Folk News Summary

Comedy at Beverley Folk Festival

If you thought Beverley Folk Festival’s just about music, think again. Beverley Festival announce some of the best known names in the comedy industry who have been added to their festival over the weekend.

Turin Brakes to play Purbeck Folk Festival

The latest addition to this year’s Purbeck Folk Festival, Turin Brakes join the festival’s strongest bill to date and confirm Purbeck continues to punch way above its weight.

A decade and a half since childhood friends Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian formed Turin Brakes, they have just released their most acclaimed album to date, We Were Here, completed their most extensive tour of the UK and established a solid foothold in the States where their song, Inbetween, is featured in hit TV show Elemental, a contemporary Sherlock Holmes update starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

Musicport Festival Saturday Night Headliner Confirmed: Lo’Jo

Discovered by Peter Gabriel  the irresistible Lo’Jo are a musical street caravan, an iconoclastic group whose fans include
, and John Zorn. With 30 years under their belt this collective
of musicians from the south-west of France confirmed their position as
one of the world’s leading musical outfits when their tenth studio album Cinéma
El Mundo
topped many Best Of lists in 2012.

Summer Season of Folk Education, Classes and Courses

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has unveiled its summer season of education activities at Cecil Sharp House in London including classes, courses and workshops based on traditional English folk arts for children, young people, adults and families.

Blair Dunlop new video / Spring UK tour dates

Award-winning British songwriter Blair Dunlop returns this May 26th, with his brand new album ‘House of Jacks’. The follow up to 2012’s debut ‘Blight & Blossom’, one of the year’s most revered folk albums, House of Jacks more than lives up to that early promise.

Folk On The Pier gets Ashley Hutchings as patron

Cromer’s popular annual folk-rock music festival Folk On The Pier has been given the seal of approval from the man accredited with founding the genre. Ashley Hutchings has accepted the role of Patron to the festival and will make two special appearances at this year’s event.

IDLEWILD to play Purbeck Folk Festival

Idlewild are to play their only mainland UK festival date at Purbeck Folk Festival in August. The Scottish band released their last album Post Electric Blues in 2009 and since then frontman Roddy Woomble has released two solo albums, while guitarist Rod Jones has released material under his own name and with his band The Birthday Suit, most recently the excellent A Hollow Hole Of Riches in March.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces final headline act

Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces final headliner as earlybird ticket price deadline approaches

House Of Hats debut album out this Monday

House of Hats are set to release their debut album in a few days time on Willow Walk Records. Produced by Grammy award winner Pete Smith (Sting, Joe Cocker, Squeeze) the band combine harmonically rich, passionate folk, albeit juxtaposed with sharp, concise production values.

Cambridge Folk Festival tickets selling out

Cambridge FF weekend tickets now sold out – day tickets still available but selling fast!

New Release From Merrymouth

Wenlock Hill is the new release from Merrymouth, the three piece folk-orientated band formed by Ocean Colour Scene’s frontman Simon Fowler along with long time OCS band member Dan Sealey and acclaimed keyboard player Adam Barry.

Chris Wood to play Purbeck Folk Festival

One of Britain’s most uncompromising and committed singer songwriters, Chris Wood brings gravity and grace to any bill that bears his name, which is why Purbeck Folk Festival is delighted he’ll be joining previously announced headliners Eddi Reader, The South and Lloyd Cole this year.

Ward Thomas ‘The Good And The Right’

Ward Thomas are a Country / Americana duo from Hampshire, comprised of 19-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas who release their first UK EP on 7th April with a debut full length album to follow this Summer.

Cottingham Springboard

Cottingham Springboard Free Live Music Festival is a grassroots community festival that takes over the village of Cottingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire in May

Glenn Tilbrook to play St Barts in Coffinswell

World Unlimited are really delighted to announce details for another scoop for St Bartholomews, Coffinswell with a Devon show for Glenn Tilbrook + support  on April 26th  at 7.30pm

More Names Announced for
50th Cambridge Folk Festival

Newton Faulkner (Thur) Eddi Reader (Sat) Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (Sat/Sun), Oysterband (Sun) Julie Fowlis (Sun), The Fisherman’s Friends (Fri), Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle (Fri/Sat), Peatbog Faeries (Sat/Sun), North Mississippi Allstars (Sat), Hot 8 Brass Band (Sat), Yves Lambert Trio (Sat/Sun), O’Hooley & Tidow (Sat/Sun) Skinny Lister (Thur) Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Thur), Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh (sat) Brian McNeill (Fri/Sat), My Darling Clementine (Fri), Whapweasel (Fri) New Rope String Band (Sun), The Rails (Sun), Old Swan Band (Fri) Megson (Fri/Sat), The Young’uns (day tbc), Hat Fitz & Cara (Thur) The Mischa Macpherson Trio (Sat/Sun)

Threepenny Bit – New Album Release and Tour Dates

Threepenny Bit, the Hampshire-based eight piece folk band, announce the release of their third album, Pantomime Cannon, with Little Folk Records on September 5th 2014. The album is a collection of traditional and self-penned folk tunes played with a groove that combines their folk, jazz, classical and rock influences while capturing the raucous style they are known for.

Fairport’s Dave Pegg back in action

Legendary folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention will welcome the return of long-serving member Dave Pegg on bass guitar when the band hits the road this spring. Earlier in the year, his son Matt had to stand in as bassist when Pegg senior badly injured his hand in a kitchen accident.

Eddi Reader – Vagabond

I’ve just been listening to Eddi Reader’s latest CD – ‘Vagabond’.  It kicks off with a 1930’s feel and moves through a range of styles encompassing jazz, 3/4 time signatures, traditional Scottish music and a hint of country. It all comes together to produce a really beautiful collection of chilled music superbly performed by Eddi Reader and her friends. I think I’ll be listening to this quite a lot.

