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Music in Assembly George Square Gardens 

 Performances Thursday 5 – Sunday 29 August Edinburgh's favourite festival hub, Assembly George Square Gardens, launches its new Outdoor Stage with a fabulous line-up of local, Scottish and ...
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Heisk announce their eponymous debut album

Heisk, the joyful self-titled album from the Scottish trad group, is set for release on Friday, 20 August. The debut record, which blends traditional influences ...
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CHRIS CLEVERLEY – Live From The Glass Isle (own label)

Chris Cleverley’s 2019 album We Sat Back And Watched It Unfold was, in my view, nothing short of a masterpiece. I challenge you name a ...
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DAVID CROSBY – For Free (BMG)

Singer/songwriter David Crosby has always been a magnetic character within the scope of popular music. His very first solo album, 1971's If I Could Only ...
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Otley Folk Festival – line-up news

HWell here we are, after the terrible year that we have endured, we have at last been able to put together a programme of events ...
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New Forest Folk Festival – 2021 Review by Paul Johnson

To be honest, those of you who know me will know...I’m an audio man, a radio man, a broadcaster. My job for the last 30 ...
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GEORGIA ENGLISH – Pain & Power (own label)   

Now, here’s an interesting one. Described as an illustrated album Pain & Power is released as both a full-length album and an accompanying physical book ...
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STEVE ASHLEY – Steve Ashley’s Family Album Revisited (Talking Elephant TECD465)

Steve Ashley had a long career before his time in the spotlight came with Stroll On and its follow-up Speedy Return. In the preceding decade ...
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Anna Hester announces her debut album

Postcard Songs is the culmination of five years of creative work and collaboration, including a successful Crowdfunder campaign. The 10 songs all use postcards as ...
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LANGAN, FROST & WANE – Langan, Frost & Wane  (Goldstar)

A Philadelphian coming together of  Brian Langan from the indie scene, doom rock guitarist RJ Gilligan (Frost)  and acid folk musician Nam Wayne, their debut ...
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THE LITTLE UNSAID – Lick The Future’s Lips (Reveal Records, Reveal162DDX/CDX)

In response to an uncertain, overwhelming world shrunken by pandemic isolation, The Little Unsaid grasp firmly at the straws of positivity for this, their seventh ...
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The Last Inklings announce their debut album

The Last Inklings, Leonardo MacKenzie and David Hoyland, are former members of Kadia who performed a mix traditional and original folk inspired songs with their ...
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MAARTIN ALLCOCK – OX15 (Talking Elephant TECD460)

OX15 was the late Maartin Allcock’s second solo album, originally released in 1999 and now reissued with a sparkling new remix. OX15 is also an ...
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Johnny Campbell releases single to celebrate the Winter Hill Trespass

5th September 2021 will be the 125th anniversary of the Winter Hill Trespass, a little-known event in which 10,000 working folk descended (or ascended) onto ...
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Dan Walsh – banjo wizard back on the road

Dan Walsh returns to solo touring throughout the UK during late summer and autumn to promote the delayed release of a new live album, recorded ...
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THE AUGUST LIST – Wax Cat (All Will Be Well Records)

Wax Cat is the third album from Oxfordshire band The August List who are married couple Martin and Kerraleigh Child.  Having seen them live once ...
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ADELINE – Adeline (OWL 001)

It seems that the idea was to take five well-known old-timey musicians and stick them in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness in the middle ...
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Underneath The Stars – programme news

Organisers of Underneath The Stars Festival have opted for a spacious, socially distanced, outdoor environment and lots of family fun as part of its packed ...
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CHRIS NEWMAN – Breaking Bach (Old Bridge Music OBMCD23)

We’re accustomed these days to guitar settings of classical music being performed on fingerpicked nylon or gut-strung instruments, probably with some clever tunings. For his ...
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POSSIL MÓR – Tales From The Garscube Road (own label PM01)

Both Possil Mór and their album Tales From The Garscube Road take their names from the area of Glasgow from which they hail. The band ...
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival – all the news you need

Shrewsbury Folk Festival is one of the few major UK folk festivals that will be taking place this year following the cancellation of other leading ...
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KATHRYN LOCKE WITH CHODOMPA MUSIC – LA (own label CHODOMPA1)

If you need a cellist in Scotland to work on your album, you’ll ask Su-a Lee; in England you’ll go in search of Kathryn Locke ...
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Wickham Festival forges ahead

It's all systems go for the Wickham Festival which will go ahead as planned from August 5-8. Organisers have confirmed that Wickham Festival will go ...
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BRIAN PEARSON – Here’s To Song (own label)

Brian Pearson’s Here’s To Song is a potent (and quite magical) musical journey into the heart of British folk singing, circa every folk club of ...
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SINGLES BAR 68 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Based in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, BECOMING BRANCHES are a folk-country trio comprising lead vocalist Jaz, keyboardist Hannah and guitarist/drummer Rob, who also writes the songs, ...
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FLO PERLIN – Characters (own label)

