The folking.com music archive for album reviews and news

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This is a list of everything we have on folking.com in date and month order. So if you like trawling the depths of the site for amazing content that you may have missed then this is the place to “net” an article, feature or review or two.

The archive is a work in progress as we still have gaps to fill from 2009 back to 2001. Most of the missing content are older album reviews which require reformatting with each article having to be submitted back on to the site with album covers and links to where they can be obtained from (where available).


EMILY MAGUIRE – A Light To Follow (Shaktu Records, SHK)

For her seventh studio album, A Light To Follow, Emily Maguire shimmers brightly in the strong Australian sun. As she advocates, “go and seek out ...

Cambridge Folk Festival announces first names for 2023

Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to announce the first names in a broad and diverse programme for 2023. Taking place from July 27-30 in the ...

SINGLES BAR 86 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

TIMOTHY JOHNSTON is a PhD student with a remarkable group of folk friends including Fay Hield, Patrick Rimes of Calan, Rob Harbron and Shirley Smart ...

NOLEN SELLWOOD – Otherwise (New Folk Records)

A Minneapolis teenager inspired to get into folk after listening to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Sellwood’s debut, Otherwise, opens with ‘This Time’, simply strummed acoustic ...

The Wildwoods announce their new album

Folk trio, The Wildwoods, are set to release their newest album, Foxfield Saint John, on February 17th, 2023. The nine-track album is a collection of ...

PAUL COWLEY – Stroll Out West (Lou B Music LBM007 2023)

It’s been a while since I heard a Paul Cowley album, so it was a real pleasure to receive a copy of Stroll Out West, ...

HARBOTTLE & JONAS – Saving The Good Stuff Vol 1 (Brook View Records BVR003)

In 2019, the Devon duo took to live streaming, performing, under a title inspired by a Richard Thompson song, a series of covers, one a ...

INGER NORDVIK – Hibernation (own label)

Inger Nordvik is a classically trained musician who, like so many others, isn't tied to just what she was taught. Whilst studying classical singing at ...

New trio Hack-Poets Guild announce their debut album

On March 10th One Little Independent are proud to release the high-concept debut album from the brand-new collaboration between three of UK folk’s most unique ...

Highland trio Assynt announce their second album

Where From Here is the dynamic second album from award-winning traditional trio Assynt, due for release on Friday 24 February. This exciting new record not ...

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman announce spring release of their new album

It has been five years since the last offering from the popular husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman and their latest album ...

THE WOOLVERSTONES – Grey Eyed Dandy (Available to stream through Bandcamp)

Woolverstone is a village on Suffolk’s Shotley Peninsula. It’s a small place, but I was able to find out about it – it’s various listed ...

JOHN BLEK – Until The Rivers Run Dry (We Are Rats Recordings)

John Blek’s Until The Rivers Run Dry is a lovely folk album with deep melodies and emotive strings that conjure the late 60’s baroque beauty ...

VIDEO WALL 25

Welcome to 2023. We've collected quite a few videos during the cold months (not that it's any warmer now) so this seems to be a ...

Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces first tranche of artists

Singer songwriter Billy Bragg has topped the bill in the first wave of artists announced for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Oysterband, Breabach, Jiggy, Spiers & Boden, Talisk, Daphne’s Flight, kora master N’Faly ...

Harbottle & Jonas have been Saving The Good Stuff for a while

 Saving The Good Stuff Vol.1 is the ninth offering from the hardworking Harbottle & Jonas, with each release they continue to build and cement their ...

Dan Walsh announces his dream album of O’Neill tunes

When looking back to when you were a teenager a smile often comes to the face thinking about what you dreamed of achieving. Maybe a ...

Humbletown announce their debut album

If you dig banjo and like other indie folk bands like The Lowest Pair you will for sure appreciate Humbletown! They have super catchy songs ...

From Pub To Pulpit concerts continue pilgrimages to cathedrals through 2023

Thousands of voices will raise roofs of Cathedrals and Churches around the country this year as a cappella group Broomdasher and multi-instrumental trio Coracle continue ...

Sean Taylor Band announces new live album and tour dates

2023 will see the first ever Sean Taylor Band album release, a live album, featuring multi-instrumentalist Mike Seal on double bass and the Thompson Twins ...

JOHN McCUSKER – The Best Of (Under One Sky UOSR010)

On January 20th Under One Sky Records release John McCusker – The Best Of to mark his 30 years in the music industry.  Alongside the ...

ESBE – Blow The Wind Southerly (New Cat Music)

A London-based graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Esbe follows in the footsteps of Katy Rose Bennett with Blow The Wind Southerly, a wholly ...

ARCHIE CHURCHILL-MOSS – PH(R)ASE (Slow Worm Records SWR003)

PH(R)ASE might be Archie Churchill-Moss’s first solo album, but there is a good chance you’ll have heard him play before. After all, Archie is regarded ...

Reg Meuross announces important new album

Award winning singer-songwriter Reg Meuross will release his 15th solo album on April 7th 2023. The groundbreaking project is the culmination of over four years ...