Newton Faulkner heads line-up for Thursday at Cambridge

Double chart topping, multi-platinum selling, Brit nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will head the line-up for Thursday night at the 50th anniversary Cambridge Folk Festival.

Beverley Martyn
New Album – The Phoenix And The Turtle

Beverley Martyn started her musical career at just 16 with the jug band The Levee Breakers and recorded her first single “Babe I’m Leaving You” in 1965. In 1966 she was chosen to launch Deram Records and released a single, “Happy New Year” written by Randy Newman. She contributed to the Simon & Garfunkel album Bookends, toured America with the duo.

World music project first for Martin Simpson &
Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops)

English musician Martin Simpson, one of the finest acoustic finger-style and slide guitar players in the world, and American guitar and banjo player Dom Flemons (from the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) will work together to create brand new collaborative material rooted in English and American folk traditions.

Phil Beer sets sail with series of summer Folk Boat cruises

All aboard! Phil Beer, the multi instrumental wizard from award-winning English roots band Show of Hands is changing tack this summer – and inviting sailing and music enthusiasts (and novices) to join him on a series of five day cruises in West Country waters and beyond.

BBC Folk Award Winners at Priddy Folk Festival

The annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards are the Oscars of folk music, so it is testament to the extraordinary nature of the Priddy Folk Festival, now in its 23rd year, that the 2014 festival is going to feature not one but three of this year’s prestigious winners – Bella Hardy, winner of best singer, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, winner of best duo, and Aidan O’Rourke, winner of best musician, who will be playing in the band Kan.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces new venue for this year’s event

The organisers of Shrewsbury Folk Festival have revealed a new venue for this year’s event – a ‘Peace Tent’ to commemorate 100 years since the start of the first World War.

Chippenham Folk Festival in need of sponsors

Chippenham Folk Festival organiser Bob Berry has warned that the event, which brings thousands of visitors to the town every May, could fold unless new sponsors are found.

Feast of Fiddles 21st Anniversary Tour

England’s most dynamic fiddle line-up will be at full strength this April as they get ready to celebrate their coming of age! Some of the most legendary names in folk will be joining forces for Feast of Fiddles landmark 21st birthday tour with final performances over the Easter weekend.

CODA Folk Day No.3!

Here cometh the CODA Folk Day No.3! A day of workshops, group sessions and instrument try outs

The Fold released March 6th

Donna McKevitt’s beautiful folk and classical score for award winning UK indie drama ‘The Fold’ will be released on CD and iTunes on the 6th March 2014, following a hugely successful crowd funding campaign.

Musicport 2014

Plans are well under way for this years Musicport Festival – voted Indoor Festival of the Year 2013 in the recently announced Fatea Awards. With several headline acts still waiting to be confirmed there is already an impressive line-up taking shape.

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin will be appearing at Wigan Parish Church on 7th March 2014

First names announced for the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival

The legendary Van Morrison will make his debut at Cambridge Folk Festival this year, as headliner for its 50th anniversary. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and unparalleled talents as a composer, singer and performer, his Sunday set is sure to be a fitting finale to the celebrations. In another Festival first, internationally renowned singer-songwriter and activist Sinéad O’Connor, famed for her captivating stage presence and stunning vocal range, will be headlining Friday night.

Andy Kershaw added to Beverley Folk Festival 2014 line-up

Broadcaster, writer, foreign correspondent … Andy Kershaw has established a reputation as a genuine pioneer in whichever discipline he turns his attention to.

The Lucy Ward Band on Tour!

Come and see this brand new band on their debut tour. Be prepared for a night of beautiful and atmospheric music from Folk Singer of the Year nominee Lucy and her very talented band.

Folk On The Farm Festival – Anglesey

Second year of a  new folk festival that will include Quality Real Ale, Festival Food, Stalls, Fringe Festival in Café, Singarounds & Sessions.

National Sea Shanty Festival – Ellesmere Port

Coinciding with the Annual Boat Gathering at the museum, the Shanty UK festival brings together nearly 100 performers in seven different venues within the museum for three exciting days of singing, concerts, boat trips, museum tours, nautical poetry, puppet-making and face painting.

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Another reason to visit the French Alps? You must be Folking!

Folk Music is making roots and sprouting shoots on the banks of the beautiful lake Aiguebelette in Savoie. Inspired by the local setting, and under the careful tuition of Tim O’Connor, musicians of all levels are coming out to play, sing and write songs.

Gargrave Autoharp Festival

Gargrave Autoharp Festival, the weekend of Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 27, 28, 29, 2014

Martyn Joseph at Cecil Sharp House

Acclaimed singer songwriter Martyn Joseph will next month perform a one-off “collector’s item” of a concert in London when he plays his latest album – the 17-track Tires Rushing by in the Rain – in its entirety.

Cambridge Folk Festival Recognised At BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2 has announced that the Cambridge Folk Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is being awarded a prestigious award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Antun Opic Plays London Dates

“I don’t feel ‘home’ anywhere” says Antun Opic. With his dual origins from both Germany and Croatia, the singer-songwriter has always lets his sense of rootlessness feed into his work. Staying true to his adventurous soul he visits the UK in February, to soak in further inspiration while offering up his own to us.

Line up for Cropredy 2014

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival today announces the full line-up of artists at this year’s event.

Lau added to Beverley Folk Festival line up

Award-winning trio Lau, are the latest act to be confirmed for Beverley Folk Festival 2014.

Johnny Coppin’s January News Letter

Here is the very latest information about…..

  • new Borderland album + feedback so far
  • concerts including CD launch
  • CDs available by mail or phone order
  • Songwriting Weekend in Sussex – all places taken!
  • my BBC acoustic radio show – forthcoming guests include THE BLACK FEATHERS and SETH LAKEMAN


Blackbeard’s Tea Party – Dates

Blackbeard’s Tea Party have been playing together since the summer of 2009. They began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly gained a reputation as a formidable live act and soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.

