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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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Townes Van Zandt – new live double CD

Townes Van Zandt was a remarkable singer/songwriter, much admired by contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and scores of others ...
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KÍLA – Pota Óir (Kíla Records, KRDVD003)

Kíla, a band with a mutable line-up around the core of the Ó Snodaigh family has been around since the late 80s, with a prodigious ...
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MARK HARRISON – The Panoramic View (own label)

I really like Mark Harrison’s previous album, Turpentine, so I was delighted when he sent me The Panoramic View. Mark plays 12-string and National guitars ...
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News of George Butterworth documentary film

After more than three years of careful work and the kind participation of a host of contributors, the first ever George Butterworth documentary film is ...
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MERRY HELL – Anthems To The Wind (Merry Hell Music MHMCD218)

Here’s a conundrum. When you see them playing the folk circuit, Merry Hell comprise Virginia Kettle and her brother-in-law Andrew on vocals, his brothers John ...
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Martyn Joseph announces January release of new album

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph returns with new album Here Come The Young released January 25th 2019 via Pipe Records. Produced by Gerry Diver (Tom Robinson, ...
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MARTIN STEPHENSON talks to folking about life, music and everything

Martin Stephenson had his rather more than fifteen minutes of fame in the late eighties and early nineties. His first albums were critically applauded and ...
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Larkin Poe announce their new album

Venom & Faith is the new album from Larkin Poe, to be released November 9, 2018. The Nashville-based sister duo follow the release with a ...
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NICK ELLIS – Speaker’s Corner (Mellowtone)

His fourth album in three years, the Liverpool singer-songwriter’s music has been described as streetscape narrative-noir, which I guess is a fancy way of saying ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – The Well Worn Path (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD709)

Seth Lakeman’s new album has appeared with surprisingly little fanfare. The Well Worn Path was recorded at the beginning of the year during a break ...
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JON WILKS – Midlife (own label)

When someone gathers together traditional folk songs from a particular region, it generally tends to be the case that these are from Up North, Down ...
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Katie Melua releases her Ultimate Collection on vinyl

As Katie Melua embarks on her European tour, BMG announce the release of Ultimate Collection on vinyl. Compiled by Katie, this vinyl edition features 23 ...
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ROBB JOHNSON – Ordinary Giants (Irregular IRR223)

At first glance Ordinary Giants seems like a sequel to Robb Johnson’s wonderful Gentle Men but it isn’t. It’s more of a companion piece; there ...
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Midlife is out today – songs from Birmingham and the Midlands

Midlife, an album of traditional, industrial and music hall songs collected in Birmingham and the Midlands, was released this morning. Researched, arranged and recorded by, ...
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Siobhan Miller announces new album

Born in Penicuik, Scotland, Siobhan Miller grew up in the folk scene singing at festivals she attended with her parents. Her soulful and stirring renewal ...
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Simon Todd announces new album

Half Empty/Half Full is the eagerly awaited new album from Simon Todd, produced by Boo Hewerdine, ably assisted by Chris Pepper. The album is a ...
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MERRY HELL ACOUSTIC and THE RABBLE CHORUS live at Snape Maltings

Merry Hell don’t often get to play at places where the bouncers, sorry ushers, wear DJs but they’d never played Snape Maltings before. This is ...
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CASHAVELLY MORRISON – Hunger (own label)

Born Melissa Diane Meredith Bickey in West Virginia, her stage name a combination of the maiden names of paternal grandmother and mother, respectively, and working ...
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THE TRIALS OF CATO – Hide And Hair (own label)

The eponymous debut EP by The Trials Of Cato came out of nowhere and smacked everyone between the eyes. Live, they are full of energy ...
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ALAN PROSSER – 5/4AP (Rafting Dog Records RD054)

Well then… if you listened to our interview with Alan Prosser backstage at Cropredy you will already know that Alan alluded to the fact that ...
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DAVID OLNEY – This Side Or The Other (Black Hen Music BHCD0089)

Based in Nashville since 1973, Olney has clocked up a fair few musical miles with 21 previous studio albums, released at a rate of one ...
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BERT JANSCH – Just A Simple Soul (BMG BMGCAT227CD)

