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THREEPENNY BIT – King Ahtu (Little Folk Records LFR104)

Hampshire’s celebrated eight-piece ceilidh band returns with their fourth album of music that you don’t have to dance to…but you can if you wish. In ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival anounces more names

Further details of the line-up for Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 have been revealed in what promises to be an exciting weekend of top-notch music. One ...
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Judy Collins leads second wave of artists announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed a second wave of artists on its 2020 line up topped by American folk legend, Judy Collins. Five time Grammy ...
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The Knoydart Retreat launches songwriting retreats in the wilderness

The Knoydart Retreat has just launched a series of creative retreats in Knoydart, Scotland for songwriters, photographers & painters. They launch with three Songwriting retreats ...
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DAVE ARTHUR – Someone To Love You (WildGoose Records WGS435CD)

Dave Arthur thought it would be a good idea to collect some of his favourite songs from the Rattle On The Stovepipe catalogue as a ...
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MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – The New Mine (MIG)

The New Mine is the second wonderful blast from the re-constituted Matthews Southern Comfort. A little history: I had lost track of Iain Matthews. But ...
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Hamish Napier announces third album in his Strathspey Pentalogy

The Woods is the third album from acclaimed musician and composer Hamish Napier, exploring and celebrating the ancient forests of his native Strathspey in the ...
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Beans On Toast on tour again

Although Beans On Toast has just-this-minute wrapped up an extensive UK tour on the back of his newest album The Inevitable Train Wreck, today he ...
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Suzanne Vega – new album and UK dates

Suzanne Vega will release her new album, of An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories (Cooking Vinyl) on May 1 2020. In celebration of ...
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ROBB JOHNSON – Eurotopia (Irregular IRR112V)

I know what you’re thinking: we’ve already reviewed Eurotopia. Well, yes and no. First we had the thirteen-track CD edition with The Irregulars and now ...
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STEPHANIE HATFIELD – Out This Fell (own label)

Always a question to wonder about – what should you do for Valentine’s Day that isn’t cheesy, superfluous or slushily romantic? How about listening to ...
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Bob Fox and Billy Mitchell on tour in March

Looking forward to getting back on the road in March with my mate Billy Mitchell for some 5 Star B & B duo gigs and ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Shuffle And Go (Matty Grooves Records MGCD056)

Fairport Convention’s Shuffle And Go is a “green and pleasant” lovely folk album that winks and waves at the past, and (to almost quote Procol ...
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THE LOST BROTHERS – After The Fire After The Rain (Bird Dog Recordings BDR007)

Hailing from Tyrone and Meath, respectively, Northern Irish duo Mark McCausland (a cousin of Lonnie Donegan, apparently) and Osin Leech have made a point of ...
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Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow announce new album

Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create ...
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AL LEWIS – Te Yn Y Grug (Al Lewis Music ALM023)

There is a story behind this album and it’s somewhat involved so settle down at the back, please. Te Yn Y Grug (Tea In The ...
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Salt House announce new album and tour dates

Huam is the eagerly awaited new album from Salt House which sees them solidify their reputation as fine interpreters of words both old and new ...
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THE CRAVATS – Hoorahland (Overground Records)

The Cravats’ Hoorahland whirls complex rock, punk, and jazz into a narcotic hurly-burly of melodic musical defiance. But is it folk? Well, I have a ...
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Daria Kulesh announces live dates

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh is a unique and still-rising star on the UK folk scene. In 2015 ...
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RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE – Through The Woods (WildGoose Records WGS432CD)

Who would have thought that Rattle On The Stovepipe had recorded their seventh album with Through The Woods. Founder members Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper ...
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Ian Carr announces new album

Widely considered to be one of the best and most original guitarists of his generation, Ian Carr has worked with many acclaimed artists including Kathryn ...
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RIBBON ROAD – Love On The Losing Side (Shipyard RRD012)

Bizarrely, just a few days after I was wondering when a new album might be in the offing, along came Love On The Losing Side, ...
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KARIN GRANDAL-PARK – Lives On The Line (Stories In Stone)

Karin Grandal-Park’s short album, Lives On The Line, is part of a series of community projects based in west Yorkshire. Karin concentrates on the history ...
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Serious Child (Alan Young) announces his second album

Time In The Trees is the second album from indie folk singer-songwriter Serious Child. Set for release on the Spring Equinox, Friday, 20 March 2020, ...
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CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING – Best of Luck (Anti)

Produced by Ben Harper and featuring both him and Dixie Chicks drummer Jimmy Paxson and bassist Mike Valerio, Best Of Luck is Florida-born, Asheville-based Stelling’s ...
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RY CAVANAUGH – Time For This (Cav Productions)

Ry Cavanaugh’s album Time For This could well be the soundtrack from a History Channel search for the grave of Henry David Thoreau. That sort ...
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Will Pound announces new album and tour

As Britain prepares to depart the European Union and enter an uncertain future virtuoso musician Will Pound – one of the biggest names in UK ...
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THE LONE BELLOW releases HALF MOON LIGHT today