Based in London with Iraqi and Belarusian heritage, ordained as a Buddhist nun and with a strong interest in (self-)psychoanalysis, Perlin learnt cello when she ...
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CARBONHOBO – Memoirs From the Crooked Road (Merry Hell Music MHMCD00221)

Memoirs From The Crooked Road is brought to you by Carbobhobo, aka Neil McCartney, who some will recognise as the fiddle player in Merry Hell ...
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WILD EARP AND THE FREE FOR ALLS – Dyin’ For Easy Livin’ (Western Myth Records)

If there is any way in which you’re feeling a bit down, just play this album. There is a joie de vivre? joie de humanity? ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – I Am Of Ireland – Yeats In Song (Merrow – digital only release)

I Am Of Ireland is a collection of twenty-four poems by William Butler Yeats newly set to music by Raymond Driver and featuring more than ...
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TONY COX – The World Went Quiet (own label)

“What a strange, strange year we have all had.”  So begin the sleeve notes for Tony Cox’s new album The World Went Quiet. Cox was ...
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BmB – Ge Vindt Wel Een Taal (Own Label)

Ge Vindt Wel Een Taal (‘You Will Find A Language’) is the debut album from Netherlands balfolk trio, BmB. With its emphasis on danceable tunes ...
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Mark Harrison announces new album and live dates

We're back in action, and very glad to be (with fingers crossed of course). We've done a couple of great gigs and there are a ...
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Kathryn Locke announces new album with Chodompa Music

Throughout her career as a composer and self-taught experimental cellist, Kathryn Locke has been asked what kind of music she plays. Finally, she has an ...
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys announce new album and tour dates

Ready to unveil their first album since 2017, “one of the best bands on the scene” (according to Seth Lakeman) have flexed their studio muscle ...
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Smoke Fairies – commemorative vinyl re-release and live-stream event

Smoke Fairies celebrate ten years since the worldwide release of their critically acclaimed debut album Through Low Light And Trees by announcing the release of a special pressing ...
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Serious Child and Andy Ruddy announce collaborative album

talk about the weather is the new collaborative album from two independent British singer songwriters who have come together across generations and musical backgrounds. Serious ...
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JEZ HELLARD & THE DJUKELLA ORCHESTRA – The Fruitful Fells (Djukella JDHCD004)

Some artists wrap hard-hitting words up in pretty tunes but Jez Hellard has gone one further and wrapped up a set of serious songs in ...
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GABRIELE MUSCOLINO – Gabriele Muscolino (Visage Music Sas)

Gabriele Muscolino’s self-titled album is a warm acoustic recording from Italian singer-songwriter, who while singing in his native language, which, given a belief in Jungian ...
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Reg Meuross awarded Halsway Manor bursary

Somerset-based singer/songwriter Reg Meuross has been awarded an Incubator Bursary from Halsway Manor to support the development of a new project telling the story of the South West’s shameful links to the slave ...
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Runrig documentary now available to pre-order

Runrig fans and music lovers can look forward to a unique insight into rock and folk history when the much-anticipated documentary There Must Be A ...
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Aidan O’Rourke announces soundtrack album

Acclaimed Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) releases his debut soundtrack album Iorram via Reveal Records on 6th August 2021. Iorram, meaning Boat ...
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HAV – Haar (own label digital release)

A trio comprising singer Alex Ross, fellow multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bidgood and bass player Ian Paterson, their name is taken from the Danish word for sea ...
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Video Wall 19

With the future still clouded in uncertainty - despite optimism a few weeks ago - more and more artists are getting their music out there ...
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GERRY COLVIN – Fully Functioning Wind Up Mechanism (own label GC004)

As well as being the living definition of a consummate live performer (with sold out signs a regular occurrence), with songs that variously offer sharp ...
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Fairport’s Cropredy Convention postponed until 2022

Fairport Convention today announced that their annual music festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, has been postponed for the second time.The three-day event had been scheduled to ...
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MICHAEL McGOVERN – Highfield Suite (Cauldron Music CMCD004)

A high-voiced 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Glasgow, McGovern cites Springsteen, Dylan and Paul Simon among his influences, the latter clearly to be heard on the infectious ...
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MURRAY McLAUGHLAN – Hourglass (True North Records TND777)

Put simply: Hourglass is yet another brilliant and quietly assertive Murray McLauchlan album. That’s saying a lot, what with countless records, a track record that ...
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DUNCAN LYALL – Milestone (Red Deer Records RDRCD2101)

Duncan Lyall has been accustomed to making his living playing bass but his talents reach much further than that (no offence to bass players intended) ...
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Skye Live Festival goes online

Skye Live is taking things online this year with four exclusive performance pieces filmed at some of the island's most iconic locations. The annual festival, ...
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Jez Hellard announces new album

Summer 2021 will see the release of The Fruitful Fells, the eagerly awaited new studio album from Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra. The process ...
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WOUTER EN DE DRAAK – Zonnewachter (Sena)

My fluency in Dutch is measured in negative numbers but I do know that draak means dragon. Wouter En De Draak are Wouter Kuyper who ...
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IMDL’s Grand Draw Online – a great selection of prizes for lovers of Irish culture!

