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).

BOO HEWERDINE – Before (Reveal Records REVEAL083CDX)

Boo Hewerdine never seems to do anything the obvious way and there can hardly be anything less obvious than Before. The basic idea is that ...
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Ric Sanders Cropredy 2019 Interview

Paul Johnson is still suffering from delusions of grandeur and is again banging on about our ‘world renounced’ interviews as if he actually believes it ...
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Stylusboy announces his second handmade album

Stylusboy, Coventry singer-songwriter Steve Jones, creates indie folk music steeped in warm-hearted melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Influenced by cult contemporary songwriters like Damien Rice and ...
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The Salts are on the road again

Rockin’ Sea Shanty band The Salts set sail on a UK tour of Venues and Festivals starting this week at the Wokingham Music Festival and ...
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Finn Collinson launches his debut album in Tufnell Park

On Friday 6th September Finn Collinson and band are launching his debut album Call To Mind at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park. Call To Mind ...
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Rachel Taylor-Beales to tour theatrical adaptation of Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie

Singer-songwriter Rachel Taylor-Beales is touring a gig-theatre adaptation of her highly acclaimed Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie album. Singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Rachel ...
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3hattrio – new album and tour dates

3hattrio arrive here at the start of the week to kick off their latest UK/European tour. Their fifth album Live At Zion, recorded  in a ...
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Weald & Downland Living Museum announce their Summer Sessions festival

The Weald & Downland Living Museum is a 40 acres site set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. New for 2019 is ...
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Boo Hewerdine announces his new album

Before was recorded in the first weeks of 2019, with supreme Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren, Boo’s only collaborator on the set. Whilst this is an ...
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WOOD, WIRE AND WORDS – The Boy With The Smile (own label)

Wood, Wire And Words are a trio from Portsmouth: lead singer and guitarist David Rozzell, who writes most of the band’s songs; Clare Rozzell, vocalist ...
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Show Of Hands announce new album

With its arresting cover of a felled marionette, Battlefield Dance Floor is the 18th studio album from one of the most prized acts on the ...
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GALLERY 47 – Chaos Ensued (Bad Production Records)

Gallery 47 used to be a six-piece band from Loughborough but it/he is now just Jack Peachey working solo under the name with Chaos Ensued ...
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Chris Leslie Cropredy 2019 Interview

Well, as we always say, it would not be Cropredy without our annual Chris Leslie interview. Darren Beech and Paul Johnson tracked Mr. Leslie down ...
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JESSE DAYTON – Mixtape Volume 1 (blu-elan Records BER1175)

Jesse Dayton wanted “to do cool versions of the songs that I thought the original writers would dig”. His new album Mixtape Volume 1 is ...
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Bob Fox – autumn gigs

Here are Bob Fox's solo gigs throughout September and October. Don't forget that the Pitmen Poets UK Farewell Tour starts 16th October. Details at www.thepitmenpoets.co.uk ...
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PHIL LANGRAN – Skywriting (Longshore Drift LODR001)

Praised by Kathryn Williams and produced by Boo Hewerdine, who also contributes guitar, harmonium and dulcitone to Skywriting, veteran Nottingham singer-songwriter Langram comes from the ...
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MARTIN SIMPSON – Rooted (Topic TXCD598)

Did you know that Ernest Shackleton considered a banjo essential to mental health on his expedition to the South Pole? Neither did I but it’s ...
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Andy Clark releases his debut album this month

Andy Clark's debut album I Love Joyce Morris will be released on August 30th. His sound is similar to Animal Collective’s hit ‘My Girls’, or Tom Rosenthal’s ...
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Chris Ricketts to release a new album after seven year gap

After seven years away from the folk scene, Chris Ricketts announces a much anticipated new album of self-penned sea songs and re-visited traditional shanties for ...
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Copperplate Podcast 238 – Presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, yes you guessed it, the one and only Mr. Alan O'Leary with his ...
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THE LOST WORDS – Spell Songs (Folk By The Oak QRCD004)

Having held the unofficial job title "wordsmith" in various contexts for several decades, I was not going to miss the opportunity of hearing and reviewing ...
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Rowan Rheingans announces her first solo album and tour dates

Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist, singer and songwriter widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with ...
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WE BANJO 3 – Roots To Rise Live (own label WB3CD006)

We’ve been through this before but… We Banjo 3 are two pairs of brothers, the Howleys and the Seahills who play a sort of Irish-Americana ...
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AIDAN O’ROURKE & KIT DOWNES – 365 Volume 2 (Reveal Records Reveal018CDX)

Having been privileged to see Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes performing their 365 Volume 1 in 2018, the release of 365 Volume 2 was extremely ...
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THE ASHEN – Slowdive (Kosi Records KOSI001)

The name of Andi Lee, recording here under the name The Ashen, may be familiar to you from his time with the metal band My ...
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The Pitmen Poets announce their farewell tour

The Pitmen Poets celebrate the songs, humour, and culture of North East England's Coal Mining tradition, bringing together four of the region's leading champions of ...
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Video Wall 10