Bernard Butler spent more than a decade working with Bert Jansch and it fell to him to curate a definitive best of collection. It can’t ...
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STEWART HENDERSON, YVONNE LYON and CAROL HENDERSON – Vesper Sky (own label SL045)

Well now, this is something different. Scottish singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon has joined forces with Liverpool poet Stewart Henderson (who, as a songwriter, has provided the ...
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The Young’uns and The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff

Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre. The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff ...
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ASHLEY HUTCHINGS – Paradise And Thorns (Talking Elephant TECD410)

Divided into two discs, Gloucester Docks Revisited and Other Tales Of Love, Paradise And Thorns finds “the single most important figure in English folk rock” ...
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GERRY O’CONNOR – Last Night’s Joy (Lugnasa LUGCD966)

Gerry O’Connor is a fiddle player from Dundalk, not to be confused with Gerry O’Connor, the banjo player, who also appears on Last Night’s Joy, ...
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GYPSYFINGERS – Stranger Things (own label)

Although they perform live as a quartet and the album features various musical collaborators, Gypsyfingers are essentially classically trained and dance music loving songwriter Victoria ...
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THE FRANK BURKITT BAND – Raconteur (Frank Burkitt Music FWB004)

Having left Edinburgh, Scotland, for Wellington, New Zealand in 2014, The Frank Burkitt Band took shape over the coming months, honing a unique, rootsy sound ...
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VIVE LA ROSE – For She Who Hangs The Moon (Gestation Records, GEST01)

London-based Scot David Luximon-Herbert has been making music in various guises over many years, finally emerging as Vive La Rose in 2014 with the EP, ...
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THE MAGIC LANTERN – To The Islands (Hectic Eclectic Records)

Reading the PR notes there were several references to jazz, and as I’m not a jazz aficionado I didn’t think I would enjoy this CD, ...
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HECTOR CHRISTIE & CHRIS EDWARDS – Ghaists In The Air (own label)

Violet Jacob was a poet and novelist born of what would have been called a noble family back then. She died in 1946 aged eighty-three, ...
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KARINE POLWART – Laws Of Motion (Hudson Records HUD014)

Karine Polwart's latest CD – Laws Of Motion, released on 19th October 2018 – is her seventh release. It is co-produced by Karine with Inge ...
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DAN FRECHETTE & LAUREL THOMSEN – Driving By Candlelight (own label)

A duo variously based in California’s Santa Cruz mountains (her) and Winnipeg (him), Driving By Candlelight is their fourth collection of self-penned Americana, she on violin ...
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ROOT & BRANCH – A Breath Against The Calm (own label RABR02)

Root & Branch are an Anglo-American quintet whose repertoire spans Britain, Ireland and the Appalachians. A Breath Against The Calm is their first full-length album ...
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VISION THING – When We Were Astronauts And Other Stories (own label)

The follow-up to last year’s Trysting Tree EP (the tracks of which all appear here), the sleeve echoing the title of David Niven’s autobiography, The ...
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Shred Kelly – new album

Shred Kelly will be releasing their most ambitious project yet in their fourth album, Archipelago, on October 19th 2018 via DevilDuck Records, followed immediately by a tour ...
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BELLE PLAINE – Malice, Mercy, Grief And Wrath (own label)

Sharing her name with the Minnesota city that translates as ‘beautiful prairie’. raised in a remote Saskatchewan town of just 45 people, it’s understandable that ...
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STEVIE DUNNE – Live At The Crosskeys Inn (own label SDB003)

Ireland is full of fine musicians who, unlike prophets, are honoured in their own country but not so much elsewhere. Stevie Dunne is one such ...
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MICHELLE LEWIS – All That’s Left (own label)

Based in L.A., Lewis explores the softer edges of folk-pop Americana, her songs suffused with sadness and melancholy, dealing with loss and longing, delivered in ...
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Marianne Faithfull announces new solo album

Negative Capability is the 21st album by Marianne Faithfull and the most emotionally powerful of her 54-year recording career. Facing down arthritis and bolstered by ...
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TOM PETTY AND BOB DYLAN – New York 1986 (Rox Vox RV2CD2128)

