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Hò-rò announce new album

New Moon is the exciting new album from traditional powerhouse Hò-rò. The contemporary trad album, which features delicate ballads and upbeat foot-stomping tunes, will be ...
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Beau announces his new album

Al Killem’s Final Show is Beau’s second (and, he says, hopefully final) album to be written under draconian COVID-19 restrictions; this set dating from England’s ...
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Manchester Folk Festival announces first artists for October 2022

Manchester Folk Festival announces the first wave of artists for 13th to 15th October 2022. Now in its 6th year, the festival returns once again ...
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Moseley Folk And Arts Festival announces full cast

Running from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September 2022 at Moseley Park and Pool, the annual event will see appearances from Jethro Tull, Dr. John Cooper Clarke, The ...
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Levon Helm and Mavis Staples – posthumous album announced

Captured at Woodstock, New York’s Levon Helm Studios in the summer of 2011, ANTI- Records is excited to announce Carry Me Home, a new album ...
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LANDON LLOYD MILLER – Light Shines Through (own label)

Texas singer-songwriter Landon Lloyd Miller’s Light Shines Through is a warm and joyous folk rock record that simply spins with wonderful sonic bliss that, from ...
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TOM DELANY – The Lark’s Call (own label)

The Lark’s Call, is the debut solo album from uillean piper Tom Delany, and it’s one for the purist. No fusion or electronic wizardry here ...
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Mary Gauthier announces new album

On June 3rd, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, and now accomplished author, Mary Gauthier will release her new album Dark Enough To See The Stars (Thirty Tigers). Over ...
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TRACK DOGS – Where To Now? (Monde Green MGRD122)

Based in Madrid and now entering their 16th year together, the quartet follow up 2019’s Fire On The Rails with a dozen songs and a ...
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The Trials Of Cato tour continues

Formed in Beirut, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to ...
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EMMA GALE – Emma Gale (By Example Records BEX1)

A self-described accidental indie folk artist, the Dorset born singer-songwriter’s debut album (her background includes acoustic covers duo/trio Galeforce) started out as an eclectic cocktail ...
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IONA LANE – Hallival (own label ILR001CD)

Iona Lane was brought up in the high country. Living in the Yorkshire Dales, holidaying in Scotland, she thanks her parents for dragging her up ...
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Knockengorroch Festival 2022 Theme – Divas and Icons

Knockengorroch Festival has revealed its 2022 theme - Diva and Icons - through a photo series with rap artist and singer Nova AKA Nova Scotia ...
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Heidi Talbot announces new single and album

Singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot releases new single ‘Empty Promise Land’ as she announces the May 20th release of her new album Sing It For A Lifetime ...
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IAN NOE – River Fools & Mountain Saints (Thirty Tiger Records)

Ian Noe’s River Fools & Mountain Saints is a blessing to lovers of dirt road Americana music – performed with a voice that’s a melodic ...
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Irish Music and Dance In London presents a weekend of events

Friday 1st April 7.30pm Sliabh Aughty in Concert at The Irish Cultural Centre, with support from The Trad Gathering Presented by The Irish Cultural Centre and ...
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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Irish Chamber Orchestra announce new album of sean nós songs

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Irish Chamber Orchestra have breathed new life into the noble, classical songs of our ancestors with this new album, Róisín Reimagined, ...
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PAXTON & MORRIS – Is It Safe Out There? (own label PCMCD001)

Is It Safe Out There? Well, is it safe out there? That’s a question we have all been asking for the past two years and ...
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Kate Rusby celebrates thirty years as a professional musician

Kate Rusby celebrates an amazing thirty years as a professional musician in 2022 with the release of a brand new album 30 : Happy Returns ...
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EMILY BARKER & LUKAS DRINKWATER – Room 882 (Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Arriving in Australia to visit her family for the first time in two years, Emily and husband Lukas had to spend 14 days in their ...
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M ROSS PERKINS – E Pluribus M Ross (Karma Chief KCR-12012)

Singer, multi-instrumentalist and self-styled psychedelic songwriter, M Ross Perkins, recently finalized work on his second LP, E Pluribus M Ross. Set for a March 18th ...
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ISLAND GIRLS – Beach Daze (May Monday Adventures MMA6327005)

The Island Girls are Margaret Robertson, piano and fiddle, and accordionist Karen Tweed and the islands in question are Orkney where Beach Daze was recorded ...
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Bella Gaffney- new single and tour

Celtic Connections' Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements ...
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BLACK*SCARR – Last Year’s Joke (own label)

Completed last year but delayed by Covid, Johnny Black and Emma Scarr return, joined by Steve Bottcher, with Last Year’s Joke, another album of wry ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival announces more names

More names have been announced for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, back in 2022 after a two-year break and shaping up to be an unmissable ...
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SINGLES BAR 75 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Originally from California and now Nashville-based, ERINN PEET LUKES has enlisted Rachel Baiman to produce her new self-released EPL, a seven-track EP of folksy Americana ...
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THE LOW DRIFT – The Low Drift (Cwm Saebren Records)