Skerryvore: new album and tour dates

Skerryvore have reinvented and reignited Scottish roots music with a modern alt-pop flavour that has connected with an ever-expanding multicultural global audience. But as the pandemic broke, ...

Eric Andersen – triple CD tribute album

Tribute To a Songpoet: Songs Of Eric Andersen was released digitally as a 41-track album via EARecords on January 9; and also as a 42-track, 3CD ...

The Official Charts Company presents the Folk album chart for December 2022

On Tuesday 10 January the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed UK folk albums ...

Mull Historical Society announces re-issues of first albums

Mull Historical Society, the alias of Colin MacIntyre will be releasing a trilogy of colourful classic album reissues (Loss, Us and This Is Hope), plus ...

JUNI HABEL – Carvings (Basin Rock)

A Waldorf – or Steiner - teacher as well as a singer-songwriter, Habel lives in rural Southern Norway, sharing an old school house with her ...

Ben Walker announces his second solo album

It’s probably unusual to open a record with a passionate modern madrigal to the physics of gases. You wouldn’t expect to find the work of ...

Copperplate Podcast 278

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of ...

RACHEL WALKER & AARON JONES – Despite The Wind And Rain (ROSCD103)

Despite The Wind And Rain is the debut album, as a duo, for musician Aaron Jones and the Gaelic singer Rachel Walker. The album has ...

SU-A LEE – Dialogues (Sky Child Records SCR001CD)

There are a number of cellists plying at least part of their trade in folk music. Some have their name on the front covers of ...

MIKE VASS – Decemberwell Decade (UR007CD)

Musician, composer, producer - where do you start to describe the work of Mike Vass? How about the first line on his webpage, “Mike Vass ...

MARK GWYNNE JONES – Voices From The Peak (Talking Elephant TECD473)

I wasn’t born in the Peak District but I was bought up there and lived there for the best part of twenty years so the ...

RITZ & WESSON – Wisdom Of The Heart (Backstage Music)

Before you ask “who are Ritz & Wesson?” I’ll explain. Nigel Wesson was a resident at Bunjies Folk Cellar back in the day which is ...

Folksongs Sung In Ulster – new edition with CD

A unique and ground-breaking collection of songs which focuses on the singers, their background and the place of the songs in Ulster history and society ...

Sidmouth Folk Festival announces first names for 2023

The Sidmouth Folk Festival is preparing to burst into action for the 69th time in 2023, bringing an irresistible feast of world-class folk music, song ...

FIRELIGHT TRIO – Firelight Trio (Proper EDFLT01)

There are so many new instrumental albums coming out these days that, if you want to stand out, you have to be different. There is ...

KELLY BAYFIELD – Wave Machine (own label)

A glance at the cover of Kelly Bayfield’s new album, which is released next month, might suggest something pastoral and gentle. True, many of the ...

NOËL DASHWOOD – Noël Dashwood (own label)

Noël Dashwood is, of course, one third of Alden Patterson and Dashwood, a trio that has been making waves in recent years. His first, eponymous, ...

Archie Churchill-Moss announces debut solo album

Archie Churchill-Moss is one of Britain’s foremost squeezers; a 29-year-old diatonic button accordion player from Somerset who grew up immersed in English and French traditional ...

ASH GRAY AND THE BURNERS – Live ’55 (LuvRock Records)

Sheffield’s Ash Gray And The Burners’ Live ’55, with its country-psych sound coloured with steel pedal’s “unlimited glissandi and deep vibrati (Thank you, Wikipedia!), will ...

DAVID HARLEY – Introduction To Nashville Tuning For Guitar (Wheal Alice Music)

This book is great. I make the point at the start for a number of reasons To highlight that it’s a book not a CD ...

John McCusker celebrates 30 years with a retrospective album

Acclaimed Scottish fiddle player, John McCusker, will celebrate three decades in the music industry by releasing John McCusker – The Best Of album on Friday ...

SINGLES BAR 85 – A round-up of recent EPs, singles and Christmas cheer

Eve is a new digital EP released with Christmas and New Year in mind by DARIA KULESH. The opening track ‘Cossack Lullaby’ sounds very Christmassy ...

CHRIS CLEVERLEY – Broadcast The Secret Verse (Opiate Records 003)

I’ve been an enthusiastic follower of Chris Cleverley’s music since his debut album back in 2015. Musically speaking, Chris isn’t a man who stands still ...

PLU -Tri (Sbrigyn Ymborth SY034)

Plu’s new album was released earlier this year so I must first apologise for not getting around to it until now. Tri is the fourth ...

NATIVE HARROW – Old Kind Of Magic (Loose Music)

Native Harrow’s new album, Old Kind Of Magic has the beautiful depth of a gossamer web, and it has the musical width of Emily Dickinson’s ...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2023 tickets on sale now

Cambridge Folk Festival made a triumphant return in 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, cementing its place as “The jewel within the ...

