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Alasdair Roberts announces new album The Fiery Margin

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Walker is known as a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer but he is neither a lyricist nor a singer. For his debut solo album ...
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THE SMALL GLORIES – New Album

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

Ancora is released today in a Limited Edition of 500 Orange Vinyl. Flook say that "We had a tough time choosing the winner of our ...
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Karen Marshalsay announces debut album of Scottish harp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Teres Aoutes String Band are from the north-west of Italy and released Lo Rock ‘n’ Roll De La Mountagna in 2018. A couple of ...
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BARD EDRINGTON V – Espadín (own label)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Lavene releases, Broke, on June 7th. It’s an eclectic collection of nine songs, an album for the twenty-first century in the territory of, say, ...
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Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach release new album and film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifteen years on from taking a short break to raise a family, the Sunderland-based former Radio 2 Horizon Award winner finally returns with her fourth ...
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JOHN CONDRON AND THE OLD GANG ORCHESTRA – Dead Tree (own label)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You may know the name from Child Ballads, the album he made with Anais Mitchell back in 2014, while he’s also recorded with the likes ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – From Here – English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2 (From Here Records SITW011CD)

Curated by Ian Carter and Nicola Kearey of Stick In The Wheel, the second volume of From Here is every bit as intriguing and entertaining ...
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MICHAEL McDERMOTT – Orphans (Pauper Sky)

Despite having released solo albums Willow Springs and Out From Under alongside Six On The Out from The Westies in the past couple of years, ...
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SINGLES BAR 40 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

EDDI READER releases a new EP, Starlight (Reveal) which lifts the title track and ‘My Favourite Dress’ from her recent Cavalier album and adds three ...
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FINE LINES – Gaslight Roses (Parade PARCD009)

Six-piece Americana roots rockers from Cheshire, Gaslight Roses is Fine Lines' second-full length album, co-produced by Merry Hell’s John Kettle (who also contributes guitar and ...
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DUIR – Sodden Dogs & Blind, Winged Horses (Songs Of The Oak DUIR-CD-003)

Sometimes an album comes from so far out that it’s difficult to know where to start. Sodden Dogs & Blind, Winged Horses is one such ...
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ABIGAIL DOWD – Not What I Seem (own label)

Born and once again based in North Carolina by way of Florence (the subject of ‘Secrets On The Street’) and Maine, Dowd trades in the ...
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Bill Jones returns with new album

Bill (Belinda) Jones is an English folk singer/songwriter, who started her career in 1999, winning a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (Horizon Award) in 2001 ...
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MARRY WATERSON & EMILY BARKER – A Window To Other Ways (One Little Indian)

A musical meeting of minds at a writing retreat led by Kathryn Williams led to Waterson, the daughter of Lal Waterson as, as such, English ...
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BONES AND THE AFT? – Mickey (Liver & Lights No. 57)

If you have not yet encountered Bones And The Aft? some explanation may be necessary. They are the musical wing of the Liver & Lights ...
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DERVISH – The Great Irish Songbook (Rounder Records)

Dervish release The Great Irish Songbook on April 12th. I don’t really need to say very much more to persuade anyone to give this a ...
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Molly Tuttle announces her debut album

Molly Tuttle celebrates the release of her highly anticipated debut album When You’re Ready today on the heels of a packed show in her adopted ...
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Topic Records celebrates its first 80 years

Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records is a deluxe double CD and double vinyl of the cream of contemporary British folk ...
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ODETTE MICHELL – The Wildest Rose (Own Label)

As previously mentioned on Folking.com, Odette Michell is following up her well-received debut EP from 2018 (By Way Of Night) with a full-length album called ...
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The Folking Awards 2019 – the results

Here they are, the results of the 2019 Folking awards. Thanks to all our writers who submitted nominations and to everyone who participated – over ...
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The Men They Couldn’t Hang Biography

The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the ...
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Marina Osman Biography

Marina Vasilieva Starostenkova was born in 1965 in Polotsk, Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, into a family of musicians. Her mother was a bayan player, a ...
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Reg Meuross biography

Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, Reg Meuross is currently touring with his latest album, the song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs which tells of fighting ...
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Ninebarrow biography

Having been friends since the age of 12, folk music had long been a feature in the lives of Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardiere. The ...
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Larkin Poe biography

Rebecca & Megan Lovell began their musical careers in 2005 as teenagers with the formation of a bluegrass/Americana group, the Lovell Sisters, with their eldest ...
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Vision Thing biography