A new folk-based collaboration between Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner with Emma Thorpe and Huw Costin, both of whom worked with the late Mark Lanegan, ...
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Merry Hell announce spring/summer gigs

In order to do our best to bring hope and maybe a little joy to a troubled world, we will be heading out to share ...
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Official Folk Chart – February 2022

On Tuesday 1 March the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...
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ROVING CROWS – Awaken (own label)

Having released a fairly subdued EP during and titled Lockdown, the Celtic rock quartet storm back with guns blazing for their fourth album, everything bar ...
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The Ciderhouse Rebellion announce new album

In-the-moment improvisers, The Ciderhouse Rebellion are releasing their fourth album Genius Loci 2: The Valley Of Iron on Friday 1st April this year. Master accordionist Murray Grainger and ...
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PETER KNIGHT & JOHN SPIERS – Both In A Tune (KSCD002)

Peter Knight and John Spiers’ second collaboration is the album Both In A Tune - a title borrowed from Shakespeare’s As You Like It (‘Well ...
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THE HAWTTHORNS – Tarot Cards And Shooting Stars (Mule Kick)

Tarot Cards And Shooting Stars, the second HawtThorns album by Nashville husband and wife duo KP (Kirsten Proffit) on lead vocals and acoustic and electric ...
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ANDY IRVINE  PAUL BRADY – Andy Irvine  Paul Brady (Mulligan LUN CD 3108)

I should say that Andy Irvine  Paul Brady has been on my (very long) bucket list for many years. I saw Andy Irvine only once ...
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Kate Rusby to headline FolkEast

Party time! When FolkEast returns to Suffolk this summer it will be celebrating a decade’s unbroken run – a journey that not even a pandemic ...
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AGENT STARLING – Constellation Of Birds (DHM)

A duo comprising Quentin Budworth on hurdy gurdy and bassist Louise Duffy-Howard (aka Lou Loudhailer) respectively based in Bridlington and Hull, with her son Dexter ...
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INNI-K – Iníon (Green Willow Records GW203CD)

Irish singer Inni-K’s Iníon echoes the thoughtful memory of W.B. Yeats’ words, “And I will have peace there, for peace comes dropping slow”. I suppose ...
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IAN DAVID GREEN – Songs From The Wheel (own label)

With Songs From The Wheel, the follow up to his 2021 debut album Songs Of The Sea, in company with multi-instrumentalist Marty Hailey, Su-a Lee ...
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MERRY HELL ACOUSTIC/FLEETWOOD CAVE – live at The Half Moon, Putney.

It’s not often that I begin a live review by waxing lyrical about the support band but Fleetwood Cave impressed me greatly and made a ...
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DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread (own label)

A rising star on the folk circuit, produced by Phil Beer Needle & Thread, the second album by the Southampton-born singer-songwriter, features three original numbers ...
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BIRD IN THE BELLY – After The City (GF*M Records GFM0013)

Responding to the pandemic and taking inspiration from Richard Jefferies, the Victorian author of the dystopian After London, Elizabethan playwright Thomas Nashe and poems about ...
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CARSON McHONE – Still Life (Loose Music)

Carson McHone’s Still Life is a complex tight wired folk-rock tapestry that evokes the organic purity of the 70’s musical quest that always pursued the ...
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JOHNNY COPPIN – River Of Dreams (Red Sky Records RSKCD124)

His first album of new material since 2017’s Christmas-themed All On A Winter’s Night, River Of Dreams finds him in company with regular collaborators Paul ...
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THE LONGEST JOHNS – Smoke + Oakum (Decca 3876697)

Signed to a major label deal on the back of last year’s surprise viral TikTok and Top 40 success of traditional New Zealand folk song ...
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Charm Of Finches – UK tour dates

Enchanting Australian folk pairing Charm Of Finches have announced their first-ever UK shows for April and May 2022. Sister duo Charm Of Finches live in ...
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Bird In The Belly announce new album and live dates

A post-apocalyptic planet has perhaps rarely felt less far-fetched than it does right now. The idea of cities and people being overthrown by disaster and ...
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HARRIET RILEY AND ALEX GARDEN – Sonder II (own label HRAG02)

If you delight in placing musicians into pigeonholes you’ll probably need a whole new category for Harriet Riley and Alex Garden. Harriet plays vibraphone and ...
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Andy Irvine and Paul Brady – classic album reissued

Compass Records Group is excited to announce the release of a special edition version of the Mulligan Records classic Andy Irvine / Paul Brady. In ...
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OYSTERBAND – Read The Sky (Running Man Records RMCD8)

It’s been a long time since Oysterband recorded new music but they are back with a vengeance and Read The Sky. If you want to ...
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ELLES BAILEY – Shining in The Half Light (Outlaw Music)