Daoiri Farrell announces new album and spring tour dates

At the forefront of the current Irish music scene – armed with a strong belief and passion for authenticity, The Wedding Above In Glencree, is ...

EMILY PORTMAN & ROB HARBRON – Time Was Away (Rob Records ROBREC CD04)

I can’t help thinking of them as bright young things but then I remember when it was that I first heard The Devil’s Interval. So, ...

SINGLES BAR 84 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Having released the title track and ‘Rough Edges’ earlier as singles, JOSHUA BURNSIDE now follows up with the full Late Afternoon In The Meadow (1887) ...

ROBERT LANE – Homeworking (own label)

Robert Lane’s Homeworking is yet another example of the Spirit of Humanity finding someone willing to sing its songs. My friend, Kilda Defnut, said of ...

ADEEM THE ARTIST – White Trash Revelry (Four Quarters Records)

Born Adem Bingham, and sometimes known as Adeem Maria, Adeem the Artist is a blue-collar, pansexual, non-binary North Carolina-born twangy-voiced singer-songwriter now based in Eastern ...

TREVOR BEALES – Fireside Stories (Hebden Bridge circa 1971 – 1974) (Basin Rock)

Back in the 70s, in the then dreary West Yorkshire valley town of Hebden Bridge, Beales was one of the UK’s many aspirant loner folk ...

FINN COLLINSON – The Threshold (Old School Music OSMCD012)

Finn Collinson’s The Threshold is an album that wears its heart on its sleeve. The title describes where Finn feels his music is currently positioned: ...

THE ALBION CHRISTMAS BAND – All Are Safely Gathered In (Talking Elephant TECD481)

And so the Christmas releases begin. And what better way to start than with the first seasonal recording in six years from the ACB, lining ...

Unthank : Smith announce debut album and tour dates

Today, two former Mercury Music Prize nominees Rachel Unthank (The Unthanks) and Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park) announce Nowhere And Everywhere, their debut album as Unthank ...

TERENCE BLACKER – Meanwhile… (own label TB005)

Terence Blacker – singer, songwriter, author, columnist – releases Meanwhile..., his fifth album, on December 2nd. Let’s digress to a comment by from Bethany Cagnol, ...

RACHEL TAYLOR-BEALES – Out Of This Frame (Hushland HUSHCH08)

Rachel Taylor-Beales lost her voice, which is pretty devastating for a singer. With her writing and painting to help her she fought back and the ...

THE TRIALS OF CATO – Gog Magog (own label)

The Trials Of Cato slipped into Britain from Lebanon with a stunningly good EP and followed that up with a much-praised debut album. Then the ...

Kate Rusby announces Christmas tour

Kate Rusby, hailed as the ‘First Lady of Folk’ and a Mercury Music accolade to her name, has forged an impressive 30-year, headlining career. A ...

BILLY STRINGS – Me/And/Dad (Rounder)

Just turned 30 and recently named  Entertainer of the Year at the 2022 Bluegrass Awards for the second consecutive year, Strings fulfils a long-standing ambition ...

DAVID CARROLL AND FRIENDS – Bold Reynold (Talking Elephant TECD483)

When you see “and friends” in a billing you tend to think of a group of worthy but unknown local musicians. On Bold Reynold, however, ...

Holy Moly & The Crackers announce new album and tour

For a band that have from the outset been pegged as ‘folk-rock’, Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers sure have come a long way in ...

DAN HARTLAND & THE BRINK – Haywire (own label)

Since releasing Great Novels two years ago, Hartland has gained both a beard and a new band: bassist Marko Miletic, percussionist, producer and arranger Sean ...

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sea Song Sessions (Topic TSCD612)

Sea Song Sessions is a self-explanatory title...except that it isn’t quite so simple. The project grew out of a commission to put together a maritime-themed ...

ANNIE BALL, BRONWEN DAVIES-JONES, GARETH DAVIES-JONES and KATIE TERTELL – Howay The Lasses Vol 1 (own label)

A thematic companion piece to the new album by Rachel Walker and Aaron Jones, while they celebrate women in Scottish history, Howay The Lasses highlights ...

Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh announce tour dates including Christmas shows

This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland On Sunday) has ...

Simon Mayor and Hilary James – tour and workshop dates

Virtuoso mandolin, sensational songs, hot swing fiddle and huge lashings of fun from Britain’s leading ‘hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso’ Simon Mayor, and silver-voiced songstress Hilary James ...

LADY MAISERY – Tender (own label LMCD05)

With all that happens in their individual careers it must be difficult for Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans to make time to work ...

THE MAGPIE ARC – Glamour In The Grey (Collective/Perspective CP4FORCD)

A cross-border quintet comprising Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Findlay Napier, Alex Hunter and Tom Wright evoking folk rock from the late 1960s and early 1970s, ...

Lara Eidi at the Green Note

Lara Eidi is performing at the award winning Green Note, Camden on Monday 21st November Singer- songwriter and artist Lara Eidi returns to London to ...