Vision Thing are mostly bass guitarist Paul Cunliffe, Pete Cunliffe on acoustic guitar, David Windsor on violin and vocalist Cherlene Walmsley. On big occasions they ...
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CARRIE TREE – The Canoe (Own Label WCRCD05)

Brighton singer/songwriter Carrie Tree's third CD, The Canoe, due for release on the 26th April 2019, is a little more delicate and spiritual than anything ...
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KY BURT – The Sky In Between (Woodstove Records)

While lots of Americana finds its way between my ears from time to time, Ky Burt's album The Sky In Between, due for release on ...
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Julie July Band live in Penzance

With lots of milder spring weather finally making an appearance in Cornwall, what could be nicer than venturing down from the hills of Penwith for ...
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ELLES BAILEY – Road I Call Home (Outlaw Music OLM19CD01)

Elles Bailey is a Bristol-based musician with a reputation for pulsating live shows. Her first album, Wildfire, was released in 2017 to great acclaim and ...
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THE DRYSTONES- Apparitions (Shedbuilt Records TDSR003)

I quite liked The Drystones previous album, We Happy Few, although I wished for more songs and I was not as prepared as some critics ...
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FAUSTUS – Cotton Lords (Westpark 87381)

Over the past months, the trio have been gradually releasing online a collection of new songs from the Lancashire Cotton Famine Poetry project in partnership ...
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DAVY GRAHAM – Hat (Bread & Wine BRINECD-4)

Hat, released in 1969, was Davy Graham’s third album for Decca. The mixture of blues, jazz and mainstream songwriting with a little classical thrown in ...
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Odette Michell announces debut album

The Wildest Rose is the enchanting debut album from Hertfordshire based folk singer-songwriter Odette Michell. The album follows on the heels of Odette's 2018 debut ...
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AMY THATCHER – Solo (own label AT001)

Amy Thatcher is usually to be found with The Shee or The Monster Ceilidh Band or alongside Kathryn Tickell in The Side. This, however, is ...
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THOM ASHWORTH – Head Canon (own label)

Having released his second EP, The Hollow, at the tail end of 2017, the Hampshire-born, East London-based folkie now goes the whole hog with a ...
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MIKE VASS – Save His Calm (Unroofed Records UR006CD)

We’re used to hearing Mike Vass as an instrumentalist and, particularly, a composer. His albums have been evocative musical journeys, In The Wake Of Neil ...
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SCREAMING ORPHANS – Life In A Carnival (own label)

Four sisters from Donegal, Joan (drums), Gràinne (guitar, banjo, viola), Marie Thérèse (accordion, keys) and Angela (bass, fiddle) Diver released their debut album in 2001 ...
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DAVY GRAHAM – Midnight Man (Bread & Wine BRINECD-3)

Hindsight is wonderful. Looking back to 1966 when Midnight Man, Davy Graham’s second Decca album, was originally released, its eclectic mix of material was fairly ...
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SON VOLT – Union (Thirty Tigers)

In the continuing musical silence from Springsteen in response to the Trump presidency, joined by long-time members Mark Spencer on keys and lap steel and ...
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Stick In The Wheel announce the second volume of From Here

Once again, Ian Carter and Nicola Kearey of Stick In The Wheel took up their recording equipment and ventured to new places within England, both ...
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TORI REED – Same Page Different Book (own label)

Tori Reed is a female singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar but that is such a superficial description that it’s worthless. Same Page Different Book is ...
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SEAN TAYLOR – The Path Into Blue (Sean Taylor Songs STCD113)

Sean Taylor's CD The Path Into Blue, due for release on April 12th 2019, is very much an album of its time. Which is to ...
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FLOOK – Ancora (Flatfish 006)

“Ancora impara” said Michaelangelo, aged 82, and I probably don't need to tell you that means “I am always learning”.  [I suspect you might - ...
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THE MEADOWS – Force Of The Tide (own label)

A new addition to the folk family ranks, the Welsh Celtic-Classical crossover quartet line up, in age descending order, as Melody, Fantasia, Harvey and lead ...
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The Cleverlys announce their new album

Every art form needs to be able to laugh at itself, and The Cleverlys, from the deep Ozark hollows of Cane Spur, Arkansas, do so on their ...
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NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS – Singing It All Back Home (Dusty Willow Records DWR005)

It has been my experience that any record with Naomi Bedford’s name on it is worth listening to and adding Paul Simmonds to the mix ...
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The Salts announce live dates

