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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.

Copper Viper announce debut album and European tour

Copper Viper is an acoustic folk group from London, comprised of prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster and fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies. The pair were introduced through a mutual musician friend in late 2016, and decided to meet for a jam based on a shared love of harmony singing ...
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Skinny Lister – new single, album and tour

With the release of their adventurous new album The Story Is… now imminent, Skinny Lister today unearth the latest track to be found amongst its many riches: ‘Rattle & Roar’. Following the explosive punk of ‘38 Minutes’, the ambient title-track ‘The Story Is…’, and the New Wave fizz of ‘My Distraction’, ...
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Knight And Spiers announce spring tour

On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off ...
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The Trials Of Cato announce spring tour dates

The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year ...
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Wizz Jones celebrates 80th birthday – live at Cadogan Hall

Described by the late, great Bert Jansch as “the most underrated guitarist ever,” the legendary Wizz Jones is celebrating the milestone of his 80th birthday with a one-off concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Wizz will share the stage with some very special guests from the ...
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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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Police Dog Hogan to headline Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 15th March   Shepherd's Bush Empire  London Police Dog Hogan will make a headline appearance at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 15th March. Tickets for the show, their first London performance since selling out The Scala last February are on sale now and available from  https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F0054CD073AC51D?brand=o2shepherdsbushempire&camefrom=CFC_AMG_SBE_pdgho The band, whose last ...
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Karen Tweed announces tour in southern England

Karen Tweed has been described as a mercurial, elegant and a rather eccentric yet decorative accordion queen. This could also apply to her teaching methodology and, actually any other part of her life. Her roots began in the traditional music of Ireland; forsaking a career graphic design and teaching Art, ...
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Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier – The Story Song Scientists

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2016 - Megan Henwood and Findlay Napier are a few hours into an EFDSS (English Folk Dance Song Society) run song-writing retreat. They are outside drinking their 7th coffee of the morning! Napier’s driven nine hours from Glasgow and is a bit wobbly. Henwood’s back from a ...
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Jackie Oates – spring tour dates

The award winning folk singer Jackie Oates and her band are performing at Water Rats, Kings Cross on Tuesday 12th February. Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the ...
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Tannara announce new album and tour dates

2019 will be the biggest year yet for Tannara, with the release of their second album Strands at the Celtic Connections Festival 2019. The album represents a significant development for the band who have spent the past two years writing and recording this superb work. The album was produced by ...
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Urban Folk Quartet announce spring tour

Kicking off at the end of February at Lincolnshire’s historic Ropewalk, on the site of a former 19th century rope making factory, the tour concludes in April at the former Dorset home of Frankenstein scribe Mary Shelley. The thirteen date jaunt will see the award-winning quartet perform material from throughout ...
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Beans On Toast tours A Bird In The Hand

Greeted with a warm reception upon release, the new album stands as one of Beans’ most successful to date - charting in its first week at number 3 in the Record Store Chart (UK Official Album Chart); number 4 in the Singer-Songwriter Album Chart (iTunes UK Album Chart); number 4 in the Independent Album Breakers Chart (UK Official Album ...
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Simon Mayor publishes anthology of poetry and prose

A familiar name in the rarified atmosphere of planet mandolin, maestro Mayor swaps plectrum for pen in this first anthology of words. In verse and prose, and with wit, warmth, poignancy and intelligence, Mayor offers down-to-earth observations of his native and adopted haunts, laced with preposterous accounts of the haps ...
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Ferris & Sylvester – new single and tour dates

Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘Sickness’. The blues/folk epic has launched with great support across the board. After the release and sudden success of their kitchen recorded and self-produced EP Made In Streatham last year, the duo have expanded their sound and songwriting into deeper and ...
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Daria Kulesh’s Earthly Delights available for pre-order

This week only - until the end of Sunday 27th January - you can pre-order the new album, Earthly Delights, to be posted from Daria with love on Valentine's Day! Patrons will be getting the album at least two weeks earlier, and the rest of the world will have to ...
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Glen Hansard – new album and European tour dates

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film Once will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of a Dublin busker who cut his teeth on the greats - Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen – and followed the path of the troubadour to ...
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Sound Of The Sirens release new single and announce tour dates

West Country folk-rock duo, Sound Of The Sirens, have shared ‘The Yellow Road’, the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album This Time, out January 25th via DMF Records. Showcasing the duo’s virtuosic capability for rousing songwriting and mesmerising harmonies, ‘The Yellow Road’ is a touching and heartfelt ...
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Lleuwen announces a tour of Welsh chapels

Following the release of her latest album in November last year the singer/songwriter from Rhiwlas, now living in Brittany, is pleased to announce that she’ll be performing a series of acoustic gigs in chapels across Wales. Lleuwen will perform solo and invite a different guest for performance or talk every ...
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Harp And A Monkey announce spring dates

2019 is a big year for folking award winners Harp And A Monkey, with the planned release of album number four, and the band are excited to be playing some new venues and meeting new fans of their brand of experimental folk music. Artists' website: http://www.harpandamonkey.com/ Here's a trailer for ...
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Dempsey Broughton celebrate their twenty year partnership

It was way back in 1999 that guitarist/ vocalist Kevin Dempsey (Whippersnapper, Dando Shaft, Dave Swarbrick) and fiddle and mandolin player Joe Broughton (then in The Albion Band) first teamed up. Since then, the duo have performed extensively, heading out across 20 countries, and releasing three much valued albums - ...
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Charlie Dore tours Dark Matter in the new year

Charlie Dore will be doing some two-timing this spring when she alternates between two different musical partners, her long-time school friend and collaborator, the multi-instrumental Julian Littman, and the virtuoso double bass player Gareth Huw Davies. They will be sharing legendary singer-songwriter Charlie's double award-winning album Dark Matter with a series of a ...
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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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