The folking.com music archive for album reviews and news

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This is a list of everything we have on folking.com in date and month order. So if you like trawling the depths of the site for amazing content that you may have missed then this is the place to “net” an article, feature or review or two.

The archive is a work in progress as we still have gaps to fill from 2009 back to 2001. Most of the missing content are older album reviews which require reformatting with each article having to be submitted back on to the site with album covers and links to where they can be obtained from (where available).


KEEPING IT LIVE – ELY FOLK FESTIVAL 2024

“Do you want a pass to Stevie Nicks, VIP area?” “Sounds good.” “July 12th.” “I can’t I’m already booked - Ely Folk Festival.” Ah well ...

Ely Folk Festival – another successful year

Amazingly warm and dry weather and the best in contemporary roots music greeted fans as they flocked to the Stuntney Estate last weekend for the ...

KINGS HEATHENS – Old Tall Stories (own label)

Respectively from Milton Keynes and Texas, busker David Fisher and barber Evan Ritchie are now based in the Birmingham suburb from which they take their ...

The Celtic Harper announces his debut album.

The Celtic Harper (Andrew Smith) is an outlier harpist and lyrical tenor based in Calderdale, U.K. After twenty years working as a psychotherapist, he eventually ...

MARK NEAL – Cool Waters (Eh Records EHCD08)

Mark Neal is a singer/songwriter/musician/producer and all-round clever chap from the banks of the Clyde near Loch Lomond. He works in a duo with Eilidh ...

DAVID CARROLL AND FRIENDS – Bold Reynold Too (Talking Elephant TECD493)

Talking Elephant haven’t had to spend much on artwork for Bold Reynold Too. The first volume was a great success and I have no doubt ...

THE NEW LEAVES – A Sketch Of Home (Corn Crake Records)

The New Leaves are a quartet from County Down. Decky McKay and Cian O’Hare sing and play guitar, Patrice McKevitt sings and plays bass with ...

Official Folk Albums Chart – June 2024

On Tuesday 2 July the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

GANDALF MURPHY AND THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS – A Good Thief Tips His Hat (Talking Elephant TECD498)

Paul Johnson reviews the 25th Anniversary reissue of the first album by the wonderful Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams: A Good Thief ...

Manchester Folk Festival launches its 2025 line-up

Manchester Folk Festival makes its eagerly awaited return to the city’s Northern Quarter and Ancoats' best-loved venues on Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd March 2025 ...

Hoolie In The Hydro Returns to Celebrate 100 Years of Scottish Music

Scotland’s biggest night of traditional music, Hoolie In The Hydro, will return to Glasgow’s iconic OVO Hydro on Saturday 7th December 2024 to commemorate 100 ...

SINGLES BAR 103 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Now just a solo project for Bristol’s Hannah Pawson, FRITILLARIES follow up their(her) 2022 eponymous debut album with the self-released EP Thank God I Have ...

NICK PYNN – Visions/Revisions And Impressions (Brand Oscar Records) 

The “Octopus of Sound” is a pretty fine handle to have as your by-line, the description(?!) bestowed upon him by comedian (and music lover), Stewart ...

CHEERY ODIN – Gan Yer Dinger (own label)

I love reviewing because I can take a punt on an album. I've never sent one back and there are occasions when I find a ...

The New Leaves announce their debut album

Following the tremendous feedback from lead singles ‘Donaghaguy Reservoir’ and ‘Country Lane Lament’, Corn Crake Records and Cobra Promotions are proud to announce The New ...

SAM REIDER & THE HUMAN HANDS – The Golem And Other Tales (own label) 

So what is the link between Django Reinhardt, Planxty, Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Bernard Herrman and Raymond Scott? Well, apart from having to look the ...

Sam Carter – new solo album and tour dates

Sam Carter announced his fifth solo album, Silver Horizon, for release on Captain Records on Friday, 16th of August. Featuring eleven hook-driven indie folk songs ...

The East Neuk Festival marks its 20th anniversary

The East Neuk Festival begins next week (26-30 June) with a celebratory programme of music to mark 20 years since it was first founded, thanks ...

Organisers of Underneath The Stars festival have issued the following statement:

Dearest Stargazers, it is with heavy hearts that we announce this year’s festival will be our last for now and that we have decided to ...

Wickham Festival on the move

Wickham Festival is moving home – but only a few hundred yards. The popular long-running event is switching to a different site for this year’s ...

SIMON CARE AND GARETH TURNER – Two’s Up Two (Talking Elephant TECD478)

Way, way back in 1997 two bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young melodeon players got together to record an album, Two’s Up. Distinguished careers intervened and it ...

Joan As Police Woman announces her tenth studio album and new single

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Joan As Police Woman today releases her new single ‘Long For Ruin’, the first taste of her forthcoming new album Lemons, Limes ...

Tarren announce their second album

Outside Time comes two years after new folk trio Tarren’s critically acclaimed debut Revel, an album that established their unique sound and quickly gained them ...

CHURCH STREET SHUFFLE – The Five Day Weekend (own label CCS001)

Church Street Shuffle are the fiddle and guitar duo of Neil Ewart and Ali MacQuarrie. Their name is derived from the street in Inverness which ...

