Music / Anglo-French Topette!! Spring Tour

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Anglo-French acoustic five-piece, Topette!! return to the UK for a spring tour in April / May 2019. This band is a must see, for anyone interested in traditional European dance music, for folk fans, French dancers and discerning listeners alike. “Sublime musicianship and a thumping set of tunes.” fRoots The band’s debut album, C’est le… Read more »

Music / Show of Hands ‘Now we are Four’ New Album and Tour

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Show of Hands fans can rejoice,  as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour for 2019  .Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical,and excitement is building around her return to the… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Paul Hutchinson

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Paul Hutchinson was persuaded by his father to take up the accordion at the age of 17, the young Paul formed a ceilidh band and never looked back. His father never had the heart to tell him that it was a practical joke. Then one day in a field Paul formed Belshazzar’s feast with Paul,… Read more »

Music / Kate Rusby New Album and Tour dates

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Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. As early as 1999, aged just 26, Kate was… Read more »

Music / Will Pound announces ‘A Day Will Come’ album and tour 2020

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170 years ago, the great French writer, Victor Hugo, spoke of a united Europe, and the ‘disappearance of frontiers from maps and of prejudices from hearts’.  Today, in 2019, the UK is about to leave the European Union. Acclaimed harmonic and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a journey across the states of the European… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Paul Sartin

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Paul Sartin is a prolific musical marvel, he is the the brains behind Faustus, the brawn behind Bellowhead and the beauty at the heart of Belshazzar’s Feast. A man for whom the very idea of only having one pot on the boil is a sign of weakness. Rumour has it that he travels everywhere with piano,… Read more »

Music / Get away with the fairies at the 2019 Soundpost singing weekend

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World getting a bit weighty? Lift your spirits in the wilds of South Yorkshire at Soundpost’s 2019 singing weekend. The Fairy Gathering 2019 (which takes place 10-12 May in Dungworth) will feature singers such as Marry Waterson, Fay Hield, Lucy Farrell, Ewan MacPherson and Ben Nicholls. The idea for this year’s weekend comes from the… Read more »

Music / Small World Turning – Thea Gilmore

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Gilmore gets into the state of the nation on her latest album. Small World Turning leans into the acoustic folk and roots vibe that she has summoned throughout her career. Her songwriting is as on the nose, confrontational and gorgeous as ever, in fact it is perfect for the times we live in. And what… Read more »

Music / Eddi Reader Celebrates 40 Years as an Entertainer

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Eddie is celebrating her 40th year as a live performer, a career which started in 1978 singing on Scottish country rock tours, then appearing on worldwide festival and concert hall stages with Gang of Four and Fairground Attraction through the eighties and her own successful solo live career which continues to this day. Eddie grew… Read more »

Music / Airs and Graces – June Tabor, Topic 80th anniversary reissues

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I was going to lump all of the reviews of these Topic reissues for their 80th birthday celebration into one big review. everyone knows these albums, as they are, quite rightly, regarded as something of a gold standard in the British Folk canon. So everybody is familiar with them (what, you’re not?! Get to the… Read more »