Music / Michael Chapman at 75, classic album reissues

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Michael Chapman is 75 on 24 January 2016, the guitarist and songwriter came to the fore in the folk revival of the late 60’s and has pursued his own groove that pulled in many genres whilst remaining entirely his own. His classic Harvest records from the 70’s reissued by Light In the Attic, and he’s… Read more »

Music / Show of Hands take ‘The Long Way Home’ as they return to their roots

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More than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia. Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of… Read more »

Music / Ewan Mclennan song in aid of Doctors Without Borders

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Ewan McLennan is releasing ‘Lampedusa‘ in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders, who are rescuing migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. All the money raised from the download of this track will go direct to them. ‘For years I’ve sung traditional songs of emigration, thinking them some of the most powerful ballads I’ve ever come across. These songs… Read more »

Music / The Aviators’ Ball – Matt Owens

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Manchester composer, producer cum bass player Matt Owens is anything but ordinary. This debut wears several references plainly on its sleeve yet hints at far more in the background. If you like a spot of stylistic chopping and changing then this’ll be right up your street. The cover image of a 1920s afternoon soiree on… Read more »

Music / The Young ‘Uns ‘Three For All’ tour dates 2016

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Voted ‘Best Group’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling… Read more »

Music / Winter fundraiser single for Shelter

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Award-winning contemporary folk duo Gilmore & Roberts release their new fundraiser single ‘Every Midnight Mile’ on December 3rd, with all proceeds going to the homelessness charity Shelter. Previously unreleased, ‘Every Midnight Mile’ conjures up the comfort and security of a warm fireside in winter and features guest vocals from Folk Award winner Lucy Ward and… Read more »

Music / The East Pointers on the road in the UK

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Catch this hot Canadian trio right now on tour in the UK, dates below. Folk Music isn’t always old, even when it sounds like something lifted straight from a vintage ceilidh. For proof, witness The East Pointers, and Secret Victory, an adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster of a debut album by a stylist trio from Prince… Read more »

Music / No One Knows That You’re Lost – Tina Refsnes

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Music which uses space and quiet with effective charm is hard to create but Tina Refsnes has done just that, creating as assured a debut as you’ll hear in a month of Sundays.  From Oslo by way of Liverpool, Tina’s is an album to ironically, lose yourself in, the core sounds are simple guitar lines,… Read more »

Music / 22 Strings – Seckou Keita

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Following the rewards of gentle boundary pushing with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch was never going to be easy, but then Seckou Keita is a man who never considers the obvious. You might have expected him to try something equally inventive but instead he’s gone back to his Senegalese roots, intending to explore the possibilities of… Read more »

Music / Turin Brakes first track from new album

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Turin Brakes release a brand new track Keep Me Around.  A lusciously upbeat, string laden, ear-catching tune, the song is taken from the band’s new album Lost Property which is released on January 29th. The band also have a 21 date UK tour lined up for January, February and March 2016 that kicks off at Celtic… Read more »