Arrivals to widespread acclaim, award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced a UK tour for November 2021 with dates as follows:   Thursday 4 Nov      BIRMINGHAM Glee Club https://www.seetickets.com/tour/declan-o-rourke?pre=arrivalslive Friday 05 Nov        LONDON Kings Place https://www.seetickets.com/event/declan-o-rourke/kings-place/1836715?pre=pre Saturday 06 Nov       MANCHESTER The Stoller ...
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Beans On Toast announces winter tour dates

Foolhardy folk musician and longstanding festival favourite - Beans On Toast - will be doing a tour of some of his favourite independent venues this winter. Singing simple songs about complicated subjects, Beans on Toast has established himself as an accomplished songwriter and an unmissable live performer. Having released an ...
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Skerryvore to stream live from Clydeside distillery

Hot off the release of their latest album Live Across Scotland, multi-award-winning Scottish band Skerryvore will perform their first live performance in over 6 months. Entitled Live Across The World, the socially distanced performance will take place at Glasgow’s Clydeside Distillery on Saturday 5th September and will be live streamed ...
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Beans On Toast announces final lockdown single and live events

As the country takes its first steps on the long road back to normality, Beans On Toast returns with what will be the last in his series of lockdown releases: ‘Save The Music’ With the safe return of live events still posing one of the pandemic's biggest headaches; Beans on ...
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