In the mid-80s and in the midst of his own musical wasteland, Bob Dylan went down a number of different angles in a bid to ...
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KITTY MACFARLANE – Namer Of Clouds (Navigator Records, NAVIGATOR104)

Given the praise heaped on Kitty Macfarlane’s 2016 EP, Tide & Time, expectations are understandably high for her first full-length album release, Namer Of Clouds ...
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GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV – Evening Machines (Dualtone Records)

Evening Machines was released on October 5th, Isakov’s fifth album. Isakov is a full time farmer in Colorado, who tends to his music career in ...
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PETE SEEGER BIG BILL BROONZY – Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University (Echoes ECHO2CD2077)

Another recording from the vaults is Pete Seeger and Big Bill Broonzy from the Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, 1956 – a ...
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LONGSTAY – Calling Me Home (Goldrush Records, GOLDCD017)

Calling Me Home is the debut album from Longstay, a precocious Perth quintet, still with an average age of only 17 - and with four ...
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ANNE MARIE ALMEDAL – Lightshadow (VMP 18/012 CD)

Anne Marie Almedal is a Norwegian singer and composer whose album, Lightshadow, is now on release. Almedal, was the lead singer of the band Velvet ...
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BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND – 1974 Tour Live (Rox Vox RV3CD2137)

1974 Tour Live is a pretty self-explanatory title, but if you’re still curious for anything else other than the obvious, it is a three disc ...
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Andy White tours reissued Rave On

“Andy White, Belfast born and Belfast bred, first picked up a guitar when he was thirteen. It was blocking up the hallway. He started strumming ...
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LUKA BLOOM – Sometimes I Fly… (MIG MIG 02102 CD)

This album was recorded by Radio Bremen in 2001. Luka Bloom is big in Germany; he’s big in Ireland naturally but for some unfathomable reason ...
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Catty Pearson releases debut EP

London singer-songwriter Catty Pearson, with her musical roots planted in folk, country and blues and her head set on unravelling some of the confusion she feels in ...
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THE SALTS – Brave (Braccan Records BRCD9001)

The Salts perform shanties but not quite in the way you might expect. They are five seasoned musicians with a remarkable list of credits to ...
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MALCOLM HOLCOMBE – Come Hell Or High Water (Gypsy Eyes Music)

If you feel that ‘Southern folk golem’ Holcombe’s croaky roll-up rasp suggests he’s been shovelling coal dust of his cereals and makes Tom Waits sound ...
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Derbyshire stars at Derby Folk Festival

Derbyshire is famous for many things to those in the know, but for the casual mainstream music fan the county that gave the world Rolls-Royce ...
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Yvonne Lyon announces new album with Stewart and Carol Henderson

Vesper Sky is a stunning and unique collection of songs and poems, written and performed by Stewart Henderson, Yvonne Lyon and Carol Henderson. Singer/songwriter Yvonne ...
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Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen announce new album

As with their previous three albums, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen ponder contemporary subject matter with vintage sensibility in their fourth release, Driving ...
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J.P. HARRIS – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing (Free Dirt DIRT-CD-0090)

You might be wondering if J.P. Harris looks anything like the cover picture. Well, I can’t speak for all the tattoos but, yes, that’s pretty ...
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SINGLES BAR 34 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Tablelands is the third of the trilogy of EPs by INDIA ELECTRIC CO. that began in the city with EC1M and ends somewhere hot, red ...
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ETHAN HANNA – Welcome To The Batlands (Tin Man Heart)

Ethan Hanna is from Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He’s been around for while, paying his dues as a soloist and in bands, but Welcome To The ...
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RIBBON ROAD – Paper Dolls (Shipyard RRD011)

The follow-up to Our Streets Are Numbered, one of my favourite albums of 2016, the Heslop family, songwriter Brenda, husband Geoff and daughter Jill, here ...
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Breabach announce new album

Frenzy of the Meeting is the latest release from multi award-winning Scottish folk band Breabach. Continuing to build on the ideas and experimentation from their ...
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TOWN MOUNTAIN – New Freedom Blues (own label)

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, New Freedom Blues is the quintet’s sixth studio album which, while their feet are still firmly planted in the bluegrass pastures, ...
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THE BETTERDAYS – Backlash (NTB Records CD 1004)

