Features / Interview – Einar Selvik, Wardruna

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Wardruna have just released the final part of their Runaljod trilogy, an epic musical journey through the Norse runic alphabet known as the Elder Futhark. The final album is called Ragnarok and we caught up with main man Einar Selvik to discuss his approach to the runes and the incredible success of his project that… Read more »

Features / Kate Rusby interview

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We grabbed a quick chat with Kate Rusby to find out a little more about her new release Life in a Paper Boat What comes first when writing your own songs, the words or the melody? Nearly always its a tune that comes first, tune, riff, passage of chords, any of these will be present… Read more »

Features / Win tickets to see Show of Hands!

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The winners have been picked for the Cardiff and Hackney tickets and the winners advised – We still have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Oxford Show of Hands gig  (Thurs Dec 1). To stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets just email us at info@spiralearth.co.uk with ‘oxford SOH’ as the subject line of… Read more »

Features / Summoning the Old Gods with Wardruna

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Quite frankly it feels that Wardruna have tapped into some very ancient powers with their trilogy of albums exploring the deeper esoteric meanings of the ancient Norse runic alphabet. They use some of the oldest Nordic musical instruments , self-made frame drums and ceremonial drums, mouth harp, tagelharpe (‘viking fiddle’), flutes, goat horns, tongue horns and… Read more »

Features / Worth Watching – BBC David Bowie Prom

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Available now on the BBC iPlayer, the BBC David Bowie Prom is a celebration and reinterpretation of the music of David Bowie with the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder. They are joined by guest singers and collaborators – including Jherek Bischoff,… Read more »

Features / Watch – Young ‘uns on BBC-tv’s Springwatch Unsprung

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Triumphant trio The Young ‘uns made a guest appearance on BBC-tv’s Springwatch popular spin-off show, Springwatch Unsprung, on Friday June 3rd. Teesside’s Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle, together one of folk’s hottest properties, made it two in a row last month when they scooped the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted “Best… Read more »

Features / Interview: Show of Hands

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Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most… Read more »

Features / Village Pump Revisited – Colin Irwin

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In darkest Wiltshire, several trillion light years ago (1974 to be precise), an interesting bunch of characters who congregated at the Village Pump Folk Club hit upon the mad idea of organising a festival. Originally intended to be held at a barn in Bradford-on-Avon, the council pulled the rug at the last minute and that… Read more »