IMDL’s annual raffle raises funds towards staging their Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance, 'Return to London Town', the 23rd edition of which is to be held from ...
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KATHERINE PRIDDY – The Eternal Rocks Beneath (Navigator NAVIGATOR106)

Making her recording debut back in 2018 with her well-received Wolf EP, Birmingham-based Priddy has wisely taken her time in working up to a full ...
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The Breath – live dates go on

Despite the government’s announcement of continuing restrictions and social distancing measures until July 19th, The Breath are delighted to announce their July shows will go ...
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Beans On Toast announces his second book, Foolhardy Folk Tales

Foolhardy, fun-loving folk musician and longstanding festival fixture, Beans On Toast, is pleased to announce the arrival of his second book: Foolhardy Folk Tales. Released ...
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LILLEBJØRN NILSEN   ANDY IRVINE – Live In Telemark (Heilo HCD7366)

I don’t think that Andy Irvine needs any introduction - Lillebjørn Nilsen probably does. He’s a Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer and the much travelled ...
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MATTHEW ROBB – War Without Witness (own label)

War Without Witness is Matthew Robb’s third album – and it’s as good as the first two. If Robb is a new discovery – and ...
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Alison Kinnaird video – Peter Nardini auction

In this video, glass artist and musician Alison Kinnaird explores the link between art & music which have intertwined throughout her life and introduces new ...
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JOE DANKS – Seaspeak (own label)

I once tried to explain to a red-haired lady in Dublin that I had no connection with the sea as I was brought up in ...
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Duncan Lyall announces new solo album

Milestone is the new album from composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Duncan Lyall. A busy performer on the folk scene as bassist with Kate Rusby and Treacherous Orchestra, Lyall’s ...
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DANI LARKIN – Notes For A Maiden Warrior (own label)

An emerging star on the folk scene from the Armagh-Monaghan border, Larkin delivers an assured and hugely impressive debut, Notes For A Maiden Warrior, handling ...
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Talisk announce festival and tour dates

You can’t keep a good band down – and Talisk are widely recognised as one hell of a band! Described by Glasgow Herald as ‘a ...
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SINGLES BAR 67 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

DYLAN LeBLANC was brought up, in part, in Muscle Shoals which is a hell of a place to start your musical education. He has released ...
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TOM WEST – I’m Livin’ (AntiFragile Music)

Australian singer-songwriter Tom West’s I’m Livin’ is an album of dark sonic colours that hover over very acoustic melodies. These tunes burn from a smokey ...
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Mark Harrison announces new album

Acclaimed UK roots artist and songwriter Mark Harrison and band release new album The Road To Liberty On the street of a thousand souls There ...
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Jinnwoo releases digital single and announces new album

Jinnwoo returns with new album dreamcreatures. released 3rd September. It has been described by Brit and Mercury winning producer Charlie Andrew, who signed him to ...
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The Little Unsaid announce new album

Acclaimed London / Aarhus alt-pop-folk band The Little Unsaid return with their new album for Reveal Records Lick The Future's Lips on July 9th. The ...
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JAMESTOWN REVIVAL – Fireside With Louis L’Amour (Thirty Tigers)

You might not be familiar with the work of Louis L’Amour, an American writer whose   work centred around Western novels or ‘frontier stories’, but Jonathan ...
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Karen Tweed premieres her new commission this month

Karen Tweed is set to premiere her new commissioned piece of music 'Visitors' about Orkney over two nights at a beauty spot on the island ...
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JOHN HINSHELWOOD – Called Back (Littleroots Records LRCD 1006)

I’ve never read the poetry of Emily Dickinson, although she is somewhat revered now. During her lifetime she was regarded as an eccentric – what ...
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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT- A Sleeping Place (own label)

Taking their name from the mythology of King Arthur and the Round Table saga, the tale in question one of death and rebirth, this emerging ...
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Green Diesel announce their fourth album

Hailing from Faversham in Kent, Green Diesel first emerged back in 2009, taking their inspiration from the depths of English folk lore and legend, and ...
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ROD STRADLING -Treacle & Bread (Ghosts From The Basement GFTB 7059)

Treacle & Bread is a blessed glance at the magic of Rod Stradling’s musical transfusion into the very blood pulse of British folk music. This ...
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AVA – Wildflower (AVVCD001)

Wildflower by AVA was released in early April. I missed it until recently, which is a shame because the album is sheer delight. AVA is ...
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Copperplate podcast 260 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 Ciderhouse Rebellion launch video series

There was an idea, long ago, in classical Roman religion, that every part of the world had its own little god, its own spirit. It was the ‘spirit of place’ ...
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CHLOE FOY – Where Shall We Begin (Chloe Foy Music)