I realise that this isn’t our usual fare but it’s such a gem that we couldn’t resist. The cover shows The Betterdays from Plymouth in ...
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ANTOINE & OWENA – Hands, Hearts & Hangings (own label)

We receive a lot of unsolicited albums, often debuts from new artists. Some we may gloss over; others we play more than once. So it ...
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Ewan Macintyre Band announce new album

In promotion of Ewan’s forthcoming album Road Junkie, Ewan and the band will be doing a series of tours throughout November in Scotland, England, Wales, ...
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Stevie Dunne releases live album

Stevie Dunne is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest banjo players. Hailing from the small fishing port of Clogherhead in County Louth, Stevie now resides ...
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CHRIS CLEVERLEY TRIO – Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham

Already well-established as a charismatic performer on the folk circuit and a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter as well as hugely accomplished guitarist, this hometown gig, the ...
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GILMORE & ROBERTS – A Problem Of Our Kind (GR! GRR08)

Gilmore & Roberts are Katriona Gilmore (vocals, fiddle, viola, B3 organ and mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (vocals, guitar, percussion). Their album A Problem Of Our ...
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DOLPHIN BOY – The Highland Swing (Skye Records SCRCX005)

There is story behind this album although I’m not sure I fully understand it. Once upon a time DJ Andy Dolphin, aka Dolphin Boy, was ...
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YOUNG WATERS – Young Waters (own label YW1)

Now trading under a rather more attractive moniker (borrowed from a Scottish Child Ballad) than their previous appellation as Snufkin, guitarist Theo Passingham and percussionist ...
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EDDI READER – Cavalier (Reveal 077CDX)

Forty years into her career, Reader’s 11th solo studio album, Cavalier, continues the recent trend of mixing original and traditional material with, naturally, something from ...
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SLOW MOVING CLOUDS – Starfall (own label SMC003)

Dublin based trio Slow Moving Clouds blend Irish and Nordic traditions with modern techniques and influences to make music that might be described as “ambient” ...
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ANNIE DRESSNER – Broken Into Pieces

Like Kurt Russell in 'Escape from New York', Annie Dressner has legged it as well and made it over here to fair Albion even without ...
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JIMMY LaFAVE – Peace Town (Music Road Records MRR CD030)

A leading light of the Red Dirt country movement, LaFave succumbed to cancer last year, but not before laying down a 100 or so recordings ...
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TUMBLING SOULS –Between the Dream And The Truth (Wee Studio Records WSTTS01)

The debut album from the country and bluegrass-influenced Hebridean eight-piece fronted by Willie Campbell, Between The Truth And The Dream has a firm emphasis on ...
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JOHN SMITH – Hummingbird (Commoner COMM01CD)

John Smith is a name I’ve been circling around for some time without actually hearing him so I was delighted when his new album, Hummingbird, ...
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SOLASTA – A Cure For The Curious (own label SLSTA18)

A Cure For The Curious is the debut album by the newest trio aiming to take folk music in new directions. Solasta are Elizabeth Flett; ...
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THE LARK AND THE LOON – Homestead Hands (own label)

She’s the lark and he’s the loon and The Lark And The Loon are multi-instrumental husband and wife duo Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen. Homestead ...
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PHIL DOLEMAN – Skin & Bones

In recent years the ukulele has become increasingly prominent in my life as a music teacher and workshop organiser, so it was with a degree ...
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MAWKIN – Down Among The Dead Men (Good Form Records MKN005)

I was thinking that it was rather too long since I’d heard anything from Mawkin when David Delarre got in touch to ask if I’d ...
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Katie Spencer – in praise of live music

Saturday night I find myself in a church in a small village. This settlement is so tiny that to describe it as a small hamlet ...
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IAIN THOMSON AND MARC DUFF – No Borders (own label IAT 003)

Iain Thomson is a singer-songwriter brought up in Dumfries who works regularly as a duo with Marc Duff who plays bouzouki, pipes, piano and whistles ...
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NATHAN BELL – Loves Bones And Stars, Love’s Bones And Stars (Angry Stick Recording Company)

In case you’re wondering, the title of the album is correct. Loves Bones And Stars, Love’s Bones And Stars is due for release on September ...
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