News / Katie Doherty & The Navigators – “And Then” – Jan 25th

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Hailing from Teesside and based in Newcastle for a long time until she was swept off her feet and up a hill in County Durham by her sheep farming husband, Katie Doherty is an award-winning songwriter. Recently, she has been best-known for her work with theatre, having composed the score for the Award Winning rural… Read more »

News / Lau new album ‘Midnight and Closedown’ and 2018/19 tour dates

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Lau return with their new album, Midnight and Closedown, produced by John Parish, released February 8th 2019 on Reveal Records. Already acknowledged as thrilling live performers and folk music pioneers, Lau arrive at a new creative peak with Midnight and Closedown. The band’s 12-year recording career is resplendent with unexpected collaborations, accolades and innovative ideas…. Read more »

News / The Henry Girls to play Hammersmith Irish Centre

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Rooted in the heart of Ireland, The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co.Donegal. Their music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour. Over the last number of years they have become one of the finest Irish exponents of folk/roots music. Their shimmering harmonies and delicate… Read more »

News / Ross Ainslie to releases new single ‘Hope in the Chaos’ to aid SAMH

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Hope in the Chaos is a new single from Ross Ainslie and is the first collaboration with Runrig guitarist Malcolm Jones. The single is an epic tirade of Scottish grit and struggle, the sound is very much in honour of Ross’ earliest influences including his great friend and mentor Gordon Duncan and Wolfstone. Ross Ainslie… Read more »

News / Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra new studio album and tour dates.

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Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in –western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else–as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.   The Tea Pad are… Read more »

News / 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 »

News / 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 »

News / 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 »

News / 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 »