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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.

Eddi Reader announces new album and tour dates

Light Is In The Horizon is a new album of previously unreleased recordings from one of Scotland’s greatest voices, Eddi Reader. The twelve songs were left behind from the sessions of her acclaimed Vagabond and Cavalier albums but sit together now as fresh body of work featuring many of Eddi’s ...
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Robb Johnson plays Dorking

In the now established tradition of @StMarysSessions, our October show brings you yet another slice of something distinctly different.  Expect the poetic, the passionate, the provocative, some politics of the people and playfulness. Some punchy picking too, he has a guitar and he knows how to use it! Robb Johnson ...
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LIzzy Hardingham announces new album and tour dates

How Did We Get Here? is Lizzy Hardingham's brand new studio album which explores the relationship between music and mental health. This Help Musicians UK funded album combines eight deftly crafted songs (recorded at Sheffield's Yellow Arch Studios) and thought-provoking audio clips from interviews with musicians, mental health charities, music ...
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The Outside Track announce September tour

Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were 'Best Live Act' nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, ...
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Robert Lane – new album and live dates

Robert Lane is a musician, songwriter and actor based in the UK. He has toured extensively and released three albums. As an actor he works in theatre and film and is a founding member of short form comedy improvisation group Improv Wolves. 

Robert is also the host of The Robert ...
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Jackie Oates Trio launches Gracious Wings

On Sunday 18th September The Jackie Oates Trio return to Water Rats, Kings Cross, London as part of their album launch tour, tickets and full details via folkandroots.co.uk September 2022 sees the launch of Gracious Wings, the 8th solo studio album by Jackie Oates. Jackie has once again been working ...
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Bonfire Radicals announce new album and tour

The Space Between is the long awaited second album from Birmingham's fiery (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals. This new release captures the adventurous breadth of their musical imaginations, revels in enthusiasm for folk traditions from around the globe and delivers it with the effortless dynamism that permeates their live shows ...
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Man The Lifeboats – single, album and tour

Taken from their upcoming second album (out 14th October via Wood Head Records), the collective’s new single blazes bright with its incendiary violins, glowing accordions and profound lyricism that will warm even the coldest of souls. Piratical by sound, political in its nature, ‘The Fires of England’ takes the listener ...
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Eliza Carthy announces second EP from her forthcoming album

Eliza Carthy, leading light of England's folk scene releases Stumbling On, the second EP of four tracks taken from her forthcoming album, Queen Of The Whirl - a celebration of Eliza’s 30 years as a professional musician. Featuring newly recorded versions of songs from her illustrious career as chosen by her ...
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Luke Concannon (Nizlopi) announces September tour

Luke Concannon has early memories of listening to live music, dancing, singing, and putting on plays, at his Irish family’s parties in Warwickshire England. He’s been making music in community ever since. Aged 26 he topped the UK and Irish charts with his duo Nizlopi’s ‘The JCB Song’ about singing ...
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Martha Tilston to play The Minack Theatre

From the folk songs she has known since childhood to piano ballads and the odd cheeky bit of trip-hop, Martha Tilston has never been afraid to experiment with her writing and musical parameters. Her songs flow with the journey of her life and creativity, inspired by our interconnectedness with nature ...
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Topic announce Sea Song Sessions

Sea Song Sessions is a collection of British maritime folk songs and sea shanties, performed by a collective of some of British folk music’s leading lights: Jon Boden, Seth Lakeman, Ben Nicholls, Emily Portman & Jack Rutter. The concept for the album came to them in 2021, when they were ...
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Gretchen Peters – UK tour dates and new live album

2022 marks the 25th year since Gretchen Peters first set foot on a UK stage. And in honour of the occasion, the Nashville-via-New-York star will be heading back to these shores. Planning a series of special appearances later this year, Peters will be touring along with longtime musical partner and special ...
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Beans On Toast announces 2023 tour dates