KEEPING IT LIVE: KIEFER SUTHERLAND and FINES LINES at Hull Asylum

Kiefer Sutherland’s tour reached Hull Asylum last Thursday. You may know of Sutherland as a famous actor who has gone into music, so let’s clear ...

ROBIN JAMES HURT – And We For One Another (own label)

Robin James Hurt’s And We For One Another is an Irish folk (and beyond!) album of traditional songs, a few covers, and self-penned instrumentals that ...

Terence Blacker announces new album

Terence Blacker’s songs of modern life and love have been compared by critics to the work of Jake Thackray, Loudon Wainwright III and Georges Brassens ...

PAUL M COX – Sunset Over Stillwater (White Elephant Records WER 029)

It’s fascinating how an artist who has been around for a while heaves to on your horizon even though you’ve been oblivious to their existence ...

ELIZA CARTHY & THE RESTITUTION – Queen Of The Whirl (Hem Hem Records)

Following in Kate Rusby’s footsteps, Carthy has celebrated her 30 years in the business with Queen Of The Whirl, an album of new recordings, featuring ...

EWAN MACFARLANE – Milk (Royale Stag Records)

Ewan MacFarlane’s Milk is a brilliant soul-roots rock album which showcases EM’s honeyed asteroid vocals and clever songwriting. This record is a long-playing love letter ...

Magna Carta announce major career overview

Beautifully packaged career overview compiled in conjunction with Magna Carta founder member singer/songwriter Chris Simpson  One of British folk’s most well-respected acoustic groups anthologised on ...

ELIZA DELF – Into The Wilderness (Peace In The Head EJDC001)

A Norwich-based folk-noir singer-songwriter inspired by the subversive folk tales of Angela Carter and whose vocal range has drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Into The ...

THE CARRIVICK SISTERS – Illustrated Short Stories (own label CARRICKSCD10)

It’s been nine years since Devon twin sisters duo Charlotte and Laura released their last studio album. And, with its mix of American bluegrass and ...

Video Wall 24

We seem to have accumulated a number of videos in recent months so this seems like a good lime to present the best of them ...

BROOKS WILLIAMS & DAN WALSH – Fortune By Design (own label BWDW-01)

As they vie for the position of the man who’ll play with anybody (a title previously held by John Kirkpatrick) there has been surprise that ...

Vieux Farka Touré to play London concert

Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, who released his critically-acclaimed new album Les Racines via World Circuit earlier this year, will perform at Islington Assembly Hall on ...

LUKE DANIELS – The Cobhers (Gael GAELCD022)

Luke Daniels is a restless spirit. Each time I see or hear him, he’s doing something almost diametrically opposite to his previous project, and we’re ...

RAGGED UNION – Round Feet, Chrome Smile (Shining Castle Music)

Ragged Union released their new album Round Feet, Chrome Smile recently. It has nine tracks, mostly written by Geoff Union. The band are from Boulder ...

JANICE BURNS & JON DORAN – No More The Green Hills (own label JBJD002)

She from Glasgow, he from Gloucestershire and both now based in Newcastle, former finalists for the 2019 Young Folk Award, the duo now make their ...

Native Harrow – new album and in-store tour

Native Harrow have today released their critically acclaimed new album Old Kind Of Magic on Loose Music. The duo of married couple Stephen Harms and ...

SINGLES BAR 83 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

TALMORNEY  is 50ish Forest of Dean folk artist Matthew Macer-Wright who, inspired by the likes of The Unthanks, Vaughan Williams, June Tabor, Tori Amos and ...

The Little Unsaid announce their latest album

Fable is the mesmerising and powerful third album from South London based four-piece The Little Unsaid, introduced via its first single ‘Vibrant Life’, an intense stream ...

Elise Boeur and Adam Iredale-Gray announce debut album

It feels good to play fiddle tunes with other people, and Elise Boeur and Adam Iredale-Gray know this feeling well. Their forthcoming duo album, Fiddle ...

Squeeze support the Trussell Trust with EP and tour

As they prepare to embark on their Food For Thought 25 date UK tour, British music legends Squeeze announce the release of a new six ...

CATFISH KEITH – Still I Long To Roam (FTRCD020)

Still I Long To Roam is Catfish Keith’s new album, his 21st album in a long and acclaimed career. He’s still winning awards – in ...

BREABACH – Fàs (Breabach Records BRE007CD)

Breabach’s Fàs is a miorbhuileach (aka wonderful!) Scottish folk album that avoids the commercial big shops on Princes Street. Rather, it strolls down the backstreets ...

SAMUEL JAMES TAYLOR – Wild Tales And Broken Hearts (own label)

Samuel James Taylor released Wild Tales And Broken Hearts on October 21st. You can’t help but look favourably on an album by a man who ...

WORDS OF A FIDDLER’S DAUGHTER – The Tears Of Jenny Greenteeth (Under The Eaves UTE 006)

Where to start? “This is a tale from a time younger than ours, where love and forgiveness triumphantly overcome fear, sadness and greed”, says Jessie ...