Solarference in-the-moment soundtrack to Jekyll & Hyde

The haunting, shadowy soundscapes of inspired folktronica duo Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen are about to be heard across five counties in the South West as they embark on a 10-date tour across the region starting next month (February 14-May 4).

Luke Jackson – Fumes and Faith

Hot on the heels of his debut album More Than Boys teenager Luke Jackson is about to release a raw, rootsy, stripped back follow-up showing just how skilfully he has honed his craft in a mere 18 months.
Album launch gig at Cecil Sharp House.

Carrie Tree -video for new single Mama Kita & UK tour dates

For Brighton’s Carrie Tree, 2013 was a landmark year, capped by a performance on the new 2000+ capacity William’s Green stage at Glastonbury Festival (along with bands like Alt-J and The Vaccines). In 2014, Carrie will release her new album Home To The Invisible on March 17th through Wild Cedar Records, preceded by new single Mama Kita.

Suzy Bogguss, ‘Lucky’

New CD features Merle Haggard songs from a female point of view. The musical line-up of award-winning Nashville artists with Suzy Bogguss includes Jessi Alexander, Matraca Berg, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Gretchen Peters and Jon Randall Stewart

Mabon & Maz Double Header Tour

Jamie Smith’s MABON, known for their blistering live act and accordion maestro Smith’s outstanding InterCeltic tunes, will join forces with fast-rising singer songwriter Maz O’Connor melding their Anglo-Welsh talents in this special double header tour (January 29-March 5).

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in Menheniot

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, will perform at *St Lalluwy’s Church in Menheniot, South East Cornwall, on Friday 21st March 2014.

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston Tour Dates

The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.

Fairport Winter Tour

Fairport Convention, the legendary band which originated British folkrock music, takes to the road this month with its thirtieth consecutive Winter Tour visiting 31 venues across the UK.

Chris Quinn UK TOUR

A string of UK solo dates have been announced for Shrewsbury based singer songwriter Chris Quinn in late January and February before he heads off on tour with gypsy legend Robin Nolan.

Live at The Hen & Chicken – Bristol

The Hen & Chicken has some great nights lined up:
23rd Jan – Appalachia … READ MORE
25th Feb - Jarrod Dickenson (USA) … READ MORE
24th April - The 3 Boxes … READ MORE
1st May - Melissa Greener … READ MORE
23rd May - John Doyle … READ MORE

MYND one of the best world music albums of 2013

The Guardian has named Devon duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin’s second CD Mynd one of the top five world music albums of 2013.

Les Barker – Upcoming Dates

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. A well known style icon Les always cuts a dash in the world of fashion where he is much respected as a leading exponent of the cardigan.

Blondes with Beards, Black Feathers, Appalachia

Three great bands are taking to the stage at The Subscription Rooms in Stroud on Saturday 8th February in aid of two local charities.

Beautiful new film soundtrack to be crowd funded

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to support the release of the soundtrack to new feature film The Fold, starring Catherine McCormack (Braveheart), Dakota Blue Richards (Skins) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones).

18th Cheltenham Folk Festival

14-16 February 2014 – Concerts, Sessions, Workshops, Morris Dancing, Kids’ Events, Market Place, Indoor Camping, Local Real Ales, Festival Dance

Lisa Knapp – Hidden Seam

Lisa KnappLisa Knapp first emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut album, ‘Wild And Undaunted’ and quickly established herself as a highly distinctive, creative artist, merging a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song with vocal, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and contemporary production.


Johnny Coppin Newsletter

-  a new album release at last!
-  Christmas Tour dates
-  concerts for January to April next year
-  Christmas CDs and others  available by mail or phone order
-  A new Songwriting Weekend in Sussex announced — May next year
-  my BBC acoustic radio show –   every Sat 5.30pm – news of guests Ashley Hutchings + St Agnes Fountain

OYSTERBAND – Diamonds On The Water

Oysterband is now very happy to announce a new studio Oysterband album, DIAMONDS ON THE WATER, to be released on 17 February 2014  -  their first new collection of original songs in seven years.

Emily Smith – Echoes

For her fifth solo album Echoes, Emily returns to her first love of traditional song. Her gift for finding a personal connection in these passed-down, anon-penned words is still at the heart of her craft. But this is a bold new phase in Emily’s music and with it comes what she describes as “a new Scottish sound”.

Tickets for the 50th Cambridge Folk Festival go on sale

Tickets for the one of the oldest and most acclaimed folk festivals in the world will go on sale on Monday 2 December, with organisers anticipating another sell-out year as the event celebrates its 50th birthday.

Cropredy Tickets on sale for Xmas – First 3 acts announced

Tickets for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention festival will go on sale in time for Christmas, the organisers announced today (Friday 22 November).

Oysterband in Stroud

Oysterband + Support Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, winners of the BBC2 Young Folk Award 2013 - Sunday 1 December 8.00pm Stroud Subscription Rooms

Fairport Convention launches online auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Legendary folkrock band Fairport Convention will launch an online auction today (Friday 22 November 2013) to raise funds for charity.

Countdown Begins for Celtic Connections 2014

The 21st world-renowned Celtic Connections festival kicks off in less than two months! Celtic Connections 2014 will truly come of age this January with an 18 day programme filled to the brim with incomparable entertainment that represents genres and styles from across the musical spectrum.


Trollfolk® is an indie world folk rock band from Joensuu, Eastern Finland. In 2010, singer Usi Riikonen fulfilled a long awaited dream to sing in her native language, Swedish. She gathered the best musicians and created Trollfolk®. A Finnish band performing Finnish indie-folk-rock with Swedish lyrics is not only a traditional contradiction, but also a musical rebellion.

Concerts at Cecil Sharp House

News on the upcoming series of concerts at Cecil Sharp House.