BLUE ROSE CODE – Bright Circumstance (Ronachan Songs)

Blue Rode Code (the band led by Scottish songwriter Ross Wilson) released the new album Bright Circumstance on June 7th. If Wilson/the band are new ...

BROOKS WILLIAMS & AARON CATLOW – Greens & Blues (Red Guitar Blue Music RGBM 2401)

I’m pretty sure that it’s impossible to keep Brooks Williams out of a studio much less separate him from his guitar. An inveterate collaborator, for ...

MICHAEL WAUGH – Beauty & Truth (Compass Bros Music)

Australian Michael Waugh’s Beauty & Truth is a strong-voiced melodic folk album (produced by Shane Nicholson!) graced with a dramatic live buzz of electric guitar, ...

THE CIDERHOUSE REBELLION – And Even The Sheep Shall Dance (Under The Eaves Records UTE 010) 

To say that Adam Summerhayes and Murray Grainger are busy bees would be a vast understatement of their reality, spreading themselves across any number of ...

JESSIE SUMMERHAYES & THE CIDERHOUSE REBELLION – Tales of Colonsay (UTE011)

Poet Jesssie Summerhayes has one again teamed up with the great improvisers The Ciderhouse Rebellion (Adam Summerhayes fiddle and Murray Grainger accordion) to bring out ...

MOLLY DONNERY AND THE CIDERHOUSE REBELLION – A Little Bit Slanted (Under the Eaves – UTE 009)

You might have noticed that the masters of folk improvisation, The Ciderhouse Rebellion, are embarked on a series of collaborations with leading singers on the ...

JON BUDWORTH – In Sight Of Home (FF002CD)

Jon Budworth has just released In Sight Of Home. ‘Just’ because it’s out right now and ‘only just’ because the idea for the album came ...

The Official Folk Album chart – May 2024

On Tuesday 4 June the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

FLO PERLIN – Clay (own label)

The third album by the London-based singer-songwriter and sometime Nest Collective member, Clay serves as a metaphor for the human capacity to adapt and adjust ...

NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS – Strange News Has Come To Town

Paul Johnson presents another podcast review this time with a bonus interview with the artists. And here is the promised interview: Artists' website: https://naomibedford.com/ ...

No Thee No Ess announce their eighth studio album

Cardiff band No Thee No Ess return with the announcement of their 8th studio album Distant Country which is scheduled for release on Friday 7th ...

M.G. BOULTER – Days Of Shaking (Hudson)

Having offered a musical wander around the sights and characters of his Southend on Sea home town with both Clifftown and A Shadow Falls Over ...

ROBB JOHNSON – Pennypot Lane (Irregular Records IRR129)

You might think that this doesn’t look like a typical Robb Johnson CD cover – but the design is all his. Pennypot Lane is a ...

SINGLES BAR 102 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

BRIAR & BRAMBLE is a new duo comprising Mike Turnbull, who has graced these pages several times before, and Kate Hewson. Their debut EP, Rum ...

HUNGRYTOWN – Circus For Sale (Big Stir Records)

Hungrytown’s new album, Circus For Sale, perhaps, requires some audio equivalent to a pair of those 3-D glasses to reveal the deep dimensions within their ...

MICHELL, PFEIFFER & KULESH – Flowers (own label)

The first full-length album by the multi-national triumvirate of Odette Michell (English), Karen Pfeiffer (German) and Dara Kulesh (Russian), several of these tracks have been ...

THE SANDY DENNY PROJECT – SDP Volume 2 (SKU 364215376135191) 

A tad behind the curve for this one, all apologies sought, given the significance and content of both the recording and, more importantly, the individual ...

Maverick Festival presents its line-up

The UK’s first and finest Americana festival is pleased to announce its full line-up for 2024. Maverick Festival will take place from Friday 5th July ...

EMILY BARKER – Fragile As Humans (Everyone Sang)

Recorded at 16th century Wool Hall in Beckington, Somerset, during a brief sojourn in the UK before she and husband Luke Drinkwater moved back to ...

TOM KITCHING – Where There’s Brass

There are few musicians who can also write entertaining prose, let alone sustain it for the length of a book. Tom Kitching is one such ...

HARBOTTLE & JONAS – Wild Goose (Brook View Records BVR004)

Their seventh studio album (alongside two EPs, a live set and a collaboration with Reg Meuross), over the course of eight songs David and Freya ...

MIRACLE MILE – East Of Ely (MeMe Records CD/LP MM21)

A decade on since the last album, but sounding like they’ve been playing together forever, Trevor Jones and Marcus Cliffe have revived their shared connection ...

Looking ahead to The New Forest Folk Festival

WHY NOT SPEND A FEW DAYS IN THE BEAUTIFUL NEW FOREST WITH  SOME BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE...OH...AND A FOLK FESTIVAL INCLUDED!COME AND JOIN folking.com AND ALL THE ...

THE NEW RADIO BALLADS – In The Footsteps Of Ewan MacColl 

A concert of songs and spoken word In 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2 involving a whole team ...

