Features / The 2015 Spiral Earth Award Winners

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These are the winners of the Spiral awards 2015, celebrating the music featured on this site from January to December 2014. This has been our biggest ever year for the awards, with just over 34,000 votes cast it has been amazing to see the interest it has stirred. So here are the winners, you can… Read more »

Features / Spiral Award winners 2014

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These are the nominations that received the most votes in the Spiral Awards 2014, in a few cases it was a very close run thing. The winners, and the nominations speak volumes for the breadth of music that we have covered over the last year – check them out, everything here is wonderful! Best Album… Read more »

Features / Spiral Awards 2013 Winners

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Every year we agonise over nominations, asking a wide range of ‘industry professionals’ (code for old soaks) to give us their considered opinion. But then the danger is it ends up being just like all the other awards out there, and that’s just dull. So we have grabbed the bull by the horns and made… Read more »

Features / Spiral Awards 2012 Winners

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The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go wherever it takes us. This year we have decided to make a few changes to the categories. Increasingly over the past couple of years we have been covering more and more ‘Americana’, by UK and… Read more »

Features / The Alternative BBC Folk Awards

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Colin Irwin

So to Cardiff. Which is in Wales. That’s the one where they didn’t get to vote for independence. Yet. The Millennium Centre. Lovely place. Lovely people. Lovely music. Lovely ambience. Lovely BBC Folk Awards. A right good do it turned out to be too. An exceedingly warm welcome greets us in the hillsides – and… Read more »

Features / Top of the Fests

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Colin Irwin

THE HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL ACTS Here we go then…the festival season. A time for conversing with nature, shaking off the worries of the big, bad world, quaffing a few ciders and getting in touch with your alternative side. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, but spare a thought for the poor, beleagured festival organizer…. Read more »

Features / War? What is it good for?

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Colin Irwin

In the immortal words of Edwin Starr, “War, huh, yeah…what’s it good for? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.” Actually Edwin, I don’t think that’s entirely true. From ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’ to ‘Fixin’ To Die Rag’, from ‘Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag’ to ‘Universal Soldier’, from ‘I Didn’t Raise My Son To Be… Read more »

Features / Butlins – Great British Folk Festival

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Colin Irwin

Hello campers. Hope this finds you well. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. Hang on, I’ll run that by you again. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. And that’s not something I thought I’d ever have cause to say since 1973. Come to think of it, though,… Read more »

Features / Is it August yet? Oh right, it must be Devon then…

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Colin Irwin

My journey to Sidmouth had been long, colourful, tiring and yes, I freely admit it, occasionally squiffy. Well, there was that strange festival on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Iceland and nobody stays sober in Iceland for more than 10 minutes at a time, what with that 24-hour daylight and all. Then there… Read more »

Features / Bob Dylan is 70 too

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As a follow up to meeting his hero Martin Carthy on the occasion of his 70th and writing a blog about it for us, colin has resorted to verse to celebrate Bob Dylan, who is also 70 this year. This is the whole of Dylans career in one wonderful poem… Hey hey Bobby Dylan, I… Read more »