Where Shall We Begin is an intense and lovely (almost Baroque ornamented) very modern folk album. Quite frankly, it could well be the soundtrack to ...
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Fatoumata Diawara announces online video

Celebrated Malian singer/guitarist/songwriter/actress Fatoumata Diawara has announced details of her new video ‘Ambè’. Composed during the first lockdown, Fatoumata enlisted revered female musicians Angelique Kidjo, ...
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Matthews Southern Comfort announce live UK dates

These days, most band ‘reunions’ take place because of the huge financial rewards available and occasionally, record company pressure. In the case of Matthews Southern Comfort, neither ...
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MIKE TURNBULL – Two Kingdoms (own label MTM05)

Lakeland singer-songwriter Mike Turnbull is no stranger to these pages. Tracing his ancestry back to the reivers – or perhaps their victims – Mike has ...
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TRÚ – No Fixed Abode (own label)

A trio from Ulster comprising multi-instrumentalist Michael Mormecha, guitarist and singer Zach Trouton and Dónal Kearney, a folk singer brought up in the Irish language ...
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SINGLES BAR 66 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Norfolk singer-songwriter LUCY GRUBB self-releases her third EP, Waste My Time, a four track set of folksy Americana circling around themes of relationships and getting ...
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Video Wall 18

With so many artists taking to live streaming - and very successfully, too - there have been relatively few one-off videos coming our way. With ...
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Chris Cleverley announces new album and live dates

Altfolk songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley announces new release for Summer 2021. Chris will be releasing a series of stripped back recordings entitled Live From ...
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Chloe Foy announces debut album and UK tour

Chloe Foy first started to attract attention as far back as 2013 when her debut single ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ was picked up ...
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PAUL HANDYSIDE – Loveless Town (Malady Music)

If there is such a genre as dark country then Paul Handyside must be its master. His fourth solo album, Loveless Town, is deeply embedded ...
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MARIA MULDAUR with TUBA SKINNY – Let’s Get Happy Together (Stony Plain SPCD 1429)

On a first casual listening I thought this was a clever pastiche of the music of the 1920s and 30s. When Maria Muldaur first heard ...
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Oysterband – back on the road in 2021

Oysterband are delighted to be able once more to take to the road for a series of previously postponed dates that are now set for Autumn ...
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Bluegrass Pride announces month-long virtual festival

Bluegrass Pride, a California-based non-profit with a mission to uplift LGBTQ+ folks in roots music, is proud to announce the first weekend of their month-long ...
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THE VILLAGE – Ghosts In The Static (own label)

The Village – or Phil Matthews as they probably call him down the pub – made quite an impression with his previous album, Escape From ...
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Norfolk World Music Festival returns this year

Norfolk World Music Festival returns in 2021 aiming to create “Umoja” the Swahili and Zulu word for togetherness and unity but of course in these ...
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FolkEast announces curtain raiser shows

With England’s most easterly folk festival, FolkEast, on course to return this August, organisers are celebrating by staging a curtain-raiser weekend of shows in June ...
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Ambient-folk trio HAV announce release of their upcoming second album

HAV is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Alex Ross, multi-instrumentalist /producer/ambient sound guru Jonathan Bidgood, and bass player Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson. The trio met more than 20 years ago ...
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival reveals its plans for 2021

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed its plans for a covid-safe festival including a refreshed line up to celebrate the best of British based folk artists ...
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LUNATRAKTORS -The Missing Star (own label)

Lunatraktors burst onto the national scene with their debut album followed by a fine EP. This coincided with the start of the current crisis and ...
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TOM CLELLAND – Handpicked & Collected (Modestine Modestine002)

While I was not well-acquainted with the work of Tom Clelland, I've always liked songs that tell a story, so I was immediately drawn to ...
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SARAH-JANE SUMMERS & JUHANI SILVOLA – The Smoky Smirr O’ Rain (Eighth Nerve 8nerve008)

The Scottish/Scandinavian fusion movement continues apace with Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers and Finnish guitarist and composer Juhani Silvola, now based in Norway, releasing their third ...
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GRAHAM RORIE – The Orcadians Of Hudson Bay (own label RUMS02CD)

It strikes me that quite a few composers working in the broader field of folk music are now writing what might best be described as ...
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Gate To Southwell Festival – tickets selling fast

The organisers of the Gate To Southwell Festival are reporting record sales so far for this year’s event in September (2nd-5th).  Following the cancellation of ...
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OLD SEA BRIGADE – Motivational Speaking (Network Records)

Old Sea Brigade’s Motivational Speaking is definitive proof of Robert Frost’s ‘Road Not Taken’. Sure, Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) retreated to my own native ...
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FolkEast returns in 2021

With the biggest easing of Covid restrictions about to go ahead, and the roadmap out of lockdown on target, England’s most easterly folk festival, FolkEast, ...
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SINGLES BAR 65 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