The Salts had a great 2018 with the release of their 2nd album Brave which received rave reviews across the board as well as radio ...
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AMBER CROSS – Savage On The Downhill (own label AC03007)

Born and raised in rural Maine, the daughter of a smalltown pastor, where she first sang in her local church (her live debut album of ...
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SIMON AND THE ASTRONAUTS – Simon And The Astronauts (own label AIRLOCK01)

Simon And The Astronauts is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing or, more accurately, disguised as a cat video. The titular Simon is poet ...
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MATTHEW EDWARDS & THE UNFORTUNATES – The Birmingham Poets (December Square)

In The Birmingham Poets, a follow up to 2017’s Folklore, Birmingham-born Edwards describes the titular word minstrels as “amusing but unexpected guests who eventually ruin ...
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Beau announces 50th anniversary album

On April 18th way back in 1969, Trevor Midgley completed the recording of his debut Beau album for John Peel’s Dandelion label. On Thursday, 18th ...
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JACOB & DRINKWATER – This Old River (Polyphonic Life Records PRCD001)

Following on from the Devon duo’s debut EP and 2016’s Live At Hope Hall, singer/guitarist Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater (everything else) now release ...
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HOLY MOLY AND THE CRACKERS – Take A Bite (Pink Lane Records)

Holy Moly & The Crackers release Take A Bite on April 5th. Sometimes it brings a smile to your face to see a band grow ...
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SIR SILENCE & LADY HUSH – It’s Time She Said (Hushland Creative HUSHCD06)

The third collaborative album by Bill and Rachel Taylor-Beales under their musical partnership name trawls some thirty-five years for what they call balladeering ‘dystopian maladies’, ...
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DAVID GRAY – Gold In A Brass Age (IHT Records)

David Gray released his new album, Gold In A Brass Age, last week - his first album of new material in four years and his ...
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Davy Graham – more re-releases

David Michael Gordon "Davey" Graham (originally spelled Davy Graham) (26 November 1940 – 15 December 2008) was born in Leicestershire, to a Guyanese mother and a Scottish father. He ...
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Applications are invited for funding from the Alan Surtees Trust

A trust that aims to support and enhance the career of young folk performers has opened its 2019 round of funding. Three awards of up ...
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SARAH-JANE SUMMERS – Owerset (Eighth Nerve 8Nerve004)

I was in a melancholy mood when I sat down to listen to Owerset, not uncommon as I contemplate the growing futility of Man’s existence ...
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ASTRALINGUA – Safe Passage (Midnight Lamp)

A self-described nomadic space-folk duo, multi-instrumentalist and composer Joseph Andrew Thompson and his backing vocalist wife Anne Rose have, over the course of recent critically ...
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Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds announce new album of Appalachian songs

The Appalachian ballad form has been liberally sprinkled throughout Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds’ albums to date. For the next project, they have recorded a ...
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Le Vent du Nord – new album

Long ago, Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer of what is now Eastern Canada, had a dream: that in the new territory he had explored, ...
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SINGLES BAR 39 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

FINDLAY NAPIER & MEGAN HENWOOD don’t seem like an obvious partnership but here they are. They met at a songwriting retreat and Findlay suggested writing ...
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Karine Polwart announces a new album

Karine Polwart today announces her forthcoming new album Scottish Songbook, due for release on August 2, 2019 through Hegri Music. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2018 ...
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INNES WATSON’S GUITAR COLLOQUIUM – Guitar Colloquium (ISLE Music Scotland ISLE06)

I'm a little late with this one, for various reasons: Innes Watson's CD Innes Watson’s Guitar Colloquium was due to be released on the 13th ...
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Navaro announce their third album

So Long Wichita is a ten song collection. The title track and even the impetus to record again came from an encounter with a legendary ...
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DIANE NÍ CHANAINN – Idir Muir Agus Sliabh (Cló Iar-Chonnacht CICD 207)

As the cover makes clear Idir Muir Agus Sliabh is a collection of Irish traditional songs – there is a Scottish interloper but we’ll let ...
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BILL PRITCHARD – Midland Lullabies (Tapete TR427)

It’s been at least twenty years since I last heard anything by the Lichfield-born ex-pat, now based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Little known here, he’s established a ...
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CERIAN announces SEASONS Video Release Single

Seasons is the second single by London-based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cerian, from her upcoming EP Caught in the Dark. Described as “the purest ...
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The 2019 Folking Awards

Welcome to the 2019 Folking Awards and thank you again to everyone who participated this year. The nominations, were in eight categories, and came from ...
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STEVE GARRETT – Discover And Endure (Alt Mor Records ALT-MOR2)

