News / Jon Boden 2016 tour dates

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Jon Boden

The beast that was Bellowhead has been laid to rest with a celebratory final tour – although don’t be surprised if there are one off performances and a reunion tour à la Take That somewhere down the line. The various members of the band will all be gearing up for new pastures, whether solo or… Read more »

News / The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble – Summer 2016 UK Tour

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Folk Ensemble

Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, five cello players, four percussionists and three electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, even a harp! They also all sing… Read more »

News / fRoots needs your support

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froots

fRoots magazine is one of those publications that we tend to take for granted, for 37 years it has been THE independent resource for the folk, roots and world music communities. Whilst other magazines have come and gone in an increasingly squeezed marketplace, fRoots has weathered many storms. There is no publishing conglomerate behind the… Read more »

News / Watch the BBC Folk Awards

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Rufus Wainwright

The BBC has the full Folk Awards 2016 show on their iPlayer for you to catch up on all of the awards, speeches and music from the night. bbc.co.uk/iplayer BBC Radio @ Folk Awards 2016 winners: Best Duo – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Musician of the Year – Andy Cutting Horizon Award – Sam… Read more »

News / ‘Resolved’ – new album from Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterel

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Resolved

Nick Burbridge and Tim Cotterell’s last project – Gathered – received inspired reviews, and gained Nick the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Songwriter Award. It also found its way onto the AQA A Level Communication and Culture syllabus, the frontispiece of a book on Barthes, and formed the basis of an academic lecture at the University… Read more »

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 »