Music / Postcards & Pocketbooks: Bella Hardy best of Album and Tour

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BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught ‘fiddle singer’, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting established her reputation as a talented songwriter when her first original… Read more »

Music / The Time For Peace Is Now – Various Artists

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In 1998, the Luaka Bop label was started by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame in order to release a variety of music from around the world. Their path has taken them to far off lands and often a few releases are framed around a musical theme. ‘The Time For Peace Is Now’ is the… Read more »

Music / Rebel with her Chords – Sandra Kerr

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Sandra is a long time contributor to the of the folk music community beginning with performing and recording with Ewan MacColl’s Critics Group. An accomplished multi – instrumentalist playing guitar, dulcimer, autoharp and also teaching English concertina, she is probably best known as the co- writer, with John Faulkner, of the music for Bagpuss the… Read more »

Music / Georgia Lewis tour dates

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Exploring folk tales old and new, Georgia Lewis blends ballads of nature, love, loss and longing with great depth and passion. Nominated for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award, winner of the Future of Young Folk Award, Ely Band Competition and Priddy’s, recently revived, Agility Mendip Stepping Competition, Georgia’s been “making a name… Read more »

Music / Kim Edgar at the Edinburgh Fringe

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After six years of extensive European touring as a member of the awarding-winning folk band, CARA, Edinburgh-based pianist and singer/songwriter Kim Edgar performs songs from her three critically acclaimed solo albums and shares brand new compositions in Stockbridge Parish Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday 17th August 2019.  Not one to shy away from hard… Read more »

Music / Martin Harley – Roll With The Punches, new single and tour dates

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Martin Harley

British guitarist and songwriter Martin Harley has a new album coming out very soon, today (2 August) he releases the title track from that album. Martin has been a highly regarded acoustic artist on the Americana, roots and blues scene for many years. With his new album he goes for a more electric sound, and it… Read more »

Music / Jamie Freeman releases new single & video ‘The Fire’

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Jamie Freeman

Jamie Freeman has released ‘The Fire’ from his latest album ‘Dreams About Falling’ which was released earlier in the year via Union Music Label. The track was co-written with the multi-award-winning Ben Glover, after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017. Talking of the song, Freeman has said “The Grenfell story isn’t mine to tell, I wasn’t there –… Read more »

Music / The Furrow Collective September Tour Dates

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The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England,… Read more »

Music / Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

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All too often a fusion of musical styles can feel forced or somehow artificial. Ajay has avoided that completely, when a musical fusion truly works it reveals hidden parts of both traditions, illuminated by each other.  As our talk progressed it became evident that the fusion is within Ajay himself, immersed as he is in… Read more »

Music / Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook – Karine Polwart

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Long gone are those days when new folk music releases were largely dominated by arrangements of traditional songs. Since Dylan arrived as a singer songwriter inspired by folk but willing to take music in different directions, there has been a flood of new songs written that lend themselves to an acoustic folk style. The inspiration… Read more »