Steve Garrett's Discover And Endure consists of solo electric guitar pieces, "inspired by stories and experience of landscape, exploration and human endurance." On this CD ...
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ALESSIO BONDì – Nivuru (800A Records 800A/020)

After the sunshine splash of Alessio Bondì’s first album, Sfardo, the title of his second outing, Nivuru (Black), gives a hefty clue that things are ...
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Video Wall 8

Our first track this time comes from Polish band, Ariadne's Thread, and is so new it still has snow on its boots. This is 'Rolandskvadet' ...
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EABHAL – This Is How The Ladies Dance (own label EAB01)

I shouldn’t need to tell you that This Is How The Ladies Dance is the debut album by another talented and frighteningly young Scottish band ...
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Roseanne Reid announces her debut album

Trails -  the debut album by Roseanne Reid, Scottish troubadour and eldest daughter of The Proclaimers' Craig Reid - announces the official arrival of a ...
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RUTH NOTMAN & SAM KELLY – Changeable Heart (Pure PRCD52)

Ruth Notman burst onto the scene a dozen or so years ago with two very fine solo albums and then disappeared to successfully pursue a ...
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Sarah-Jane Summers announces new album

Critically-acclaimed Scottish fiddler based in Norway releases border-crossing album Owerset. Consisting of top folk and jazz musicians from the UK and Scandinavia, Owerset (Scots for ...
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BENEDICT MORRIS & CORMAC CRUMMEY – Wavelength (own label BMCCCD001)

So a Glaswegian and an Ulsterman met, started to make music together and Wavelength is the first recorded fruits of their partnership. Bene, the Scot, ...
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GREG HANCOCK –The State of My Hair (own label)

An intoxicating musical and lyrical cocktail of Al Stewart and Ray Davies, infused with his own unique brilliance as a guitarist and songwriter, for his ...
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FOLKLAW – We Will Rise (Fiddle of 8 Records – FO8R02CD)

Folklaw are a folk rock band made up of Nick Gibbs, vocals, fiddle and strings, Bryn Williams, vocals and guitar, Martin Vogwell, vocals, mandolin electric ...
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Simon And The Astronauts release debut album

Simon And The Astronauts really is a fascinating project. Simon Wells is a writer who had attended several of Boo Hewerdine’s song-writing workshops. Over the ...
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KATIE SPENCER – Weather Beaten (own label GUK-PR002KRS)

Ralph McTell has likened the Yorkshire progressive folk singer-songwriter’s guitar playing to Bert Jansch. I’d not disagree, but I’d also suggest Davy Graham and Wizz ...
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Copper Viper announce debut album

Copper Viper is an acoustic folk group from London, comprised of prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster and fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies. The pair ...
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THE LEYLINES – Recover Reveal (own label)

Based in Weston-super-Mare, with numbers like ‘Breakout’, False Hope’, the rhythmically choppy ‘This Is Your Life’ and the aptly titled ‘Kicking Up A Storm’, the ...
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VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER – Twelve Months & A Day (WetFootMusic WFM190201)

Vicki and Jonny usually build their albums around a theme and the theme of Twelve Months & A Day is … that there isn’t a ...
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Skinny Lister – new single and album

With the release of their adventurous new album The Story Is… now imminent, Skinny Lister today unearth the latest track to be found amongst its many ...
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Flook return with new album after fourteen years

On 12 April 2019, due to overwhelming popular demand, the legendary folk band Flook are finally to release a new album.  Coming after a gap of fourteen ...
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Ciaran Tourish and Kevin Doherty join forces

Hotel Fiesta is the first collaboration of two popular icons of the Irish folk rock scene, Ciaran Tourish & Kevin Doherty. For 27 years Ciaran ...
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FolkLaw announce new album

Paul Hutchinson - The Old Push & Pull / Belshazzar's Feast (with Paul Sartin - Faustus / Bellowhead) Lyndon Webb (The Gerry Colvin Band), Jacquelyn ...
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THE CROOKED JADES – Empathy Moves The Water (Jade Note Music CJ010)

Empathy Moves the Water is the ninth (and most recent) album from old-timey stalwarts, The Crooked Jades. Following a similar blueprint to previous releases, this ...
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SINGLES BAR 38 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Founder member of criminally overlooked cult mid-80s outfit Penelope’s Web with their weaving together of classic English pastoral folk, blues, jazz and progressive folk-rock, these ...
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