Music / Folk awards 2019: And the nominations are…

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folk awards 2019

It’s the night when the folk community goes all Hollywood and glitzy, sporting suits and sparkly frocks… or at least a pair of ironed jeans and a proper shirt.  As the bespoke trophies are handed out Simon Jones mingles with guests, musicians and the paying public following the red carpet to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Ladies and… Read more »

Music / Reasons – Grace Morrison

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Grace Morrison

Grace Morrison began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Mollard (of the band Badfinger) she has won many awards and nominations including the Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. Her new release ‘Reasons’ shows considerable maturity despite her youth…. Read more »

Music / Rooted – Martin Simpson

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review of rooted by martin simpson

Quite possibly one of the key albums of 2019 ‘Rooted’ proves once and for all, what those with any smarts knew already, that Martin Simpson is a master of acoustic guitar using styles from both sides of the Atlantic , meshing them together with a natural ease and shaping his own unique identity. Don’t forget… Read more »

Music / June Tabor and The Oysterband together again for Fire and Fleet Autumn Tour

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One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour.  The 2019 ‘Fire and Fleet’ Tour will take in 15 dates across the UK this Autumn, including shows at the majestic Union Chapel, Islington, Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, and more. With separate distinguished… Read more »

Music / The Willows – Single, Video and Tour Announcement

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The Willows are a folk roots band from hailing from Cambridge,  who shot to prominence when their debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was championed by legendary BBC DJs Mike Harding and Bob Harris, who subsequently invited them in for a BBC Radio 2 live session. Considerable national acclaim followed including 4.5 stars in Maverick… Read more »

Music / Jon Boden Announces Fourth Solo Album ‘Rose in June’

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Chicago-born and Sheffield-based folk outlier Jon Boden has announced his fourth solo album, ‘Rose In June’, which is due for release November 1st on Hudson Records. Alongside the album announcement Boden is sharing the lead single and title-track. A traditional song telling the tragic story of two fishermen named Andrew Davidson and John Allen, captain… Read more »

Music / Dare – Banter

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If there’s a league for being in lots of bands at once – what does a poor folkie have to do to earn an honest pound? – beside Benji Kirkpatrick and Graeme Taylor, Simon Care’s surely Premiership material; have melodeon will travel. Forming Banter a couple of years back, a positively hopping debut revealed a… Read more »

Music / Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall Autumn Tour Dates

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After just over a year playing music together, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, are reflections of the world around them. Their harmony-rich songs tell tales of struggle and triumph… Read more »

Music / Belshazzar’s Feast to hang up their Grapes in 2021

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Belshazzar’s Feast has brought some traditional folk music,  a touch of classical, a smidging of jazz and music hall and swathed it all in a wrinkled anorak of merriment, to give their fans (‘all six of them’)  a unique live experience for the the last 26 years.  Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and… Read more »

Music / Ghosteen – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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review of ghosted by nick cave and the bad seeds

Well that came out of nowhere, Cave casually let drop the fact that the 17th Bad Seeds album would be released just a few days prior. No grand announcement, just a reply to a fan on his website. And it is so refreshing to actually be surprised, we so easily forget the thrill of discovery… Read more »