RAINTOWN – Acoustic Heart (BMB002CD)

Don’t be too late. Raintown released Acoustic Heart on April 26th. I came across it a week or two later and have spent a week ...

DLÙ announce their second album

Celebrated Glasgow-based Gaelic indie-trad band DLÙ are set to release their highly anticipated, dance-inspired album Close To on Friday 28th June. Weaving a blend of ...

JASON McNIFF – Everything’s A Song (TR2031)

Jason McNiff, Yorkshire born but now based on the south coast, is an artist who certainly does his bit to support live music and other ...

Hungrytown announce their new album

Big Stir Records is proud to bring you the long-awaited fourth album from Vermont-based indie-folk chamber-pop duo Hungrytown – their debut for the label –to ...

MOJNA – Väntenätter (Heilo HCD7410)

Scandinavian trio Thomas Eriksson, Helga Myhr and Anna Malmström have worked together for three years but Väntenätter (Nights Of Waiting) is their first album under ...

PAINTED SKY – From The Blue (Gilded Lily Records)

Painted Sky’s From The Blue is a lovely album of British folk music from the siblings George and Holly Brandon, which juxtaposes soft acoustic strummed ...

GEORGE BOOMSMA – The Promise Of Spring

This recently released album from George Boomsma – The Promise Of Spring - is an absolutely delightful album which seems to be living permanently in ...

JENNY COLQUITT – Staring At The Moon (own label)

Staring At The Moon, her second full-length album, co-produced and performed with David Gorst, sees Colquitt building on her considerable strengths as both writer and ...

Chicken Stock Festival – all you ever wanted to know but…

THE NEW FESTIVAL KID ON THE BLOCK AND WHAT A LITTLE GEM OF A FESTIVAL IT IS.... THE CHICKEN STOCK FESTIVAL The Festival takes place ...

Scandinavian trio MOJNA announce new album

With elements of improvisation and voicing based on counterpoint techniques, MOJNA has developed an original and unique sound. This Swedish/Norwegian trio, formerly known as Eriksson/Myhr/Malmström, ...

Painted Sky announce debut album From The Blue

'To the shore, only when, the tides will bring us home again' After making waves with their first EP, Dawn, Painted Sky's debut album From ...

FEROCIOUS DOG – Kleptocracy (Graphite records GRAPHFAR61)

Government by theft, then? At least, that’s my take on it, a criticism, I imagine, rather than an aspiration, Red Ken and his bondage trouser ...

Esther Swift announces debut album, Expectations Of A Lifetime, and launch concert

The album is a culmination of Esther’s musical work to date, from her roots in folk music, her love of dance music and her studies ...

ANGELINE, COHEN AND JON – Grace Will Lead Me Home (Invisible Folk)

That’ll be Morrison, Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Bickley, then, partnering up for a concept album its themes bookended by the 250th anniversary of ‘Amazing Grace’ in 2023 ...

ANGELINE, COHEN & JON – Grace Will Lead Me Home (Invisible Folk) 

Is this the year for ‘Amazing Grace’, as it appears once more, and this time as the focus, barely a week after its inclusion on ...

ELAINE PALMER – Half Moon Rising (Butterfly Effect BEFFECT036CD)

For her fourth album, Half Moon Rising, the North Yorkshire-born country singer-songwriter headed to San Diego for an eight day session, mostly recorded live, the ...

Jason McNiff announces his new album

Hastings based singer songwriter and guitarist, Jason McNiff, releases his 9th LP, Everything's A Song, on June 7th. The album was produced and recorded by ...

NOTIFY – Airneán (Liosberg Records)

Notify are a six-piece Irish band and Airneán is their first album in eight years and only their third in total which explains why their ...

The Official Folk Album chart – April 2024

On Tuesday 7 May the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

THE KEEKER SEAM – a new novel by Jez Lowe

A new book by award-winning North-Eastern singer and songwriter Jez Lowe, entitled The Keeker Seam is published by Badapple Books on May 1st 2024. It’s ...

Gate To Southwell Festival – full details

The 17th Gate To Southwell Festival looks set to be the most successful yet, with high advance ticket sales and more than 5000 visitors expected ...

Irish duo Lemoncello release their debut album

On Friday 3rd May, Indie-folk duo Lemoncello shared their long-awaited debut LP, a self-titled record to be released via the iconic Claddagh Records label. The ...

SADIE GUSTAFSON-ZOOK – Where I Wanna Be (own label)   

Raised in a Mennonite community in Indiana, her mother a pastor, where she regularly attended quilt auctions (not, I suspect, as much as an influence ...

TIM EASTON – Find Your Way (BMR078)

Seasoned American songwriter Tim Easton releases Find Your Way on May 17th. ‘Seasoned’? Easton was born in 1966, spent his formative years in Japan and ...

Michell Pfeiffer & Kulesh announce their first trio album

Three unique female voices from three different cultures rise in sublime harmony, telling powerful stories that have moved people across borders, languages and times. Exquisite, ...

JACK BADCOCK – Cosmography (own label JKBK003CD)

Frontman and founding member of world-folk outfit Dallahan, since 2021 Co.Kilkenny-born Badcock has also been following a solo career, Cosmography being his full length debut ...

