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 »

Music / June Tabor and the Oysterband together again for 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 John Martyn Project Tour

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Featuring four of the most interesting vocalists spanning several different musical paths of the UK music scene,Blythe Pepino, Kit Hawes, Pete Josef and Sam Brookes, this is a special project where four artists come together to celebrate the music of John Martyn.  Each brings their own story and connection to John’s music which adds to… Read more »

Music / Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

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We recently interviewed Ajay Srivastav about his great new album Karmic Blues, which is a stunning blend of Delta Blues and Indian Folk. We wanted to find out how he found the synergies between cultures and the path his own life has woven to bring them together… Reading Ajay’s bio on his website reveals quite… Read more »

Music / Leveret October Tour Dates Announced

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Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians.  Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.  Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.  Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and… Read more »

Music / Assinboine & The Red – The Small Glories

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The Small Glories are Cara Luft, a founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys, and multi-instrumentalist JD Edwards. Theirs is a perfect blending of talents as we see imaged in the title of their new record, ‘Assiniboine & The Red’. A reflective title inspired by the point where two strong and powerful Canadian rivers merge. This,… Read more »

Music / Sheelanagig Announce Autumn Tour Dates

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Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create… Read more »

Music / The Demon Barbers – ‘Rise Up’ New Album and Show for 2020

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How time flies when you’re causing mayhem! The award-winning Demon Barbers have racked up an impressive two decades of galvanising the folk scene with their rousing rhythms, soaring crescendos and ‘maverick’ approach to fusing the contemporary with the traditional. What better way to mark this musical milestone than with the long-anticipated release of their next… Read more »

Music / Folk at the Snape Proms 2019: 1 – 31 August

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The wonderful Snape Proms fills August with a whole range of musical delights – Located on the Suffolk coast, Snape Maltings brings together a creative campus buzzing with activity, outstanding concerts and events, and distinctive independent shops, cafés and galleries, all set within a breath-taking landscape of reeds, water and sky. Highlights include: Aurora Orchestra… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

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Bryony Griffith proves that English Fiddle music is no museum piece with her deft and inspiring style. Not even when she was literally a museum piece in the National Coal Mining Museum for England as a part of the EFDSS Musicians in Museums project. She is a senior lecturer in vocals and fiddle on the new Folk Music degree… Read more »