Features / The Alternative BBC Folk Awards

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Colin Irwin

So to Cardiff. Which is in Wales. That’s the one where they didn’t get to vote for independence. Yet. The Millennium Centre. Lovely place. Lovely people. Lovely music. Lovely ambience. Lovely BBC Folk Awards. A right good do it turned out to be too. An exceedingly warm welcome greets us in the hillsides – and… Read more »

Features / Top of the Fests

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Colin Irwin

THE HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL ACTS Here we go then…the festival season. A time for conversing with nature, shaking off the worries of the big, bad world, quaffing a few ciders and getting in touch with your alternative side. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, but spare a thought for the poor, beleagured festival organizer…. Read more »

Features / War? What is it good for?

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Colin Irwin

In the immortal words of Edwin Starr, “War, huh, yeah…what’s it good for? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.” Actually Edwin, I don’t think that’s entirely true. From ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’ to ‘Fixin’ To Die Rag’, from ‘Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag’ to ‘Universal Soldier’, from ‘I Didn’t Raise My Son To Be… Read more »

Features / Butlins – Great British Folk Festival

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Colin Irwin

Hello campers. Hope this finds you well. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. Hang on, I’ll run that by you again. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. And that’s not something I thought I’d ever have cause to say since 1973. Come to think of it, though,… Read more »

Features / Is it August yet? Oh right, it must be Devon then…

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Colin Irwin

My journey to Sidmouth had been long, colourful, tiring and yes, I freely admit it, occasionally squiffy. Well, there was that strange festival on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Iceland and nobody stays sober in Iceland for more than 10 minutes at a time, what with that 24-hour daylight and all. Then there… Read more »

Features / Bob Dylan is 70 too

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bob dylan

As a follow up to meeting his hero Martin Carthy on the occasion of his 70th and writing a blog about it for us, colin has resorted to verse to celebrate Bob Dylan, who is also 70 this year. This is the whole of Dylans career in one wonderful poem… Hey hey Bobby Dylan, I… Read more »

Features / The Spiral Awards Winners 2011

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spirals 2011

The voting is over and it’s time to give out some gongs in recognition of the great music and artists we have featured on Spiral Earth over the past year. The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go wherever it takes us. BEST ALBUM… Read more »

Features / Interview with Sheri Gee, Art Director at the Folio Society

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The Folio society

Founded in London in 1947, The Folio Society publishes carefully crafted editions of the world’s finest literature. ‘Beautifully crafted, imaginative editions of the world’s great works of fiction and non-fiction, Folio Society books offer a rich literary experience to readers of all ages. The books we select for publication are timeless – we know they… Read more »

Features / Success in the US

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sherlock

2014 was a fantastic year for certain Englishmen within the mainstream film and television industry – many achieving widespread success and Hollywood adoration. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony in March saw the confirmation of Steve McQueen as a world class Auteur for directing best picture winner 12 Years a Slave. A film that held a… Read more »