The Lone Bellow – Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, Brian Elmquist – have announced the release of their long-awaited new album, 'Half Moon Light' (Dualtone ...
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JOHN BLEK – The Embers (K&F Records K&F046)

The fifth album from the fingerpicking Cork singer-songwriter, conceived as the third in a series of four thematically-based releases that began with Catharsis Vol 1, ...
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ANDREW J NEWALL – Janus (own label AJN2019CD)

Andrew J Newall describes this album as being composed of the songs he’s known for when performing live. Some of them have been souped up ...
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NED ROBERTS – Dream Sweetheart (Aveline AVREC007CD)

Originally from York and now based in London, Ned Roberts’ big break came soon after he started writing and was discovered by producer Luther Russell, ...
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Larmer Tree Festival announces first names

The UK’s longest-running boutique festival Larmer Tree celebrates its 30th anniversary in style this summer with the announcement of the three biggest headliners in its ...
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Frazey Ford – new album and summer UK tour

Vancouver-based soul-Americana artist Frazey Ford announces her third album U Kin B The Sun due out February 7, 2020 on Arts & Crafts. At turns ecstatic and heavy-hearted, gloriously shambolic and deeply purifying, the ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – A Pilgrim’s Tale (BMG)

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the departure of The Mayflower from Plymouth, setting voyage to take its cargo of 102 persecuted Puritans, some ...
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Bluegrass comes to Middlesbrough – Seth Mulder & Midnight Run

Following the successful launch of its new country and roots season in January, Middlesbrough Town Hall will once again be bringing some of the best ...
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THE ROWAN TREE – Kolar’s Gold (own label)

I’m not suggesting a trend, you understand, but there is some exciting music coming out of the west of England at the moment, not least ...
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KATHLEEN HEALY – Embracing The Journey (own label)

A singer-songwriter from Cape Cod, following a gap of some five years, Embracing The Journey is her second album and, as the title suggests, is ...
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KIRSTY ALMEIDA – Moon Bird (All Made Up)

Kirsty Almeida is a writer and singer whose musical and personal journey has taken her around the world.  Born in Scotland, her father's work has ...
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GLENN JONES – Ready For The Good Times (own label)

Based in North Carolina and bassist for the Peter Holsapple Combo, Jones also has his own career, Ready For The Good Times being his third ...
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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – The Unraveling (ATO – 0882388515)

Released on the 31st January, The Unraveling is Drive-By Truckers first new album in three and a half years. The delay possibly caused by the ...
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SARAH JANE SCOUTEN – Confessions (Light Organ Records)

Sarah Jane Scouten’s Confessions destroys polite convention: This album can, indeed, be judged by its cover. A snake curls around of a bottle of medicine, ...
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SINGLES BAR 48 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Yet another British-Asian who’s been drawn to British and American folk style, variously based in Oxford (where he heads a Beatles covers band) and Exeter, ...
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BROOKS WILLIAMS – Work My Claim (Red Guitar Blue Music RGBM – 2020)

Brooks Williams releases Work My Claim in February. It’s an album which celebrates thirty years as a touring musician and 30 years since his first ...
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Ray Cooper tours the UK in March

Ray Cooper’s Promised Land Tour 2020 Ray Cooper, a former member of Oysterband, left the group 2013 and has now released three solo albums and ...
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ELLINOR & LEONOR – Årsringar (Kakafon Records, KAKACD036)

Årsringar may only be the second album in five years from Swedish/Belgian duo Ellinor Fritz (fiddle) and Leonor Palazzo (5-string cello), but music of this ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival – first names announced

Cambridge Folk Festival is thrilled to announce the first artists for its 2020 line-up: Making his Cambridge debut in an exclusive English festival appearance, iconic ...
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MATT McGINN – Lessons Of War (own label)

Initially, moved by seeing the image of a young refugee washed up on the shore, the County Down singer-songwriter set out to write a single ...
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LETITIA VANSANT – Circadian (own label)

Letitia VanSant’s debut album Gut It To The Studs was released eighteen months ago and had several memorable tracks on it which suggested that her ...
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CAVE FLOWERS – Cave Flowers (Hard Bark Records)

Cave Flowers’ self-titled album burns its own brand into the worn leather of alt-country rock ‘n’ roll. And that’s a difficult thing to do. The ...
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Copperplate Podcast 243 – 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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GILL LANDRY – Skeleton At The Banquet (Banquet Records)

Gill Landry releases his fifth album, Skeleton At The Banquet, this week with a couple of launch gigs in London on January 28th and 29th ...
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ANDY WHITE – Time Is A Buffalo In The Art Of War (Floating World FW046)

The first time I saw Andy White he still looked like Bob Dylan circa 1966 - I think I admired his nerve. I’ve tried to ...
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FIERCE FLOWERS – Mirador (Celebration Days Records)