Following the runaway success of his extended UK tour earlier this year, the cult hero Beans On Toast has already plotted his return with a “mahoosive ramble” for 2023. One man and his guitar with songs to sing and stories to tell, UK fans will be able to catch him ...
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The Magpie Arc headline indoor festival of folk at Cecil Sharp House

The Indoor Festival of Folk is a collaboration between folk/rock band The Magpie Arc and the English Folk Dance and Song Society and features a stellar line up of award-winning UK folk artists performing at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London on Saturday the 3rd of September 2022. Appearing on the ...
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Foy Vance: new album and UK and Irish tour dates

Foy Vance will embark on an extensive European tour later this summer, with the UK dates commencing on August 30 at York Barbican and culminating September 9 at Belfast SSE Arena, Vance’s first Arena show in his native Northern Ireland. The tour follows the 2021 release of Vance’s fourth studio ...
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Charm Of Finches return for more UK tour dates

The Australian indie-folk sister duo, Charm Of Finches are back in the UK for 10 more dates in JULY- and just last week released a brand-new EP Bluest Colour - lush 3-track EP of acoustic versions of songs from their album Wonderful Oblivion, after already touring the UK in April/May ...
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Levellers announce 2023 acoustic tour

Five years after they set out on their hugely acclaimed 2018 Acoustic Tour, and released its companion album We The Collective, The Levellers will embark upon a brand new Acoustic Tour in 2023 which will be accompanied by a new album of acoustic reworkings of some of their finest compositions, ...
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Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail is back on the road

Two groups of talented young musicians will take to the road once again this summer for three weeks of musical performances the length and breadth of Scotland as part of a pioneering traditional music programme established by a Ross-shire based arts organisation. For the first time since 2019, the Fèis ...
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Le Vent Du Nord announce July tour dates

The award-winning and highly acclaimed Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music with a broad range of global influences. Since its inception in August 2002, ...
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Jesse Terry announces UK tour

Making up for the last two years, Stonington, Connecticut based artist Jesse Terry is excited to announce his first international dates in support of his most recent album When We Wander (Wander Recordings), the first he wrote since becoming a parent. Shows start in Ireland in late September and will ...
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Suzanne Vega announces 2023 UK tour

Renowned for her erudite and entertaining shows, ahead of her early 2023 tour Suzanne Vega will be headlining at Glastonbury (Acoustic Stage), Cambridge Folk Festival and Underneath The Stars Festival this summer. Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Vega emerged as a leading figure of ...
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Ray Cooper – UK tour dates

Ray Cooper returns to the UK in July for a short tour in support of his most recent album Land Of Heroes. Ray Cooper is an acoustic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he accompanies his songs with a cello, mandolin, guitar and piano, each song comes with a story, and Ray ...
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Mavis Staples begins UK tour this week

Mavis Staples and Levon Helm mutual love and admiration is on full display on Carry Me Home, the new album which features a mix of Staples’ and Helm’s bands operating at the peak of their powers as they work their way through an eclectic setlist of tunes made famous by ...
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Spooky Men’s Chorale announce UK tour

Many things were missing from the Great British Summer last year - not least there was an unnervingly spooky silence in place of an anticipated antipodean friendly invasion. But fear not, Australia’s weird and wonderfully hirsute, black-clad, wackily-hatted choristers are limbering up for another biennial blast round Britain – their ...
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Mark Harrison announces live dates

A common thing said to me at the end of shows is 'I don't know why I hadn't come across you before but I'm really glad I did'. The world is full of information getting in your face, hard to filter the unnecessary out. But coming to our shows is ...
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The Chapin Sisters announce UK tour dates

The Chapin Sisters, Lily and Abigail Chapin, are set to return to the UK and win over many a new fan this July with their Appalachian, folk and country rock inspired music as they head across the ocean to tour the UK for the first time in a decade. Growing ...
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Slambovian Circus Of Dreams announce new album and tour dates

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York, in 1998, The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams have played major festivals and venues throughout the US, UK and Canada. Their mix of folk, rock, psychedelia and touch of hillbilly has won them legions of followers through their hectic touring and 6 studio albums. The ...
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Before Breakfast announce debut album and tour dates