ELEANOR DUNSDON & GREGOR BLACK – Let No Man (Goatskin EDGB01)

Eleanor and Gregor burst on to the folk scene with an innovative, beautifully delivered, and ear-catching set of five tracks which will doubtless be an ...

ADEEM THE ARTIST – Anniversary (Four Quarters Records/Thirty Tigers)

Raised in a conservative Christian household in North Carolina, a self-declared non-binary pansexual, married father previously known as Kyle Adem and now sometimes going by ...

Matt Joe Gow & Kerryn Fields announce debut collaborative album

Discover the irresistible charm of Americana/Folk duo Matt Joe Gow & Kerryn Fields, announcing the release of their debut collaborative album  I Remember You  out May 3rd. The album's new single 'Whirlwind', ...

Anglo-Irish trio Lon Dubh announce May tour

Lon Dubh are a three part harmony trio singing hypnotic original songs inspired by landscapes of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and its poetry and ...

Copperplate Podcast 293 – presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of ...

Levellers Collective announce acoustic tour, album and DVD

Following a summer of electrifying shows later this year, including their annual headline performance at Beautiful Days Festival in August, revered British band the Levellers ...

THE DICEMEN – Double Six (own label)

The Dicemen release their new album Double Six on My 3rd. The band, based in Watford, consist of Ken Spearpoint on acoustic bass, Kevin O’Brien ...

Edinburgh Tradfest begins this Friday

FESTIVAL DATES: Friday 3 May - Monday 13 May 2024 A packed programme of music, film and storytelling kicks off Edinburgh Tradfest this weekend (3 ...

THE KIMBERLEYS – The Shape Of A Year (Popla Disque)

Six years ago we reviewed the first album by The Kimberleys and I must confess that I’d forgotten about them until a week or so ...

ROSS COUPER BAND – The Homeroad (Ross Couper Music)

We proudly present the second of our podcast reviews by Paul Johnson. The Ross Couper Band - The Homeroad. Buy the album from https://rosscouper.bandcamp.com/album/the-homeroad ...

SINGLES BAR 101 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

NIGHT FLIGHT, Sam Holmes and Harry Phillips, release their new EP, English Noise, in early May. The title track, reflecting on the end of a ...

RAY COOPER – Even For A Shadow (Westpark Music)

Even For A Shadow is a sublime singer-songwriter album from Ray Cooper, also known as (the beloved) Chopper from his twenty-three-year stint with the great ...

RUM RAGGED – Gone Jiggin’ (LHM Records – LHM077)

Newfoundland has a distinct identity. It’s an identity forged amid a history of colonisation and migration, with its oldest art form – its traditional music ...

KATHRYN WILLIAMS AND WITHERED HAND – Willson Williams (One Independent Records)

Willson Williams is music that is (to invert the words of Charles Dickens) “the worst of times” and “the best of times”. Maverick British singer-songwriter ...

MALIN LEWIS – Halocline (Hudson Records HUD051CD)

Halocline is the debut album by trans bagpiper, fiddler and composer from the western isles, Malin Lewis. It may help to know what a halocline ...

COME AND EXPERIENCE THE UK’S FRIENDLIEST FAMILY FESTIVAL THE GENERATIONAL MAGIC OF FAIRPORT CONVENTIONS CROPREDY 2024 8th – 10th AUGUST

It's that time of year again – when many of the farm fields of Cropredy in Oxfordshire get transformed in to a festival city!.. and ...

GENTLEMEN SOLDIERS – Gentleman Soldiers (probably own label)

It’s twenty-eight years since The Pogues ceased trading as a full-time band but they are certainly not forgotten – principally because of one man and ...

BANTER – Heroes (Mrs Casey Records MCFCD4202)

The album so named as it pays tribute to their musical heroes, this is the fourth from the acoustic four piece of keyboardist singer Nina ...

BEN GLOVER – And The Sun Breaks Through The Sky (Goldrush Records)

Glover is neither the first nor the last Irish troubadour to find the comfy shoes of a downhome Americana fit him very well. Very well ...

ANNIE DRESSNER – I Thought It Would Be Easier (Dharma Records DHARMACD54)

We last encountered Annie Dressner via her 2020 album, Coffee At The Corner Bar. Now we have I Thought It Would Be Easier – great ...

PHOEBE REES – Bring In The Light: Si Kahn’s Songs Of Courage And Resistance (Strictly Country Records SCR-91)

For those who need bringing up to speed, Si Kahn is an American singer-songwriter, civil rights activist and founder of Grassroots Leadership while Rees is ...

RENAISSANCE – Tuscany (Esoteric ECLEC32870)

Originally founded in 1969 with the line-up comprising Keith Relf and Jim McCarty from The Yardbirds, along with John Hawken, Louis Cennamo and Relf's sister ...

Copperplate podcast 292 presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of ...

NAVARO – Songs From The Darkwood (digital download)

Here at folking we’ve followed Navaro’s career since Beth Navaro’s 2007 solo album. I even ventured into the wilds of St Albans to hear them ...