Fierce Flowers’ Mirador is a delightful French album of folk music that travels from Paris to Americana backwoods with sepia tinged vocals, guitar, banjo, viola, ...
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Pavey Ark announce their debut album

Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Formed in 2016, their debut album Close Your ...
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SAM LEE – Old Wow (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD743)

It’s hard to credit that Old Wow is only Sam Lee’s third album. It seems that he’s been around forever, done so much and already ...
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Drive-By Truckers – New album The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers have unveiled the latest single from their much-anticipated new album, 'The Unraveling'. 'Thoughts and Prayers'. The powerhouse track is accompanied by an official ...
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Folking favourites The Trials Of Cato embark on major tour

Power-folk pioneers The Trials Of Cato are hitting the road this spring following a remarkable 2019 which saw the band transform from buskers into BBC ...
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John Blek announces his new album

After the fires of love, lust, life and revolution have burned out; the embers are all that remain. The Embers, the new album from John ...
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Ninebarrow to tour as a band for first time this spring

BBC award nominees Ninebarrow, widely recognised as one of the finest duos in UK folk music, are to tour as a five-piece band in March ...
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DEL SCOTT MILLER – Lantern (own label)

Del Scott Miller is from Barnsley and Lantern is his second solo album as a singer-songwriter. He’s also singer, writer and guitarist with Mynas and, ...
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GRAHAM LINDSEY – TradHead (Wavelength Media)

Quite frankly, Canadian Graham Lindsey’s acoustic Celtic TradHead, should have been called Never A Dull Moment, if one-time Faces member, ‘Maggie Mae’ solo star, (from ...
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ROBB JOHNSON & THE IRREGULARS – Eurotopia (Irregular IRR113)

As if to prove that not only does Robb Johnson have his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist but that he’s actually ahead of ...
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Charles Foskett announces his long-awaited debut album

Late Bloomer started with the composition of only one song, ‘Pull On The Rope’ - it was an exercise of healing and distraction - mainly ...
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JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND – One Fine Day (Splid Records SPLIDCD 26)

Jon Palmer is a fine songwriter and a good bloke to have a pint with – both of which endear him to me. One Fine ...
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THE SMOKE FAIRIES – Darkness Brings The Wonders Home (Year Seven Records)

The Smoke Fairies new album, Darkness Brings The Wonders Home, is music that coughs up a bluesy and very British folk rock beauty. You know, ...
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Maverick announces first names for its thirteenth year

Maverick, the UK’s first and finest Americana festival is pleased to announce first names for its lucky thirteenth outing! This year‘s event will take place ...
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GEMMA MAE ANDERSON – Life (own label GMAZE2CD)

Like many musicians, I'm all too well aware of the risks and consequences of joint damage and pain, especially in my own age group (let's ...
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THE OLD SWAN BAND – Fortyfived (Wild Goose WGS434CD)

The Old Swan Band, rightly lauded for its longstanding championing of English dance music, broke a 20-year recording hiatus in 2014 to mark its 40-year ...
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BLACKBIRD & CROW – Ailm (MIG MIG 01652)

I don’t believe that anyone has coined a term for the music that Blackbird & Crow play. I’d like to suggest “gothic folk-rock”. Other artists ...
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JULIE ABBÉ – Numberless Dreams (Anisogoma Records ANIS001)

She doesn’t sound it but Julie Abbé is French and grew up in Poitou-Charentes, south of Roquefort and North of Bordeaux, which sounds like a ...
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DEBORAH ROSE –The Shining Pathway (own label)

Originally from Newport in South Wales but now based in Worcester, the pure-voiced Rose comes impressively endorsed by no less than Mary Gauthier and Judy ...
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Gate To Southwell Festival – first names announced

There’ll be an excellent, eclectic and truly international line-up at this summer’s 14th Gate To Southwell music festival (June 4th-7th).  English roots stars Show Of Hands, the ...
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MIKE ZITO – Live From The Top (Gulf Coast Records)

Mike Zito, Blues Music Award winner whose 2018 album First Class Life entered the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart at number one, has re-released Live ...
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Andy White announces new album

Andy White is a Belfast singer-songwriter whose first EP Religious Persuasion, and 1986 debut album Rave On Andy White kick-started a career which includes twenty ...
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THE AERIALISTS – Dear Sienna (Fiddlehead Records)

Although The Aerialists’ Dear Sienna spins in a distant orbit around any Irish Pub’s dartboard hub, it’s a wondrous Canadian album filled with acoustic magic ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sounds From The Great Garden: A Lismore Gathering (Clincart Music CLINC770190010)

A double CD ‘concept’ album, the title refers to the historic description of the Scottish island of Lismore, the music within it, all recorded at ...
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DÀIBHIDH STIÙBHARD – An Sionnach Dubh (Wildtune Records)

Dàibhidh Stiùbhard’s An Sionnach Dubh (aka The Black Fox) is an album that touches deep Irish roots and is graced with immense subtlety. Dàibhidh’s vocals ...
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DAVEY DODDS – Toadstool Soup (Coalshed Music CSM031119)

