Smith & Brewer announce their first studio album

Smith & Brewer

Smith & Brewer release their debut studio album on November 1st.

Recorded over the course of a week in early 2018, using a makeshift studio we put together in our friends’ barn, this album is the culmination of the last few years writing and playing together. We wanted to record our best songs, in the way we felt would suit them best – with great musicians playing together in a great sounding room.

Another Shade Of Smith & Brewer ranges from the acoustic duo sound that we’re best known for, through to a full acoustic and electric band. We recruited our old friends Eric Lavansch on drums and Tom Sinnett on bass for our rhythm section, and we all had a lot of fun. Every morning after breakfast we’d make coffee, walk in to the barn, light the fire, and play music together.

It was a wonderful way to record, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed playing and producing it.

We are currently looking for bookings for 2020, and in addition to playing our own shows to promote the album, we will be touring in early 2020 supporting Fairport Convention on their winter U.K. tour.

Artist’s website –

‘Life’s Too Short’ – live:

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 our ever-expanding team of writers and were collated into shape by the Folkmeister and the Editor over a pint or two, which also involved, a few arm-wrestles and a spot of beer-mat aerobics, in a convenient local watering hole.

There were five nominees in each category, all of whom have impressed our writers during 2018.

As we said last year, all are winners in our eyes, as are quite a few who didn’t make the short list. However, it’s not just about what we think, so once more, it was down to you, our ever-growing readership, to make the final call.

We will now compile the results and announce the winners of each category at some point next week.

*The Public Vote for each category closed at 9.00pm on Sunday 31st March (GMT+1).

Soloist Of The Year

Keith James
Reg Meuross
Rachel Newton
John Smith
Andy White

Best Duo

Gilmore & Roberts
Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Winter Wilson

Best Band

The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Merry Hell
Trials Of Cato
The Young’Uns

Best Live Act

The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Grace Petrie
The Salts
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Andy White

Best Album

A Problem Of Our Kind – Gilmore & Roberts
The Well Worn Path – Seth Lakeman
The Joy Of Living – Jackie Oates
Queer As Folk – Grace Petrie
Hide And Hair – Trials Of Cato

Best Musician

Martin Harley
Aidan O’Rourke
Marina Osman
John Smith
Richard Thompson

Rising Star

Burning Salt
Robert Lane
Kitty MacFarlane
Smith & Brewer
Vision Thing

Best International Artist(s)

Tyler Childers
Mary Gauthier
Larkin Poe