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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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MIKE TURNBULL – …In So Small A Compass (own label MTM03)

Mike Turnbull’s debut, Circlet Of Gold, was a delightful vignette that began with the landscape of his native Lake District and told stories from here, ...
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KALYN FAY – Good Company (Horton Records)

After international critical recognition for Caroline Spence and Courtney Marie Andrews, it’s time for the Tulsa-born singer-songwriter to step up to the plate and take ...
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WEST OF EDEN – Flat Earth Society (West of Music WOMCD12)

It’s a touch ironic that one of the best bands currently energising traditional British and Celtic folk music with a contemporary lens happens to come ...
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MARTYN JOSEPH – Here Come The Young (Pipe Records PRCD028)

Martyn Joseph released Here Come The Young on January 25th. I imagine most people reading Folking.com will know Martyn Joseph, but in case he’s new ...
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The story of Henry Kable as told by a distant cousin

This interview was conducted and recorded by Tim Pennick, who lives in Suffolk. Tim and I are vaguely related by marriage and I asked him ...
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Franc Cinelli announces new album with twelve singles

Italian-born songwriter Franc Cinelli returns with his first new music since 2015’s The Marvel Age album. Staring today, 14th February, Franc will be releasing a new ...
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THE BROTHERS GILLESPIE – The Fell (own label TBGCD002)

The Tradition is alive. It passes in a straight line to the distance, capturing mediaeval songs of the common people, handed down through the oral ...
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THE UNTHANKS – Lines (RRM021S / RRM021SLP)

Lines is a trilogy of song cycles inspired by poetry, focusing on three female perspectives across time: Hull fishing worker Lillian Bilocca; World War One ...
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MARTIN LLOYD CHITTY – Antiques (own label)

When I listened to the first few tracks of Antiques I realised that it was a rather special debut album. Martin Lloyd Chitty is a ...
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JOSHUA BURNELL –The Road To Horn Fair (Misted Valley Records MVR19A)

While The Road To Horn Fair may follow on from last year’s Songs From The Seasons, a 14-track distillation of his project to record a ...
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STEVE BROCKLEY – Is Not Was (Afterlife Music ALM2370CD)

A Canadian singer-songwriter, based in the mountains of British Columbia, while a multi-instrumentalist his third album finds him going back to where he began and ...
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RUSTY SHACKLE – The Raven, The Thief & The Hangman (Get Folked Records)

Rusty Shackle are a vibrant and energetic five piece folk-rock band from South Wales who I had the pleasure to see perform on the main ...
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IAN GEORGE – Kingdom Of My Youth (own label)

Kingdom Of My Youth arrived unheralded, as CDs often do. It sat on my desk, almost got buried under the clutter and was rescued at ...
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VRÏ – Tŷ Ein Tadau (Erwydd Records ER002)

Tŷ Ein Tadau (Our Fathers' House) is the stunning debut album from Welsh chamber-folk trio Vrï. First off, it’s blindingly obvious how great these guys ...
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DAVID BROMBERG – The Player: A Retrospective (Floating World Records FLOATM6382)

David Bromberg always strikes me as one of those artists you’ve heard a hundred times without realising you’ve even heard him…perhaps because his extensive talents ...
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GRÁINNE HOLLAND – Corcra (Gráinne Holland GH003)

Gráinne Holland released Corcra on February 1st. This is her third album, but Corcra is the first album of her own original material. Holland was ...
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Graham Nash to headline Wickham Festival

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August, 2019 Wickham * Near Fareham * Hampshire He's performed at Woodstock, Live Aid & Glastonbury. Now the legendary singer, ...
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MEGSON – con-tra-dic-shun (EDJ edj023)

The eighth studio album by Stu and Debbie Hanna again delves into the personal and the political with an even balance of self-penned material and ...
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JJ Cale – first posthumous album to be released in April

Because Music will release Stay Around, the first posthumous album by beloved songwriter, guitarist, and singer JJ Cale, on 26th April. Stay Around is compiled by those closest to Cale, his ...
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Jacob & Drinkwater launch debut studio album