BEAU – The Last Confessions Of A Saboteur (Cherry Red BEAULC1)

Incredibly, on The Last Confessions Of A Saboteur, his 18th album for the label (released digitally), Trevor Midgley is in as sharp a satirical form ...

TOM JENKINS – Meadow Parts 1 & 2 (Xtra Mile Recording)

Tom Jenkins’ Meadow Parts 1 & 2 sing with the honest melodies of Tom’s own sheep farming experience, stone barn walls, a cold west Wales ...

HEATHER LITTLE – By Now (Need To Know Music NTK2401HL)

While her songs have spawned hits for others, Miranda Lambert and Sunny Sweeney among them, the Texas-born musician has rarely ventured into her own spotlight, ...

Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces final names

One of the UK’s most successful female rock, blues and jazz singers leads the list of final artists just announced for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk ...

PHIL ODGERS & JOHN KETTLE – Far Rockaway (Vinyl Star Records VSRCD015)

Greenwich Village in the 1960s was a focus of art, literature and music but many names are now fading from memory; Fred Neill, Dave van ...

THE ROLLING FOLK – East Of Elsewhere (Drop In The Drink)

This the first in a series of podcast reviews presented by Paul Johnson from his studio. He begins with the debut album from The Rolling ...

MATTIAS LIES – Rösten Från Det Karelska Näset/The Voice From The Karelian Isthmus

The Voice From The Karelian Isthmus is a collaboration across time between two Swedish Finns. This is the seventh album by Finnish singer-songwriter Mattias Lies, ...

The Official Folk Album chart – March 2024

On Tuesday 9 April the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

MARTIN SIMPSON – Skydancers (Topic TXCD613)

A seemingly moveable feast, Hen Harrier Day (which draws awareness to the illegal hunting of these birds, named for their former habit of preying on ...

THE STRANGE ENCOUNTERS – All In The Mind (Ports of Call Music)

Or Kreutzmüller and Armstrong, that too probably enough to evoke blank looks, unless you live in Germany, that is, where the band/duo have been a ...

THE LEGENDARY TEN SECONDS – Folk Rocktronica (own label)

The brainchild of Ian Churchward, a Torquay-based musician whose fairly prolific output revolves around songs with a historical basis, encompassing ones about Devon and Cornwall, ...

LOUISE BICHAN – The Lost Summer (Adhyâropa Records AR00058)

Orkney born, now resident in the USA, Louise Bichan releases her second album, The Lost Summer, some eight years after her debut. Louise is a ...

DAVE LOWRY – Songs Of A Devon Man (WildGoose Studios WGS443CD)

Dave Lowry's Songs Of A Devon Man is a CD project that has taken several years to come to fruition, a delay partly due to ...

JULIE ABBÉ – Out Of The Ashes (ANIS002)

Julie Abbé releases her second album, Out Of The Ashes on April 5th. Abbé is French by birth, she moved to England in her twenties ...

PIERS LEWIN & JOHN PATRICK ELLIOTT – Lost Songs Of Scilly (Carbon Moon Records)

Lost Songs Of Scilly is something of a misnomer because all the music here is newly minted. The reason is that, uniquely in the British ...

Oysterband extend their Long Long Goodbye

Today, Oysterband extend their A Long Long Goodbye tour with the announcement of a further series of headline shows this November. While recognised as one ...

WILL PAGE – Still Standing (Union Music Label UML024)

Well, here’s a splendid solo debut album from the young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/Noble Jacks frontman from Sussex. Still Standing has nothing to do with Elton John (fortunately) ...

GOOD HABITS –Quarter-Life (own label)

Good Habits’ new album, Quarter-Life, dances like a melodic scarecrow, amid a fresh field of ancient autumnal wheat. The first song, ‘All That She Wanted’, ...

SINGLES BAR 100 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

From Kent hails singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjo player SAM BROTHERS and his new EP, The Folksinger. The title and the name of the opening song, ‘Seasons’ should flash ...

PETE MORTON – Fair Freedom (Further 004)

Pete Morton has just released Fair Freedom and is currently touring the album. I guess most readers of folking.com will have come across Pete Morton, ...

DAWN LANDES – The Liberated Woman’s Songbook (own label)

Released in the wake of Women’s History Month, in tandem with producer Josh Kaufman, Landes has interpreted and expanded songs from The Liberated Woman’s Songbook, ...

Pete Morton announces new album and launch tour dates

Fair Freedom is Pete Morton’s first album since the highly acclaimed A Golden Thread back in 2020. All ten tracks are originals but feature two ...

Ray Cooper announces his fifth solo album

Even For A Shadow is the fifth solo album by ex-Oysterband cellist Ray Cooper and features duets with Emma Härdelin (Garmarna, Triakel), Sunniva Bondesson (Baskery) ...

The Mark Harrison Band announces more dates

We're out there ploughing our singular furrow, and people keep coming up at gigs to say how nice it is for them to experience such ...

THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER – Made Undone (own label)

It’s been a while since I last heard from The Brewer’s Daughter, or Rhiannon Crutchley as her mum and dad call her. She’s back now ...

