Music / Locks and Bolts – Solarference

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Solarference

Solarference are Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen, describing themselves as ‘folk song and laptop duo’. Their debut album ‘Lips of Clay’ came out in 2012 – it held something very different from the rest of the growing electronic folk culture; they were actively exploring what could be done with new technology and traditional song, without… Read more »

Music / Watch – ‘Antwerp’ by The Breath

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The Breath

‘Antwerp’ is the lead track taken from ‘Carry Your Kin’, the forthcoming release from Manchester-based band, The Breath, the partnership of guitarist Stuart McCallum  and singer Ríoghnach Connolly. An urban guitarist from Manchester and the former guitarist for Cinematic Orchestra , McCallum is valued for his mastery of loops and effects. Connolly is a singer… Read more »

Music / Dave Swarbrick 1941-2016

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Sadly the beloved musician Dave Swarbrick has passed away at the age of 75. One of the pioneering members of Fairport Convention who changed the musical landscape permananently. Swarb had suffered from ill health since the 1990s when he was diagnosed with emphysema, being famously pronounced dead by the Daily Telegraph in the early 1990s when… Read more »

Music / BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY – ‘SHINE A LIGHT: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’ UK dates announced

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Billy Bragg Joe Henry

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe… Read more »

Music / Jon Boden 2016 tour dates

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Jon Boden

The beast that was Bellowhead has been laid to rest with a celebratory final tour – although don’t be surprised if there are one off performances and a reunion tour à la Take That somewhere down the line. The various members of the band will all be gearing up for new pastures, whether solo or… Read more »

Music / The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble – Summer 2016 UK Tour

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Folk Ensemble

Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, five cello players, four percussionists and three electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, even a harp! They also all sing… Read more »

Music / Watch the BBC Folk Awards

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Rufus Wainwright

The BBC has the full Folk Awards 2016 show on their iPlayer for you to catch up on all of the awards, speeches and music from the night. bbc.co.uk/iplayer BBC Radio @ Folk Awards 2016 winners: Best Duo – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Musician of the Year – Andy Cutting Horizon Award – Sam… Read more »

Music / ‘Resolved’ – new album from Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterel

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Resolved

Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterell’s last project – Gathered – received inspired reviews, and gained Nick the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Songwriter Award. It also found its way onto the AQA A Level Communication and Culture syllabus, the frontispiece of a book on Barthes, and formed the basis of an academic lecture at the University… Read more »

Music / New single and UK tour from Hat Fitz and Cara

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Spiral favourites Hat Fitz and Cara have announced their new single ‘Doing It Again’ to coincide with our current UK and European Tour. As always, it’s a belter and you can listen, stream and buy it on Bandcamp  here. Doing It Again’ is a footstomping new song from their forthcoming 2017 album ‘After The Rain’… Read more »

Music / 1970s folk blues roots revisited: Hot Vultures reunite

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Southern English duo Hot Vultures – Ian Anderson on guitar, slide guitar and vocals and Maggie Holland on bass guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals – were one of the hardest working and popular outfits on the UK and European folk and college circuits of the 1970s. They mixed up a naturally Anglicised selection of old… Read more »