Acclaimed alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater are hosting the London Album Launch for their new release This Old River at the legendary Water Rats in ...
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Introducing Malcolm MacWatt

Age 12 and just getting into the guitar, Scottish musician Malcolm MacWatt first heard Johnny Cash At San Quentin and was immediately hooked into country ...
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TANNARA – Strands (Braw Sailin’ Records CD006BSR)

After their impressive debut, Trig, Tannara could have headed into folk-rock territory – Owen Sinclair played a mean electric guitar. Alternatively, they could have turned ...
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RACHEL CROFT – Hours Awake (Black Ink BI19001)

A York-based singer-songwriter and illustrator, influenced by Celtic folk, Croft bookends her debut studio album (she previously released a live covers collection) with its two ...
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Dan Donnelly releases new solo album

Dan Donnelly’s 5th studio album Are We Having Fun? is out now. Released in the U.K. on the Levellers own label OTF Recordings and in ...
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Gráinne Holland releases her first album of original songs

Corcra is Gráinne’s first album of her own original songs. It was produced by renowned musician Brian Finnegan, recorded by Seán Óg Graham and features ...
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KATHERINE CAMPBELL – Robert Burns: Tune Unknown (own label SCKCBU020CD)

Here is collection of ten songs written by Robert Burns for which the original tunes are lost or were never known, hence Robert Burns: Tune ...
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Dervish announce The Great Irish Songbook

As one of the world's most renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music, Dervish have devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the ...
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More artists revealed for Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2019

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has added a host of new acts to its line up as organisers reveal ticket sales are already surpassing 2018 levels. Renowned ...
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Tannara announce new album

2019 will be the biggest year yet for Tannara, with the release of their second album Strands at the Celtic Connections Festival 2019. The album ...
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SERIOUS SAM BARRETT – Where The White Roses Grow (YaDig! Records YDoo7)

Returned to his native Leeds after a lengthy sojourn in America. Barrett doesn’t make it easy for you to discover him, having no website other ...
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Simon Mayor publishes anthology of poetry and prose

A familiar name in the rarified atmosphere of planet mandolin, maestro Mayor swaps plectrum for pen in this first anthology of words. In verse and ...
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Ferris & Sylvester – new single

Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘Sickness’. The blues/folk epic has launched with great support across the board. After the release and ...
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DEER TICK – Mayonnaise (Partisan)

Clearly not ones to think that, just because you’ve recently released two albums back to back, you can sit round twiddling your thumbs, the Rhode ...
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VISHTÈN – Horizons (PTVISH18)

The East Coast of Canada is a mix of cultures that have retained their ancestral background whilst forming an overall whole.  There are influences from ...
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MICK RYAN – Here At The Fair (Wild Goose WGS 428 CD)

Mick Ryan is, as we all know, is a prolific song-writer and skilled at melding his ideas into shows or folk operas as he is ...
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MANDOLIN ORANGE – Tides Of A Teardrop (YepRoc YEP-2638)

Were you looking for just two words to describe the North Carolina duo’s sixth album, then reflective and introspective might well come to mind. Melancholic ...
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BROOMDASHER – Nothing To Do With Me (Clean Sweep)

Finally settled into a manageable six-piece, Broomdasher has its origins in the Cecil Sharp House Choir and comprise original members Chris Hayes, Deena Marcus-Jedamzik who ...
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MARK MANDEVILLE & RAIANNE RICHARDS – Live In Manitoba (Nobody’s Favourite Records NFR041)

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are well known on the East coast of the US and Canada, and their latest CD, Live In Manitoba, features ...
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JOHN ANAYA – Change Will Come (Olao Records CWC-006)

I spent the time listening to Change Will Come (without the benefit of notes) for the first time trying to decide from whence John Anaya ...
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THE SOUTHERN COMPANION – Shine A Little Light (Eleven33)