TWM MORYS & GWYNETH GLYN – Tocyn Unfford I Lawenydd (Recordiau Sain – SAINSCD2851)

For non-Welsh speakers, Tocyn Unfford I Lawenydd translates as ‘One Way Ticket to Happiness.’ As its name suggests, the title track is about a train ...

MORGAN HARPER-JONES – Up To The Glass (Play It Again Sam)

Hailing from Rochdale and describing herself as a 70-year-old woman trapped in the body of a 25-year-old musician who loves knitting, afternoon-tea, baking and listening ...

Dan Whitehouse tours his glass trilogy this year

Over the past two years, acclaimed Black Country singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse has been in a transparently reflective mood with three albums all themed around the ...

YANN FALQUET –Les secrets du ciel (own label)

Yann Falquet’s Les secrets du ciel is a French-Canadian Quebecois folk album that sings with melody, drama, and introspection. Just so you know, he is ...

The Ciderhouse Rebellion announce three new albums

In their customary unconventional style, The Ciderhouse Rebellion (fiddle player Adam Summerhayes and accordionist Murray Grainger) have announced details of their forthcoming releases: a folk triptych comprising wholly contrasting albums along with accompanying books, featuring ...

GARY CAIN – Outside The Lines (Bluestown Music)

Outside The Lines is the third album from blues (well, mostly blues) virtuoso Gary Cain. Cain was born in Canada but is now based in ...

SUE DECKER – Keeping Time (own label)

From British Columbia, Decker’s been described as the love child of Ry Cooder and Lucinda Williams, from which you’ll gather her music embraces blues, soul ...

Edinburgh Tradfest announces its 2024 programme

Edinburgh Tradfest has launched its 2024 programme of traditional music, storytelling, film, workshops, talks, ceilidhs, and special events taking place at various venues across the city, thanks ...

RICHARD TRETHEWEY – Two Halves (own label RT002CD/LP)

Two Halves was originally conceived as a vinyl release, with one side inspired by the river estuaries of his native Cornwall and the other by ...

COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG – Mynd Ȃ’r Tŷ Am Dro (Sbigyn Ymborth SY037)

I first encountered Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog via their first album which I rather liked. That was back in the noughties but since then nothing came ...

BILL DODDS – Closer (own label)

Following in the footsteps of Norman Paterson, Dodds, a retired railway driver and keen cyclist (he’s one of the few to have cycled round the ...

Govan Music Festival begins today

The forward-thinking Govan Music Festival opens in Glasgow today as it gears up for four days of progressive performances and inclusive cultural participation at venues across the ...

Underneath The Stars Festival announces first guests

The first names have been revealed for the 10th year celebration of Yorkshire’s award winning boutique festival, Underneath The Stars festival, which returns Friday 2nd ...

Session A9 announce their new album

“Scottish Supergroup” Session A9 are previous winners of “Best Live Act” at MG Alba’s Scottish Traditional Music Awards. They are now delighted to be releasing ...

DIANE BIRCH – Flying On Abraham (Topanga Creed Records)

Musician and singer-songwriter, Diane Birch is set to release her fifth project, Flying On Abraham next month. The collection marks Birch’s first new release in ...

SAM LEE – songdreaming (Cooking Vinyl)

Sam Lee’s songdreaming deepens the coloured hues, with big cinema drama, into the old photos of countless Ten Man Mop British folk albums. Perhaps, this ...

Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes present Ghosts, Werewolves And Countryfolk – the Songs and Stories Of Sabine Baring-Gould

Unlikely as it may seem, the same person who wrote ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ also wrote a study of werewolf myths and numerous bestselling ghost and ...

LAUFORD CRIPPS – Live At BGFM Nantyglo (Steam Pie Records SPCD 10205)

Wynford Jones, Laurence Eddy and Geoff Cripps began making music together in the 1970s, forming folk-rock band The Chartists and staying together until 1991. Geoff ...

Official Folk Album chart – February 2024

On Tuesday 5 March the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

ANDY SMYTHE – Poetry In Exile (Dreaming Element Records – DER09)

Andy Smythe has a new album out on March 1st, 2024, entitled Poetry In Exile and is a fantastic up-tempo Britpop journey of an album! ...

THE SCHMOOZENBERGS – Mouse (Schmusic Records, SCHCD02)

Mouse is the third album in a career spanning over a decade for Bristol-based The Schmoozenbergs, and their first new release since 2019’s Awaken. Starting ...

Annie Dressner announces new album and UK tour

Reflecting on love, friendships and memories, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner bears her soul on her upcoming new album I Thought It Would Be Easier, out 5th April via ...

GRACE PETRIE – Build Something Better (The Robot Needs Home Collective TRNHC013)

I do like Grace Petrie best when she’s sticking it to the man. Or, to put it rather more delicately, pointing up the inequalities and ...

The Hello Darlins announce their second album

Having established themselves as one of the biggest breakthrough artists on the international Americana scene with their debut album Go By Feel, Canadian folk/country/roots collective ...

Sam Lee announces his new album

Sam Lee will release his fourth studio album, songdreaming, on 15th March. songdreaming represents the latest stage in the development of Sam Lee’s music, from ...