Elles Bailey releases Shining in the Half Light on February 25th. It really ought to be Bailey’s "breakthrough album" – you know: the one where ...
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Video Wall 22

Things seem to be picking up again - let's hope it lasts - so there's a wide selection of videos for us to choose from ...
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ALAW – Denwyd I’r Goleuni (Taith Records TRCD00025)

Alaw’s first album, Melody – also the translation of the band’s name – was released nine years ago and their second, Dead Man’s Dance, some ...
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The Magpies announce new single and tour dates

It seems no time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impact with their fresh brand ...
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Roving Crows announce new album

Awaken is the energetic new album from award-winning Celtic folk-rock fusion band Roving Crows. The four-piece, who have been carving out their niche in the ...
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GABRIEL MORENO – The Year Of The Rat (own label)

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet, songwriter and performer now living in London. The Year Of The Rat is his third album and we can ...
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The Official Charts Company reveals the Top 20 folk albums for January

On Tuesday 8 February, the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...
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Stephen Doster announces new album

March 4 2022 is the release date of Stephen Doster’s over the red sea on faw records. The record will be his third solo release ...
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STEVIE MAC – Be Under No Illusions (own label)

Arriving in my inbox as an on the off-chance submission, Be Under No Illusions is the first full length album by Belfast singer-songwriter Steve McCullough ...
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SUTHERING – If We Turn Away (own label)

Devon-based via Bristol Suthering’s If We Turn Away is an intricate tapestry of English folk music that, for want of a better phrase, simply toys ...
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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage announce new album

Ink Of The Rosy Morning, the upcoming album from Cambridge folk duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, was very nearly a different beast entirely. Before ...
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Emma Gale announces her eponymous debut album

Dorset singer-songwriter Emma Gale is set to release her beautifully crafted self-titled debut album. The Americana record, set for release on Friday 18th March, is ...
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DLÙ – Moch (ARC Music EUCD2956)

DLÙ will be a new name to many, but since this debut album, Moch, suggests we’ll be hearing more from them, perhaps we should start ...
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Peter Knight and John Spiers announce their second album

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of the UK’s most easterly festival FolkEast had the inspired idea of pairing legendary musician Peter Knight and ...
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KENNETH I MacKENZIE – Glendrian (Caberfeidh Music CMD002)

Kenneth I MacKenzie is not a well-known name in these parts. He’s Scottish, as you might have guessed, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who specialises in ...
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HARLEY KIMBRO LEWIS – Harley Kimbro Lewis (own label)

Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro, and Sam Lewis have, in the authentic acoustic words of Canadian Colin Linden, written an album that’s “got the cure”, and ...
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Copperplate Podcast 268 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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Johnny Coppin announces new solo album

River Of Dreams is the eagerly anticipated new studio album from Johnny Coppin, a collection of twelve new songs, all penned by Johnny apart from ...
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Fairport Convention – Winter Tour details

Having entertained music lovers for over half a century, 2022 sees Fairport Convention celebrate the 55th anniversary of the band's original formation back in 1967. During ...
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Norma Waterson, one of folk’s greatest voices and greatest people.

Everyone from the Folking.com team would like to send their sincerest love, light and deepest sympathy to Eliza, Martin and family following the terrible news ...
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Cowboy Junkies announce new covers album

Long admired for the carefully chosen cover versions of songs that have been part of their repertoire from the very beginning, Cowboy Junkies will release Songs ...
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RACHEL NEWTON AND LAUREN MacCOLL – Heal & Harrow (SHADOW 05)

Heal & Harrow is an investigation of the persecution of “witches” in Scotland or perhaps a commemoration of their lives. The music is written by ...
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MARK T – Blues @ Zero (Circle Of Sound COS335CD)

Mark T brings his signature mixture of blues, folk and rembetika to his new album, Blues @ Zero, an album of which he’s rightly proud ...
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BEINN LEE – Deò (Beinn Lee BL21)

Beinn Lee’s Deò is an album filled with Scottish folk music, suspended in their Hogmanay night celebration, with the always New Year’s visitor friendly offering ...
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Dom Prag announces his second album

Dom Prag has been steeped in the traditions of the classical guitar since childhood. His dad taught him to play but he stopped having lessons ...
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STEVE NOONAN – Dreamland (own label Z1EHA26A)

Twin Cities singer/ songwriter Steve Noonan is set to release his second, full-length album, Dreamland, on January 29th. An industry veteran, Noonan has been honing ...
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THE TWANGTOWN PARAMOURS – Double Down On A Bad Thing (Inside Edge IER004)

The Twangtown Paramours (what a great name!) release their third album, Double Down On A Bad Thing, on February 4th. The core of the band ...
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SINGLES BAR 74 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Cardiff-based label Tŷ Cerdd Records release Hyperion, the debut 3-track EP from CARA LUDLOW, a twenty-something Welsh singer-songwriter and Assistant Producer for Cardiff Productions, developing ...
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Belinda O’Hooley tours Inversions this spring

