Music / Through Gloucester Streets, interview with Ashley Hutchings

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An exclusive interview with Ashley Hutchings about his new album by Simon Jones. In September 1987 Ashley Hutchings released a truly remarkable and strikingly personal album, By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down & Wept. Detailing a love affair with painstaking references to his own feelings and the ensuing fallout it was the last thing you’d expect… Read more »

Music / Sheelanagig Autumn tour dates.

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Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create… Read more »

Music / The Trials Of Cato announce debut album “Hide And Hair”

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The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of… Read more »

Music / Sam Sweeney “The Unfinished Violin” his Debut Solo Album ……

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“Playing that over Richard Howard’s grave was incredibly emotional,” says Sam. “We were all just stood there, sobbing. He was unknown, no one knew anything about him, no one would ever have visited his grave, ever, and all of a sudden, there I was, playing his fiddle to him. And there’s going to be a… Read more »

Music / Peter Knight and John Spiers announce December Tour Dates

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On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in… Read more »

Music / MIKE VASS: THE FOUR PILLARS PREMIERE

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Newly Commissioned by the Scots Fiddle Festival and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, The Four Pillars is a multi-media experience and musical suite from Scottish musician Mike Vass. Based on the four major tune types of the Scottish fiddle tradition – the slow air, the march, the strathspey and… Read more »

Music / Nathan Bell – Loves Bones and Stars, Love’s Bones and Stars

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Nathan Bell doesn’t follow convention. Let’s start with the title of this studio album, ‘Loves Bones and Stars, Love’s Bones and Stars’ – the marketing department would have a fit. He’s also released a new live album at exactly the same time – the management would claim that this is crazy. That live album was… Read more »

Music / True North – Phillip Henry

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Phillip Henry is best known for his more recent duo work with Hannah Martin in Edgelarks. However, he’s been busy honing his skills as an instrumentalist for several years. Yet, ‘True North’ is his first solo album and it acts as a celebration of his various musical travels since leaving his origins in Chorley, Lancashire…. Read more »

Music / Awake, Arise : A Christmas Show For Our Times

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Awake, Arise : A Christmas Show For Our Times,  is an unmissable one-off collaboration.  Five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists have announced a special tour, celebrating the riches of varied winter traditions,  from the British Isles and further afield and reflecting on the hope and resilience in music and song, that can… Read more »

Music / Mawkin announce 2018 ‘Down Among the Dead Men’ album and Tour

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Mawkin’s extraordinary brand of boisterous folk music is gathering momentum with the much-anticipated release of their 2018 studio album with a tour pencilled in for March 2019.  Built on a solid traditional foundation and influenced by the swagger of 90s indie rock and Bellowhead-style brouhaha, Mawkin’s sound comes alive with a large dose of Essex-boy… Read more »