Davey Dodds, rather belatedly it must be said, has had fame thrust upon him all because of a song he wrote back in the 1970s ...
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FRUITION – Broken At The Break Of Day (Fruition LCC FLC012)

A promising roots-rock five-piece from Portland, Oregon, Broken At The Break Of Day is their second mini-album in three months, a seven-track collection of catchy ...
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Irish duo Blackbird & Crow announce their second album

The musical cosmos of Blackbird & Crow is almost infinite, ranging from soul, blues, psychedelic rock, from Americana to Irish Folklore. Maighread Ni Ghrasta and ...
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THE EPSTEIN – Burn The Branches (Zawinul Records ZWRO102)

Having followed The Epstein for many years, I’m constantly reminded of how difficult it is for a top quality band to find the break they ...
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Sam Lee announces new album, Old Wow

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He is a multi award-winning singer with a rich and soulful voice, a committed folk song ...
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MARTYN JOSEPH – Days Of Decision (Pipe Records PRCD029)

What do we know about Phil Ochs? He was a member of the 50s/60s protest movement and a prolific songwriter admired by his contemporaries. He ...
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THUNDER AND RAIN – Passing In The Night (own label)

Thunder And Rain are a four-piece band from Colorado who play Americana-esque music that is influenced by a mix of styles from classic country to ...
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RAGTOP DOWN – Contents May Settle (own label)

They took their name from an old Little Feat song which should give you a clue about where they’re coming from. Except that Ben Tunningley, ...
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TOMMY SANDS – Fair Play To You All (Spring SCD 1066)

The picture on the cover of Tommy Sands recent album is a literal illustration of an old Irish saying which, in England, is only uttered ...
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JIM AND SUSIE MALCOLM – The Berries (Beltane Records Belcd113)

Jim and Susie Malcolm’s The Berries is an exquisite album of Scottish folk music. This is a record of harmony, in which Jim’s Scottish porridge-pure ...
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ARFUR DOO & THE TOERAGS – Till Death Us Doo Part (own label)

Unless you live in the Essex area some explanation may be required. Arfur Doo & The Toerags have been together for twenty years but have ...
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SAM WEBER – Everything Comes True (Sonic Unyon Records)

Sam Weber’s Everything Comes True is a warm walk in favorite forest. It’s a record of commercial appeal that still contains the wooded feel of ...
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Video Wall 12

Welcome to our final Video Wall of the year which also affords us a peek into 2020. With that in mind we begin with SAM ...
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WAYWARD JANE – Old Train (own label WJ002)

Wayward Jane are a quartet from Edinburgh who play old-timey and Americana as though they were born to it. In fact, Michael Starkey has lived ...
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ANNE LISTER – Astrolabe (own label)

I’ve known Anne Lister for so long that I can’t remember when and where we first met. There was a certain festival and a certain ...
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KATIE BLOUNT – Dark Water (own label)

There are pure and acoustic “diamonds” in Katie Blount’s new album, Dark Water. It’s a lovely listen. Now (the great) Sandy Denny altered the opening ...
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STEVE WINCHESTER – Magik (own label)

You may suspect from the title of Steve Winchester’s album, Magik, that it might be a touch fey. True, he strays that way a little ...
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KELLY STEWARD – Tales And Tributes Of The Deserving And Not So (Glass Wing)

While I don’t find her voice as distinctive as Linda Ronstadt, to whom she’s often likened, the Illinois singer-songwriter’s sound is firmly rooted in the ...
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Wayward Jane release their second album

Wayward Jane are renowned in Edinburgh and beyond as exponents of a unique, transatlantic interpretation of American folk and Old Time traditions, whose sound is ...
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Brooke Annibale announces debut European tour for March/April 2020

Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale announced today a new batch of European tour dates for early 2020.  Her first ever European tour, the dates begin on April ...
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JOE HENRY—The Gospel According To Water (Earmusic)

Joe Henry’s The Gospel According To Water is an acoustic, melodic, and eclectic warm root that wraps its deep soul around very vital American folk ...
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Anne Lister announces her new album

Twelve songs, which, like the astrolabe of the title track, measure time and space. One song written in 1970, another written in 2019. A ring ...
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THE MANIACS – The Maniacs (own label)

If there is a band more miss-named than The Maniacs then I’ve yet to discover them, although those who know him will testify that Paul ...
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The Great Fife Road Show returns

One to look forward to in January…The Great Fife Road Show featuring; Maureen (Chalmers) Blyth, Davie Craig, Barbara Dickson, Noel Farrow, Cilla Fisher, Jim Herd, ...
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Jez Lowe publishes his second novel – The Corly Croons

2019 has been a busy year for North Eastern writer Jez Lowe. He has just completed a thirty-four date nationwide UK tour as part of ...
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THURSDAY’S BAND – Chittagong Tattoo (CRLP018)

I think this is very good. Thursday’s Band released Chittagong Tattoo, their second full album, in November. Sometimes, you go to watch a live band ...
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SINGLES BAR 47 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

