News / Michael Chapman at 75, classic album reissues

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michael chapman

Michael Chapman is 75 on 24 January 2016, the guitarist and songwriter came to the fore in the folk revival of the late 60’s and has pursued his own groove that pulled in many genres whilst remaining entirely his own. His classic Harvest records from the 70’s reissued by Light In the Attic, and he’s… Read more »

News / Show of Hands take ‘The Long Way Home’ as they return to their roots

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Show of Hands

More than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia. Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of… Read more »

News / Latest headliners at 10th Gate to Southwell Festival June 2016

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Hayseed Dixie

A bright new wave of young English musical talent will shine at the 10th anniversary Gate To Southwell Festival next June. Alongside multi-award-winning headline acts Hayseed Dixie, Show Of Hands, Scotland’s Eddi Reader and Ireland’s Kila,  the Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots event will showcase eagerly-anticipated performances from acclaimed homegrown talent including young singer-songwriter Ange… Read more »

News / Get your early bird Festival tickets for 2016

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Here are some of the latest festivals to announce line ups and open their box offices… Sidmouth FolkWeek 29th July – 5th August 2016 With an established line-up of folk favourites, more than a sprinkling of cutting-edge talent, the best in dance and song, a picture-postcard seaside location and lashings of festive spirit, the week-long celebration offers… Read more »

News / Ewan Mclennan song in aid of Doctors Without Borders

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lampedusa

Ewan McLennan is releasing ‘Lampedusa‘ in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders, who are rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. All the money raised from the download of this track will go direct to them. ‘For years I’ve sung traditional songs of emigration, thinking them some of the most powerful ballads I’ve ever come across. These songs… Read more »

News / Afro Celt Sound System to headline Folk by the Oak

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folk by the oak

The gorgeous one day festival Folk by the Oak returns to Hatfield House on Saturday 24 July 2016 with 3 very different but equally exciting main stage acts announced as tickets go back on sale. With sales of over 1.5 million albums and 2 Grammy nominations to date, 2016 sees Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their… Read more »

News / The Young ‘Uns ‘Three For All’ tour dates 2016

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3 for all

Voted ‘Best Group’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling… Read more »

News / I Saw The Light trailer – Tom Hiddleston is Hank Williams

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i saw the light

I Saw The Light is based on Colin Escott’s biography of Hank Williams, who died in 1953 at the age of 29. Williams is widely regarded as one of the great country music artists, having hits with Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Lovesick Blues amongst many. Along withy Tom Hiddlestone… Read more »

News / Winter fundraiser single for Shelter

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Award-winning contemporary folk duo Gilmore & Roberts release their new fundraiser single ‘Every Midnight Mile’ on December 3rd, with all proceeds going to the homelessness charity Shelter. Previously unreleased, ‘Every Midnight Mile’ conjures up the comfort and security of a warm fireside in winter and features guest vocals from Folk Award winner Lucy Ward and… Read more »

News / Blissfields announces 2016 theme and tickets available

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bliss fields

Blissfields have confirmed dates for its 2016 main event in Woodmancott, Hampshire, returning for its 16th year on July 1st and 2nd with a “HOUSE PARTY” theme. Tier 1 tickets are on sale now via blissfields.co.uk from £85 for an adult pass, alongside tickets for a one-off Christmas Party. First music acts to be announced early 2016. Blissfields has always celebrated… Read more »