News / The Morris Dancer black face controversy

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For everyone who knows even a little about the variety of Morris Dance sides dancers with blacked up faces are a relatively common sight. Explanations for its use vary from evoking the faces of miners covered in coal dust to chimney sweeps covered in soot, or, in the case of Foxs Morris as a disguise for 16th… Read more »

News / Listen to ‘Odal’ by Wardruna

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Wardruna

Here is a track from the forthcoming album Runaljod – Ragnarok by Wardruna, the album release will be October 2016, but you can pre-order now with a whole host of limited edition offers from the bands web store – be quick as these will likely sell out really fast. The Runaljod trilogy of albums is Einar… Read more »

News / Shanty Sessions from Nest Collective on the Cutty Sark

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Shanty Sessions

Join London’s most innovative folk club for a new season of Shanty Sessions, exploring our rich maritime history through music, song and dance on the decks of the sailing ship Cutty Sark. Featuring some of the most exciting nautically minded folk bands in the UK, inc Lisa Knapp, Norfolk Broads, Human Cargo, City Shanty Band, Emily… Read more »

News / The Association of Festival Organisers celebrates 30 years at November Conference

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AFO conference 2016

The AFO consists of over 200 festival and event organisers, suppliers, agents and freelance individuals. Since 1986 it has been there to share knowledge and to provide a larger and connected voice for the independent festival sector. Spiral Earth has been collaborating with the organistaion for several years, just have a look at the festival… Read more »

News / Maz O’Connor new single and tour dates

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Max O'Connor

Singer-songwriter Maz O’Connor has announced plans to release a brand new single ‘Skin’ on Friday, 30th September, and play a run of UK tour dates throughout November 2016. It sounds as if O’Connor is set to stretch her wings beyond the folk world as well, she says “I’m 25 and living in one of the… Read more »

News / 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Levelling The Land’

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levelling the land 25th anniversary

Levellers are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal platinum-selling, album Levelling The Land with a three-disc special edition package, to be released on November 18. Following the release, the band will be embarking on a UK tour on which they will play the album in full, plus a bunch of other hots from their… Read more »

News / Padraig Duggan, one of the founder members of Clannad has passed away

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Padraig Duggan one of the founder members of Gaelic super group Clannad has quietly passed away aged 67. Clannad, which means family, were just that, brothers and sisters with twin uncles of which Padraig was one. Moya Brennan the voice of Clannad wrote on Twitter that her uncle had just died and hoped that he… Read more »

News / New album from Wardruna: Runaljod – Ragnarok

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Wardruna

Wardruna, founded in 2002 by Norwegian Einar Selvik, are dedicated to creating musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions. With the use of the oldest Nordic instruments and poetic metres, lyrics written in Norwegian, Norse and proto-Norse tongue, Wardruna sets out to give new voice to ancient and ever-relevant ideas and wisdom from the… Read more »

News / Spiers and Knight – Surprise collaboration at FolkEast

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Spiers and Knight

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers has been announced for East Anglia’s festival FolkEast. The three day festival at the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall will witness the debut performance of the pair on the Broad Roots stage on opening night (August 19). The content of… Read more »

News / Heidi Talbot new album and tour dates

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Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot releases a new album ‘Here We Go 1, 2, 3’ on the 23 September “The title, Here We Go, 1, 2, 3, takes that idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, a new studio, new label, new family – new everything, really,” says Talbot, “It’s about taking a chance…. Read more »