Well, the thunder is rumbling, the rain is beating down and festivals anywhere near the sea are packing up early - a typical British summer ...
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HAYLEY ROSS – The Weight Of Hope (Barracuda Recordings – CUDA006)

After 2 previous EPs, Barracuda EP (2016) and Fierce Love EP (2015), this debut album from Hayley Ross has been four years in the making ...
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Keeping It Live – Dan Jones @ Varaignes Chateau

There are gigs – and then there are gigs to remember when others have been forgotten - maybe it’s the music, the interaction with the ...
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365: Stories And Music opens in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh International Book Festival today launched the latest chapter in the 365: Stories And Music collaboration between James Robertson and Aidan O’Rourke.  Commissioned by ...
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Maz O’Connor announces new album

Critically acclaimed English singer and songwriter Maz O’Connor releases Chosen Daughter, her first new studio album since 2016, on October 25 via Restless Head/Hudson Records ...
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ALISTAIR BROWN – When Fishes Fly (Prospect Records PC005)

When, in the post-Brexit dystopia, you can no longer afford a trip to your local folk club When Fishes Fly is one of the records ...
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YOKO PWNO – Artefacts (SRCDX006)

Yoko Pwno (not a typo) released Artefacts earlier this year. The album is an enjoyable crossover between folk and modern electronic styles (also not a ...
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SHEILA K CAMERON – River To Sea (Glalell SKC1709CD)

Sheila K Cameron has systematically reissued some of her early recordings over the last few years. She is a Scottish songwriter and singer who has ...
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Reg Meuross – 12 Silk Handkerchiefs tour details

12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’ 13th album inspired by Brian W. Lavery’s book The Headscarf Revolutionaries, opens a window on Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community in the aftermath of ...
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CHARLIE GREY AND JOSEPH PEACH – Air Iomall (Braw Sailin’ Records CD007BSR)

Last August Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach set sail on the tall ship Wylde Swan to visit five uninhabited islands off the west coast of ...
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DICK GAUGHAN – The “Harvard” Tapes: Definitive Concert from 1982 (Greentrax CDTRAX406)

When I first began ‘discovering’ the folk genre, my main go-to artefacts were a small collection of CDs and tapes that belonged to my brother ...
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VELVET & STONE – Velvet & Stone (own label LVID03)

Following three EPs, Devon duo singer and songwriter Lara Snowdon and violinist Kathryn Tremlett finally release their eponymous debut album, Velvet & Stone one which ...
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Paula Ryan, Irish singer and composer, announces new album

In her superb new album Turas Cumadóir, Paula Ryan, compelling singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Tipperary in Ireland, entices us to join her enthralling ...
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FINN COLLINSON – Call To Mind (Old School Music OSMCD01)

We’ve all played a recorder sometime in the dim and distant past, whether we wanted to or not, but we never played like Finn Collinson ...
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Velvet & Stone announce their debut album

Velvet & Stone’s highly anticipated debut album is released on August 2nd 2019. The self-titled album is a collection of the band’s songs which they’ve ...
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NORTH SEA GAS – Hearth & Homeland (Scotdisc CDTV888)

Do you remember when a band would go into a studio with a bunch of songs and make an album relying on nothing more than ...
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HENRY PARKER – Silent Spring (own label BFD-CD001HMP)

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Henry Parker comes from Keighley which is something of a hotbed for musicians as far as we can gather. After a spell playing in ...
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BALDRICK’S PLAN – Counting The Tides (Grandplan Records GPR1902)

Though Baldrick's Plan is a well-known name around my part of Cornwall, until recently my acquaintance with them was restricted to hearing isolated tracks on ...
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Amy Speace releases new album and plays UK dates in September

Amy Speace - the former Shakespearean-trained actor who is known for her literate, detailed songwriting and versatile, expressive vocals - has announced the September 6th ...
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Special guest artists announced for Richard Thompson’s birthday bash

An incredible array of special guest performers has been announced for Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday celebration show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th ...
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ROB HARBRON – Meanders (own label ROBRECD003)

I sometimes wonder if the playing of the concertina should, like practicing the bagpipes, be a regulated solo activity. Bob Copper famously taught himself to ...
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Elephant Sessions release digital single for World Elephant Day

Elephant Sessions and Word Elephant Day release a single to raise funds for the charity on August 9th 2019. The band from the Highlands of ...
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June Tabor and Oysterband announce tour dates

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour.  The 2019 Fire And Fleet ...
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SINGLES BAR 43 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Formed in response to an RSC songwriting competition, Coventry-based THE MECHANICALS BAND are fronted by Wes Finch and feature Nizlopi double bassist John Parker, drummer ...
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THE CLUTHA – Live From Harvard (own label CLUTHA2019CD)

The Clutha were a big deal in Scottish traditional music in the 1970s although not as well known down here in the south as such ...
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THEA GILMORE – Small World Turning (Shameless Records, SHAME19001)