Before Breakfast, Gina Walters and Lucy Revis, fuse their classical knowledge and rich arrangements with raw expression and layer this with personal storytelling that explores feminist themes. The result is I Could Be Asleep If It Weren’t For You, a spell-binding collection of songs knitting together Lucy’s intricate cello with ...
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A Celebration of the Life of Julie Felix

Tuesday 14th June 2022   Doors Open 7:00pm The Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ A Celebration of the Life of Julie Felix will be taking place at The Water Rats, London on Tuesday 14th June with performances from the award winning folk singer/songwriters Linda Moylan ...
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Anna Tam announces her second album

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Tam gives traditional British songs her own loving personal twist. She sings with a clear bright voice and accompanies herself on a selection of traditional and historical string instruments including the nyckelharpa, viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy, cello, piano and whatever else she can find. Her ...
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Amelia White announces UK tour

If there were an East Nashville music hall of fame, Amelia White would already be in it. The now-famous scene was in its formative days when White arrived from Boston in the early 2000s and became a fixture at the family wash. She’s been a leading light in America’s most ...
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Katherine Priddy – vinyl release and tour dates

As Katherine Priddy hits the road on her headline UK tour, she has announced the vinyl release of her widely acclaimed debut album The Eternal Rocks Beneath (Navigator Records) on August 26th 2022. Released to glowing reviews and extensive radio airplay on CD and digital in 2021, the 10-track album ...
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Grace Petrie – UK and Irish tour dates

More than a decade after first emerging, Grace Petrie stands out as one the most important songwriters working in the UK today. After the release of her album Connectivity in 2021, which reached 37 in The Official UK Album Chart and topped the UK download chart week of release, Grace ...
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Irish Music & Dance in London: A Tribute to Joe Burke

With Anne Conroy-Burke, Eileen O’Brien, Mary Conroy, Deirdre McSherry, John Bowe, Mick O´Connor, Andy Martyn and Seánín McDonagh (accordion) & James Carty (fiddle) with accompaniment by Kevin Boyle. IMDL is proud to present a concert to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most influential musicians in the ...
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Bella Gaffney/Painted Sky spring tour

Magpies members Bella Gaffney and Holly Brandon are playing a short tour together in late April, Bella solo and Holly in her side project Painted Sky with her brother George. Bella Gaffney Celtic Connections' Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she ...
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Boo Hewerdine announces new album and tour dates

Understudy, released on May 27th by Reveal Records, finds acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine in reflective mood with a fatalistic yet joyful narrative running throughout the lyrics. Twelve new songs about these times (individually and globally) written at home in Glasgow and recorded in East Anglia with long term producer Chris ...
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Conservatoire Folk Ensemble – anniversary tour and album

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble - 25th Anniversary Tour and album, Not Leaving Quietly It’s no exaggeration to call the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble the UK’s biggest folk band. With a stage-challenging 50 members in its touring lineup, and nearly twice that rehearsing each week, the most immediate distinguishing feature of ...
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Chris Cleverley – tour dates and news of new album

Award-winning Altfolk songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Chris Cleverley unveils glimpses of his first new material in nearly three years, throughout eight performances on his tour of England this May and June. “I had lost my way with song writing for a long time; unable to connect deeply with what I ...
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Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn

One of folk ‘s most inventive line-ups is to join forces with best-selling author Raynor Winn this summer for a tour which mines traditional songs and tunes from the West Country and new words inspired by the region. Gigspanner Big Band is a sensational sextet led by Peter Knight whose ...
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Topette!! – new album and tour dates

Topette!! occupy a unique position in the current folk and traditional music landscape. A collaboration between five highly-regarded individuals from two countries, they’re the kind of perfect idea that, if they didn’t already exist, someone would have to invent. Yet Topette!! Are no mere ‘project’ band. They’re a fully-formed and ...
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Sarah McQuaid announces Ireland and UK tour dates

