Music / Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Celebrate 25 Years of Making Music

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2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewarding and enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit… Read more »

Music / Awake Arise Winter Album and Special Launch Concerts

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In an unmissable festive collaboration, two of the English folk scene’s most inventive acts (trio Lady Maisery and duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith) announce a brand new album, 2 Single releases and 8 special launch concerts. ‘Awake Arise’ celebrates the riches of varied winter traditions from the British Isles and further afield and reflects… Read more »

Music / Hadestown Broadway cast recording album release

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The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, will be available on CD starting Friday, November 1 and vinyl, November 29. The cast album was released digitally this summer, and topped Billboard’s Broadway Cast Recording chart, and debuted at #8 on the Top Album chart. To… Read more »

Music / Songs of Our Native Daughters – Our Native Daughters

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Native Daughters

Collaborations, projects, accidental meetings. They’re all sources of inspiration for the more inventive musician but, in truth, the results of such musical experimentation vary enormously in terms of their relative success. Then, with that in mind, there are no apologies for the fact that this review looks at a magnificent record that came out earlier… Read more »

Music / Sunshine Of Your Love; A Concert For Jack Bruce memorial concert box set

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On Friday 25 October 2019, German independent label MIG Records will release Sunshine Of Your Love, a box set of an all-star concert celebrating the life and music of legendary Cream founder Jack Bruce. The format will be a video-and-audio presentation of one DVD and two CDs. Staged in London’s Roundhouse on 24 October 2015,… Read more »

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 »