JAMES KEELAGHAN – Second-Hand (Borealis Records BCD276)

James Keelaghan’s Second-Hand is yet another collection of brilliant songs that, somehow, ventures into a folk music fourth dimension where hope, tragedy, psychological insight, literary ...

PAULINE VALLANCE – The World’s A Gift (own label PV002)

A singer/songwriter and clarsach (Gaelic harp) player from Ayrshire, The World’s A Gift, her third album, produced by and featuring James Grant, explores the theme ...

Welsh trio Plu announce new album

Tri is the first collection of new and original music from the Caernarfonshire sibling trio since the ethereal Tir a Golau in 2015. Over two ...

CORACLE – Murmuration (Tam Records)

As Murmuration is Coracle’s first album, I didn’t know what to expect from it. All I knew was what the accompanying publicity told me, and ...

STEELEYE SPAN – Live At The Rainbow Theatre 1974 (Chrysalis CRVX1485)

You may have noticed that, earlier this year, Chrysalis released the definitive collection of Steeleye Span’s albums from 1972 to 1983, regarded by many as ...

CHRIS WHILE AND JULIE MATTHEWS – Women Of The World (FatCat FATCD047)

The longest surviving UK female duo (and also with their own solo careers), as the title suggests their latest album, the songs of Women Of ...

Jesse Terry and Emma Stevens – live at The Bedford, Balham Tues 25th Oct

Coming up on Tuesday 25th we are pleased to be hosting this outstanding singer songwriter double bill in the iconic settings of The Bedford, Balham, ...

Journey To The Isles: Marjory Kennedy-Fraser 

A mesmerising glimpse into the landscapes, folktales and songs that inspired one of Scotland's great early collectors of Traditional Arts! Marjory Kennedy-Fraser began collecting Hebridean ...

DAN WHITEHOUSE – Voices From The Cones (WTK 002)

Dan Whitehouse continues his glass sequence with Voices From The Cones, a song cycle based on stories from the glass-making industry of Stourbridge. The song ...

THE MAGPIES – Undertow (Gilded Lily GLWCD 18)

Since the release of their debut album two years ago, Polly Bolton has flown the nest to be replaced by clawhammer banjo player Kate Griffin ...

SUE HARDING – Darkling (own label)

Sue Harding lives in Somerset and has been writing, playing and singing for quite a while now in several guises including Angel Ridge and Harding ...

STEVE PLEDGER – What Tomorrow Knows album launch (Durham Town Hall, 6th October 2022)

Steve Pledger is the perfect example of modern protest singer, enriching his songs with clarity of thought, sublime guitar skills and the ability to hold ...

DAPHNE PARKER POWELL – The Starter Wife (Pleasure Loves Company)

One of the year’s most intriguing titles, The Starter Wife, Louisiana-based Powell’s sixth album comes in the wake of a painful divorce and arrives awash ...

Brophy’s Law – new single, album and tour

They are back on the road in 2023 still buzzing after their Indian Tour and successful summer festival season in Denmark. With a new single ...

Native Harrow announce their new album and record shop tour

Arriving  on October 28 via Loose Music, Old Kind of Magic is the fifth long-player from Native Harrow - Stephen Harms and Devin Tuel - ...

Official Folk Albums Chart for September 2022

On Tuesday 4 October the Official Charts Company in partnership with English Folk Expo revealed the Top 40 best-selling and most streamed folk albums released ...

ANGELINE MORRISON – The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs Of The Black Experience (Topic TSCT611)

Released to mark Black History Month, produced by Eliza Carthy, who also arranged the strings and plays violin, with Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne on anglo concertina and ...

SAM SWEENEY – Escape That (Hudson Records HUD032CD)

Some artists raise expectations. They inspire confidence that anything with their name on it, is going to be good. For me, Sam Sweeney is such ...

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Plúirín Na mBan – A Woman’s Love (Cló Iar-Chonnachta CICD091)

Think back thirty years and you may remember A Woman’s Heart, the album and the song that launched Eleanor McEvoy’s career. Plúirín Na mBan - ...

A Million Darkened Kitchens featuring Frankie Armstrong

A Million Darkened Kitchens - a sound piece for an 1840s era kitchen aims to shed light on the historically neglected space of the domestic kitchen ...

Angeline Morrison releases video to accompany The Sorrow Songs

Cornwall-based folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Angeline Morrison releases an animated video for ‘Unknown African Boy (D. 1830)’. Created by Marry Waterson, the song is ...

THE WATERSONS ­- Frost And Fire (Topic Records)

Like all stems, branches, and ancient roots search for all the circulus melodies of fallen Eden, the Watersons’ Frost And Fire songs are about the ...

Beans On Toast presents The Fascinating Adventures Of Little Bee

With a little help from some new friends, including the animated hero ‘Little Bee’, the songwriter and festival legend, Beans On Toast, is very pleased ...

Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh announce debut duo album

Fortune By Design is the debut album from Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, here they combine their ...