Fronted by Darren Hodson and featuring a roll call of the UK’s top session players as his backing band, while the name and the music ...
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ALAN CATTON – Faru (own label)

Alan Catton plays guitar with Hull folk band Beggar’s Bridge but his solo work is rather different. Faru – Anglo Saxon for journey – is ...
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KATIE DOHERTY & THE NAVIGATORS – And Then (Steeplejack Music, SJCD023)

A life-changing decade after her debut album, Bridges, was released, Katie Doherty returns - with Navigators Shona Mooney (fiddle) and Dave Gray (melodeon). New album, ...
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MCDERMOTT’S 2 HOURS VS LEVELLERS | OYSTERBAND – Besieged/Anticlockwise (On The Fiddle OTFCD028F)

McDermott’s 2 Hours are best known for their live performances. Besieged is only their eighth album in a thirty-odd year career but it is rather ...
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Daria Kulesh’s Earthly Delights available for pre-order

Daria Kulesh's upcoming third album Earthly Delights is a grateful and playful exploration of human nature: of love, desire, curiosity, ambition and other urges that ...
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ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD – A Blind Arcade (own label)

All The Luck In The World is an Irish band who are embedded in Germany, having moved there to add the Berlin ambience to their ...
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CHRISTINE KYDD – Shift And Change (Greentrax CDTRAX401)

I looked forward to this record, and it didn’t disappoint. The brilliant Christine Kydd has been kept busy of late, with yet another project, this ...
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MIKEY KENNEY – The Reverie Road (Penny Fiddle Records PFR1902CD

Mikey Kenney is an accomplished fiddler and balladeer with wealth of English and Irish folk song in his repertoire. His most recent release, The Reverie ...
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Tom Hughes posthumously inducted into traditional music Hall of Fame

Tom Hughes, traditional fiddle player of Jedburgh, has been posthumously inducted into the Performers section of the Hands Up For Trad Scottish Traditional Music Hall ...
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TRAPPER SCHOEPP – Primetime Illusion (XtraMile)

Based in Wisconsin, Schoepp’s third album, Primetime Illusion, produced by Wilco’s Pat Sansone, boasts a co-write with Dylan in celebration of his hometown. Well, sort ...
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Glen Hansard – new album

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film Once will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of ...
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LAU – Midnight And Closedown (Reveal REVEAL078CD)

Following their tenth anniversary retrospective Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green return with an album of new music and Midnight And Closedown is certainly ...
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LUCY KAPLANSKY – Everyday Street (own label)

Although she released Tomorrow You're Going, a collaboration with Richard Shindell, in 2014, it’s been six years since Kaplansky’s last solo album. Primarily available direct ...
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NIGHT TREE – Dedications (Night Tree Records, NT02)

Night Tree is an American/Swedish sextet, all alumni of the New England Conservatory. The group has worked extensively with US-Irish band Solas, with founder Séamus ...
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Sound Of The Sirens release new single

West Country folk-rock duo, Sound Of The Sirens, have shared ‘The Yellow Road’, the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album This Time, ...
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Mavis Staples announces live album

“It’s kind of unbelievable to me that I’m still recording,” said the 79 year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honoree ...
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ME AND MY FRIENDS – Look Up (Split Shift Records – MAMFCD001)

This is a cool album from a band I’d not come across before. Their Facebook page describes the band as “the sound of English folk ...
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DAVID IAN ROBERTS – Travelling Bright (Cambrian Records CAM014)

I enjoyed David Roberts’ debut album, St Clears, principally for his arrangements although I found his lyrics rather too stream-of-consciousness. Hearing the first few tracks ...
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VIDEO WALL 7

It has been a while since we posted a video wall but some goodies have been arriving recently. A few are related to upcoming releases ...
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Lleuwen announces a tour of Welsh chapels

Following the release of her latest album in November last year the singer/songwriter from Rhiwlas, now living in Brittany, is pleased to announce that she’ll ...
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McDermott’s 2 Hours announce final album with Nick Burbridge

