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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.

Jenny Sturgeon Trio to play King’s Cross

Join the acclaimed Scottish folk singer songwriter for an intimate concert at The Harrison, Kings Cross, London on Sunday 9th December Nominated for the ‘Composer of the Year’ Award in the 2018 Scottish Trad Music Awards and hailing from the north-east of Scotland, Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter described as ...
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O’Hooley & Tidow bring WinterFolk to Bethnal Green

O’Hooley & Tidow in concert at St John on Bethnal Green Church, East London – Saturday 15th December Join ‘one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album WinterFolk Vol 1, produced with ...
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Winter Union Bring December Tour Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Well they say Christmas is a special time of year for a Winter Union, when magical things happen, and this year's Great British Folk Festival is no exception. There was Darren and I merrily covering this year's Skegness outing and we happened across Winter Union, a wonderful, hugely talented 'folk ...
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Strawbs celebrate 50 years

Monday 26th November: London, Under The Bridge Doors 7pm £26.40 (inc fee) http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/electric-strawbs/ Although forming in the mid 60s, coming out of the exciting British Folk Movement alongside Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper, this tour will mark the 50th Anniversary of their first major recording, being the ...
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Katie Melua releases her Ultimate Collection on vinyl

As Katie Melua embarks on her European tour, BMG announce the release of Ultimate Collection on vinyl. Compiled by Katie, this vinyl edition features 23 songs from Katie’s 7 studio albums from 2003’s Call Off The Search to 2016’s In Winter. Katie’s cover of ‘Fields Of Gold’ (the Children In ...
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The Young’uns and The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff

Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre. The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff is the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil ...
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Cara Dillon announces winter tour dates

Cara Dillon, possessed of one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, will be touring her Christmas show Upon A Winter’s Night for a third year running this December. The overwhelming success of previous tours has cemented this magical and memorable festive experience as a ...
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Andy White tours reissued Rave On

“Andy White, Belfast born and Belfast bred, first picked up a guitar when he was thirteen. It was blocking up the hallway. He started strumming it in a beatnik basement belonging to a big bastard called Bobby.” So started the 1986 press release for Andy’s debut album, reissued by Vinyl ...
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Ray Cooper announces winter tour

Former Oysterband man Ray Cooper is touring the UK solo in November as well as in February 2019 A singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist he currently resides in the depths of Sweden where he has lived since 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 the year in which they picked up 3 ...
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Breabach announce new album and tour dates

Frenzy of the Meeting is the latest release from multi award-winning Scottish folk band Breabach. Continuing to build on the ideas and experimentation from their 2016 album Astar, this new work is explorative and creative. The new release also sees the band take exciting steps towards developing a more expansive ...
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The Urban Folk Quartet announce autumn tour dates

The Urban Folk Quartet, one of the most exciting and vibrant bands on the UK acoustic/ roots scene, are heading back out on the road for their annual autumn tour. Founded in 2009, The UFQ are a ‘folk group’ like no other. Across six albums (three studio; three live), they’ve ...
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The Shackleton Trio take their new album on tour

Following a busy summer of UK and European Festivals, The Shackleton Trio will be taking their new release on the road. The Shackleton Trio features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi. Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally ...
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Merry Hell – live dates 2018

Artists' website: www.merryhell.co.uk Here are Merry Hell's live dates for the rest of the year (so far). The chaps are getting around. November: 30th: Skegness, Great British Folk Festival (with loads of people) December: 5th: Southport Atkinson Arts Centre: Grateful Freds Night 6th: Hungry Horse Folk Club, Ellesmere Port 7th: ...
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Sarah McQuaid announces tour dates

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is heading out on the road again with a battery of new instruments and a new album that’s been hailed as a “consummate artistic triumph” (Folk Radio UK) and tipped as an early candidate for folk album of the year by magazines and blogs in the ...
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The West End Centre unveils its autumn programme

The autumn programme at the West End Centre kicks-off in September with Leveret, a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but with a sound that is fresh and new. Next up ...
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Martin Stephenson re-records Gladsome, Humour And Blue

There is rarely a dull moment in conversation with Martin Stephenson, but that’s exactly what you’d hope for from someone who’s never stood still during thirty-five years in love with music. For him, it’s not a career, it’s a lifetime calling, and his restless troubadour spirit has now amassed an ...
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Jake Morley – new recordings and tour dates

Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley is a firm believer in straight talking, direct songs.  His Spotify playlist, Tell It To Me Straight, a collection of some of his favorite examples by other artists, is a constant source of inspiration. Now he’s recording a series of his own ...
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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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