Privacy Policy

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This Privacy Policy sets out how uses and protects any information it is given when you visit this website. is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide information that identifies you when using this website, then rest assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. We recommend that you check this page over time to ensure that you are happy with its content. This policy is effective from 25/05/2018

Who we are

The folking team are a dedicated group of people (mainly based in the UK) with a passion for music who give their free time to furthering the interests of the folk, acoustic and Americana music movement; we are a growing team of writers & interviewers, reviewing the latest releases from the world of folk, each in own inimitable style…

Our website address is:

The site owner and data controller is Darren Beech whose address is 9 Rowan Road, Lindford, Bordon, Hants, GU35 0RE.

Find out more about us here

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We may collect the following information:

  • Contact information, namely your email address (with your permission).
  • Other information relevant to our annual folking awards and occasional competitions.

We use a third-party plugin called Opinion Stage to run the folking awards voting system. You can view the Opinion Stage Privacy Policy here

What happens to the information that we gather

We require this information to understand our visitors requirements and provide them with a better service, namely for the following reasons:

  • Subscription to our newsletter. sends out an occasional email newsletter (administered by Mailchimp ). It provides a summary of our latest articles including; album and gig reviews, interviews and press releases for festivals together with artist tour, album and EP news.

This information is only sent to the people who have subscribed to our newsletter email (requires a double opt-in process to verify each email address).  If at any point subscribers no longer wish to receive this service, then please either unsubscribe at the bottom of the relevant newsletter, or let us know by email here and we will completely remove you from the Mailchimp mailing list within a month of receiving your request.

  • Competition entries and informing the winner.

If you enter one of our occasional competitions, we will need some personal information about you such as your name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number. This information (provided by you) is either manually or electronically stored on a temporary basis for the purpose of contacting the winner. Following the end of the competition, the data collected is deleted.

  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission to do so or are required by law to provide it.

The Dated Collected Through Our Website Is Anonymous

In addition to the information we collect (described above), we use technology to collect anonymous information about the use of our website. For example, our web server automatically logs which pages of our website our visitors view, their IP addresses and which web browsers our visitors use. This technology does not identify you personally, it simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our website.

Our website contains hyperlinks to other pages on our website. We may use technology to track how often these links are used and which pages on our website our visitors choose to view. Again this technology does not identify you personally – it simply enables us to compile statistics about the use of these hyperlinks.

Cookies uses cookies to help improve its functionality and to serve relevant content for its visitors. You can read more about our Cookies Policy here

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Disclosure Of Your Personal Data

We do not share, sell or distribute your Personal Data with unrelated third parties, except as otherwise provided for in this Privacy Statement and under these limited circumstances:

In order to provide you with the information or products which you have requested, Personal Data may occasionally be transferred or shared with other companies or third parties who act for us for further processing in accordance with the purposes for which the data was originally collected or for purposes to which you have subsequently consented. For example, sometimes a third-party may have access to your Personal Data in order to support our information technology or to handle mailings on our behalf such as our newsletter.

We may share, transfer or disclose the information in our databases and server logs to comply with a legal requirement, for the administration of justice, interacting with anti-fraud databases, to protect your vital interests, to protect the security or integrity of our databases or this website, to take precautions against legal liability, or in the event of our sale, merger, reorganisation, dissolution or similar event. We will inform you of any such transfer or disclosure as required by law.

Where appropriate, before disclosing Personal Data to a third-party, we contractually require the third-party to take adequate precautions to protect that data and to comply with applicable law.

Transfer of Data Abroad

If you are visiting this website from a country other than the country in which our servers are located the various communications will necessarily result in the transfer of information across international boundaries.

By visiting this website and communicating electronically with us, you consent to the processing and transfer of your Personal Data as set out in this Privacy Statement.

Competition Terms & Conditions

  1. To enter, follow the instructions as given in each competition by emailing: the answer to the question and/or entering your details as requested.
  2. Entrants not filling in all details will be disqualified.
  3. Closing date and times are as specified in each competition.
  4. The winner will be notified by email and may be announced on the site.
  5. Winners’ email addresses and contact information are passed onto the person responsible for sending out the prizes but we don’t keep details on record once the competition is closed.
  6. Only one entry per person/household. The competitions are only open to the public.
  7. Where the prizes are concert or festival tickets, these may be sent to you as physical tickets, collected from a venue or your name may be added to a guest list (the name of the winner will not be disclosed if the latter is the case).
  8. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. There is no cash alternative and the prizes are non-transferable.
  10. Promoter’s address is Darren Beech whose address is 9 Rowan Road, Lindford, Bordon, Hants, GU35 0RE.


If you have any questions about this Statement or any part of our service, you can contact us by e-mailing us here