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned ...
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Martha Tilston announces spring tour

Following the autumn 2021 launch of The Tape, her debut feature film which she wrote, directed and starred in, singer-songwriter Martha Tilston has announced her ...
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Kenneth I Mackenzie announces new album

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Kenneth I MacKenzie has announced the release of a new Scottish traditional music album inspired by the history and landscape of the ...
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THE BLUES AGAINST YOUTH – As The Tide Gets High And Low (Escape From Today EFT087)

The Blues Against Youth is a new name to me and As The Tide Gets High And Low came as a very pleasant diversion. It’s ...
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JAMESTOWN REVIVAL – Young Man (own label)

Produced by Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis (who also plays on the album), Young Man is the first album by the Texas quintet led by founder ...
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The Twangtown Paramours announce new album

The Twangtown Paramours is an award-winning American band, the core of which is husband and wife, Mike T. Lewis and MaryBeth Zamer from Nashville. Mike ...
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AOIFE O’ DONOVAN – Age Of Apathy (Yep Roc Records)

Aoife O’ Donovan’s new album, Age Of Apathy, is a wonderful and very modern American folk record that allows earthy acoustic instruments to float with ...
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BURBRIDGE AND BOOTH – Icons (ICONSICD)

It’s an odd thing how a piece of music can take you to a particular place or mood or part of life. And there’s something ...
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TRIP – A Drop for Neptune (Trip Music Records CD001)

The contemporary Scottish folk scene definitely isn’t short of talent, and this debut album from Glasgow based band Trip, further demonstrates the scene’s robust health ...
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MEGAN HENDERSON – Pilgrim Souls (own label MHM01CD)

Megan Henderson is a fiddler, pianist, singer and composer and a member of one of Scotland’s finest bands – Breabach. Surprisingly, Pilgrim Souls is her ...
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NITEWORKS – A’ Ghrian (Comann Music CM006)

It must be admitted that folk-electronica is (like most electronica) a genre that has passed me by up to now, so although A' Ghrian (released ...
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MICHAEL VEITCH – Wachtraum (own label)

Michael Veitch’s Wachtraum (Days Of Dreams) is a lovely folk record with a few pop puzzle pieces played to perfection. And it’s a concept album ...
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First acts announced for Knockengorroch 2022

Scotland’s leading world ceilidh is back, as Knockengorroch is set to return music to the hills and people to the land once more, 19 - ...
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Le Vent Du Nord celebrate their 20th anniversary with new album

The multi award-winning band, Le Vent du Nord (the Wind of the North) have toured the world, playing over 2,000 concerts and are about to ...
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Official folk charts for December 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 DECEMBER ...
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Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell present The Lindisfarne Story – Chapter 5: 50 Years Of Fog

The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the life, times and music of the North East of England's most beloved band, Lindisfarne.  Founder member and ...
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MICHAEL JOHNATHON – Cosmic Banjo (Poet Man Records PMR70031)

His third album in two years, Cosmic Banjo, as the title suggests, sees the Kentucky-based singer-songwriter focusing on his long neck banjo playing skills, adapting ...
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BEN SURES – The Story That Lived Here (own label)

Ben Sures’ album The Story That Lived Here is filled with “unfinished conversations” and is coloured with characters who “dream of dolphins and having a ...
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Mark Harrison announces spring dates

Happy New Year to everyone, and all fingers remain crossed! We have a lot of great dates coming up this year at all manner of ...
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Gabriel Moreno announces new album

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past twenty years in Gibraltar, Chile, Peru, Italy, Spain, Germany, ...
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Wolf & Clover announce second album and launch concert

Wolf & Clover is excited to announce the completion of their long-awaited second album, twelvemonth and a day, to be released Tuesday, February 1st  2022 ...
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POLICE DOG HOGAN – Overground (Major Tom Records MTCD008)

Police Dog Hogan, for those of you yet to encounter them, combine British folk/pop/rock songwriting with overtones of Americana courtesy of Eddie Bishop’s fiddle and ...
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MATT McGINN – Time Well Spent (own label)

Begun in mid-2021 as the follow-up to Lessons Of War but then placed on the back burner as other priorities took precedence, McGinn’s encounter with ...
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STEVIE SIMPSON – Sunshine State Of Mind (own label)

Stevie Simpson, colloquially known as One Bloke One Mandolin, probably made the best decision of his life when he decamped to Spain before things here ...
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Copperplate Podcast 267 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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VINNY PECULIAR – Artists Only (Shadrack & Duxbury SADC015)

Alan Wilkes’ fourteenth album since making his solo debut back in 2001, Artists Only is a concept album as such from Bromsgrove’s answer to Ray ...
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SEAN TAYLOR – The Beat Goes On (own label STCD116)

