News / Thea Gilmore new album out 17th May plus UK Tour dates.

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Since recording her debut album “Burning Dorothy” as a 17 year old back in the mid 90s, Thea Gilmore has carved out and sustained a unique presence in UK music.  Her 2001 album “Rules For Jokers” made Mojo’s “Best Of The Year” lists and saw her quickly feted by BBC Radio 2 as a major… Read more »

News / FolkEast keeps on growing

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FolkEast, one of the most distinctive festivals to be found on the summer calendar, has announced 17 more main stages acts for the event which will be held for the seventh year running in the glorious grounds of Suffolk’s 16th century Glemham Hall. The new names range from some of UK folk’s national treasures to… Read more »

News / Mike Vass, new album ‘Save His Calm’ and gig dates

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Mike Vass releases his first album of self-penned songs on 5 April, a follow up to ‘In the Wake of Neil Gunn’. An evolution into a songwiter seems natural for this gifted composer. Fine fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Mike was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards. Dubbed ‘one of the… Read more »

News / Jimmy and Sid ’emerge from hibernation’ for spring tour dates.

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Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the most celebrated duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim. “To be a great folk singer, you have to be a… Read more »

News / Have a listen to Jamie Freeman’s new single ‘All In The Name’

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Jamie Freeman has announced a new album ‘Dreams About Falling’ released on May 17th via the Union Music Label. Check out the video to the first single ‘All In The Name’… “Dreams About Falling alludes to the fine line between flying and falling, succeeding or failing. Some of the songs are about childhood or upbringing, how… Read more »

News / Topic Records 80th Anniversary

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“I’ve been buying and scrounging Topic Records since 1954. It feels like Topic has always been there, quietly doing good work. Like a backbone.” – John Peel, 1999. With its origins in the Workers’ Music Association, through the mid-20th century folk revival to the present day, Topic Records has established itself as not only the… Read more »

News / Topic 80th Anniversary Reissues

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Topic Records are celebrating their 80th birthday in 2019. March heralds in a new series of expanded, deluxe reissues under the Topic Treasures banner, the packed schedule of these releases is: March 22nd: Martin Simpson’s ‘Prodigal Son’ – Deluxe 2 CD issue of the classic Topic album / Bonus disc of Live tracks / Forward… Read more »

News / The Leylines (those ‘not quite folk’) new studio album and tour

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The Leylines was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart- pounding revelry. This unique sound, combined with frontman Steve Mitchell’s lyrics centred around life on the road and the state of society, has launched… Read more »

News / Ben Walker – 2019 Tour dates

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Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner, a versatile producer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, he has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it… Read more »

News / Gilmore & Roberts Spring/Summer Tour

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Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in… Read more »