News / FolkEast adds Peter Knight, John Spiers, O’Hooley & Tidow and Daoiri Farrell to already packed bill

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folk east 2016

Folk legend Peter Knight has been announced for East Anglia’s fast-rising festival FolkEast which returns to Suffolk for a fifth year this August. The three day festival takes place at Glemham Hall, between August 19-21. Few fiddlers can hold a candle to the iconic Knight whose presence has enriched the British music scene for more… Read more »

News / 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 »

News / New additions to the Festival Directory

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folk festival directory

We have just done an update to our Festival Directory of folk, roots, blues and world music festivals in the UK and Europe. That we run in conjunction with the venerable fROOTS  magazine and Association of Festival Organisers We have fourteen new festivals in the UK: Kimpton Folk Festival in Hertfordshire Caught By The River… Read more »

News / 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 »

News / RIP Howard Marks, 21st Century folk hero

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howard Marks

The writer, performer, former drug smuggler and lovable rogue Howard Marks has died of cancer at the age of 70. He shot to prominence on publication of his memoir ‘Mr Nice’ in the mid nineties, a book filled with tales of his truly remarkable life as a drug smuggler. A staunch campaigner for the legalisation… Read more »

News / Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival Cancelled

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Under The Apple Tree

The inaugural ‘Under The Apple Tree’ festival has been cancelled, Organiser Bob Harris posted news of the cancellation of the event due to take place in May ‘due to the mounting logistical costs that have become apparent, ticket sales have not kept up with these costs.’ – maybe a part of poor sales was due to a… Read more »

News / Bearded Theory Festival 2016

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Award winning family-friendly festival, BEARDED THEORY have announced the complete main stage line-up of more than 150 acts across their 4 day, 5-stage 100% independent, family friendly festival. Bearded Theory Festival takes place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th May 2016 in the fabulous surroundings of South Derbyshire’s Catton Hall. With interest at an all-time… Read more »

News / 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 »

News / 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 »