If you’ve ever wondered what the sound of a Small World Turning is, Thea Gilmore’s first album in two years has the answer. It’s furious, ...
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PJ Wright Interview from the New Forest Folk Festival 2019

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with PJ Wright in the artists garden at the New Forest Folk Festival. PJ was performing later that ...
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THE SCHMOOZENBERGS – Awaken (Schmusic Records SCHCD01)

The Schmoozenbergs are essentially a Gypsy Jazz band who have recently released their second album Awaken - and it’s a gently lovely listen. The video ...
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Bill And The Belles – live at Barnoldswick

Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre, Mon. 26th August (Bank Holiday) Influenced by bluegrass, hillbilly, classic country and honky tonk, Bill And The Belles have an ...
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John Jones Interview + June Tabor & Oysterband Oct/ Nov Tour Dates

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech catch up with John Jones after Oysterband closed the Saturday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019. We talk about ...
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Glackin and Flynn announce debut album

Irish traditional musicians Doireann Glackin (fiddle) and Sarah Flynn (concertina) are neighbours and musical partners who have grown up immersed in the incredibly vibrant traditional ...
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20 years of Baring-Gould Weekend

Baring-Gould Weekend 25-27 October 2019 Okehampton, Devon It has attracted and inspired some of the biggest names in traditional folk music, and, in October, the ...
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CARLY DOW – Comet (own label CDOW-002)

Having made a name for herself in her native Canada, the banjo-playing environmental scientist turned singer-songwriter’s second album, Comet, the follow-up to her impressive Ingrained ...
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MIKE VASS – The Four Pillars (Unroofed Records UR005CD)

The four pillars of traditional Scottish music are, as you know, the air, the march, the strathspey and the reel. With this in mind, Mike ...
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ALICE HOWE – Visions (own label AH002)

It’s just three years since the Boston-based Howe decided to make music a full-time career, the catalyst being meeting Bonnie Raitt’s legendary bassist, Freebo, at ...
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JONES – Carver’s Law (MEME CDMM20)

The title a reference to a maxim held by the writer Raymond Carver to give everything he had each day trusting that the well would ...
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BELINDA KEMPSTER & FRAN FOOTE – On Clay Hill (From Here Records SITW013CD)

Any recording that comes out of the Stick In The Wheel stable is worth listening to and if you’re familiar with their From Here collections ...
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3 Daft Monkeys Interview and Tour Dates

Its been a while since we chatted to those 3 Daft Monkeys, so thought it was high time we caught up with them at the ...
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Peter Knight Interview + Gigspanner Big Band Tour Dates

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech caught up with Peter Knight after Gigspanner Big Band closed the Friday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019. We ...
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MARK SOMERS – Restless Poetry (own label)

To your list of famous Belgians add the name of Mark Somers because if you don’t know about him now you will soon. Mark is ...
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Gatehouse announce their second album

“It is said that music lifts the spirit and this is so true on Gatehouse’s new album Heather Down The Moor. Garnering their repertoire from ...
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Artificial intelligence may be used to reveal secrets behind traditional folk music dating back thousands of years

The secrets behind traditional folk music from across the globe and dating back thousands of years are likely to be revealed by using artificial intelligence, ...
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ELEPHANT SESSIONS – What Makes You (Elephant Sessions)

Since the release of their last album, 2017’s All We Have Is Now, the five young Highlanders who are Elephant Sessions have toured around the ...
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Belinda Kempster and Fran Foote – album and live dates

From Here Records release On Clay Hill, Stick In The Wheel harmony singer Fran Foote’s debut album with her mother, Belinda Kempster. Belinda began singing traditional ...
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Jones announces his new solo album, Carver’s Law

As one half of Miracle Mile, Trevor ‘Jones’ released nine albums of beautiful, literate pop music, the last of which, In Cassidy’s Care, was issued ...
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ALAN CATTON – Tales From The North Sea Strand (own label)

Tales From The North Sea Strand is Alan Catton’s second album of 2019. You may remember that Alan lives in Hull and plays guitar with ...
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KAREN MARSHALSAY – The Road to Kennacraig (Cramasie Records CRCD001)

Karen Marshalsay's CD of harp music The Road To Kennacraig – due for release on 15th July 2019 – shows her to be a fine ...
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HONEY AND THE BEAR – Made In The Aker (own label)

Based on a ridiculously small sample, I’m beginning to detect a trend for small groups of players making big music overlaid with powerful vocals. If ...
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Over The Hill in Oxfordshire

The beautiful Oxfordshire countryside is destined to become immersed in the world of Amerciana this Summer, at the first-ever Over the Hill festival. Proudly presented by local promoters, Glovebox ...
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ANNIE SUMI – In The Unknown (own label)

Sometimes the music you didn’t know you needed to hear will find you anyway, as a rare and serendipitous encounter with Canadian singer/songwriter Annie Sumi ...
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Keep It Live – Dodo Street Band at Worksop College

A few months ago I reviewed the Dodo Street Band CD, Natural Selection, and thought it was pretty good (read Mike's review here). They didn’t ...
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Reg Meuross wins Arts Council support for 12 Silk Handkerchiefs Autumn Tour