STUART SMITH recorded The Sun EP Vol.2 in the world-famous Memphis studios using the time-honoured technique of one voice, one acoustic guitar, one harmonica and ...
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CRAIG CARDIFF – All This Time Running (True North TND764)

Hailing from Ontario, Cardiff has notched up sixteen solo album, live and studio recordings, but All This Time Running is his first full-length collection of ...
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JIMMY LEE – Broken (own label)

Born in Bristol, played all over the world for the last fifteen years, Jimmy Lee has just released his debut album, Broken, and it’s good ...
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Sarah-Jane Summers and Juhani Silvola announce their third album

Traditional and contemporary sounds rub shoulders on The Smoky Smirr O Rain, the third album from renowned Norway-based Scottish/Finnish duo Sarah-Jane Summers and Juhani Silvola ...
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STARAN – Staran (own label)

Odd: Sometimes age sings with the most youthful voice: Such is the case with Staran’s self-titled album of Scottish folk music that touches the fresh ...
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Beautiful Days – just a few tickets left

Devon’s Beautiful Days, which is scheduled to take place from the 20th – 22nd August 2021 in the grounds of Escot Park, has announced over ...
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GNOSS – The Light Of The Moon (Blackfly Records BFLY04CD)

The Light Of The Moon is the second album by Gnoss, a quartet founded by two Orcadians, Aidan Moodie and Graham Rorie and expanded by ...
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Copperplate podcast 259 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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CHRISTINA ALDEN & ALEX PATTERSON – Hunter (own label)

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson are two-thirds of…well you can work that out. Recently, they have been making a name for themselves as a duo ...
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ALEX ROBERTS – Live At The Vic Inn (own label)

Alex Roberts’ Live At The Vic Inn spins gossamer folk webs that are saturated with his whiskey-stained voice. Not only that, but this live album ...
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Towersey introduces “pint-sized” festival

Back in March 2020 when the world got flipped on its axis, Towersey Festival was one of the very first events to cancel their live ...
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Sarah McQuaid Honours Two Legendary Producers With New St Buryan Sessions Singles and Videos

For the fifth and sixth singles of her new album and video series The St Buryan Sessions, Cornwall-based singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid honours two musical giants, ...
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NANCY KERR – Tunnellers (Little Dish Records LIDIEP6)

Commissioned by the British Tunnelling Society for their 50th anniversary year Tunnellers comprises four self-penned songs and one instrumental. Nancy Kerr is joined by James ...
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The Magpies – new single, festival and tour

It has only been a short space of time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge ...
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Den Miller announces his new album

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Den Miller is pleased to announce that, after a long delay due to Covid-19, he will be releasing his new album Join ...
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BANTER – 3 (Mrs Casey Records MCRCD1202)

3 is, logically enough, Banter’s third album but the first one to come folking’s way. So, to bring us all up to speed: Banter are ...
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GREG HANCOCK – Architecture & Archaeology (own label)

A distinctive guitarist and songwriter of wistful depth and sophisticated melancholic design who draws on the experience of the past to build strong foundations for ...
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Edinburgh Tradfest begins on April 30th

Edinburgh Tradfest opens this week with an online concert from Shetland Springs: a celebration of the Shetland fiddle tradition. Recorded at Traverse 3 and presented ...
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CIARA McELHOLM – Amergin Fire (Copperplate COPP035)

It seems to me that musicians and composers are doing more and more interesting things at the moment. A year ago, the trend was to ...
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Declan O’Rourke announces November tour dates

Following the release of his brand new, Paul Weller-produced album Arrivals to widespread acclaim, award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has announced a UK tour for November 2021 ...
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SCOTT SEAN WHITE – Call It Even (own label)

Based in the delightfully named Poetry, Texas, after 30 years making music, Call It Even is White’s first full-length release and speaks to his ability ...
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SAM DRAISEY – Red vs Blue (own label)

I haven’t heard from Sam Draisey since I reviewed his impressive album, As I Live And Breathe back in 2017. He’s not been idle, though, ...
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Darren Beech – follow his funeral on line

Hi all.. For those of you who would wish to participate in the web-streaming of our beloved Darren's funeral on Wednesday 21st at midday - ...
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GERI VAN ESSEN – Cleaned The Windows (Tiny Room Records TR048)

Unlike her 2018 debut, the London-based Dutch singer-songwriter’s second album, Cleaned The Windows, is all original material, and also two tracks longer, van Essen accompanying ...
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Andy White announces new rare and unheard collection

Andy's second collection of hard-to-find and unreleased songs, Rarer, will be available exclusively from our website <http://www.andywhite.com/shop/5-albums> and Andy's Bandcamp <https://andywhiteireland.bandcamp.com/>. Pre-order is open now ...
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AMY SPEACE with THE ORPHAN BRIGADE – There Used To Be Horses Here (Proper PRPCD159)

Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t get a sight of an Amy Speace album so There Used To Be Horses Here is the first one I’ve ...
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Copperplate Podcast 258 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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New Scottish band Staran announce debut album

Some of the most sought-after artists on the Scottish folk scene have come together to create a formidable collective. Named Staran, the group will release ...
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BRIAN FINNEGAN – Hunger Of The Skin (own label)

I am somewhat at a loss as to how to summarise Hunger Of The Skin which is a difficult position for a reviewer to be ...
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Graham Rorie, award-winning Orcadian fiddler, announces debut album

Award-winning Orcadian fiddle and mandolin player Graham Rorie has announced his debut solo album The Orcadians of Hudson Bay, which is set for release on ...
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BRENDAN ADAMS – Buttons (own label)

Brendan Adams’ Buttons confronts the age-old “I pulled into Nazareth” (sort of) sacred confession of The Band’s ‘The Weight’, which Robbie Robertson once said, “Is ...
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BEAU – The Methadone Of Time (Cherry Red BEAUTMOT1)

Written entirely during the first lockdown, and naturally informed by everything connected with that as well as other notable incidents from the personal and political ...
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Sam Draisey announces new double CD – Red Vs Blue

Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter Sam Draisey is back with a new album. With eighteen new songs across two disks (one red, one blue), Sam combines previously unheard ...
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RAY COOPER – Land Of Heroes (Westpark Music CD87404)

Recorded in Sweden in summer 2020, ‘Land Of Heroes’ is the fourth solo album from impossibly talented multi-instrumentalist Ray Cooper. Aside from supporting vocals supplied ...
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SINGLES BAR 64 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Formerly Evan Petruzzi and now just EVVAN, the New York-based singer-songwriter self-releases her Home EP, a five track collection of self-discovery and self-acceptance that kicks ...
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MG BOULTER – Clifftown (Hudson HUD020CD)

Crafted around a fictional faded seaside town (loosely based on Southend-on-Sea), Boulter’s latest, Clifftown, unfolds a series of 50s tinged melancholic narratives to a gentle ...
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HONEY AND THE BEAR – Journey Through The Roke (own label)

Lucy and Jon Hart have stayed mostly true to their native Suffolk coast while recording their second album, Journey Through The Roke, basing several of ...
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Katherine Priddy announces debut album

The release of The Eternal Rocks Beneath (Navigator Records) marks the arrival of a singular new talent on the contemporary roots music scene: Katherine Priddy ...
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Edinburgh Tradfest returns on-line this month

Stellar line-up of artists from Scotland and around the world Digital content – live streamed and online DATES: Friday 30 April - Monday 10 May ...
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Top selling folk albums for March 2021

Today, the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released in the March ...
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PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER – From Poets To Wives (Talking Elephant TECD454)

Twelve years ago Peter Knight’s Gigspanner introduced themselves to the world with Lipreading The Poet. Its launch was relatively low key but just look how ...
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PEGGY SEEGER – First Farewell (Red Grape Music)

Half-sister to Pete Seeger, married to Ewan MacColl from 1977 until his death in 1989 (though she actually married Alex Campbell in 1959 in a  ...
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BOB LESLIE – In Praise Of Crows (Big Red Records Big Red 5)

Bob Leslie is a Scottish (half-Orcadian, actually) singer/songwriter with a humorous bent and a growing reputation. In Praise Of Crows is his third album. Bob ...
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C.O.B – Spirit Of Love (Bread And Wine Records BRINECD5)

C.O.B’s 1970 acid folk and sublimely spiritual Spirit Of Love has been re-released with a CD and vinyl pressing! Now, for the uninitiated, C.O.B was ...
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JASON RINGENBERG – Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken Entertainment CCECD018)

Forty years on from launching Jason and the Scorchers, the Illinois-born Southern-twanged cowpunk singer is as fired up as ever on Rhinestoned, his 21st release ...
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GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS – All The Good Times (Acony Records)

One of the less harrowing aspects of lockdown is that informal live music is more accessible online than it used to be: at any rate ...
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival receives more than £45,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has received a grant of £45,256 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help organisers plan and deliver its four-day ...
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Skerryvore Onboard Fingal – 24 April 2021

Multi-award-winning band Skerryvore have announced a special livestream show to be broadcast from Edinburgh’s exclusive floating hotel, Fingal on Saturday 24 April 2021 – and ...
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CHRIS FLEGG – Twenty’s Plenty (FLEGGCD011)

Chris Flegg is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from St Albans but I won’t hold that against him. Twenty’s Plenty is a collection of twenty ...
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BOO HEWERDINE – Selected Works (Reveal Records)

Boo Hewerdine’s Selected Works is a best of collection that acoustically lights votive candles to his devoted fans. But to the uninitiated, this is a ...
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Beans On Toast announces winter tour dates

Foolhardy folk musician and longstanding festival favourite - Beans On Toast - will be doing a tour of some of his favourite independent venues this ...
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Manchester Folk Festival Announces Programme for October 2021

