News / Folk On Foot – new podcast from Matthew Bannister

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Folk on Foot will let listeners follow Matthew Bannister, one of the country’s leading broadcasters, walking alongside some of the genre’s foremost singer songwriters and musicians in scenic and intriguing locations around the country, from Scotland to the South Downs, Devon to Derry. They will be leaving their footprints on a wide variety of landscapes –… Read more »

News / Bath Folk Festival now in its 9th Year – 11 – 19 August 2018

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Now in its ninth year, Bath Folk Festival runs from 11th – 19th August 2018 and presents great opportunities for players and listeners alike. The festival features concerts, lively pub and café sessions, storytelling, dance and the popular Bath Traditional Music Summer School, where students learn traditional music for five days under the tuition of… Read more »

News / Irregular Folks Summer Session – Oxfordshire 7th & 8th July 2018

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Just two weeks away and Irregular Folks Festival is covering two days for the first time. The press release bills the ‘eclectic music, maverick comedy, artisan drinks, eye-opening cinema, plus a uniquely bizarre lecture series’ However they got me at the bit that says ‘Set in the grounds of an artisan gin distillery’. IRREGULAR FOLKS SUMMER… Read more »

News / Damien O’Kane & Ron Block join forces for UK Summer Tour & ‘BANJOPHONY’ album

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When one of the finest banjo players on the Irish music scene joins forces with one of America’s most celebrated bluegrass banjo players you should be prepared for fireworks! This July/August, Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block join forces for their first UK tour, showcasing their captivating and singular debut duo album, Banjophony. The humble banjo has long been the… Read more »

News / Jackie Oates – new album ‘The Joy of Living’ plus tour dates

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Jackie’s seventh studio album, The Joy of Living is to be released on the 24th August (ECC & ECC100 Records).  It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her beloved father. The Joy of… Read more »

News / Debut, solo album release for Sam Sweeney “The Unfinished Violin”

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A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead’s domination of British folk for ten years, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music, Sam Sweeney has signed with Island Records to release his first solo… Read more »

News / Sarah Darling new single and Summer live dates

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Celebrating the announcement of 5 UK Festival dates this summer, including British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park on July 15th, country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling releases her new single ‘Diamonds’ on Friday June 15th. The single is her second released in 2018, following the soul-stirring single ‘Wasted’ this March. As with ‘Wasted’, the new single… Read more »

News / Purbeck Valley Festival gears up for family fun

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The four-day Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (16-19 August) is one of the biggest events in Dorset’s calendar and hundreds are set to flock to the lush, rolling hills of Purbeck Valley Farm for the popular festival. Whether you’re camping or visiting over the weekend, families are spoilt for choice with all manner of colourful, quirky festival… Read more »

News / Rachael McShane to release solo album with new band The Cartographers

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Singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player Rachael McShane hails from the North East. She is best known as an original member of folk big-band Bellowhead. All that, however, may be about to change with the release of her distinctive and captivating, brand new album ‘When All Is Still’ (Topic Records) on 10th August 2018. It… Read more »

News / New folk night in Brighton Toy and Model Museum

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The Toy Museum Folk Club is a new series of live gigs run by Folkroom Records in collaboration with the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. The Folk Club’s first season of events will run from August to November this year and include gigs by Jess Morgan, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Ewan McLennan, Emily Mae… Read more »