Winter 1968. Three Hull trawlers sink. 58 men die. A fishwife leads the fight to change safety laws. 12 Silk Handkerchiefs, Reg Meuross’s 13th album inspired ...
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CURSE OF LONO – 4am And Counting (Submarine Cat SUBCD022)

Originally released as a limited edition red vinyl album for Record Store Day, this 11-track set, recorded live at Toe Rag Studios is now available ...
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Luke Daniels announces new album and single

Following on from his critically acclaimed debut album What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, Revolve & Rotate in 2016 (**** The Guardian) for which he ...
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Jack Rutter announces second album and tour dates

Gold Of Scar & Shale, the second solo album from traditional folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Rutter will be available on CD and DL from October 4th ...
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Alasdair Roberts announces new album The Fiery Margin

Whether we understand the reference in the line, it sums up Alasdair Roberts' new album The Fiery Margin and his approach as a singer and songwriter, ...
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EMILY MAE WINTERS – High Romance (own label EMW 03)

With her second album, High Romance, Emily Mae Winters has taken a big step towards the mainstream. Both ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Gin Tingles & Whiskey Shivers’ ...
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VIDEO WALL 9

It’s been a few months since we posted a selection of videos so let’s see what’s lurking in the inbox. First is Liverpool band VILE ...
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DERMOT BYRNE  ÉAMONN COYNE  JOHN DOYLE – Liag (own label ARCOF1902CD)

Liag is an album of music from South-West Donegal that has been gestating for about thirty years. It concentrates on the more obscure corners of ...
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DAN KORN & JOE SHARP – Polaris (own label – DK002CD)

Dan and Joe have worked together since 2010 on Dan’s first EP Dustbowl, a second EP Into The Warm and debut LP Of The Sea ...
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BEN WALKER – Echo (Folk Room FRR1902)

Ben Walker is known as a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer but he is neither a lyricist nor a singer. For his debut solo album ...
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The Local Honeys announce UK festival gigs and November tour

The Local Honeys are from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley are ...
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THE SMALL GLORIES – New Album and Tour News

The Small Glories make their US debut with ASSINIBOINE & THE RED, an album that celebrates the Canadian Prairies. The first single, "Oh My Love," ...
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Flook release limited edition vinyl Ancora

Ancora is released today in a Limited Edition of 500 Orange Vinyl. To celebrate its release, Flook are playing two special shows, Stapleford Granary near ...
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Karen Marshalsay announces debut album of Scottish harp

One of Scotland’s leading harpers, Karen Marshalsay releases a new album of traditional harp music and original compositions, The Road to Kennacraig, on Monday 15th ...
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MALINKY – Handsel (Greentrax CDTRAX402)

Here’s the second Scottish band celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. While some might go for a big statement Malinky, who concentrate on song more ...
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KETE BOWERS – Paper Ships (Current Records)

I first encountered the now Essex-based Liverpudlian singer-songwriter with the release of his single, ‘Northern Town’ and ‘A Town With No Cheer’, two spare tales ...
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Chris Cleverley announces new album release

Alt-folk songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, Chris Cleverley announces the release of 2nd studio solo album, entitled ‘We Sat Back And Watched It Unfold’. Produced by ...
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TWAS NOW – Flesh And Bone (own label)

Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, and taking their name from enigmatic graffiti adorning a prominent railroad bridge, Mike and Diana Erb have their feet firmly planted ...
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EAMON FRIEL – Atlantic Light (Thran Records THR 1013)

Atlantic Light is Eamon Friel’s eighth and final album. The Londonderry broadcaster, performer and songwriter died unexpectedly at a remarkably youthful sixty-nine over the weekend ...
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DYLAN LEBLANC – Renegade (ATO Records)

Dylan LeBlanc’s fourth album, Renegade, was released on June 7th - and it’s rather good. LeBlanc’s publicity gives details of a pretty impressive back story ...
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EVAN CARSON – Ocipinski (Evan Carson Music – ECMCD001)

Ocipinski is percussionist Evan Carson's first solo album inspired by Jerzy Ocipinski and the Polish Resistance Movements of the Second World War. Why this subject ...
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STEELEYE SPAN – EST’D 1969 (Park Records PRKCD154)

There are bands who seem to have always been there and have established a reputation that even allows them to break out into the mainstream ...
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SINGLES BAR 42 – The meaning of life, the universe and everything

A round-up of recent EPs and singles Echoes is the first solo work from Sheffield’s NICOLA BEAZLEY. Nicola plays five-string fiddle which she blends with ...
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COE, PETERS & SMYTH – The Road To Peterloo (Backshift Music BASHCD 65)

In spite of the establishment’s attempts to cover up the story of the massacre for nigh on two hundred years, it’s now common knowledge to ...
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Elliott Morris announces his second album

The Way Is Clear is the new album from singer/songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris. It showcases Elliott’s expert percussive acoustic guitar playing, swooping and soulful ...
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LAURA VICTORIA – Today’s Another Day (own label LVLGA02)