We’ll leave Christmas until later if you don’t mind. Belle Of The Ball is the debut solo recording by AINSLEY HAMILL of Fourth Moon and ...
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THE MILK CARTON KIDS – The Only Ones (MCKR001)

The Milk Carton Kids released The Only Ones on December 6th. This is the band’s fifth studio album since they first came to prominence in ...
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PAULA WOLFE – White Dots (Sinb Records SIB0318CD)

Her first new album in a decade (Lemon, Staring and Find are being remastered for a 2020 reissue), during which time she built her own ...
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Steve Hogg recreates a long-lost classic album

A ‘lost classic’ album featuring the combined talents of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman has been re-created by British singer/songwriter, Steve Hogg, 50 years after ...
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ELAINE LENNON – Elaine Lennon (LSR001CD)

Elaine Lennon releases her debut album on January 24th. Unless you knew the background, you wouldn’t know it was a debut album. Findlay Napier has ...
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MISHRA – The Loft Tapes (Hudson MSR004)

Fronted by guitarist Ford Collier and vocalist-banjo player Kate Griffin, winners of the inaugural Christian Raphael prize at last year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, and augmented ...
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JOHNNY CAMPBELL – From Hull And Halifax And Hell (Subversive Folk Records SF002)

Johnny Campbell is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Manchester who has not forgotten the sixties although I suspect that he’s too young to have actually been there ...
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JUDY COLLINS with JONAS FJELD and CHATHAM COUNTY LINE – Winter Stories (Wildflower/Cleopatra)

A seasonal collaboration between Collins, Norwegian singer-songwriter Fjeld and the North Carolina bluegrass outfit, recorded over the course of just a few days, Winter Stories ...
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JOHN MOSEDALE – We’re Not Packing Parachutes (own label)

Earlier this year we reviewed Twenty Seven, the debut EP by Hereford singer-songwriter John Mosedale. Now he returns with his first full-length album, We’re Not ...
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Starting line-up revealed for the annual Towersey Festival

Folk favourites Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span and Show of Hands are some of the confirmed acts that will welcome festival-goers at Towersey Festival’s new home ...
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FolkEast announces first names for 2020

As Early Bird tickets go on sale for the eighth FolkEast, England’s most easterly folk festival, organisers have announced the awesome Afro Celt Sound System ...
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TRACK DOGS – Fire On The Rails (Mondegreen Records)

Track Dogs’ Fire On The Rails is folky and funky with trumpets galore and the occasional violin that soars above the usual musical fray. A ...
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THE SERVANTS’ BALL – The Servants’ Ball (D.Wink CD13)

The West Sussex Gazette, December 15, 1938 The other evening, I had the good fortune to be assigned by this paper’s editor to attend a ...
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GWEN MÀIRI – Mentro (Erwyd ER004)

Gwen Màiri is of Scottish/Welsh ancestry and, if you wish, you may explore the mysteries of Yr Hen Odledd for yourselves. Gwen is a tutor ...
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Knockengorroch Festival announces first names for 2020

The first acts for Knockengorroch Festival 2020 have been announced and will include an exciting array of traditional, electronic and world music acts, bringing sounds ...
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Cambridge 2020 tickets on sale next week

Tickets for Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 go on sale on Tuesday 10 December 2019. The Festival takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020 in ...
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Award Winning Underneath the Stars Festival announces first acts for 2020

Paul Carrack (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday) are the first names to the be announced for the seventh Underneath the Stars festival ...
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BEANS ON TOAST – The Inevitable Train Wreck (BOT Music)

Every year since 2009, Jay McAllister has released a new album of protest and social comment songs on his birthday, December 1. He’s now 39 ...
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MATTHEW ROBB – Dead Men Have No Dreams (own label)

It’s no mean feat to release an album which stays in the mind for both its music and its sense of authenticity. Two years ago, ...
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Cropredy 2020 line-up announced

Fairport's Cropredy Convention three-day open-air music festival announces the line-up for the 2020 event. Now in its forty-first year, the festival will take place on ...
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BENJI KIRKPATRICK AND THE EXCESS – Gold Has Worn Away (Westpark Music LC07535)

Gold Has Worn Away by Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess is a real grower of an album. Benji Kirkpatrick, Pete Flood and Pete Thomas deliver ...
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JUDE JOHNSTONE – Living Room (BoJack BJR2221960-3)

As I noted in my review of her previous album, Johnstone is better known as a songwriter than a performer in her own right, her ...
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KIM THOMPSETT – The Hollows (Meniscus Hump)

In case you’re wondering that’s Newgrange on the cover and I had a clever paragraph linking Kim Thompsett’s Irish heritage with her music. Then I ...
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YVONNE LYON – Songs For Christmas (own label BC112)

Continuing to add to this year’s musical Christmas tree, Lyon brings her Celtic folk influences to a collection of self-penned seasonal songs and reworked traditional ...
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FRANK BIRTWISTLE – Volumes 1-4 (own label)

