Music / The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff Tour -The Young’uns

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The Teesside trio Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle, have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade – and just five years after giving up their day jobs – they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts. Three times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns… Read more »

Music / FAUSTUS ‘Cotton Lords’ Autumn 2018 Tour

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Faustus have announced their UK ‘Cotton Lords’ Tour, during which they will be presenting new tracks from the ongoing Cotton Famine Poetry project. For the last few months Faustus (Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick & Saul Rose) have been sifting through publications and journals of the 19th Century Lancashire Cotton Famine period, as part of a… Read more »

Music / Gigspanner and Gigspanner Big Band Autumn Tour dates

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Peter Knight is gathering his troops for some tour dates this autumn.  If you haven’t yet experienced this ‘glorious, musical tour de force‘  –  now is your chance !! With only four dates with the ‘Big Band’ these venues are bound to sell out quickly so here are the details ;- November 2018 1st: Town… Read more »

Music / Damien O’Kane: Folk Prostate Cancer November 25th, Penistone, Barnsley – Raising awareness

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Damien O’Kane is an award winning, well-renowned Irish folk musician and singer now living in Barnsley since his marriage to Barnsley folk songstress, Kate Rusby. Since Kate’s father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2012 (now recovered), Damien was compelled to do something to raise both awareness and money for the cause. It’s a long… Read more »

Music / Secularia – Eliza Gilkyson

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Though its title, ‘Secularia’, might hint at something different, there is only one word needed to describe Eliza Gilkyson’s new record. That word is spiritual. But let’s not leave it there as it’s a collection of songs that deserves more than a one word review. It’s a record that owes lots to family and friends… Read more »

Music / Lady Maisery pre-release copies of new live album for autumn tour dates.

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For Autumn 2018, Lady Maisery announce a new Live album. It contains 13 tracks of live versions of material from their three studio albums ‘Cycle’, ‘Mayday’ and ‘Weave & Spin’ and pre-release copies will be available at gigs in Autumn/Winter 2018 before an official release in 2019. The album captures the true depth of their… Read more »

Music / Emily Mae Winters to Tour throughout October.

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Fast rising star on the U.K. Folk/Americana scene Emily Mae Winters has that rare quality in a singer that makes critics reach for the superlatives. Following the success of her award winning debut album ‘Siren Serenade’ Emily embarks on a brand new album pre release tour this October with a full band. Hailed as having… Read more »

Music / Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess – five date tour in September.

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Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman Band, Benji was busy writing material for his own project, which now takes form – The Excess.  A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums and Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood… Read more »

Music / Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong.

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In 2017 Jenny Sturgeon (Salt House, Jenny Sturgeon Trio) and Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart Trio, Da Fishing Hands) wrote and created Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong. Northern Flyway premiered to a sold-out audience at The Barn (Banchory) in January 2018 and a CD… Read more »

Music / Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall release debut EP Unfair Maids

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Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall combine their spell-binding sounds to create this new duo. Their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with… Read more »