The Northumberland- born, cello-playing, blues-influenced folk singer-songwriter Laura Victoria follows up her acclaimed 2015 debut Head Above Water with Today's Another Day, an album exploring ...
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SUNJAY – Devil Came Calling (own label SLCD201901)

Sunjay has now released five albums and really should be a star but the blues is “genre” music and that’s unlikely to happen yet awhile ...
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GAVIN LIVINGSTONE – Fire In The Snow (own label GAVCD01)

Formerly a member of Scottish outfit The Skerries and 70s folktronica duo Tonight At Noon, Fire In The Snow is the Glaswegian-based singer-songwriter’s first completely ...
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DARIA KULESH & MARINA OSMAN – Firebirds (own label)

Firebirds was recorded by Daria and Marina for sale at gigs – although you can also buy it from their website. The fifteen tracks were ...
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OLD MAN LUEDECKE – Easy Money (True North Records TND731)

The Canadian folk artist Old Man Luedecke released his sixth album Easy Money on June 7th. Luedecke is a previous winner of the Canadian Academy ...
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Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (Columbia)

Released today, Western Stars is Bruce Springsteen’s 19th studio album. A beautiful sweeping soundscape, which for me musically, conjures up the image of a rancher ...
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SKIPINNISH – Steer By The Stars (Skipinnish Records SKIPCD28)

Skipinnish have had a spectacular couple of years since the release of The Seventh Wave and now, as they celebrate their twentieth anniversary, they find ...
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Sunjay announces new album

This month sees Sunjay release a brand new album, Devil Came Calling, his first to include original material in four years. The new record showcases ...
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JON WILKS – live in Birmingham

Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham. June 9, 2019 Now based near Winchester, but making a welcome return to his hometown of Birmingham, opening with his reading ...
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Blackbeard’s Tea Party hit ten

Festival favourites, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, infamous for their frenetic fiddle tunes and thumping backline, celebrate their tenth birthday as a band in 2019 with a ...
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JOHN TAMS – The Reckoning (Topic TTSCD006)

The Reckoning, John Tams’ third solo album, is the latest deluxe re-issue marking Topic Records’ 80th anniversary. Originally released in 2005, it was the last ...
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BELINDA O’HOOLEY – Inversions (No Masters NMCD53)

If you’ve followed Belinda O’Hooley’s career you’ll be aware of what a fine musician she is and you will have noticed how her talents have ...
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MASSY FERGUSON – Great Divides (North & Left NL001)

A meat and gravy roots rock bar band powered by driving guitars, fronted by bassist Ethan Anderson and guitarist Adam Monda with Dave Goedde on ...
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Tanya Tucker back with new album

Country legend and original female outlaw Tanya Tucker returns after 17 years. Tucker’s new album, While I’m Livin’, is set for release on August 23rd ...
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NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS – Album Launch Interview

“The Men were up from Kent, and out of Essex too - Though naught but the Thames divides us and unites us onwards - Through ...
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JULIE JULY BAND – Lady Of The First Light (Aurora Folk Records JJB19CD1)

The Julie July Band is best known currently for Julie's sensitive reinterpretations of the Sandy Denny songbook, and their previous CD Who Knows Where The ...
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Martin Simpson announces new album

Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson releases brand new studio album Rooted on August 30 on Topic Records. Produced by Andy Bell and recorded ...
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The Schmoozenbergs announce their new album

Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with flavours of Eastern Europe and the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting music ...
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THE LARK AND THE LOON – 2 (own label)

I really enjoyed The Lark And The Loon’s previous album, Homestead Hands, and I’m glad to say that their follow-up, 2, doesn’t disappoint. The Lark ...
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THE BYRDS – On A Wing: Volume 2  (Sound Stage – SS6CDBOX49)

In December last year, the Sound Stage label issued a massive Byrds boxed-set titled The Byrds On A Wing: Volume 1 and the good news ...
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Kete Bowers announces new album

It's rare to find a great talent appearing out of the blue with an exceptional album recorded with stellar musicians but Kete Bowers is such ...
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MARSHES – When The Lights Are Bright (Endearingly Ramshackle ER0001CD)

The artist formerly known as Beth Porter and the Availables, the name inspired by her new home in Dumfries and Galloway,  When The Lights Are ...
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THE BAND – Live in Charleston 1994 (Live on Vinyl – LOVL2027)

Although The Band called it a day in the late 1970s (as famously documented in Martin Scorsese’s  The Last Waltz) they did re-emerge in the ...
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THE LITTLE UNSAID – Atomise (Reveal 080CDX)

Over the course of three albums (four if you count the instrumental Electronic Sketches) and two EPs, West Yorkshire songwriter John Elliott has become the ...
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BOB DYLAN WITH JERRY GARCIA – San Francisco 1980 (Rox Vox – RV2CD2143)

San Francisco 1980 comes from the Fox Warfield Theatre on November 12th, 1980, at the start of a twelve date residency which Dylan had at ...
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NIC JONES – An Introduction To Nic Jones (Topic TICD014)