Winter Spring Season of Folk Education and Classes at Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House on Regent’s Park Road in London has unveiled its wide programme of activities for the winter and spring season from January to April 2014.

Live Folk ChatRoom

I’ve added a chat room to the FolkRootsList website so that site visitors can live-chat with one another on all subjects related to folk, roots, acoustic and world music and events.

Faith Taylor Single Release

Alt-folk artist Faith Taylor has released ‘Hooked’

Heidi Talbot – Tour and Single Release

HEIDI TALBOT announces new single ‘Button Up’ – Taken from the critically acclaimed album ‘Angels Without Wings’ + winter UK tour dates

Bellowhead Christmas Single

Bellowhead release a new single, ‘Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells’ on 1st December
2013. This follows three successful singles from their top 20 album ‘Broadside’ which
was released in October 2012 and went on to win Best Album at the BBC Radio 2
Folk Awards.

Ashley Hutchings’ folk rock masterpiece available again

Ashley Hutchings’ concept album ‘By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept’ has been remastered and will be re-released on 11 November 2013. Widely considered to be Ashley’s best ever work it was originally recorded in 1987 but the original release was limited and the album was then unavailable for many years.

Sun, Sea Sand and Folk Music

March 2014 sees the launch of the first ever UK English speaking Folk Festival on the Costa del Sol, Spain. ‘Costa del Folk’ is a Festival holiday concept, the brainchild of Enjoy Travel Ltd who already organise successful Music and Dance events all over the world!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

A chilled afternoon of live acoustic folk/pop and roots music in the intimate atmosphere of the Swindon Arts Centre Studio Cafe/bar.

Krista Detor Irish Tour Dates

Details of her November tour.

Patty Griffin’s unreleased, sought-after album, ‘Silver Bell,’ finally ready

“There’s a whole lot of singing/That’s never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word,” sings Patty Griffin in “Top Of The World,” a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000.

The Half Moon, Putney presents Folk Night

3 Daft Monkeys plus Pig Earth. Wednesday 13th November 2013

Traditional Christmas celebrations with a folk twist

Cecil Sharp House in London – the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) – is offering the chance to enjoy the festive season with a folk twist this December with a series of special events for all ages.

Bellowhead on tour November 2013

To crown a hugely successful 12 months following the release of their award-winning fourth album, Broadside, Bellowhead will be embarking on a major tour of the UK throughout November. The 17-date run, already selling-out fast, provides audiences up and down the land with the opportunity to catch a band voted ‘Best Live Group’ at the BBC Folk Awards an unparalleled five times, and described by the Independent as “surely the best live act in the country”.

21st Celtic Connections

2014 will see Celtic Connections really come of age as it celebrates its 21st year. The eclectic programme for next year’s festival is the biggest and most ambitious yet and includes some of the best-known musicians in traditional and roots music, world, indie, jazz, folk, soul and Americana. Over 2000 musicians from every corner of the globe will come to Glasgow between 16th January and 2nd February 2014.

Fairport Convention 2014 Winter Tour dates announced

Legendary folk band Fairport Convention announced the dates and venues of their Winter Tour.

Coda Folk Day

Due to tremendous success and high demand the Coda Music Centre will host another folk day in October.

Johnny Coppin’s October Newsletter

News, gigs and albums.

Show of Hands

Multi award-winning band Show of Hands, who for years have campaigned through original songs and fundraising concerts to preserve the rural way of life, have been invited to perform at the 20th anniversary of the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT).

The Two Sisters – Hilary James & Janet Giraudo

After spending 30 years and almost 1000 miles apart in England and the south of France, The Two Sisters Hilary James and Janet Giraudo have recorded their debut album Songs & Chansons with multi-instrumentalist and producer Simon Mayor. A pot-pourri of Parisian tangos, English folksong, baroque and popular song down the centuries.

Jim Moray  – The 10th Anniversary Party

Playing Sweet England with The Doret Ensemble, and a second set with very special guests. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original album, Jim Moray will be collaborating with the Doret Ensemble to perform Sweet England live in its entirety at Union Chapel in Islington, London,  on 9th November.

Peggy Seeger at Stroud Subscription Rooms

Peggy is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her first life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her.

The Albion Christmas Band Fifteen years of celebrations

For most people Christmas 2013 will bring with it the annual round of festivities, parties and pantomimes and all the hectic preparations. For the Albion Christmas Band it also heralds a very special celebration.

David Rotheray – Answer Ballads

Navigator Records – Oct 14th Featuring Lisa Knapp, Eliza Carthy, Kris Drever, Kathryn Williams, Gemma Hayes, John Smith, Josienne Clarke, Naomi Bedford, Mary Coughlan, Jackie Oates, Bella Hardy, Alasdair Roberts, Julie Murphy

Grayshott Folk Club

Forthcoming events at Grayshott Folk Club

John Smith plays West Oxfordshire

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene.

AFO annual conference

During my years on the management team of the Saul Canal Festival and Folk on the Water Weekend, I found the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) annual conference to be one of the most important and useful events to attend.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker to perform with orchestra and choir

Critically acclaimed folk musician duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will be headlining the third outing of The Coveryard, a new London- based music night which hosts up and coming artists accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra and choir.

We Will Be Free

A new play about the Tolpuddle Martyrs, with songs from John Kirkpatrick, to premiere at The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington 8th October 2013.

Featured Folkie – Paul Brennan

The EntsWeb featured folkie is Paul Brennan and the band Carrig. Paul is a master of the Uilleann Pipes and as part of the band Carrig offers the best in Irish traditional music.

Lazy Sunday Afternoons in Swindon

We are back with a new run of shows at Swindon Arts Centre – regular monthly session hosted by Swindon folk/pop collective Mr Love & Justice with 2 guest performers each month.

Cancellation Chinley 19th Sept

Ashley Hutchings has had to cancel his Sept 19th Chinley gig with Blair Dunlop, at Chinley Community Centre, due to ill-health.