When writers wax lyrical about the rugged Celtic beauty that came to fruition with The Pogues and Shane MacGowan, they often seem to suggest that ...
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Steve Earle back with new album

Steve Earle & The Dukes are set to return with Guy on March 29th, 2019. A return to New West Records, the 16-song set is ...
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BARNSTORMER 1649 – Restoration Tragedy (Roundhead Records CD9)

I must begin by apologising profusely to Attila The Stockbroker – this is his project – for not getting to this album rather soon than ...
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RANAGRI – Playing For Luck (Stockfisch FR357)

An Anglo-Irish alt-folk four piece headed up by singer-guitarist Donal Rogers and featuring Eliza Marshall on flutes (European and Indian) and whistles, electric harp player ...
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OLDSEED – Bloom/ Burn (Bekassine Records)

Oldseed is a name you might not be familiar with, but when it comes to touring and recording, it’s far from being his first rodeo; ...
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DAN RAUCHWERK – We Are More Than What We Leave Behind (own label)

A founding member of The Lords of Liechtenstein, the New York-based multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter took time off to put together this debut solo project, We Are ...
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CLAIRE HASTINGS – Those Who Roam (Luckenbooth Records LUCKEN002CD)

Following a somewhat unexpected and adventurous debut album, Claire Hastings became a Top Floor Taiver – still adventurous – and now reappears with her second ...
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NANCY K DILLON – A Game Of Swans (Rose Rock Records RRR333)

People may talk about “pure” Americana but this is the real thing. A Game Of Swans is Nancy K Dillon’s third studio album, recorded, by ...
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RICK DANKO RICHARD MANUEL & GARTH HUDSON – Live At The Lonestar, NYC, 1985 (Floating World FLOATM6380)

Live At The Lonestar, NYC, 1985 is the third and final of a set of new bootleg releases of Band alumni for this year. The ...
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SINGLES BAR 37 – The year’s final round-up of EPs and singles

Together We’re Lost is the latest EP from Brighton’s JACKO HOOPER. Its themes are frustration and loneliness, appropriate to the time of year some might ...
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CHURCHFITTERS – Old Friends (own label CH110917)

Here is Churchfitters new double album, Old Friends. There is no UK release date, but it will be available from their website shortly. The album ...
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DUCK POND SAILORS – Sea Songs And Shanties (own label)

Duck Pond Sailors are an unaccompanied quintet from the south coast – Littlehampton or thereabouts, as far as I can judge. They don’t tell us ...
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Paul Johnson speaks to Ken Nicol at The Great British Folk Festival 2018

As the curtain was raised on another year of The Great British Folk Festival – it was for me my first year at this event ...
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RICK DANKO – Double Live (Floating World FLOATM6381)

Double Live is exactly that. Here are two (almost) solo performances from Band bassman, Rick Danko, recorded in 1989 and 1997. Both are bootlegs; one ...
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HOLLIE HAINES – Letters To My Last Love (own label)

Hollie Haines is a songwriter and singer from London who I've not come across before, so I had no idea what to expect from this ...
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SVER – Reverie (Folkhall Records FHR002CD)

In celebration of their ten years as a quintet, SVER release their fourth album, Reverie. Recorded live over two days and steeped in Nordic tradition, ...
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JOHN MAYALL– Nobody Told Me (Forty Below Records FBR 022)

Even before I started to become aware of the blues in the mid-1960s, John Mayall was already a veteran of the British blues scene (though ...
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THE YOUNG’UNS – The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff (own label)

Not, strictly speaking, the official follow-up to 2017’s BBC2 Folk Awards Best Album, Strangers, this essentially serves as a complement to the trio’s folk theatre ...
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THE BYRDS – On A Wing: A Compendium Of Historical Performances: Volume 1 (Sound Stage SS8CDBOX48)

The Sound Stage label are back with an absolute monster from the vaults, this time in the form of an 8 disc (yes 8 f*uking ...
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TOWNES VAN ZANDT – Down Home & Abroad (Retroworld FLOATD6377)