Alongside the 80th anniversary celebrations, Topic Records complete their introduction series with An Introduction To Nic Jones. This presented something of a problem. Nic recorded ...
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TERES AOUTES STRING BAND – Lo Rock ‘n Roll De La Mountagna (TERESCD2018)

The Teres Aoutes String Band are from the north-west of Italy and released Lo Rock ‘n’ Roll De La Mountagna in 2018. A couple of ...
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Rise – live dates announced

As the latest Talitha Rise album nears completion, there's news to share. An Abandoned Orchid House is one year old today! This time last year ...
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BARD EDRINGTON V – Espadín (own label)

Born in Alabama, raised in Tennessee and now based in New Mexico, Edrington brings together the variations within the musical cultures, as well as his ...
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We The Drowned – Lisa Hannigan & S t a r g a z e

Lisa Hannigan’s spellbinding live album in collaboration with Andre de Ridder’s contemporary-classical s t a r g a z e orchestra is out now via ...
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DARIA KULESH – the Earthly Delights launch – June 1st 2019

Hosted by Dunton Folk, the church of St Mary Magdalene welcomed a gathering of friends old and new for the official launch of Daria Kulesh’s ...
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Come Find Me – The New Single from Mick Flannery

Ireland’s award-winning, double-platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery has announced the release of his forthcoming sixth album. Self-titled and available on July 5 through Rosaleen Records, ...
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THE PAUL McKENNA BAND – Breathe (own label PMB002CD)

The Paul McKenna Band is a Glasgow-based five-piece, lining up as Robbie Greig on fiddle, Conar Markey on banjo, bouzouki, mandolin and guitars, percussionist Ewan ...
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Tucson Train – The New Video from Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has released the song 'Tucson Train' globally, along with a performance video by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning director Thom Zimny. The black-and-white video ...
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EMILY LOCKETT – My Imagination (own label)

Emily Lockett calls My Imagination an EP, I call it an album. Her reasoning is that is consists of five new songs fleshed out with ...
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DEREK SENN – How Could A Man (own label)

Out of the blue came an email from Derek Senn with a link to his new album. Derek is a singer-songwriter from California of whom ...
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WINTER WILSON – Live & Unconventional (own label WWCD010)

The joke, you see, is that Kip Winter and Dave Wilson recorded Live & Unconventional on the road with Fairport Convention during their 2018 winter ...
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GAVIN SUTHERLAND – A Traveller’s Tales (own label GS003CD)

Gavin Sutherland released A Traveller’s Tales in early May. Sutherland had international fame in the seventies both in the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver and as ...
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NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN – An Evening With Nancy Kerr & James Fagan  (Little Dish LiDiCD003)

Twenty years playing together! It seems like only yesterday they were cast in the role of ‘brat pack’ young folk upstarts. And now we’re talking ...
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JOHN CEE STANNARD – Moving On (Cast Iron CIRCD 030)

John Cee Stannard’s new album, Moving On, was conceived as a successor to his recently relaunched debut – see link below. It’s another big band ...
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Renegade – The new album from Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc has announced the release of his highly anticipated new album, Renegade, out on 7th June on ATO Records. Produced by Grammy Award winning ...
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CORRIE SHELLEY – Forget Me Not (own label CSSSMCD003)

Since the release of her previous album I've had the pleasure of meeting Corrie Shelley although I’ve not yet heard her perform live. Although I ...
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LE VENT DU NORD – Territoires (Borealis BCD258)

Le Vent Du Nord are back on tour and with a new album which is always good news. Territoires sees the band expanded to a ...
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SCOTT LAVENE – Broke (Funnel Music SLFMCD007P)

Scott Lavene releases, Broke, on June 7th. It’s an eclectic collection of nine songs, an album for the twenty-first century in the territory of, say, ...
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June Tabor and Oysterband on the road again

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour.  The 2019 ‘Fire and Fleet’ ...
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Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach release new album and film

Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach make music on the piano and fiddle. They are Scottish folk musicians, creating music filled with spontaneity, sensitivity and freedom ...
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AMY GODDARD – Always A Dreamer (own label AGAAD2019)

Always A Dreamer is something of a departure for Amy Goddard being a tribute to her favourite songwriter, John Stewart, who she has name-checked more ...
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BURNING SALT – Automatic Lullaby (Own Label)

Burning Salt's EP Dirt, inspired by the women and workers of Holloway prison and released in September 2018, was a stunningly intense and original aural ...
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ME & FRED – Sweet Anticipation (own label)

Me & Fred are a singer/songwriting duo from Cumbria comprising Me (Robin May) and Fred (Fredrika Buchanan). Sweet Anticipation is their debut album and is ...
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HEADSTICKS – Kept In The Dark (STP Records Group STP056)

Defining or categorising music can sometimes be difficult.  If you Google Headsticks you find them defined as Alternative/Indie.  Their website, however, says  FOLK, PUNK, ROOTS, ...
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Instant Replay – New Triple Vinyl Folk Artsit Compilation