Frank Birtwistle is a guitarist and composer based in Sheffield who has released a set of four EPs of solo pieces – twenty-eight tracks in ...
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KATE RUSBY – Holly Head (Pure PRCD57)

Having already released the excellent Philosophers, Poets & Kings, Rusby returns with her second album of the year, the fifth in her ongoing biennial festive ...
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Yvonne Lyon releases Christmas album

Yvonne Lyon's new album Songs For Christmas is an outstanding and engaging collection to herald the festive season. Featuring five original Christmas songs and seven ...
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ATLANTIC UNION – Indulgence (Blue Island Records CD 20191)

When I reviewed the last CD from Atlantic Union here, I noted that "I’m looking forward to hearing where they take us next." Their new ...
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MOIRAI – Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story (WildGoose WGS433CD)

I’m sometimes amazed at the historical material that musicians succeed in writing about, from Gary Miller’s epic Mad Martins to Amy Goddard’s poignant ‘Remembering Aberfan’ ...
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JACK LUKEMAN – Northern Lights (own label)

Released to coincide with his Songs For The Winter Solstice tour, this live recording from the Unitarian Church in Dublin finds the deep voiced Irish ...
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THE YEHLA COLLECTIVE – Steel Strings And Iron Curtains – Songs that Ignited The Downfall of Communism (Sun King Records)

It's just 30 years on from the Czech Velvet Revolution (more commonly known in Slovakia as the Gentle Revolution) that marked the transition from one-party ...
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CHRISTY MOORE – Magic Nights (Columbia 19075991082)

Magic Nights is the sequel to Christy Moore’s 2017 album, On The Road. Conventional wisdom says that a sequel is never as good as the ...
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PAUL MOSLEY AND THE RED MEAT ORCHESTRA – You’re Going To Die!   (Red Crow CROW001)

“You’re going to die and so am I. Why are we sitting here listening to all of these lies?” I rather wish that Paul Mosley ...
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RANT – The Portage (Make Believe Records, MBR8CD)

The quartet of superbly talented individual fiddle players – Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie – who in combination make up Rant, ...
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Steel Strings And Iron Curtains – English versions of Czech political songs

Released for the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Steel Strings And Iron Curtains comprises ten famous protest songs by Czech folk masters Karel Kryl ...
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SMITH & McCLENNAN – Small Town Stories (White Fall Records)

Smith & McClennan’s Small Town Stories is a beautiful folk record of oxymoronic depth. It’s authentic folk music which oozes (heaven forbid!) with commercial appeal ...
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Folk On The Pier 2020 – all you need to know

FOLK ON THE PIER Pavilion Theatre Cromer, North Norfolk 8, 9, 10 May 2020 Nineteen highly talented acts plus an extended Fringe Festival will ensure ...
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Hilary James’ English Sketches is re-released

Hilary James' "elegant singing" (Daily Telegraph) has received much acclaim: quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British folk ballads to blues ...
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VETIVER – Up On High (VJCD251P/LC 29868)

Vetiver is the vehicle for the music of Andy Cabic and the album Up On High was released earlier in November. Up On High is ...
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SEAMUS EGAN – Early Bright (THL0003)

The Seamus Eagan Project release Early Bright on January 17th. The launch will be at the 2020 Celtic Connections in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall ...
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Mishra announce their debut album

Award winning new band Mishra release their debut album The Loft Tapes on December 7th Mishra are an exciting new band based in Sheffield and ...
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LORRAINE JORDAN – Send My Soul (Hazelville Music HZ013)

Born in Wales of Irish parents, a purveyor of Celtic soul, this is her fifth studio outing on which, accompanied by a host of backing ...
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HARP & A MONKEY – The Victorians (own label)

We have waited a long while for Harp & A Monkey’s fourth album but, despite the hints they dropped, this may not be the album ...
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FREEBO – If Not Now When (Poppabo PB2005)

A mainstay on the L.A. session scene for over 40 years, most notably spending nine years as bassist to Bonnie Raitt, since 1999 he’s also ...
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MAY ERLEWINE – Second Sight (TC0001)

May Erlewine releases Second Sight on December 6th. iTunes describes the genre as Country & Folk – I’d add Rock into those two descriptions. Erlewine ...
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EMILY JANE WHITE – Immanent Fire (Talitres TAL113CD)

Given its description as about a planet and a species on the brink of extinction, you should not enter Immanent Fire expecting bright sunny melodies ...
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CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY – The Cooley & Mourne   (Cabritunes CAB010)

I should begin by saying that The Cooley & Mourne is, for me, the best album that Cathryn and Brian have made to date. The ...
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LEIF VOLLEBEKK – New Ways (Secret City Records)

Ottowa born, Montreal resident Leif Vollebekk returns with his fourth full length album, New Ways, following on from its 2017 Polaris Music Prize nominated predecessor, ...
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PROVINCIALS -The Dark Ages (Itchen)