Sean Taylor’s new release The Beat Goes On is rich in its soundscape. Taylor plays guitars and piano; producer Mark Hallman plays, mostly, bass, drums ...
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TOM OAKES – Water Street (Window Weather Records WWR00002)

It is often said that we hear what we want to hear. This could begin to explain my initial reaction to Tom Oakes latest offering, ...
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KEITH JAMES – Can You Imagine? (Hurdy Gurdy HGA 1919)

To misquote somewhat: Keith James’ catalogue is rather like a box of chocolates. He is famed for his interpretation of the songs of other artists, ...
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CHRISTY MOORE – Flying Into Mystery (Sony 19439645982)

A new studio album from Christy Moore is a rare treat these days. His previous, Lily, was five years ago and in the intervening time ...
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LINDA MOYLAN – The Merchant (Talking Elephant TECD470)

Linda Moylan comes originally from Waterford and is now based in London. The Merchant, her second album, was produced by Phil Beer and mixed by ...
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SARA COLMAN – Ink On A Pin (Stoney Lane Records)

Sara Colman’s Ink On A Pin is a gorgeous tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell. And this album is a departure (and perhaps, even ...
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DAMIEN McGEEHAN – Kin (MCG002)

Released in October, Damien McGeehan’s new album, Kin, could be described as Irish music, heavily influenced by his native Donegal – which would be both ...
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Flook announce spring tour dates

Sat 22 January        GLASGOW - CELTIC CONNECTIONS (special guests of Elephant Sessions at their 10th Anniversary) Wed 2 February       CARDIFF Acapela Thurs 3 ...
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Glasgow band TRIP announce their debut album

A Drop For Neptune, the debut album from Glasgow based six piece band TRIP is a culmination of four years of musical kinship that started ...
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GWEN MÀIRI – Douze Noëls (own label TELYNEG001)

Gwen Màiri grew up speaking Welsh in Scotland and now lives in Glasgow where she is, naturally, learning Gaelic. She is a trained harper on ...
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THE McDADES – The Empress (own label)

The McDades are a trio… except there are five of them. Jeremiah, Shannon and Solon are the McDade siblings (although Shannon is now Shannon Johnson) ...
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STEPHEN JACQUES – Soul Hydraulics (own label) 

Virginia’s own Stephen Jacques has delivered the latest in an extensive discography, his 2021 LP Soul Hydraulics. Known for his work under the moniker Box ...
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Megan Henderson announces debut solo album

Pilgrim Souls is the elegant debut solo album from Glasgow-based musician Megan Henderson, set to be released on Friday 21st January. The beautiful record proves ...
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SINGLES BAR 73 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

A film composer turned folkie, ROLY WITHEROW follows up last year’s Ballads And Yarns album with a more back to basics five-track EP entitled Down ...
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FLY YETI FLY – Make A Ring (own label)

Fly Yeti Fly’s Make A Ring is a beautiful folk album that, to quote Emily Dickinson, is filled with “only Gossamer, my Gown - My ...
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Johnny Cash box set due in January

Johnny Cash's newly-unearthed 1968 At The Carousel Ballroom live album - captured by Grateful Dead sound wizard Owsley "Bear" Stanley - gets limited-edition box set ...
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Janis Ian announces her latest and final album

For Janis Ian, The Light At The End Of The Line bookends a kaleidoscopic catalogue that began with her 1967 self-titled debut at age fifteen ...
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CAITRÍONA O’LEARY – Strange Wonders – The Wexford Carols Vol.II (Heresy Records Heresy 026)

If you like your Christmas music in the classic, not to say classical, style then Strange Wonders may be to your taste. Caitríona O’Leary is ...
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Cambridge Folk Festival announces first names for 2022

“The jewel within the UK folk festival circuit” (Songlines Magazine) returns after a two-year hiatus and Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to announce the first ...
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Will Varley announces May 2022 tour

Following his recent run of intimate headline shows acclaimed alt-folk singer-songwriter Will Varley has announced a major UK headline tour for May 2022. In October, ...
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Peggy Seeger announces her 2022 tour

Peggy Seeger, the undisputed queen of folk & political song, has announced 29 UK dates on her 2022 First Farewell tour. Covering the UK from ...
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DANNY BRADLEY – Small Talk Songs (DBRDLYCD001)

Danny Bradley released his debut album Small Talk Songs on November 22nd. You may not have heard of him but his website gives an impressive ...
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BRUCE COCKBURN – Greatest Hits (1970-2020) (True North TND786)

With a man like Bruce Cockburn the title Greatest Hits has a certain tongue-in-cheek vibe. Not for him the glamour of the pop charts but ...
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MARK JOSEPH – Vegas Motel (own label)

Singer/songwriter Mark Joseph is a man who likes to keep busy. Between full-time gigs playing with Big Wu, Momentary Lapse Of Floyd, and other projects, ...
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Police Dog Hogan announce their fifth studio album