Yann Falquet announces his debut solo album

The debut album by Genticorum’s Yann Falquet, Les Secrets Du Ciel (The Secrets Of The Sky), produced by Quinn Bachand, revisits obscure traditional songs to ...

SINGLES BAR 99 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Having digitally self-released four on ‘Part One’ last year, LITTLE LORE now offers up the remainder of the Seven Stories (three digitally on ‘Part Two’ ...

PETE COOPER AND RICHARD BOLTON – Burning Bright (Wild Goose Records – WGS445CD)

I do like an album on which the tracks all have interesting stories behind them, and Burning Bright by Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton, is ...

Urban Folk Quartet announce their fourth studio album

Urban Folk Quartet's much-anticipated fourth studio album, True Story, is released on Friday 22 March 2024, via SAE Records. Featuring the recent singles ‘Solsbury Hill’, ...

MAY ERLEWINE – The Real Thing (10 Good Songs 007)

Working on the premise that people power can bring changes on a global scale, belatedly getting a European release almost a year after America, the ...

BUSTER SLEDGE – Nice Time On Earth Today (HCD7406)

Buster Sledge (great name) released Nice Time On Earth Today at the beginning of February. It’s their fourth album, but their first official release in ...

ALEX CUMMING – Homecoming (own label)

A traditional singer, accordionist, pianist and dance caller from Somerset now based in Vermont, while he’s recorded as part of Celtic trio Bellwether, a cappella ...

FRONTIER RUCKUS – On The Northline (Loose Music)

Frontier Ruckus’ new album, On The Northline, sings with its Midwest Americana Great Lakes big waved melodies. The very first song, ‘Swore I Had A ...

AMIGO THE DEVIL – Yours Until The War Is Over (Liars Club/Regime Music Group)

Baptised in the same waters as Tom Waits and Nick Cave, if you’ve not encountered him before this is the musical nom de plume of ...

Anna Anise and boci announce spring tour

boci Genres: alt folk, prog folk, singer-songwriter, alt pop boci is an innovative violinist and songwriter creating astral alt-folk that centres around themes of grief, ...

The Keith James Songbook – A long awaited concert tour

A unique voice within the fabric of music in the UK Mature, insightful and intriguing - emotionally giving and honest Spanning the past 50 years, ...

KEITH JAMES – Word Paintings (Hurdy Gurdy)

Keith James – poet, songwriter, singer, composer and arranger and a fine guitarist. It is perhaps unfair that these achievements have been somewhat overshadowed by ...

Charlie Dore continues her spring tour

Charlie Dore cheerfully admits she still has the touring habit - in spades, as she continues her Spring Tour throughout March, taking in venues both ...

MAT GREEN & ANDY TURNER – Time For A Stottycake (WildGoose Records WGS444CD)

Mat Green and Andy Turner are, among their other accomplishments, founder members of the popular band Magpie Lane. Mat has also marked fifty years playing ...

MA POLAINE’S GREAT DECLINE – Molecules (OHM Records – MPGD07)

Americana is a single word that encompasses so much. It’s not really a genre, but a collection of genres, covering the various traditions and influences ...

SERIOUS SAM BARRETT – A Drop Of The Morning Dew (Crow Lane Records CL001)

Serious Sam Barrett is a songwriter and an interpreter of traditional songs and he does both with great aplomb. This set of eighteen songs, A Drop ...

Seasick Steve announces new album, single and live dates

Seasick Steve is today announcing details of his forthcoming album A Trip A Stumble A Fall Down On Your Knees. Due for release on 7th June via ...

Oysterband and June Tabor bid a long, long goodbye

One of the UK’s foremost folk rock bands - Oysterband - are announcing that they are calling time on their live career and will be ...

AND ALSO THE TREES – Mother-Of-Pearl Moon (own label)

Formed in small Worcestershire village in 1979 by Simon and Justin Jones, inspired by the nascent post-punk movement and influenced by the landscape and history ...

BROOKS WILLIAMS – Diamond Days (Red Guitar Blue Music RGBM-2402)

Brooks Williams is one of the great collaborators of the modern scene but for Diamond Days he goes back to basics – just one man, ...

JACK CADE – Bewilderland (COLL057)

Bewilderland is the latest album of Jack Cade’s prolific streak over the past few years.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Northerner, but Cade doesn’t seem ...

LINDA WATKINS – Butterfly In A Box (own label TAL0005)

I slipped Butterfly In A Box into the player for the first time and wondered why I hadn’t heard of Linda Watkins before. This is ...

TRUE FOXES – Howl (own label)

Amie Parsons and Chloe Payne have become ubiquitous on music stations in the South West (and the rest of the UK, apparently) since the release ...

Moseley Folk And Arts Festival lifts the lid on this year’s line-up

Belle And Sebastian, Levellers, Dexys, Flogging Molly and CMAT are just some of the big name headliners announced for this year’s Moseley Folk And Arts ...

THE LONGEST JOHNS – Voyage (own label)

The appetite for shanties remains unabated, Voyage being the ninth album from the Bristolian crew and again with a mix of traditional and original material, ...