POLLY PAULUSMA–The Pivot On Which The World Turns (Wild Sound)

Polly Paulusma’s new album, The Pivot On Which The World Turns, is a lovely labyrinth with enough melodic twists and feminine turns to make any ...

Copperplate Podcast 275 presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of ...

THE PITMAN POETS – Bare Knuckle (own label)

As The Pitman Poets embark on their second farewell tour (probably not worth asking) they release a new album, Bare Knuckle. For the uninitiated, the ...

Martyn Joseph announces 40th anniversary tour

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters and rip it up. For one man ...

THE VILLAGE – The Bells Of St. Wystan’s (own label)

Phil Matthews a.k.a. The Village is a man rooted in the land and legends of his home region – the rural East Midlands. Superficially, The ...

Luke Daniels and The Cobhers announce debut album

Luke Daniels formed The Cobhers (pronounced Covers) in 2019 to attract new audiences to folk and traditional music. As well as playing superbly evocative original ...

THOMAS BULL – A Fast Running Train Whistles Down (own label)

Sometimes a record appears out of the blue that has the potential to be very important. Thomas Bull has recorded seven Woody Guthrie songs; not ...

BARRY NISBET – The Springbank Voyage (Rattle Rig RRIG221)

In 1908, five Shetlanders joined the crew of Clyde-built 4-mast sailing barque, the Springbank, headed via the dread Cape Horn to Mexico. For Barry Nisbet, ...

Irish Music and Dance In London announce this year’s Return To London Town Festival

IMDL are delighted to announce the full programme of events for this year’s Return to London Town Festival - Friday 28th to Monday 31st October ...

Blackbeard’s Tea Party unleash their new album

In early 2020, two founder-members of Blackbeard's Tea Party chose to leave the band. At the same time, the coronavirus lockdown restrictions halted all the ...

Emily Portman and Rob Harbron announce first duo album

Time Was Away is Emily Portman and Rob Harbron’s debut duo album, comprising eight English folk songs and two 20th century poems set to music ...

SINGLES BAR 82 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Featuring producer Pete Ord on guitar and bass, Kath Ord and violin and viola, pianist Jen Ord and Archie Moss on melodeon, 2019 Young Folk ...

SPROATLY SMITH – River Wye Suite (own label)

Sproatly Smith’s River Wye Suite, despite Heraclitus’s contention that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”, certainly drinks from the same sourced waters ...

DROPKICK MURPHYS – This Machine Still Kills Fascists (Dummy Luck Music)

The title, of course, refers to the slogan Woody Guthrie sported on his guitar and, following the path of Bragg and Wilco, This Machine Still ...

STEVE PLEDGER – What Tomorrow Knows (Noisy Dog Records NDCD03)

Every so often, an album comes along and hits you like a tsunami!  This has happened to me this week when I have had the ...

CROCK OF BONES – Celtic Crossbones (own label)

Crock of Bones are a North London band and, with a growing and increasingly acclaimed set of live performances behind them, have recently released Celtic ...

Gordon Giltrap announces new album

The gifted British guitarist Gordon Giltrap MBE, in collaboration with the keyboard player Paul Ward, is to release a brand new eighteen-track album entitled Scattered ...

Sarah McQuaid announces tour dates

With travel costs skyrocketing and the twin demons of Covid and the cost of living crisis driving audience numbers down, it’s not an ideal time ...

JENNIFER CROOK – The Broken Road Back Home (Transatlantic Roots)

Based in Bath, conceived during the pandemic, former Radio 2 Young Tradition finalist and harpist, The Broken Road Back Home is the pure-voiced Crook’s fifth ...

RANAGRI – Tradition II (own label)

Ranagri are an Anglo-Irish folk band who stretch the boundaries of what folk music is, so it may be surprising that Tradition II is the ...

Eddi Reader announces new album and tour dates

Light Is In The Horizon is a new album of previously unreleased recordings from one of Scotland’s greatest voices, Eddi Reader. The twelve songs were ...

GEOFF MULDAUR – His Last Letter: The Amsterdam Project (Moon River Music)

While his ex-wife Maria may be better known, primarily on account of her 1973 hit ‘Midnight At The Oasis’, and more prolific in terms of ...

KEEPING IT LIVE – Banterfest 2022 – Mike Wistow reports

Banterfest 2022 – or ‘The First Annual Banterfest’ as it may well come to be known – was held in Welbourn, Lincolnshire, from September 16th ...

Robb Johnson plays Dorking

In the now established tradition of @StMarysSessions, our October show brings you yet another slice of something distinctly different.  Expect the poetic, the passionate, the ...

UNDERNEATH THE STARS FESTIVAL – 29/30/31 JULY 2022

OVERVIEW BEFORE CAMPY SETS OFF IN THE FOLKMOBILE The Folkmobile is now fully serviced and raring to go!  I am so looking forward to this ...

JAKE BLOUNT  -The New Faith (Smithsonian Folkways)

A scholar of Black American music, for his new label debut Blount follows 2020’s highly acclaimed Spider Tales with The New Faith, an album of ...