Refunds from Chinley Stores, or see for other options.

Johnny Coppin – e.Newsletter – September 2013

Hope you are well! – Here is the very latest information about
-  Festivals and gigs coming up next few months
-  recording of a new album
-  Advance notice of Christmas Tour dates so far
-  my BBC acoustic radio show – every Sat 5.30pm only on BBC Gloucestershire
-  CDs available

Mike Donaghy & Border Crossing

‘No One Can Hear Me’
In the grand tradition of historic folksingers and songwriters, Mike Donaghy presents an album of modern folk that borrows from the masters – Christy Moore, Ralph McTell, etc, without ever resorting to imitation.

Cocos Lovers reveal video for new single Emily plus Autumn tour dates

Emily is the first single to be taken from Cocos Lovers’ critically acclaimed 3rd album Gold or Dust. It’s a song about love and loss, that transcends  musical boundaries with its swelling choir-like harmonies, syncopated rhythms and shimmering guitars, recorded and produced by Joel McGill of Syd Arthur.

FolkRootsList Development and free EntsWeb entries for folk artists, dancers and promoters

The FolkRootsList is to fully integrate EntsWeb folk data early next year. In preparation, free EntsWeb entries are on offer for Folk artists, dancers and promoters.

Folk at Cecil Sharp House

Autumn Concert Series: October – December 2013.
Several exclusive performances will feature in the autumn series of the best in folk, roots and acoustic music at Cecil Sharp House in London.

STROUD FM 5 VALLEYS FOLK AWARD – Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Stroud FM 5 Valleys Folk Award have been announced.


Celebrating a remarkable 21 year partnership, singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer head out on a 30-date tour this autumn (October 15-December 7) brandishing a brand new double-bill DVD.

Autumn Season of Folk Education and Classes at
Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House on Regent’s Park Road in London has unveiled its programme of activities for the 2013 autumn season.

It features a whole range of classes and courses based on traditional English folk arts for children, young people, adults and families, presented by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Bromyard Folk Festival

The last major folk event of the year from September 13th to 15th 2013, Bromyard Folk Festival is a celebration of traditional folk music set in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. You will enjoy great music, singing, dancing, eating, drinking and entertaining.

Live at The Hen & Chicken, Bristol

While & Mathews
Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.

Buddy Mondlock w/Mike Lindauer (USA)
If any of you enjoyed the recent TV series Nashville? Well here’s your chance to catch a real-life Nashville singer-songwriter and regular at the Bluebird in concert!

Stephen Fearing
The Canadian song maestro is back after a busy few years performing and writing with others (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Fearing & Andy White), and now comes an opportunity to relish Stephen solo again.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party -Dates

Blackbeard’s Tea Party have been playing together since the summer of 2009. They began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly gained a reputation as a formidable live act and soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.

The Showman’s Show 2013

If you run a folk festival then this is the place to meet and talk to event service providers. The Showman’s Show is an annual event held at the Newbury Showground which is just off the M4 at Chieveley in Berkshire. This year the show falls on the 23rd & 24th October.

David Bronson – ‘The Long Lost’

Early this year David Bronson released his debut album ‘Story’, the first instalment of a deeply cathartic 22 track opus, yet chronologically this was the second half of his narrative. The prequel, ‘The Long Lost’ is now set for UK release in October and promises to draw closure to The Long Lost Story project, completing what is in effect a sonic summation of an emotional development process travelled through by each and every one of us who has loved and lost, and survived.

Curtis Eller’s American Circus is coming to town!

The craziest, yodelling banjo player this side of New York. It’s Vaudeville, it’s Folk, it’s Comedy, it’s Song & Dance, it’s the one and only Curtis Eller and his American Circus.

ColvinQuarmby play intimate Bedfordshire Gig

Festival faves ColvinQuarmby take a break from their tour of festivals to play “For one Night Only ” in the intimate surroundings of Cranfield United FC in Bedfordshire. The gig on the 21st September starting at 8pm also features support from local trio Healyum. Tickets are £10  (and £5 for U18′s) and are available from Cranfield United FC, and from Trev on 07931 859737

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John Tams’ “Volunteers” to perform seminal “Map Of Derbyshire”

A seminal Seventies album celebrating the folk music of Derbyshire will be performed live at this year’s Derby Folk Festival by a band formed by folk legend and festival patron John Tams.

Lucy Ward – Single Flame

Something’s change, some remain the same. For her much-anticipated second album (the follow up to the 2011 début Adelphi Has To Fly), the 23-year old singer, guitarist, ukulele and concertina player LUCY WARD delivers a finely tuned synthesis of original and traditionally arranged material. Production is again by Stu Hanna (of acclaimed folk duo Megson, both of whom also sing and play here).


Arifa are a Turkish band based in The Netherlands who will be making their UK debut at Musicport Festival on Sunday October 20th @ 8pm.

Amira & The Amulette Trio (Bosnia)

Amira Medunjanin was born in Sarajevo at the time when the popularity of traditional music in the former Yugoslavia was at the high tide, and sevdah held a special place for her.  The sevdalinke (sevdah songs) she learned from her mother were the most beautiful of songs.  Her fascination with the oral tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina led her to devote herself to creating a unique voice within sevdalinke to explore their expressive capacity to the full.

RITA PAYNE – Opening for Doncaster’s
New Performing Arts Centre

The daring Doncaster Duo are unstoppable, having been commissioned to write an anthem for the opening of the new performing arts venue in the town: CAST which is due to open on Friday 6th September, Rhiannon & Pete will be orchestrating a local cast (no pun intended!) to sing the new song.

John Martyn – ‘The Island Years’

The Island Years box set is the most definitive collection celebrating John Martyn’s glory days on the Island Records label, beginning in 1967 with London Conversation and going all the way up to the last album he recorded for the label, The Apprentice in 1987.