It's hard to believe that Townes Van Zandt has been gone for more than 20 years, leaving behind some fine songs and memories of some ...
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SINEAG MACINTYRE – Lòn Bàn (Greentrax CDTRAX396)

Sineag MacIntyre is from Kilphedar in South Uist; a town steeped in Gaelic singing tradition. With this raw material alone, it is not surprising that ...
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BILL MADISON – Only A Dream (own label)

The Florida-based singer-songwriter’s follow-up to last year’s If I Had The Time is, like that, mostly self-penned, three again in collaboration with wife Nancy, and, ...
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DAN AMOR – Afonydd A Drysau (Recordiau Cae Gwyn CD 009)

I am rather fond of Dan Amor’s previous album, Rainhill Trials. It was a little off-the-wall and catchy but didn’t force itself upon you. With ...
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KATIE MELUA – Live at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

Westminster Central Hall is an impressive venue in an impressive building.  Built in 1912 the Great Central Hall has a capacity of 2,300 who sit ...
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The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Cook-A-Hoop + Skeggy Interview

I sit here two weeks after The Great British Folk Festival with a Whitstable Bay Organic Ale in hand and I’m in good company as ...
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REG MEUROSS – 12 Silk Handkerchiefs (Hatsongs HAT013)

This is not your typical Reg Meuross album. Not that it doesn’t have his consummate songwriting with its finely crafted melodies and emotive resonance and ...
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SIMON TODD – Half Empty/Half Full (Ginger Tom Music GTM002)

Simon Todd’s new release Half Empty/Half Full is his second CD, following from Contracts For The Sale of Land in 2009. It’s nearly ten years, ...
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BRIAN McALPINE – Mutual Imagination Society Vol 1 (own label CD001)

When did classical and traditional music become so intertwined? I suppose we must go back to the 15th century to find where it started but ...
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DANKO & BUTTERFIELD – Live At The Golden Bear (Floating World FLOATM6375)

This is the earliest of three new archive albums featuring Rick Danko. When The Band was in down-time Rick would regularly tour small clubs, sometimes ...
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THE OUTSIDE TRACK – Rise Up (Lorimer Records LORRCD07)

When Rise Up hit my doormat I realised that it was a long time since I’d heard anything from The Outside Track. In fact it ...
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WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY – Untethered (Loose)

Robert Fisher, the band’s founder, singer and guiding force, passed away as a result of cancer in February 2017, but not before he’d laid down ...
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SINGLES BAR 36 A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Following her debut album, Away From My Window, Aberdeenshire singer IONA FYFE looks across the Atlantic for her EP, Dark Turn Of Mind. Aside from ...
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CÚIG – The Theory Of Chaos (Copperplate COPP032)

Irish traditional music with added chutzpah is probably the best description of Cúig’s second album, The Theory Of Chaos. Actually there are only two  traditional ...
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Katie Doherty announces new album

It is said that a change is as good as a rest, and for Katie Doherty it is both a rest, and a change, that ...
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Lore And The Living Archive exhibition coming to Cecil Sharp House

An exhibition of original artworks and artefacts from the Doc Rowe Archive and Collection will be displayed from 30th January to 14th April at Cecil ...
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SASCHA OSBORN – Looking Out And After (THS002)

Looking Out And After is the debut album from Sascha Osborn and it’s rather lovely. Take a look at the cover photo – soft focus ...
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MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES – live Under The Bridge, London

Martin Stephenson & The Daintees arrived in Chelsea in the middle of a long tour. The reason is, of course, the revamped Gladsome, Humour & ...
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Winter Union Bring December Tour Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Well they say Christmas is a special time of year for a Winter Union, when magical things happen, and this year's Great British Folk Festival ...
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CUNNING FOLK – Constant Companion (Dharma)

Unlike last year’s Ritual Land, Uncommon Ground, the latest from George Nigel Hoyle is predominantly comprised of traditional material from the British repertoire, the constant ...
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BEANS ON TOAST – A Bird In The Hand (Beans On Toast Music BOT10CD)