ECC Records unveil ‘Instant Replay’, a stunning vinyl-only triple album featuring 32 brand new versions of songs originally recorded between 1971 and 1981. It follows ...
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Headsticks – new album out now

Formed in late 2012 from the ashes of Cheshire based renowned Celtic punk folk band Tower Struck Down and Staffordshire acoustic folk-punk band, Jugopunch, Headsticks ...
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JOHN CEE STANNARD – The “Doob Doo” Album (Cast Iron CIRCD 022)

The “Doob Doo” Album is John Cee Stannard’s first solo work but not many people know that. In fact, I didn’t know that until John ...
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ALEX SEEL –Spell On A Tin Drum (own label)

Mostly written in a caravan on the west coast of Ireland and recorded under his bed in London, Seel’s softly sung second album often resonates ...
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SINGLES BAR 41 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

It slipped out late last year with virtually no publicity, so perhaps it’s time to shine a light on Voices Of Equilibrium (Silvertone), a four-track ...
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EDGELARKS – Feather (Dragonfly Roots DRCD006)

The fifth album by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, but Feather is only the second under their new name Edgelarks, this had the formidable task ...
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Paul McClure announces his 5th solo album

All the songs here were written during and inspired by Paul McClure's time spent living in a small market town in the middle of rural ...
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KATE RUSBY – Philosophers, Poets & Kings (Pure PRCD53)

Incredibly, Philosophers, Poets & Kings is Rusby’s 17th studio album in just over 20 years. Once again, a collection of the traditional and self-penned with ...
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FEROCIOUS DOG – Fake News & Propaganda (own label)

Fake News & Propaganda is the fourth full electric album by Warsop’s punk-folkers, Ferocious Dog. It’s dedicated to the memory of Ken Bonsall’s son Lee ...
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KEITH JAMES – Message From The Gods (Hurdy Gurdy HGA2928)

The forthcoming CD from Keith James, Message From The Gods, is released on Monday June 3rd, and it's a worthy successor to the albums of ...
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THE DOVETAIL TRIO – Bold Champions (GR! Records GRR009)

Bold Champions is the second album by Jamie Roberts, Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn and there is an awful lot to like about it. Firstly, ...
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Steeleye Span celebrate 50 years

Park Records are delighted to announce the release of EST’D 1969 from Steeleye Span on 24 June 2019 ahead of UK dates later in the ...
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THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND – Tall Grass (Old Pup OPR003)

A trio from Rhuddlan in North Wales, comprising brothers Jim (lead guitar) and Tom Davies (percussive double bass) and Sam Roberts (rhythm guitar), all three ...
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DADDY LONG LEGS – Lowdown Ways (Yep Roc Records YEP-2657)

Lowdown Ways is the third studio album from Daddy Long Legs, a animalistic, energetic trio from New York. Comprising Brian Hurd (vocals/ harmonica/guitar), Murat Akturk ...
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ELIZA CARTHY – Restitute (Topic TSCD599)

Hitherto only available direct from Carthy’s website, Restitute was originally recorded as a fund raiser for the Wayward Band after they lost funding for the ...
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DARIA KULESH – Earthly Delights (own label)

Daria Kulesh is a very highly-rated performer in the hallowed virtual halls of Folking.com, so I count myself as rather lucky to have got a ...
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J.D. & THE STRAIGHT SHOT- The Great Divide (own label)

I’m not wholly sure what to make of this Nashville/NYC-based six-piece fronted by Jim Dolan who, in his day job, is the CEO of a ...
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DAVE FIDLER – Songs From Aurora (27.27 Records)

For his follow-up to 2014’s debut, I’m Not Here, singer-songwriter Dave Fidler decided on something different. He spent last August conscientiously challenging his creativity by ...
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Elephant Sessions – new album

Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions are set to release their new ...
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TONY BURT – People Watching (Mirror Blue MBCD010)

Hailing from Birmingham and now living in Bromyard in Herefordshire, Burt’s been a jobbing folkie since the 60s, playing in outfits such as Witches Brew ...
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BILL JONES – Wonderful Fairytale (Brick Wall Music BRICK007CD)

Fifteen years on from taking a short break to raise a family, the Sunderland-based former Radio 2 Horizon Award winner finally returns with her fourth ...
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Elles Bailey announces tour dates

Rising independent Blues and Americana fuelled star Elles Bailey continues to wind her way along the road that she really DOES call home, taking her storming second album, ...
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JOHN CONDRON AND THE OLD GANG ORCHESTRA – Dead Tree (own label)

Dead Tree is a Long Player released by John Condron and the Old Gang Orchestra in 2018 and I must say, it is a fine ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Vision & Revision (Topic TXCD597)

It can’t have escaped your notice that Topic Records is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. We’ve already had selected deluxe reissues of important albums ...
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ANDREW HIBBARD – Under the Knife (own label)