The seventh Derby Folk Festival

The seventh Derby Folk Festival is set to bring a raft of BBC award winners and transatlantic musicians to the Midlands this autumn – in a three day guaranteed rain-free music extravaganza!

Fabian Holland – debut album & dates

He’s not good, he’s bloody good! We can’t wait to hear more!”Folk Radio UK

 Fabian seems to have sprung fully‐fledged from nowhere though he’s been playing music and performing live since a youngster. He grew up in an artistic household where performance and artistic expression were part of everyday life.

Fundraising concert with BOB FOX

Fresh from his role as ‘Songman’ in the West End’s War Horse, BOB FOX will be bringing his lovingly developed performance to the newly refurbished Kestrel Suite, Cow Lane, Burnley on Saturday 24th August at 7.30pm. Expect an eclectic mix of though provoking storytelling through song, with audience participation and witty banter thrown in for good measure!

‘As The Crow Flies’ by Will Varley

September 2013 will see the release of ‘As The Crow Flies’, the second album by fiercely independent folk singer, novelist, and filmmaker Will Varley. The album was recorded in the old smuggling tunnels that riddle the basements of the cottages beneath the seaside town of Deal, Kent. It is released on DIY label Smugglers Records that Varley runs alongside a co-operative of fellow southeast based musicians. Over the last five years Smugglers has helped a plethora of artists further their musical endeavours, as well as organising their own sell-out festival deep in the Kent countryside.

Sarah McQuaid’s Latest Tour Dates

Beginning on the 31st of August and finishing on the 1st of December, this 64-show tour sees the Penzance-based singer/songwriter/guitarist crisscrossing the UK from Cornwall to the Highlands, including a showcase at the London Acoustic Guitar Show and several festival performances, then heading over to the USA for eight weeks (where she’ll be playing at the legendary Caffe Lena and at the 10th anniversary of the Rice Festival amongst other appearances). On her return to the UK, six more concerts precede a well-deserved winter break.

Lúnasa’s September tour to promote new album with RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Ireland’s premier traditional acoustic band Lúnasa will return to the UK for a ten date tour in September. The band who have been stunning French, English and Spanish festival audiences this summer with its musical prowess is poised to continue that theme to concert-goers the length and breadth of the country.

Download the nine page Towersey Programme

Towersey Festival has released a downloadable programme. If you want to start planning your festival activities now or check out what’s on, this programme is for you. It shows you who’s playing when and at which location they are appearing.

Download the PDF programme here:

Sold out 49th Cambridge Folk Festival hailed as huge success

The 49th Cambridge Folk Festival ended in rousing style on Sunday night in what organisers Cambridge City Council have hailed as a ‘bumper year’. Dates for 2014 festival announced.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – FIRE & FORTUNE

In a town full of songs and singers, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker give you the real thing. Both classically trained, their musical proficiency is beyond doubt. But this isn’t
about technical accomplishment. This is about a song, first and foremost.
Whether interpreting words centuries old, or singing her own authentic lyrics,
Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest
phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart.

Fairport Convention
Rising For The Moon: Deluxe Two-Disc Edition

UMC is pleased to announce a new deluxe edition of Fairport Convention’s 1975 album, Rising For The Moon, which marked the only studio recordings by the line-up which saw Sandy Denny return to the group in 1974.

Earlybird Offer for Moonbeams 2014
& Video Highlights 2013

Just days after the highly successful 5th annual Moonbeams Wold Top Festival, early bird tickets are released for the 2014 event. A video of 2013 highlight has also been released.

Stroud Folk Festival

Stroud Subscription Rooms are delighted to announce the Stroud Folk Festival with our patron Johnny Coppin and media partner Stroud FM.

Sea Shanties to raise funds for RNLI

The Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool will live up to its name as it hosts a concert by sea shanty singers fresh in from the Baltic region.

Chris Flegg Date

Chris Flegg plays a blend of folk and jazz garnished with all that he has learned across the years singing and playing guitar and sax in a variety of folk and jazz formations.

Cambridge Folk Festival Line-Up for The Den

Cambridge Folk Festival has announced details of its Emerging Talent stage, The Den, with a list of exciting acts lined up for this year’s event. A relatively new addition to the 49 year-old Festival, the stage, now in its third year, provides a platform for up and coming artists, with last year’s line-up featuring newcomer Jake Bugg who played to an intimate crowd before going on to huge critical acclaim just months later.

Folk On The Farm

There’s a new festival on the calendar for 2013, taking place on the weekend 13th to 15th September. The venue is a farm on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, called Tyddyn Mon, which is in a glorious position looking out over Lligwy Bay

Latest Dates for Sarah McQuaid

Latest tour information dates and venues for Sarah McQuaid

Folk Festival to Mark Return of Famous Priddy Hurdles

A few weeks ago a deliberate arson attack destroyed the historic sheep hurdle stack on Priddy village green, leaving local residents confused by this apparently motiveless attack. But the Parish Council now aims to have the hurdles back in place in time for the Priddy Folk Festival, and it is hoped that the traditional thatching that protects the hurdle stack will be redone during the festival itself.

Maisery’s MAYDAY Reveals Harmony Trio’s Darker Side

Innovative close harmony trio Lady Maisery burst onto the acoustic roots scene in 2011 with stand-out debut album Weave and Spin which fast-tracked them to a Horizon Award (Best Emerging Act) nomination in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. An “Album of the Week” in The Independent, Weave and Spin was remarkable for its freshness, joie de vivre and for reviving the rare art of “diddling” (singing tunes rather than words).


After a hectic 18 months of touring, festival appearances and session performances on national airwaves including BBC Radio 4’s Womans Hour Rowan Rheingans, Hannah James and Hazel Askew are back with the bold and altogether darker MAYDAY. Expertly produced by Andy Bell, MAYDAY rings out with the band’s trademark vocal clarity and sees them exploring more adventurous arrangements and harmonies in an album that touches on all meanings of the word “Mayday”.
Click to see Lady Maisery talk about their new album

Spooky Men’s Chorale UK Tour

Be very afraid. Lock your doors and put out the lights… Australia’s notorious Spooky Men’s Chorale ships back to the UK for monster fifth tour!