LIzzy Hardingham announces new album and tour dates

How Did We Get Here? is Lizzy Hardingham's brand new studio album which explores the relationship between music and mental health. This Help Musicians UK ...

SYKESMARTIN – Unquenching Fire (Dragonfly Roots DRCD009)

SykesMartin sounds like one of those industrial processes that we had to learn about in chemistry lessons and that’s not a bad analogy. Miranda Sykes ...

SONS OF THE EAST – Palomar Parade (own label)

Australia’s Sons of the East’s Palomar Parade confronts the fact that (Thank you, Carl Sagan!) “There are more stars in the universe than all the ...

BONFIRE RADICALS – The Space Between (own label BR-02)

Bonfire Radicals describe themselves as Birmingham’s (un)traditional folk band. An interesting claim and their second album, The Space Between, supplies plenty of evidence to back ...

The Last Inklings announce six-part podcast

This autumn folk duo The Last Inklings will be releasing a new six part fortnightly podcast series, Limited Bandwidth, with accompanying ‘backstage’ style vlog. Through ...

SIOBHAN MILLER – Bloom (Songprint SPR005CD)

I loved Siobhan’s early work, fell out with her over Mercury but we kept faith with each other and now we have her fifth solo ...

Fairport Convention’s Cropredy 2022 With Interviews from Chris Leslie, Rosalie Cunningham & Joziah Longo

CROPREDY 2022 - A FOLKING.COM PERSPECTIVE REVIEW... Well, hi all, We all had a fabulous Cropredy this year - with the weather being the best ...

Phil Tyler and Sarah Hill announce new album

Phil Tyler and Sarah Hill first met in Newcastle where they played in local folk nights and sang in Sacred Harp sessions, leading to Hill ...

FARA – Energy Islands (FARA003)

The (predominantly) Orcadian band Fara have recently released their third album, Energy Islands. The band came together at the Orkney Folk Festival in 2014 and ...

KRAMIES – Kramies (Hidden Shoal Records)

Kramies self-titled album drips with an impressionistic paintbrush. And then it slow dances and sings (without an umbrella!) in dramatic and very cinematic rain. It ...

The Outside Track announce September tour

Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic ...

HOLLIE ROGERS – Criminal Heart (own label)

Hollie Rogers releases Criminal Heart on September 9th. I don’t look at the either singles or album charts much nowadays but if I say this ...

Robert Lane – new album and live dates

Robert Lane is a musician, songwriter and actor based in the UK. He has toured extensively and released three albums. As an actor he works ...

DAVID BENJAMIN BLOWER – Innocence And Experience (own label)

There’s been a spate of releases over the past couple of years with artists setting to music the works of poets such as Dickinson and ...

LUKE SITAL-SINGH – Dressing Like A Stranger (Nettwerk Records)

Luke Sital-Singh’s fourth album Dressing Like A Stranger is the soundtrack to my recent food order at my local Festival Foods’ kiosk that sold burgers ...

CHRIS FOX – In Plain Sight (own label)

Chris Fox’s previous album, the excellent From The Shadows, was released in 2019. Then his career went onto the back burner as the country shut ...

Jackie Oates Trio launches Gracious Wings

On Sunday 18th September The Jackie Oates Trio return to Water Rats, Kings Cross, London as part of their album launch tour, tickets and full ...

Bonfire Radicals announce new album and tour

The Space Between is the long awaited second album from Birmingham's fiery (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals. This new release captures the adventurous breadth of ...

Cropredy Capers 2022 – Campie tells all

A return to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention was eagerly awaited by thousands of people who would be lining the field in Cropredy, Oxfordshire in the hottest ...

Copperplate Podcast 274 presented by Alan O’Leary

folking.com brings you the latest podcast from that aficionado of Irish music, the one and only Mr. Alan O’Leary with his regular monthly instalment of ...

Luke Sital-Singh announces new album

Luke Sital-Singh has released his fourth album, Dressing Like A Stranger, an eleven-song collection penned by the London-born songwriter as he moved halfway across the ...

PHIL LANGRAN – Falling Light (Longshore Drift LOD002)

Produced by and featuring Chris Pepper (percussion) and Boo Hewerdine (guitar, keys), normally to be found fronting The Phil Langran Band, here the Oxford singer-songwriter ...

Manchester Folk Festival announces 2022 line-up

Manchester Folk Festival has always striven to present the very best in current folk and acoustic music, resulting in a rich mix of styles and ...

Breabach announce first album for five years

Acclaimed contemporary Scottish folk band Breabach are back with their first full-length album in four years, set for release on Friday 14th October 2022. The ...

Miranda Sykes and Hannah Martin announce new collaboration, tour and album

SykesMartin is the exciting new collaboration from two of British folk's finest voices. Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) ...

Sue Harding announces her second album

Darkling is the new album release from West Country singer songwriter and guitarist Sue Harding. Twelve self-written tracks recorded by Josh Clark at Get Real ...

JOHN McCUTCHEON – Leap! (own label)

You could never accuse Wisconsin-born McCutcheon of resting on his laurels. Over the course of a 50-year career he’s released 43 albums and during the ...