Line-up includes The Futureheads, The Breath, Kathryn Tickell and Spiers & Boden’s comeback Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full programme across multiple venues from ...
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Fèis Rois awards £40,000 to Scottish musicians

£40,000 has been awarded to 12 musicians across Scotland to support them to deliver youth music projects, including singing workshops for refugees and new Scots ...
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PAUL HUTCHINSON – Petrichor (own label)

Paradoxically, Paul Hutchinson’s new album, Petrichor, is a much-travelled and international project involving musicians from Sweden, Belgium, the USA and Australia as well as a ...
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IAIN MATTHEWS with ANDY ROBERTS – Live At The Bonnington Theatre (Angel Air SJPCD642)

Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts hadn’t seen each other for several years when, so the story goes, they bumped into each other in a Brighton ...
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HEADSTICKS – C.O.W. (Chapter 22 C22/21/0005)

Headsticks’ previous studio album, Kept In The Dark, came not so much as a breath of fresh air as a veritable hurricane. C.O.W. - the ...
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3HATTRIO – Lost Sessions (Okehdokee Records)

Imagine finishing the recordings for your sixth album, but then your hard drive gets crushed by a falling piano. That’s what happened to American Desert ...
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Declan O’Rourke to live-stream concert

In celebration of the release of his brand new, Paul Weller-produced album Arrivals, award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has teamed up with Irish Arts Center New ...
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JERRY AKEHURST – An Old Man’s Folly (own label JAS2021)

Based in Iona, where the album was recorded, raised on influences as diverse as Buddy Holly, Bert Jansch and JJ Cale, Akehurst’s musical history entails ...
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Mànran: online Easter weekend concert

Scots trad-rock band Mànran will celebrate what should have been a weekend taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lochaber with the very first Mànran: 10 ...
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ANNA TAM – Anchoress (Tam Records TAM002)

Anna Tam is a Mediæval Bæbe – classically trained and with a clear voice that so many singers would give their eye teeth for. Add ...
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HARBOTTLE & JONAS – The Beacon (Brook View Records BVR002)

David and Freya have been busy during lockdown streaming a series of live Facebook performances from home, often of inspired cover versions, variously as a ...
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Ninebarrow to appear on Countryfile on Sunday

Hot on the heels of the release of their fourth album A Pocket Full of Acorns, Dorset duo Ninebarrow (Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere) are ...
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FAELAND – When I Close My Eyes (Faeland GSR.CD.002)

Faeland’s When I Close My Eyes is melodic folk album that bobs melodically on the surface of a lake yet still manages to probe the ...
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ANTOINE & OWENA talk to Folking

Antoine Architeuthis and Owena Archer met at a gig in Salisbury in 2017. Antoine: “Owena was playing with in a mutual friend’s band and I ...
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WREN – Pink Stone: Songs From Moose Lodge (Swimming Rabbits WREN 2101)

Wren being the recording alias of Laura Adrienne Brady, Pink Stone is the third of her place-based albums, the setting here being Washington‘s Methow Valley, ...
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ANNABELLE CHVOSTEK – String of Pearls (own label)

Annabelle Chvostek’s String Of Pearls is indeed, a place where, as U2’s Bono once sang, “Then all the colours will bleed into one”. Although Toronto ...
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SINGLES BAR 63 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Like so many others, DARIA KULESH has been hit hard financially by lockdown: she has responded positively, though, with the release of her Emergency Covers ...
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KALEIDOSCOPE – Sky Children: The Best Of Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour (Beyond Before BB114)

Let me tell you a  story. A couple of years after leaving sixth form, I went back to visit my old English teacher. He showed ...
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JOHN BLEK – Digressions #2 Grounded (We Are Rats WARR014)

Digressions #2 Grounded is well described. 2020 was certainly a digression from “normal” life and grounded is what most of us were. Artists reacted differently ...
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HOTH BROTHERS BAND – Tell Me How You Feel (own label)

Tell Me How You Feel has seventeen songs, one hour and six minutes long. Hoth Brothers Band (HOTH = High On The Hog) have not ...
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Boo Hewerdine to release Selected Works

A new 20 song compilation album sequenced by Tom Rose from English songwriter Boo Hewerdine's extraordinary catalogue released (in his 60th year) on March 26th ...
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Towersey Festival 2021 – news from the director

Back in March 2020 when the world got flipped on its axis, Towersey Festival was one of the very first events to cancel their live ...
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VISION THING – Morning’s Coming (own label VT007CD)

Begun in 2019 and completed in lockdown, produced by Merry Hell’s John Kettle, Morning’s Coming, the second album by the North West quartet stakes an ...
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TRAILHEAD – Into The Mountains (Requa Records REQUA 202103)

Trailhead is the recording name for German Americana singer-songwriter Tobias Panwitz, apparently acquired during his time as part of the trail maintenance crew in Northern ...
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The Soundhouse Organisation’s Spotlight Series continues on Monday 15 March with Trio Magico