Since releasing his debut record at just 17, the self-taught, harp-blowing, guitar-picking Cincinnati troubadour, Andrew Hibbard, has been all over the United States, opening for ...
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PENNYLESS – Strange Dreams (own label PYL006)

Pennyless are not a band to stand still. Their previous album, In The Park, was three years ago and was heading into folk-rock territory without ...
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CÒIG – Ashlar (own label)

Còig are a quartet from Cape Breton, eastern Canada. Ashlar , which would seem to be their fourth album was recorded in Nova Scotia. They ...
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DANNY PEDLER   GREG RUSSELL – Field And Dyke (Danny Pedler PEDL0012)

I heard the title track of Field And Dyke on-line and at first I was convinced that it was traditional and probably Scottish in origin ...
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NICK HART – Sings Nine English Folk Songs (Roebuck RRCD002)

What it says on the lid, this goes one better than Hart’s previous album, Sings Eight English Folk Songs, for a further burrowing among the ...
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GNOSS – Drawn From Deep Water (Blackfly Records, BFLY03CD)

A little over a year since their Brother Wind EP made a favourable impact on Folking’s Singles Bar, those talented Gnoss chaps are back to ...
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Kate Rusby announces new album and tour dates

Pure Records presents Philosophers, Poets & Kings, the 17th studio album from award-winning folk singer Kate Rusby. Seamlessly blending old and new across twelve tracks ...
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DODO STREET – Natural Selection (Extinct Records/Nimbus Alliance NI6369)

Dodo Street released Natural Selection, their first CD, on April 5th. The band are touring to four venues in June and a festival in July, ...
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CORMAC BYRNE & ADAM SUMMERHAYES – Stone Soup (Nimbus NI6373)

The joke about Stone Soup is that it’s the art of making something from nothing or, alternatively, throwing everything you can scrounge into the pot ...
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BECKY MILLS – Tall Tales And Home Truths (Talking Elephant TECD414)

Formerly part of Waking The Witch as well as collaborating in duo or trio form with Ashley Hutchings and violinist Ruth Angell, the clear-voiced Yorkshire-born ...
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TOBIAH – Are We Angels (Star Music)

Are We Angels is the first album to be released by Tobiah since Step Up in 2011.  Words like ethereal come to mind and many ...
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DICK GAUGHAN – Handful Of Earth (Topic TTSCD005)

Of the twenty-some albums that Dick Gaughan has recorded, Handful Of Earth is generally held to be his best. That’s tough, given that it was ...
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TYLOR & THE TRAIN ROBBERS – Best Of The Worst Kind (own label)

Oregon-born and Boise Idaho-based Tylor Ketchum is a distant relative of Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum, a Texas outlaw and was part of the train-robbing Hole-In-The-Wall ...
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DAN WALSH – Trio (Rooksmere Records RRCD118)

I’ve always liked Dan Walsh ever since his debut album, Tomorrow’s Still To Come. It was perhaps unpolished by modern standards but the potential shone ...
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JESSIE BUCKLEY – Wild Rose (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Island)

The story about how ex-con Glaswegian single mother country singer Rose-Lynn Harlan pursues her dreams of going to Nashville, while I have reservations about the ...
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JUNE TABOR – Airs And Graces (Topic TTSC004)

As you must know by now, to celebrate their 80th birthday Topic are re-releasing a series of classic albums in deluxe editions. Airs And Graces ...
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BEAU – Damascus Road (Cherry Red BEAUDR1)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of his debut album for John Peel’s Dandelion Records, Trevor Midgley follows-up Rattle The Asylum Bars with another playful ...
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NAVARO – So Long Wichita (Leading Horses Records LHREC02)

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from Navaro. Steve Austin has posted lots of pictures from his narrowboat where the majority of So ...
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LOVERS LEAP – Lovers Leap (own label)

A coming together of Grammy-nominated bassist Shelby Means, singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Mary Lucey-Cardine, guitarist Joel Timmons and slide guitar player Billy Cardine, this six-track EP marks ...
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DOUGIE MACKENZIE WITH BRIAN MILLER – Along The Way   (Greentrax CDTRAX403)

Dougie Mackenzie began his musical life singing Gaelic songs but later turned his attention to the Scots ballad tradition. The result is Along The Way, ...
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THE ASKEW SISTERS – Enclosure (Oakmere Music OMCD001)

Enclosure is the fourth album from The Askew Sisters, five years since the release of the award winning In the Air Or The Earth. Both ...
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FIELD MEDIC – Fade Into The Dawn (Run For Cover RFC188)

The professional name of nasally voiced, lo-fi bedroom folk musician Kevin Patrick, this marks his first release of new material for the label, although he ...
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FABRIZIO CAMMARATA – Lights (800A Records)

Fabrizio Cammarata released Lights on March 29th. I’d not heard of Cammarata before getting this CD, but I’m glad it came my way. Cammarata is ...
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JEFFERSON HAMER – Alameda (own label)

You may know the name from Child Ballads, the album he made with Anais Mitchell back in 2014, while he’s also recorded with the likes ...
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