UK Americana artists Police Dog Hogan release their fifth studio album, Overground, on Friday 14th January 2022. Engineered and produced (with the band) by George ...
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CATFISH KEITH – Land Of The Sky (Fish Tail Records FTRCD019)

Catfish continues his prolific recording career. Land Of The Sky is his twentieth album overall and his third in the last three years. After last ...
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THE LITTLE UNSAID – December Songs (Reveal Records Reveal 181CDX)

A few months ago The Little Unsaid’s John Elliott was exhorting us to Lick The Future’s Lips and, following a tour of that album, he ...
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THE TREETOP FLYERS – Old Habits (Loose Music)

The Treetop Flyers’ new album, Old Habits, hums a very British tune, while “going down to old, old Woodstock”. And yes, that’s a Van Morrison ...
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THE NORFOLK BROADS – Yonder Green Grove (own label)

The Norfolk Broads – I love that name – are Eleanor Dale, Daisy Johnson, Anna Cornish and Helen Cherry from East Anglia; I’m not going ...
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JOE TILSTON Tightrope (Our Records OUR001)

The bass player from punk/ska band Random Hand makes a solo album and it’s reviewed on folking.com? Oh yes, definitely. Joe Tilston (that bass player) ...
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BROOMDASHER – The Country Diary In Song Live (Clean Sweep Records CS0121)

For readers of a younger persuasion: Edith Holden’s Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady was the coffee table book de jour in the 1970s, spawning ...
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VIDEO WALL 21

We begin this post with a premiere from SERIOUS SAM BARRETT - 'Every Night Has An Ending'. Sam tells us: "This song is inspired by ...
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IAN A. ANDERSON – Please Re-Adjust Your Time (Cherry Tree CDTREEBOX025)

During the Hot Vultures reunion tour Ian A. Anderson opined that there wouldn’t be any more reissues from his back catalogue. Then everything went wrong ...
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Beth Nielsen Chapman to tour UK in 2022

If you are going to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing ...
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Gretchen Peters announces 2022 tour

Planning a series of special appearances in the new year, Peters will be packing in a mixture of fixtures that range from unmissable full-band live ...
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Kathryn Williams and Carol Ann Duffy collaborate on Christmas album

Kathryn Williams, the Mercury-nominated, folk inspired singer-songwriter, has added to her impressive list of previous collaborators this Christmas by teaming up with celebrated poet Carol Ann ...
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MALCOLM MacWATT – Settler (Need To Know Music NTKBB2021MM)

Playing all instruments except bass (Phil Dearing) and with Kris Drever on guitar for one track, Malcolm MacWatt’s Settler continues his melding of Scottish and ...
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MATTIAS LIES – Turning Points (Mta Productions/ Quality Recordings)

Mattias Lies’ new folk album, Turning Points, continues (as did his last record, Highs And Lows), to calm the hot lava ash of the current ...
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BEANS ON TOAST – Survival Of The Friendliest (BOT Music)

For the unaware, Beans On Toast releases an album every year on his birthday (December 1st). Last year was his fortieth and he released two ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – Live at Stoller Hall, Manchester, 17th November 2021

With a special 15th anniversary edition of his breakthrough Freedom Fields album as well as a brand new album, Make Your Mark, to celebrate, Seth ...
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MABILENE – The Other Side (own label)

Houston native Jenny Weaver, aka Mabilene, will be releasing her debut full-length album, The Other Side, this week. Though unlike many debut projects, this one ...
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SINGLES BAR 72 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

THE CURSE OF K.K.HAMMOND is London born slide guitarist and self-professed hermit Kristelle Karina who has a thing for resonator guitars and early Delta blues ...
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Frazey Ford – new single and UK tour dates

Following huge acclaim for her 2020 album U Kin B The Sun, Vancouver Soul-Americana artist Frazey Ford finally returns to UK shores this month for her ...
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The Norfolk Broads announce their second album

The Norfolk Broads sing traditional songs from the British Isles and America, usually unaccompanied. They are drawn to songs that tell a story, and the ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – Make Your Mark (Honour Oak Records)

One of the most distinctive voices, literally and metaphorically, in contemporary folk music, Make Your Mark, self-produced, is Lakeman’s 11th solo album and, joined by ...
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GARETH DAVIES-JONES – Truth Tradition Prophets & Loss (HWM019)

Gareth Davies-Jones released his new album, Truth Tradition Prophets & Loss, at the end of October. The album is a collection of traditional and self-penned ...
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OLD BLIND DOGS – Knucklehead Circus (own label OBDCD015)

Old Blind Dogs are veterans of almost thirty years. Co-founder Jonny Hardie is joined in the current line-up, which has been together since 2016, by ...
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MEGAN NASH – Soft Focus Futures (Acronym)

While this is her third album, I have to confess it’s my first encounter with the non-binary Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter. Clearly I have been missing out ...
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KATE GREEN – A Dark Carnival (own label KGCD002)