With her new live-in-lockdown album The St Buryan Sessions drawing critical raves and appearing on best-of-2021 lists on three continents, Sarah McQuaid is once again preparing to hit the road – this time for a six-week tour of Ireland and the UK. The tour coincides with the release of a ...
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Katherine Priddy announces spring tour dates

Since emerging with her debut EP Wolf in 2018, UK artist Katherine Priddy has quickly become one of the most exciting names on the British scene. Declared ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ by Richard Thompson, who later invited her to join him on his Irish tour in 2019 ...
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Beans On Toast to play Bank Holiday show in Clapham

Beans on Toast will be playing a unique seated show at The Clapham Grand on Thursday 2nd June 2022. English folk hero Beans on Toast has promised a night of songs, stories and musings at the one-off show this June Bank Holiday Weekend. Drawing from his huge and much-loved back ...
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Keston Cobblers Club – new album and tour dates

On April 22nd UK-folk favourite Keston Cobblers Club return with their brand-new album, Alchemy – the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2019 album, Siren - after a two-year break. Alchemy is the new album from Indie-folk band Keston Cobblers Club. Returning to their roots, the theme of the album ...
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Eddi Reader – new album and Scottish tour

‘Light Is In The Horizon Yet’ is the moving first single from Scottish songstress Eddi Reader’s new album of unreleased songs entitled Light Is In The Horizon. The single will be released on Friday 1st April exclusively at Bandcamp, with a full release to follow later in the year. The ...
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The Trials Of Cato tour continues

Formed in Beirut, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide And ...
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Irish Music and Dance In London presents a weekend of events

Friday 1st April 7.30pm Sliabh Aughty in Concert at The Irish Cultural Centre, with support from The Trad Gathering Presented by The Irish Cultural Centre and IMDL. Tickets: £15/£6 U18's Saturday 2nd 2pm Set Dancing Workshop with visiting tutor from Belfast Ronán Eastwood, at the Mazenod Social Club, Kilburn Presented by Tom Kelleher ...
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Kate Rusby celebrates thirty years as a professional musician

Kate Rusby celebrates an amazing thirty years as a professional musician in 2022 with the release of a brand new album 30 : Happy Returns (Pure Records) on May 6 and a 21-date tour, taking her the length and breadth of the UK, during April and May. Her impressive 30-year ...
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Bella Gaffney- new single and tour

Celtic Connections' Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. 2022 will see the release of Bella’s new album, inspired by connections made over the lockdown period. She has played many folk ...
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Merry Hell announce spring/summer gigs

In order to do our best to bring hope and maybe a little joy to a troubled world, we will be heading out to share our music with as many people as we can. First up, we are touring with our good friends Ranagri, starting on the 2nd of April, playing ...
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Charm Of Finches – UK tour dates

Enchanting Australian folk pairing Charm Of Finches have announced their first-ever UK shows for April and May 2022. Sister duo Charm Of Finches live in Melbourne, Australia. They make haunted tunes about love, grief and whispering trees with tight sibling harmonies and chamber folk sound; baroque folk with many stringed ...
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The Magpies announce new single and tour dates

It seems no 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). Following the success of their debut album in 2020, ...
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Roving Crows announce new album

Awaken is the energetic new album from award-winning Celtic folk-rock fusion band Roving Crows. The four-piece, who have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene for more than 10 years, will release their fourth record on Friday 4 March. Founded in Herefordshire in 2009 and now ...
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Johnny Coppin announces new solo album

River Of Dreams is the eagerly anticipated new studio album from Johnny Coppin, a collection of twelve new songs, all penned by Johnny apart from ‘When The Master Calls The Roll’ written by Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal and Rodney Crowell, ‘The Greenway’ from Jehanne Mehta, 'The Green Isle' with words ...
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Fairport Convention – Winter Tour details

Having entertained music lovers for over half a century, 2022 sees Fairport Convention celebrate the 55th anniversary of the band's original formation back in 1967. During that time, the group that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport's passion for performance. The band's ...
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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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