Comprising pianist Paul Harrison, bassist Mario Caribé and drummer / percussionist Stuart Brown, Trio Magico have been brought together by their passion for playing Brazilian ...
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NED ROBERTS – From The Reels: 2012-2020 (Self-released download)

From The Reels is a collection of hitherto unreleased outtakes from Ned Roberts’ previous three albums and sessions with LA-based producer Luther Russell, released as ...
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NOTHING CONCRETE – The Haberdasher’s Voyage (Round Flat Records)

There are some albums that, on first hearing, make you exclaim “oh, my” or words to that effect. The Haberdasher’s Voyage is one such – ...
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MILTON HIDE – Temperature’s Rising (own label)

The debut album by Wilmington, East Sussex acoustic duo Jim and Josie Tipler, joined (remotely) by an assortment of guests on the likes of fiddle, ...
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LEWIS BARFOOT – Glenaphuca (own label)

Lewis Barfoot’s Glenaphuca is gorgeous album that condenses modern maturity into a melodic simplicity that, somehow, ignites (with crystalline vocals) the vivid colours of her ...
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FIELD WORKS – Cedars (Temporary Residence)

Well, this is something different. For the ninth outing in the series, producer Stuart Hyatt has put together a special dual-language release that combines cosmic ...
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Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts live in 1991

Live At The Bonington Theatre - Nottingham 1991 from Iain Matthews with Andy Roberts is issued on CD through Angel Air [Cat No SJPCD642] on ...
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Kate Rusby to stream Hand Me Down

Kate Rusby Worldwide Streamed Album Concert 10 April 2021, 7.30pm BST The first full play of acclaimed album Hand Me Down Kate Rusby brings to ...
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NINEBARROW – A Pocket Full of Acorns (Winding Track)

Named for Nine Barrow Down in Dorset’s Purbeck hills, joined by Lee MacKenzie on cello, Nizlopi’s double bassist John Parker and both producer Mark Tucker ...
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Copperplate Podcast 257 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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GORDON DOWNIE – Away Is Mine (Arts & Crafts Productions)

Gord Downie’s Away Is Mine is an album of “rough magic” that “reads the thoughts of birds” while it sings a glorious acoustic harmony to ...
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MICHAEL JOHNATHON – The Painter (PoetMan Records  PMR70030)

An artist whose teenage comic strip was published in 17 newspapers, holed up in his Kentucky log cabin, Johnathon’s completed 49 oil paintings since the ...
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JOHN RENBOURN GROUP – A Maid In Bremen (MIG MIG02392 CD)

You have to wonder what more historic delights are still hidden away in the vaults of German radio and TV. The punningly titled A Maid ...
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ELENA PIRAS – Where The Wind Blows (own label EP0002 CD)

There are some albums that can be reasonably described as “eclectic” and When The Wind Blows is one such. Any of the threads spun together ...
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EAMON O’LEARY – The Silver Sun (Reveal 108CDX)

Recorded in just one afternoon, The Silver Sun is the New York-based Dubliner’s third album on which he’s joined by Benjamin Lazar Davis on keys, ...
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Free online training for all Gaelic and traditional arts tutors

Gaelic arts organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, is running a free tutor training day next month with sessions focusing on health & wellbeing, how Covid-19 might ...
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SON OF THE VELVET RAT – Solitary Company

Let’s start factually. Son Of The Velvet Rat release Solitary Company on March 19th. George Altziebler - songwriter, vocalist, player of guitar, harmonica, melodica - ...
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Ray Cooper announces new album

Ray Cooper started to play in bands when he was 16. After Art College in Brighton, he joined punk band Amazorblades, moved to London and ...
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COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE – Rakes & Misfits (Grimdon Records GRICD003)

It’s almost four years since Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne released his debut solo album, Outway Songster. Not that he’s been idle: Granny’s Attic has kept him busy ...
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The Unthanks announce their Winter Onliner

This weekend The Unthanks present 22 hours of content! Exclusive new performances, podcasts, Q&As, cook-alongs and quizzes, will sit alongside over 2 hours created by ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS –  Between Islands (An Lanntair LANCD006)

A bringing together of three projects (song writing, fiddle and folk) involving thirteen artists from Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides and originated by the An ...
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OKA VANGA – Oka Vanga (Crazy Bird Records)

Oka Vanga’s third (and self-titled) album is a “wild, rich & unique” joyous hybrid of Americana and wind-blown memories of British folk music. Angela Meyer ...
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LAWRENCE ILLSLEY – Trees (Tiny Tree Records TTRLICD001)

A Cornish poet now based in the Welsh valleys, Illsley makes his singer-songwriter debut with a thematic companion piece to last year’s award-winning collection of ...
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LOVERIDGE – As The Crow Flies (Loveridge Records)

Sea shanties dropped out of my own repertoire quite a few years ago, so I'm probably the only folkie in Cornwall who hasn't heard Fisherman's ...
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