Features / The Spiral Awards Winners 2011

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spirals 2011

The voting is over and it’s time to give out some gongs in recognition of the great music and artists we have featured on Spiral Earth over the past year. The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go wherever it takes us. BEST ALBUM… Read more »

Features / Interview with Sheri Gee, Art Director at the Folio Society

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The Folio society

Founded in London in 1947, The Folio Society publishes carefully crafted editions of the world’s finest literature. ‘Beautifully crafted, imaginative editions of the world’s great works of fiction and non-fiction, Folio Society books offer a rich literary experience to readers of all ages. The books we select for publication are timeless – we know they… Read more »

Features / Success in the US

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sherlock

2014 was a fantastic year for certain Englishmen within the mainstream film and television industry – many achieving widespread success and Hollywood adoration. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony in March saw the confirmation of Steve McQueen as a world class Auteur for directing best picture winner 12 Years a Slave. A film that held a… Read more »

Features / Locked in Place: Cinema in a single setting

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fury

You would be forgiven for having not heard of Steven Knight’s relatively low-budget thriller Locke, released in the spring of 2014. It’s a film starring Tom Hardy that unfolds almost entirely inside a car. To be put off by the simple premise on the other hand is unforgivable, for a number of reasons. Hardy plays… Read more »

Features / Francis Pryor video interview

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the lifers club

We talk to Francis Pryor about his career as an archaeologist and his latest foray into writing fiction. His debut novel ‘The Lifers Club’ was published in 2014 and the follow up ‘ The Way, The Truth and The Dead’ is due for publication soon via the Unbound crowd funding platform. Francis Pryor is an… Read more »

Features / Westward Ho!

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westward ho

The only place name in the British Isles with an exclamation mark. (There’s something for pub quiz geeks to squirrel away). As a Cornishman living in Devon, inextricably linked to the west country, these two words for me conjure up powerful images and memories. It is a north Devon seaside resort but was originally the… Read more »

Features / The value of music

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records

I was asked this morning to fill in a questionnaire which had been compiled by a student researching ways in which value could be re-inserted to music for consumers. The questions were as you might expect: How do you consume music? Do you regularly pay for music? and similar. But then it took an odd… Read more »

Features / Over production and emotional reduction

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music

We’ve all been there: You’ve just seen an amazing live act, they could be your next big thing. You get home and download their album. It sounds great. But it just isn’t… right. This year I visited the Beverley Folk Festival, there were many brilliant acts I couldn’t wait to check out when I got… Read more »

Features / Our sense of place: O’Hooley & Tidow

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o'hooley & tidow

“O’Hooley & Tidow; that’s an odd name for a band”, people often comment; we jokingly retort that we could have chosen something a bit easier to pronounce, something that rolls off the tongue more fluidly. But the thing is, these are our names, our surnames, Belinda was born with hers, I wasn’t. My birth name… Read more »