A Hampshire duo comprising guitarist and author Seb Hunter and singer Polly Perry, formerly of Polly & the Billet Doux, here accompanied by Dan Parkinson ...
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SINGLES BAR 46 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Swiss-based BLACK SEA DAHU’s new EP, No Fire In The Sand, conjures the ghostly sound of Mediterranean waves that carry the swell of spooky folk-rock ...
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BAND OF BURNS – The Thread (own label)

Two years on from making their debut with the Live from Union Chapel album, the twelve-strong outfit return with their first studio recording, The Thread, ...
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Winter With Mandolins re-released

Originally released in 1992 Winter With Mandolins is always popular at this time of the year. Features Russian style massed mandolins (‘Christmas Candle’), Celtic inspired ...
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ROSU LUP – The Ranger (Majestic Creature Records)

The name is Romanian for ‘red wolf’ (and inspired by Sufjan Stevens’ The Sleeping Red Wolves), the Philadelphia duo comprises Jonathan Stewart and Josh Marsh ...
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TIM HOLEHOUSE – Come (Aaahh!!! Real Records)

Tim Holehouse releases Come on November 15th. The album is his eleventh release but is a move to a more folky/country style after earlier incarnations, ...
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SOFIA TALVIK – Paws Of A Bear (Makaki Music)

Sofia Talvik’s Paws Of A Bear is wonderous backward glance to the singer song-writer halcyon days when melody, sincerity, and simple beauty sang to hushed ...
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CUA – In Flight Off The Islands (ANSEOCEOL006)

Cua (pronounced coo-ah) release their new album, In Flight Off The Islands, on November 25th. You’d probably recognise the genre as Irish/Celtic folk music but ...
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LUKE JACKSON – Journals (First Take Records FTCD004)

He’s still only 25 but Journals is Luke Jackson’s fifth studio album, not forgetting a stunning live set two years ago. I was knocked out ...
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Kate Rusby announces new Christmas album

Pure Records presents Holly Head, the 5th Christmas album from award-winning folk singer Kate Rusby. Like Petrolheads are mad about cars and Cureheads have a thing for ...
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Flemish trio Ward Dhoore – new album

Ward Dhoore – Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin + Hartwin Dhoore – Diatonic Accordion + Koen Dhoore – Electro Acoustic Hurdy Gurdy Their new album, August, ...
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DAVID CAMBRIDGE – Songtales (own label DC001CD)

David Cambridge’s story is a familiar one. He had a serious, responsible job, ran a folk club as a student, played guitar and sang and, ...
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Kim Thompsett announces long-awaited second album

Kim Thompsett presents her second album The Hollows - available on CD, vinyl and digital download. Exploring themes that are rooted in nature, mysticism and the arcane, ...
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TWELFTH DAY – Face To Face (Orange Feather Records OFR005)

Twelfth Day’s Face to Face creates a new element on the folk periodic table. There’s a nice current angle to this music that embraces traditional ...
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HOPE IN HIGH WATER – Bonfire & Pine (Fish Records FR01)

I haven’t heard Hope In High Water’s debut album, which is a great shame because Bonfire & Pine seems to be its mirror image. It ...
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Annie Dressner releases new single, ‘Nyack’

‘Nyack’ is the new single from Cambridge-based New Yorker and Alt-folk singer songwriter, Annie Dressner... ‘Nyack’ has already picked up some amazing radio support from ...
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ATLANTÆUM FLOOD – One Day (Schoolkids Records)

Atlantæum Flood’s One Day isn’t really folk music, per se. Rather, it’s a (mostly acoustic) musical journey with wonderous electric guitar that is “the brainchild” ...
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Luke Jackson – new album coming soon

There’s no argument that Luke Jackson has one of the most remarkable voices out there. And now with his fifth studio album, the 25-year-old can ...
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SMITH AND BREWER – Another Shade Of Smith And Brewer (Own Label SMBR01)

Since first being introduced to each other by Joan Armatrading in 2015, Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer have strode ahead boldly. Another Shade Of Smith ...
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Kirsty Almeida announces new studio album

Singer-songwriter Kirsty Almeida is set to release Moonbird, her first studio album since 2014’s Déjàvoodu on her own independent label, All Made Up Records. Currently ...
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PONS AELIUS – Fire Under The Bridge (own label)

Pons Aelius’ second album picks up pretty much where Captain Glen’s Comfort left off. ‘Fire Under The Bridge’ opens the show with three tunes by ...
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THE LILAC TIME – Return To Us (BMG)

The first new music since 2015’s No Sad Songs, Stephen, Claire and Nick Duffy return with their first release for a major label (not that ...
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Celtic Woman – new album

In the years since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon.  ...
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Seth Lakeman announces new album and UK tour

Multi award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman will release his new album A Pilgrim’s Tale on February 7th 2020, in a year that marks four centuries ...
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CHRIS FOX – From The Shadows (own label)

Chris Fox sent me a link for the lead single from From The Shadows and I thought it was little gem of songwriting. ‘I’m In ...
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MATT PATERSHUK – If Wishes Were Horses (Black Hen Music)