Kate Green has hidden her musical light under a bushel for a while. Her first record, An Unkindness Of Ravens, was released in 2007 and ...
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VISION THING – Woman Like Me (own label)

Offered at a bargain £5, Woman Like Me, a ten track collection, is essentially an introduction taster for newcomers to this outstanding Southport folk-rock outfit, ...
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COLIN JAMES – Open Road (Stoney Plain SPCD1434)

Open Road is the twentieth album in the distinguished career of Colin James. The Canadian guitar-slinger has famously rubbed shoulders with many of the all-time ...
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THE DAUGHTERS – Golden Shore (own label)

The Daughters' debut album Golden Shore is delightful, and something beautiful to come from a horrible year that saw the world stand still due to ...
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SKINNY LISTER – A Matter Of Life & Love (Xtra Mile)

Skinny Lister’s A Matter Of Life & Love rocks with a very modern punk (aka rogue) folk pulse. The album is positive proof of two ...
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MARTYN JOSEPH – 1960 (Pipe Records PRCD034)

Martyn Joseph was born in 1960 and is now sixty years old – a pleasing synchronicity (or should that be symmetry?) that just had to ...
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Copperplate podcast 265 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 Official Folk Chart – October 2021

The Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo reveal the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released in the October reporting ...
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Spell Songs announce their second album

Spell Songs, the ensemble created in 2018, is to release their second album Spell Songs II: Let The Light In, on 10 December 2021 via Thirty Tigers ...
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DEVIN HOFF – Voices From The Empty Moor (Songs Of Anne Briggs) (Kill Rock Stars)

American bassist, composer, and arranger Devin Hoff’s album Voices From The Empty Moor (Songs Of Anne Briggs) condenses the wild and weird unearthly folk eerie ...
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Phil Cunningham returns with his Christmas Songbook

Following the huge success and popularity of Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook over the last 15 years, the show will be returning to venues across Scotland ...
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Kate Rusby announces her Christmas tour dates

A Kate Rusby Christmas Concert perpetuates the tradition of Yorkshire carols, specific carols sung in the crowded pubs of South Yorkshire. Kate sat in the ...
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LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES – As Long As It’s Not Us (Social Family Records SFR0124)

Already a huge success in their native Australia, while the blurb talks of a different direction, pushing the definition of Americana to its limit, even ...
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MARGO CILKER – Pohorylle (Loose Music)

Sometimes a CD arrives on my desk and gets overlooked for no good reason and Margo Cilker’s debut album, Pohorylle, is one such. I got ...
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Martyn Joseph announces new album

‘I was shadow boxing with my dad a couple of years ago’, remembers Martyn Joseph. ‘As a kid he always wanted me to toughen up, ...
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LOUIS DE BERNIERES – Despatches (Khaki Angel Records KARCD02)

Louis de Bernieres releases a double album called Despatches on November 12th. Though De Bernieres has - how should I put it? - a more ...
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FINE LINES – Deadbeat Lullabies (Parade Recordings PARCD015)

The 12-string revival continues to gather steam with the third album from the British folk-rock septet fronted by David Boardman and Zoe Blythe and featuring ...
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ARCHIE BROWN AND THE YOUNG BUCKS – Diddley Bow (own label)

Archie Brown And The Young Bucks have been pub-folk rocking (in one form or another) all the way from Newcastle, circa 1976. And their new ...
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Bruce Cockburn announces Greatest Hits collection

With 34 previous releases, 13 JUNO wins, two Hall of Fame inductions, countless honorary Doctorates, Officer of The Order of Canada — and new inductee ...
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HANNAH JAMES & TOBY KUHN – Sleeping Spirals (Jigdoll Records JDR 003)

Hannah James has covered a lot of ground in a career that now spans two decades as a singer, songwriter, step-dancer and an innovative accordion ...
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Strange Wonders – The Wexford Carols, Vol. II

Brings Together Folk, Classical and Traditional Music Luminaries to Present Ireland’s Greatest Christmas Music. Out Nov 12th on Heresy Records Produced by Ethan Johns and ...
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JACOB & DRINKWATER – More Notes From The Field (own label)

A highly contemplative and reflective collection, More Notes From The Field, the second of the duo’s studio albums, is a largely unhurriedly–paced affair. It opens ...
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ROBB JOHNSON – Minimum Wages (Irregular Records IRR118V)

Robb Johnson’s second album of the month is a more conventional set of guitar based songs with like-minded friends in attendance: Jenny Carr and John ...
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Isla Ratcliff announces her debut album

Emerging Scottish traditional artist Isla Ratcliff will release her exciting debut album The Castalia on Friday 19th November, inspired by her experience of the traditional ...
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CHARM OF FINCHES – Wonderful Oblivion (AntiFragile Music)