Simon Mayor & Hilary James Tour Dates

Join Hilary & Simon for a musical evening of Hoagy, Hornpipes, Handel & Hoedown. This is a witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers spiced with Simon Mayor’s unique brand of off-beat humour and Hilary’s honeydripping voice.

Show Of Hands Sub Tropical Seaside Festival

Show of Hands hugely popular annual signature festival on the Dorset heritage coast celebrates its 15th year this summer – fielding some of the hottest young acoustic roots acts in England, Wales and Germany in one of its best ever line-ups.

Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’Fiddles bring the flavours of the Highlands and Islands to English venues for a rare foray south of the border during June. The tour starts on 14 June in Harrogate and finishes on 29 June in Kendal and heralds a return to England in advance of a major UK tour in 2014.


Named after the famous Manx summit, where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan Mac Lir stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces – Mabon frontman and accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 20 year-old fiddle-player Tomás Callister and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes

Le Vent Du Nord – Tour Dates

Le Vent Du Nord (Wind from the North) perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany.

Sean Canon (of the Dubliners)

SEAN CANNON  front member of the legendary DUBLINERS, together with his son Robert and local musicians Danny and the Dragons  play a one-off evening of fine Irish/Folk music.

Lady Maisery’s May Tour 2013

This week sees BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated band Lady Maisery set out on an ambitious 22 date tour across England and Scotland. It’s the biggest tour yet for the band, who have been creating a stir on the folk scene ever since the release of their debut album ‘Weave & Spin’ in 2011.

Notting Hill Mayfest Present …

An evening of folk with Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, Nancy Wallace and The Collectress.

Rare opportunities to see up-and-coming troubadour Sean Taylor

From busking in Notting Hill Gate, through a myriad of clubs and stages, to the major Australian music festivals, singer songwriter Sean Taylor has been winning audiences from all musical genres. With his virtuoso guitar style and charismatic thoughtful songs he has been described by Eric Bibb as ‘a wonderfully talented modern troubadour’. Now a select few audiences in the UK have a chance to catch up with him on a short tour during May.

Sarah McQuaid Tour Dates

This tour sees the acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist taking part in several exciting collaborations. In Scotland, she’ll be performing a series of four concerts “in the round” with fellow songwriters Bill Adair & Richard Grainger in Farncombe, Surrey, she’ll be backed on a number of songs by the Godalming Community Gospel Choir and later in June, as part of the Golowan Festival, she’ll be supported by three secondary school students from the Music MixX programme at Mounts Bay Academy, where Sarah gave a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Show of Hands release 7” single for Record Store Day

SPRING TOUR: April 17 – May 18, 2013

As they set off on a virtually sold-out 21-date tour of England and Wales, Devon’s Show of Hands will release their first ever vinyl 7” single to mark Record Store Day on Saturday (April 20) – a celebration of the UK’s independent record store sector.

Gilmore & Roberts – Exeter, Weds April 17th

Barnfield Theatre, ExeterWednesday April 17th, 2013 7.30pm £10 in advance, £12 on the door, Support – Benjamin Josif

2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Duo nominees  Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound.

The Harrison All-Day Folk Festival – 21/04/13

We are very excited to announce the third Harrison all-day folk festival in Kings Cross, London. Once again, it is absolutely free and we are bringing you a truly mouth-watering line-up of contemporary folk music.

The Carrivick Sisters in Concert (South East Cornwall)

Music in Menheniot will be presenting its first folk music concert at St Lalluwy’s Church, in South East Cornwall village of Menheniot (about four miles North East of Liskeard) on Friday 17th May from 7.30pm, with a concert by The Carrivick Sisters.

Tim Edey Album Release

Tim, who also won the “Best Duo” title in the 2012 Folk Awards with harmonica genius Brendan Power, has announced he will be releasing a solo album of guitar music this August, augmented by a string quartet led by popular Scottish fiddler Patsy Reid (Vamm, Cecil Sharp Project) and formerly with Breabach. The album will be officially launched at Kent’s famous Broadstairs Folk Week in Tim’s home town – this year he has the honour of closing the festival on Friday, August 16 with support from inspired young Devon duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party CD Release & Tour Dates

“Funky folk tunes, saucy songs and an infectious stage energy. Blackbeard’s Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza. Grounded in English traditions – but never afraid to explore more exotic musical avenues – they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.”

‘Whip Jamboree’ is the second full-length release from the York based six-piece known for their unique brand of gutsy folk-rock brought kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

Henry & Martin clinch Best Duo title in 2013 Spiral Awards

Fast-rising Devon musicians and singer songwriters Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin have clinched the Best Duo title in the 2013 Spiral Awards staged by leading UK music website, Spiral Earth.

The Exeter pair won the award today after a public vote just months after winning the Best Folk Act title in the South West Music Awards. It was a close-run contest with fellow young duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts while others short listed in  the category were Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman(also from Devon) and O’Hooley and Tidow.

Fairport Convention: semi-acoustic tour in May 2013

Legendary folkrockers Fairport Convention will
be on the road in their semi-acoustic format during May. The band will visit
two dozen venues with a mix of brand new songs and reworkings of their classic

Problems with log-in and adding posts or events

There have been a few difficulties adding dates to the events calendar and posting messages, articles and news items to the Folk Roots List website. Apparently it’s been problematic for a while but nobody reported it, until now. As Admin I’ve had none of these problems and I’ve been blissfully unaware. Thank you, Manda, for pointing out the glitches.