Matt Patershuk’s If Wishes Were Horses drinks from the fount of pure western Canadian country spring water—with a folky blues chaser. There’s nothing Nashville about ...
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NICK WYKE & BECKI DRISCOLL – Cold Light (English Fiddle CD04)

I’m sure that Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll won’t mind me saying that they have taken a big step with this album – they all ...
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FRANC CINELLI – Night Songs (Song Circle Records)

Franc Cinelli released Night Songs in September. Cinelli was born in Rome, grew up in London, has lived in New York, learned to play violin ...
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LANKUM – The Livelong Day (Rough Trade)

Comprising brothers Ian (Uilleann pipes, concertina) and Daragh (guitar, piano) Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada (fiddle, viola, banjo, double bass) and Radie Peat (bayan, harp, keyboards), the ...
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Beans On Toast announces new album and tour dates

The cult songwriter Beans On Toast announces the title of his next studio album, plus an extensive run of UK dates for Winter 2019/20. A ...
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Video Wall 11

Where to begin with the plethora of new videos that have arrived since last time?  With Paul Mosley & The Red Meat Orchestra and the ...
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Ashley Hutchings to open new series of concerts

Eathorpe Village Hall Back To The Roots concert series will begin at the beginning A new series of music events will begin at 7.30pm on ...
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BILLY PRICE – Dog Eat Dog (Gulf Coast Records)

Billy Price, inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend, released Dog Eat Dog in September. If you’re looking for folk music (not unreasonably since ...
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ALASDAIR ROBERTS – The Fiery Margin (Drag City DC742CD)

Following the path laid out with Pangs, Alasdair Roberts has recorded another album of new songs that sound old. I must say immediately that I ...
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CATFISH KEITH – Catfish Crawl (Fish Tail Records)

Catfish Keith released Catfish Crawl in September and is currently touring the UK. Catfish Crawl is the eighteenth album by a stunning acoustic blues player ...
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WILLIE CAMPBELL & BAND – Dileab: A Legacy (Comhhairle Nan Eilean Siar CNES2019CD)

Recorded live, Dileab sees the Western Isles singer-songwriter join forces with seven equally local musicians Jane Hepburn MacMillan, Andy Yearley, Paul Martin, DC MacMillan, Neil ...
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KIZZY CRAWFORD – The Way I Dream (Freestyle Records FSRCD128)

Kizzy Crawford has been making music for a while but her début album The Way I Dream is only just on the verge of being ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sunshine Of Your Love: A Concert For Jack Bruce (MIG Records MIG02192)

On the 24th October 2015, a year after the death of Jack Bruce – widely acknowledged as one of the best electric bass players of ...
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HARRI ENDERSBY – Mazes (Ivy Crown Records)

Mazes is the second enchanting album from Durham singer songwriter Harri Endersby. It follows on from her excellent 2017 debut album Homes / Lives, which ...
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JAMES McARTHUR AND THE HEAD GARDENERS – Intergalactic Sailor (Moorland Records)

James McArthur and The Head Gardeners’ new album Intergalactic Sailor is a wonderful folk record that is quiet, dreamy, and very melodic. This album has ...
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GREENMATTHEWS – Roots & Branches (Blast Records BFTP013)

GreenMatthews, who have appeared in these pages before, are Chris Green who plays keyboards and a variety of stringed instruments, and Sophie Matthews who plays ...
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JAKE AARON – Fag Ash And Beer (own label)

You should never judge a book by its cover, we're told, and the same is true of album covers.  I took this album for review ...
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AMY HOPWOOD – All At Sea (own label)

Amy Hopwood hails from the seaside town of Weymouth, in Dorset, so it makes sense that her inspiration would either come from the land or ...
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BELLA HARDY – Postcards & Pocketbooks (Noe NOE12CD)

I still tend to think of Bella Hardy as one of the bright young things of folk music but she has already done more than ...
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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the winners

Leonard Cohen inducted into Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame Dervish and Wizz Jones win Lifetime Achievement Awards The winners of the BBC Radio ...
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LEONARD BARRY  DECLAN FOLAN  SHANE McGOWAN – Hurry The Jug   (own label)

As soon as I started to play Hurry The Jug I was struck by an indefinable warmth in the music that immediately made me feel ...
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DOGHOUSE ROSES – We Are Made Of Light (Doghouse Roses)

Glasgow’s Doghouse Roses’ album We Are Made Of Light oozes Americana, but it still lingers with the taste of a great Old Chub Scottish ale ...
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JOHN RICHARDS – Bring Back The Spring (Working Joe Music WJMCD2019)

John Richards is credited on his new CD Bring Back The Spring as "John Richards, Songwriter". And it is indeed quite possible that you have ...
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Christy Moore announces new live album

Christy Moore’s new album, Magic Nights, will be released worldwide on 22nd November 2019. Featuring 26 songs across two discs, Magic Nights is a further ...
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