A close harmony duo from Melbourne, Australia, sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes have been likened to First Aid Kid while other influences include Sufjan Stevens ...
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KEVIN BRENNAN – The Clown & The Cigarette Girl (Revolver REVXD331)

Kevin Brennan is MP for West Cardiff – something of a first for us – and has chaired the Parliamentary All Party Folk Music group ...
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IAN M BAILEY – Songs To Dream Along To (Kool Kat Musik PURR2203)

Earlier this year, Bailey released an  EP of four songs in collaboration with Daniel Wylie from Cosmic Rough Riders. The response was encouraging enough to ...
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Christy Moore: new single and album

Legendary singer/song-writer, Christy Moore, returns with his new single, ‘Clock Winds Down’. The song is the first taster from his new studio album, Flying Into Mystery, which will be released ...
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Joe Tilston releases his second solo album

Joe Tilston is the bass player in punk band Random Hand. Tightrope is his second solo album which follows on from his debut album Embers ...
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SINGLES BAR 71 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

THE STORY SONG SCIENTISTS, Findlay Napier and Megan Henwood, are widely regarded as two of the finest songwriters in the country. On the evidence of ...
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Louis de Bernieres releases double album of original songs

Despatches is the new album from Louis de Bernieres, recorded and mixed by David Edward Booth at Louis’ home in Norfolk, and David’s studio, The ...
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Katie Melua releases acoustic version of Album No. 8

Georgian-British singer-songwriter and musician Katie Melua is set to release Acoustic Album No. 8, a collection of acoustic reworkings of her acclaimed 2020 release Album ...
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ROBB JOHNSON – Your Affectionate Son (Irregular Records IRR117)

There seems to be no stopping Robb Johnson. Your Affectionate Son is the first of two new albums he’s about to release and there is ...
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Boo Hewerdine announces mini-album

Master songwriter Boo Hewerdine returns with another new release hot on the heels of his recent Selected Works collection comes Singularities (Reveal Records, November 5th) ...
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THE MATTHEWS BAARTMANS CONSPIRACY – [distant chatter] (Talking Elephant TECD468)

Iain Matthews seems to have a restless streak when it comes to musical collaborations; collaborations that have produced some fine music over a long career ...
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SCOTT LAVENE – Milk City Sweethearts (own label)

Scott Lavene released Milk City Sweethearts in September – and it’s a belter. Lavene’s first album under his own name, 2019’s Broke, had spots of ...
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Simon Mayor & Hilary James announce new album

Lockdown might have been a time of few physical journeys, but for Simon Mayor & Hilary James, free of concert commitments, it was a chance ...
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MÀNRAN – Ùrar (own label MAN05)

It strikes me that the epicentre of British folk-rock has been moving steadily northwards with the times: from London, where everyone headed, to Oxfordshire, when ...
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Seth Lakeman announces new studio album

Emerging from lockdown, Seth Lakeman explodes back on the music scene with stunning new studio album Make Your Mark set for CD and digital release ...
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SASKIA– Where Are We Heading (Music Without Measure MWMCD009)

The second album as part of Griffiths-Moore’s deal with the Atlanta-based Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, again recorded at Abbey Road it’s an all acoustic set ...
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Old Blind Dogs announce new album

Knucklehead Circus is the spirited and long-awaited new album from stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene, Old Blind Dogs. Their 14th record, which is ...
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WILL VARLEY – The Hole Around My Head (Yellow Cake) 

Singer/songwriter Will Varley has emerged with his first new material since 2018’s Spirit Of Minnie with ‘The Hole Around My Head’, the title track and ...
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OVER THE MOON – Chinook Waltz (Borealis BCD275)

Over The Moon are Canadian roots/swing duo Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell who live in a ranch in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Their ...
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DANNY GEORGE WILSON – Another Place (Loose Music)

Australian born Brit Americana singer Danny George Wilson’ s Another Place is a wonderfully weird concoction of folk and rock music that continuously stops time ...
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ROB PETERS -The Moon That Thought It Was The Sun (Wafer Thin WATT 059)

Producer, songwriter, singer, and engineer, Birmingham born and based Peters has had a lengthy musical career, initially as the drummer with 70s fractured reggae-infused new ...
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Devin Hoff revisits the songs of Anne Briggs

Bassist, composer and arranger, Devin Hoff has been studying the music of Anne Briggs for over a decade, transcribing, practicing, arranging and performing songs from ...
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REG MEUROSS  HARBOTTLE & JONAS – Songs Of Love & Death (own label)

I’ve waited several decades for someone to use this title for an album - I’ve long thought that Songs Of Love & Death summed up ...
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DAN WALSH – Live At The Floodgate (own label)

We all tell jokes about banjo players even when we know better. But I’ll tell you this. See Dan Walsh on his current tour and ...
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In The Echo – new concept album recorded at Earlsfort Terrace

In The Echo is an eight-track concept compilation album, curated and produced by Ross Turner. Recorded in various locations in the historic National Concert Hall ...
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