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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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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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