Blas Festival programme announced

The Highlands & Islands will see a flurry of musical and cultural activity from this Friday (2nd September) until 10th September as the Blas Festival hits the ...

STARRY SKIES – Small Wonders (Foxstar Records)

Starry Skies’ new album, Small Wonders, is a pop-folk (and sometimes) rock record that proves, even after all the years, this band from Glasgow cares ...

Topic Records to issue remastered Frost And Fire

Frost And Fire: A Calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs first found its way into record collections in 1965, and it has been an essential ...

KATIE GRACE HARRIS – The Toledo Sessions (Triumph Recordings TR1001)

Named for her father’s blue Triumph Toledo she travelled round in as a child, collecting mum for her nursing shifts, singing the songs of James ...

BARNEY KENNY – The Seaton Tapes (own label)

Folking.com reviewed Barney Kenny’s EP The Minstrel Boy back in 2020, and very good it is too, with Barney supporting his own very able vocals ...

NIGEL PARRY – Tales Of Common Folk, Salt & Sweet Kisses (own label)

A CD arriving from New Zealand is not an everyday occurrence but, nevertheless, a welcome one. We first came upon singer-songwriter Nigel Parry via a ...

Man The Lifeboats – single, album and tour

Taken from their upcoming second album (out 14th October via Wood Head Records), the collective’s new single blazes bright with its incendiary violins, glowing accordions ...

Tim Edey joins the line-up for Iúr Cinn Fleadh

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey is the latest addition to the already stunning acts lined up for Iúr Cinn Fleadh – Newry’s music festival. A double ...

JOHN NAPIER – The Man In Me (own label)

A Birmingham-based singer-songwriter and half of the alt-folk Waler, Napier is steeped in a love of Paul McCartney whose influence glows throughout this terrific mini-album ...

CROSBY TYLER – Don’t Call The Law On Me (own label)

“I’m more of a hook-loving and personality-driven singer than anything else” says Crosby Tyler. His new album Don’t Call the Law On Me is released ...

Eliza Carthy announces second EP from her forthcoming album

Eliza Carthy, leading light of England's folk scene releases Stumbling On, the second EP of four tracks taken from her forthcoming album, Queen Of The ...

TAYLOR ALEXANDER – Hymns For A Hollow Earth (own label)

The album artwork inspired by 17th century Vanitas paintings, still life portraits that attempt to portray the ephemeral nature of life by placing representations of ...

JACKIE OATES – Gracious Wings (Needle Pin Records NP2)

Whatever Jackie Oates turns her hand to the result is always enchanting, captivating – if that doesn’t sound patronising, which is not my intention – ...

RUSTY SHACKLE – Under A Bloodshot Moon (own label)

Like many during the pandemic, the Welsh folk rock outfit, Rusty Shackle, found music a way of deepening their connections and of the joy and ...

SINGLES BAR 81 – A round-up of recent singles

As a teenager MARINA FLORANCE had an aunt who indulged her musical interests. One day she bought home bag of singles from the college where ...

Luke Concannon (Nizlopi) announces September tour

Luke Concannon has early memories of listening to live music, dancing, singing, and putting on plays, at his Irish family’s parties in Warwickshire England. He’s ...

Martha Tilston to play The Minack Theatre

From the folk songs she has known since childhood to piano ballads and the odd cheeky bit of trip-hop, Martha Tilston has never been afraid ...

Blas Festival showcases historic collection of Highland music

A collection of Highland music, left behind in the library of Raasay House in the 1800s has been given a fresh lease of life in ...

Chris Fox announces his second album

In Plain Sight is the eagerly awaited new album release from singer songwriter Chris Fox. With plenty of time on his hands during the lockdown ...

ROBB JOHNSON & THE IRREGULARS – Stay Cool, Keep Left, Shine Bright (Irregular Records IRR120)

In the beginning were The Irregulars’ first post-Covid sessions. From them emerged The Mystery Gets Your Number & The Poetry Makes The Call, the band’s ...

SHEILA K CAMERON – With You In My Life (SKC1710CD)

Writing reviews (in words) of albums (music and song) can be a bit like hearing colours -   scarlet - loud and confident, maybe towards being ...

Dan Whitehouse announces second Glass album

For over 400 years, the glassmaking industry nourished the communities of Stourbridge in the West Midlands, UK, where - thanks to the skills of immigrant ...

ANDREW COMBS – Sundays (Loose Music)

Andrew Combs’ Sundays, written and recorded under the confines of Covid and in the aftermath of a “mental breakdown”, finds its mono melodic redemption, in ...

FRITILLARIES – Fritillaries (Pear O’Legs Records)

Bristol based Fritillaries are Hannah Pawson – lead vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonium - and Gabriel Wynne – guitar and mandolin – and this is ...

Topic announce Sea Song Sessions

Sea Song Sessions is a collection of British maritime folk songs and sea shanties, performed by a collective of some of British folk music’s leading ...