News / Wren Music founders to receive EFDSS Gold Badge

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Wren Music

The work that Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker have done for English folk music with the charity Wren Music at grass roots level has now received national recognition with a prestigious Gold Badge award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). They’ll be presented with the badge at a special event at the… Read more »

News / Alasdair Roberts contributes song to the REFUGEE album

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Refugee

The ‘Refugee’ album is a united effort from some of folk’s most esteemed figures, featuring Richard Dawson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts, Ricky Ross, BMX Bandits and many more, who’ve contributed an original or unreleased song each to the ‘Refugee’ project. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/266041287″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] ‘Refugee’ (out digitally on July… Read more »

News / Watch – ‘Antwerp’ by The Breath

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The Breath

‘Antwerp’ is the lead track taken from ‘Carry Your Kin’, the forthcoming release from Manchester-based band, The Breath, the partnership of guitarist Stuart McCallum  and singer Ríoghnach Connolly. An urban guitarist from Manchester and the former guitarist for Cinematic Orchestra , McCallum is valued for his mastery of loops and effects. Connolly is a singer… Read more »

News / Cambridge Folk Fest – The Den lineup

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The line-up for emerging talent stage The Den at the Cambridge Folk Festival has been announced. there are always a few real gems in here, just make sure you get there early if you particularly want to see anyone as it’s a small venue, all of which adds to it charm. The line-up includes: American… Read more »

News / Watch – Young ‘uns on BBC-tv’s Springwatch Unsprung

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Triumphant trio The Young ‘uns made a guest appearance on BBC-tv’s Springwatch popular spin-off show, Springwatch Unsprung, on Friday June 3rd. Teesside’s Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle, together one of folk’s hottest properties, made it two in a row last month when they scooped the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted “Best… Read more »

News / Dave Swarbrick 1941-2016

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Sadly the beloved musician Dave Swarbrick has passed away at the age of 75. One of the pioneering members of Fairport Convention who changed the musical landscape permananently. Swarb had suffered from ill health since the 1990s when he was diagnosed with emphysema, being famously pronounced dead by the Daily Telegraph in the early 1990s when… Read more »

News / Levellers announced as Sunday headliner for Watchet Festival

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WATCHETLIVE C.I.C, the organisers of WATCHETLIVE FESTIVAL have announced the final headliner for their 10th Birthday Party across Bank Holiday 2016, and it’s a blinder! Former Glastonbury Festival headliners, Levellers will close the festival in their own imitable style. Drawing from their extensive back catalogue of over twenty chart hits, including What A Beautiful Day,… Read more »

News / Dylan 75th Birthday Tribute At Gate To Southwell Festival

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It was Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on May 24th and, fashionably late, there’ll be a special tribute concert at next month’s 10th Gate To Southwell Festival on Saturday June 11th. Backed by a fantastic festival band, led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there’ll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by Steve Knightley, Jackie… Read more »

News / BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY – ‘SHINE A LIGHT: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’ UK dates announced

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Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe… Read more »

News / Gate to Southwell 10th Festival Firework Party

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There’ll be an explosive start to the Gate To Southwell festival on Thursday June 9th.  To celebrate the tenth birthday of the Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots event, there’s an evening of great music plus a firework display at the site near Southwell Racecourse.  The fireworks, and free buses between Southwell and the festival site,… Read more »