Every year on the same date, December 1st, Beans On Toast (or Jay as his mum calls him) releases a new album and has done ...
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THE WILLOWS – Through The Wild (Elk Elk014)

A sort of folk supergroup that sees singer Jade Rhiannon Ward and multi-instrumentalist husband Cliff joined by Ben Savage on Dobro, percussionist Evan Carson from ...
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GIFFORD LIND, ALEX BLACK AND GUY BURGESS – Weave Trust With Truth (Mactoots Recordings MTS053)

It can be embarrassing. You accept a commission to record some music for an historical exhibition only to find that traditional sources throw up just ...
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MIKE SPONZA – Made In The Sixties (EPOPS Music EPPS 1804)

Mike Sponza is a bluesman with a sense of adventure, some impressive collaborators and a great feel for his work. Made in the Sixties was ...
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Hollie Haines’ second album is out now

The journey started back in the spring when London based alt-folk musician Hollie Haines kick started an eight-month release campaign leading up to her new ...
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Beans On Toast celebrates a decade of recordings

Beans On Toast is back with a landmark 10th album (in 10 years): A Bird In The Hand, set for release, as ever, on 1st ...
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TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH LOU – Fair Lady London (Maiden Voyage)

Fair Lady London sees a reunion of sorts with Trevor and Hannah-Lou's former Danny And The Champions Of The World bandmate Danny George Wilson in ...
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DELTA LADIES – Hillbilly Trance (own label)

Hillbilly Trance was originally released as a limited edition earlier this year but, due to difficult circumstances, it was essentially unfinished. Now the “missing” tracks ...
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SHERBURN – BARTLEY – SANDERS – be.guile (own label SBS001)

If like me, you tend to dig out the old Last Night’s Fun CD’s and wonder what would have happened if Nick Scott had been ...
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Warwick Folk Festival announces Will Pound as new Patron

Warwick Folk Festival, which celebrates its 40th year in 2019, has announced one of the biggest names in folk music as its new Patron – ...
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John Mayall announces new album

On February 22nd 2019 Forty Below Records will release Nobody Told Me, the new studio album from The Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall, at the tender age of ...
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HICKORY SIGNALS – Turn To Fray (GF*M GFM10)

In a week in which we lost two great stalwarts of the folk scene it’s comforting to hear a young duo making such fine music ...
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SINGLES BAR 35 A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Released to commemorate the 100th anniversary on the end of WWI, ‘Letters From Walter’ is a poignantly movie number from Cambridge folk crew RED VELVET ...
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BREABACH – Frenzy Of The Meeting (Breabach Records, BRE005CD)

Having toured the world, won awards and created an immensely successful album, Astar, zinging with creative fusion, what would Breabach do next? Judging by their ...
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GARETH OWEN – I’m Out Of This Place (own label)

Six months or so after the release of his Rolling By CD, Gareth Owen's new album I'm Out Of This Place is released on November ...
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MARTIN STEPHENSON – Gladsome, Humour And Blue 30 (Barbaraville Records)

I might have begun by remarking on how long it must be since I listened to the original Gladsome, Humour & Blue but having played ...
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SIOBHAN MILLER – Mercury (Songprint Recordings SPR002CD)

To be brutally honest, if this were Siobhan Miller’s first album and I was listening cold I probably wouldn’t have got past the first three ...
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DARIA KULESH and JONNY DYER live at Cecil Sharp House

This wasn’t a launch event, more a pre-launch preview event for Daria’s forthcoming album, Earthly Delights, and a unique opportunity for fans to pre-order the ...
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BETH WOOD – The Long Road (own label)

Hailing from Lubbock, The Long Road is Wood’s 11th album, and her maturity, experience and assured confidence are in evidence throughout this collection of short stories ...
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CIARAN O’KANE – Round & Round (own label)

Ciaran O’Kane describes his debut album, Round & Round, as “a collection of the songs I like to sing” which is the best reason for ...
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