THE SALTS – Live In London Town (own label)

The Salts are one of my few local(ish) bands, one that is rising in stature and popularity by the day. Brian Doran leads the band ...

Official Folk Album chart – January 2024

On Tuesday 6 February the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

KATHERINE PRIDDY – The Pendulum Swing (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD910)

Having garnered both lavish critical praise and commercial success for her 2021 debut, The Eternal Rocks Beneath, the Birmingham singer-songwriter returns with what might have ...

MARTIN CARTHY – Martin Carthy (Topic Records TTSLP005)

Like most folk-ish guitarists of my generation (and succeeding generations, directly or indirectly), I owe a great deal to Martin Carthy, not only a fine ...

SCOTT SEAN WHITE – Even Better On The Bad Days (own label)

Based in the wonderfully named town of Poetry, Texas, when I reviewed White’s 2021 debut I said it was a good bet for the album ...

Richard Trethewey announces his second solo album

Two Halves, the new album from Richard Trethewey, was first imagined for vinyl. It presents one side of songs and music inspired by stories from ...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2024 – first artists announced

Robert Plant presents Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian Transatlantic Sessions exclusive UK Festival appearance Aoife O’Donovan – Capercaillie - Dani Larkin Fantastic Negrito - Flamy ...

TIGER MOTH – Ostracon (Ghosts From The Basement GFTB 7060)

Ostracon is a record for compleat lepidopterists and archaeologists. The first is obvious, the second because an ostracon is a potsherd on which writing has ...

STEREO NAKED – Upside Down (own label)

Launched at their sold out show at Celtic Connections, the title (wittily written so on the sleeve) of the quartet’s follow up to 2022’s Unseen ...

Beans On Toast Band on tour

Yes. English Folk hero, Beans On Toast, will be taking his brand new live band out on tour for the first time this February and ...

DAN PENN – The Inside Track On Bobby Purify (LMCD231)

Dan Penn’s The Inside Track On Bobby Purify is released on February 16th. When the option to review the album came up the Editor said, ...

The Rolling Folk announce their debut album

Virginia Kettle is at the heart of the creative force within Merry Hell and the energies that have driven the band ever upwards, whether this ...

KITEWING – Kitewing (own label)

Kitewing’s self-titled album avoids Joni Mitchell’s warning about “putting all the trees in a tree museum” (more about that later!). That said, this album is ...

The Fisherman’s Friends announce their tenth album

"All roads lead to The Fisherman's Friends!" So said  broadcast legend and long-time fan, Jo Whiley on the BBC's Glastonbury coverage just after the boys ...

SINGLES BAR 98 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

We first encountered CERYS HAFANA back in 2022 when her second album, Edyf, appeared and then when she released ‘The Wife Of Usher’s Well’ as ...

TOPETTE!! – ON – Live At The Jam Jar (TPT006)

Topette!! released ON - Live at the Jam Jar on January 19th. The Jam Jar is in Bristol, “one of those wonderful venues where magic ...

Davie Furey announces new album and Irish tour dates

One of Ireland’s most beloved and respected musicians and songwriters, Davie Furey, is to embark on his first headline tour of Ireland in 5 years.  After a ...

HANNAH WHITE – Sweet Revolution (Last Music Company)

Garnering substantial praise throughout the year for her previous musical works, London-based singer-songwriter, Hannah White concluded her 2023 with a brand new offering of Americana-infused ...

MATTHEW ROBB – History Before It Happens (own label)

UK-born, but based in Germany, musically trading in blues/folk style with a propensity for protest, Robb’s been likened to van Zandt and early Dylan in ...

The Longest Johns announce new album and tour dates

Internationally renowned Bristol-based sea shanty sensations The Longest Johns will release their brand new album Voyage on February 9th 2024. The album is available to ...

Grace Petrie announces new album, single, tour

2024 looks set to be a pretty turbulent year. There’s a general election coming, plus the ever-constant spectres of industrial disputes, climate change and continuing ...

THE WEST COAST FOLK FESTIVAL – Damian Liptrot reports

The West Coast Folk Festival 2024 proved to be a mesmerizing celebration of musical diversity, fostering a sense of community and unity among folk enthusiasts ...

Wickham Festival – first news

Rock Goddess Suzi Quatro is set to headline a star-studded line-up at this year’s Wickham Festival. The American legend will join the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, ...

MATT MITCHELL MUSIC CO – Obvious Euphoria (American Standard Time Records)

Obvious Euphoria is released in the UK on January 26th and is the third full length release by Matt Mitchell Music Co. It was recorded ...

FAREFELD – Game Of Halves (own label)

Having previously traded under individual names as Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones, the Staffordshire duo have now restyled themselves Farefeld, a conflation of the old ...

Elephant Sessions, Julie Fowlis, Mànran join lineup for The Reeling Festival 2024

The Reeling Festival, Glasgow’s summer celebration of Scottish traditional music has confirmed its full lineup up for 2024 – with some of the biggest names ...

Janice Long Bursary 2024 opens for submissions

Long-running festival announces opening of bursary award in honour of renowned broadcaster. Hello You! supports new and emerging musicians. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 ...