Music / Jon Boden 2016 tour dates

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Jon Boden

The beast that was Bellowhead has been laid to rest with a celebratory final tour – although don’t be surprised if there are one off performances and a reunion tour à la Take That somewhere down the line. The various members of the band will all be gearing up for new pastures, whether solo or… Read more »

Music / The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble – Summer 2016 UK Tour

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Folk Ensemble

Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, five cello players, four percussionists and three electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, even a harp! They also all sing… Read more »

Music / Watch the BBC Folk Awards

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Rufus Wainwright

The BBC has the full Folk Awards 2016 show on their iPlayer for you to catch up on all of the awards, speeches and music from the night. bbc.co.uk/iplayer BBC Radio @ Folk Awards 2016 winners: Best Duo – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Musician of the Year – Andy Cutting Horizon Award – Sam… Read more »

Music / ‘Resolved’ – new album from Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterel

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Resolved

Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterell’s last project – Gathered – received inspired reviews, and gained Nick the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Songwriter Award. It also found its way onto the AQA A Level Communication and Culture syllabus, the frontispiece of a book on Barthes, and formed the basis of an academic lecture at the University… Read more »

Music / New single and UK tour from Hat Fitz and Cara

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Spiral favourites Hat Fitz and Cara have announced their new single ‘Doing It Again’ to coincide with our current UK and European Tour. As always, it’s a belter and you can listen, stream and buy it on Bandcamp  here. Doing It Again’ is a footstomping new song from their forthcoming 2017 album ‘After The Rain’… Read more »

Music / 1970s folk blues roots revisited: Hot Vultures reunite

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hot Vultures

Southern English duo Hot Vultures – Ian Anderson on guitar, slide guitar and vocals and Maggie Holland on bass guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals – were one of the hardest working and popular outfits on the UK and European folk and college circuits of the 1970s. They mixed up a naturally Anglicised selection of old… Read more »

Music / John McCusker ‘Hello, Goodbye’ Tour

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John McCusker

In celebration of his 25th Anniversary as a professional musician, John McCusker will release ‘Hello, Goodbye’ on April 29th 2016 and tour the UK in April and May. ‘Hello, Goodbye’ is John’s first solo album in thirteen years. ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was composed while John was on a world tour with Mark Knopfler. The core musical… Read more »

Music / The Outside Track Summer School

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the Outside Track

The first ever Outside Track Summer School will be running from July 24 – 29th in Cromarty, in the Scottish Highlands! Participants will receive group and individual tuition in their chosen instrument (harp, fiddle, accordion, flute/whistle and guitar), plus enjoy group singing and stepdance workshops. By keeping the numbers very low – only max 6… Read more »

Music / William Caleb Parker releases acoustic video to ‘Full Moon Rising’

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william caleb parker

Los Angeles-based folk singer-songwriter, William Caleb Parker has released the acoustic video for his song, “Full Moon Rising.” This is the first of three acoustic sessions, offering a more simplistic take on Parker’s most recent EP, Marie. Parker’s start in folk music came at the end of a songwriting spree in college. After studying music… Read more »

Music / Blair Dunlop tour dates, new album + video

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Blair Dunlop

Blair Dunlop announces the release of his third studio album ‘Gilded’ on May 6th 2016, Blair will also be heading out on a 16 date UK tour to promote the new record, kicking off April 20th 2016 inShrewsbury, including a launch show at London’s Lexington on April 25th. ‘Gilded’ follows on from Blair’s highly acclaimed 2014 release ‘House Of Jacks’ and… Read more »