I’ve just finished making changes and these are the results:

Lady Maisery

The spellbinding BBC award-nominated trio Lady Maisery have released a special charity download single to mark International Women’s Day on Friday (March 8), celebrate Women’s History Month and raise funds for the End Violence Against Women coalition.

Stolen Equipment ALERT

Equipment stolen from a car in Escrick, near York on Saturday night 23/02/13. :(Bouzouki, guitar, pedals and flight case) Photos and descriptions and contact info here


Hot on the heels of St David’s Day, a wealth of Welsh music and traditional folk arts is about to cast a Celtic spell over the capital – in a rare day-long event staged at Cecil Sharp House, London.

The 21st annual London Fiddle Convention

Sunday Feb 24th at Cecil Sharp House, 2, Regents Park Road, London, NW1 7AY.

Johnny Coppin’s – January Newsletter

Happy  New Year from a very snowy Gloucestershire!
Here is the very latest information about
-  Jan/Feb/March dates
-  Songwriting, Arranging, and Performance Workshop  -    Sunday 24 February
-  my BBC acoustic radio show is now every Saturday 5.30pm only on BBC Gloucestershire, online and listen again!
(future guests include Richard Thompson, Bellowhead, Bristol s/s Daisy Chapman, and Cardiff duo Zervas and Pepper )
-  CDs by Mail Order

Tyde – Album Launch

Tyde, the band that have wowed audiences at more than 60 festivals in the last 3 years, are back with their 2nd album, The Hidden Spoon. It sees them ramp up their sound to a new level with the addition of bass and percussion, more complex arrangements and stunning close knit playing.

Celtic Fiddle Festival

The group Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.


Last night former BBC Radio 2 Folk Show host Mike Harding launched his own folk podcast website. At 5pm GMT a staggering 27,000 people hit the site in the first seconds of it going live and even with a massive server and unlimited bandwidth the site crashed.

Jamie Smith’s MABON – New tour dates 2013

The band have just wrapped up a great year, with sold out shows during the recently completed tour and widespread critical acclaim for their new album.

Cropredy tickets for Christmas – First line-up announcement

Tickets for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention festival will go on sale in time for Christmas, the organisers announced today (5 December 2012).

The full line-up of artists appearing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2013 will be announced in the new year. However, the organisers announced that the acts will include Levellers, 10CC, Nik Kershaw (acoustic), Edward II, Martin Barre’s New Day, Lúnasa, Moulettes and The Dunwells.

Feast of Fiddles 20th Anniversary Tour

England’s most dynamic fiddle line-up are tuning up to celebrate an incredible two decades on the road next year – kick-starting their April UK tour with an “all hands on deck” milestone concert at Hertfordshire’s Alban Arena fielding some of the most legendary names in folk.

2nd Frome Folk Festival News

Jim Moray, one of folk music’s greatest innovators, has been announced as Sunday headliner of the second Frome Folk Festival which will return to the picturesque Somerset market town next February (16 and 17).

Celtic Connections Announces Michael Marra Tribute Concert

On Monday 28th January 2013 Celtic Connections will host a special tribute night to folk legend Michael Marra at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Dundee singer-writer Michael Marra sadly passed away in October 2012. From his alternative national anthem Hermless to his majestic reading of Psalm 118 on Martyn Bennet’s Grit, Marra was a uniquely eloquent and vital presence in Scottish Music.

Albion Band members scoop two nominations in the BBC Folk Awards

Two members of the new re-vitalised Albion Band have been nominated in the 2013 BBC Folk Awards. The nominations were announced this evening on Mike Harding’s BBC Radio 2 folk programme. Blair Dunlop has been nominated for the Horizon Award and Katriona Gilmore has been nominated with Jamie Roberts for the Best Duo Award. The nominations – four in each category – will go forward to the next round of voting and the results will be announced at the Folk Award ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

Colgarra  ‘Follow Me Up To Carlow’

Colgarra brings together two very different musicians from the Irish music scene. Eugene Teevan, button accordion and flute and Joe Giltrap, vocals, guitar, bodhran and harmonica combine to produce a distinctive sound and repertoire that will keep your feet tapping.

Fairport Convention Winter Tour Dates

Veteran folk-rock band Fairport Convention today (9 November 2012) announced the dates and venues of their Winter Tour which will visit 27 theatres throughout England. The tour starts at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury on 31 January 2013 and finishes at The Union Chapel, London on 9 March.

Celtic Connections 2013 

Celtic Connections will celebrate 20 years as a cornerstone of Scotland’s cultural calendar with a stellar programme announced today by Artistic Director Donald Shaw which will celebrate the ethos and artists that have seen the festival become a global phenomenon. Some of the biggest names in folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, blues and jazz will perform in Glasgow between 17th January and 3rd February next year.

Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott

Mon 12 November, 8pm. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Show of Hands – WAKE THE UNION

Released: Monday, October 15, 2012

Entwined in the sturdy roots of English and North American music, Wake the Union is a big, transatlantic touchstone of an album marking the incredible 20 year partnership of England’s most celebrated acoustic roots duo, supported by an enviable “best of British folk” guest list.

ahab – ‘Live in London’ official release date

ahab, one of the hottest and most exciting young bands to come to the fore of the UK-Americana scene release their first full-length CD ‘Live in London’ on 29 October 2012. The fourteen track album was recorded earlier this year at London’s renowned music venue The Half Moon, and captures the real spirit and dynamic of the live band.

The Albion Band Tour Dates

Yes, folk rock fans, The Albion Band is back with fresh songs, high-energy concerts and a line-up that leads directly back to the Guv’nor himself, founder Ashley Hutchings. Building on a summer of successful festival appearances, The Albion Band is taking what could be called a victory lap with a second UK tour this November.

FRIGG – Fizzing Finnish fiddle septet tune up for UK debut tour

Named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility, this freewheeling, feelgood septet have created their own captivating style of music – Nordgrass, fusing Nordic folk and American bluegrass.

An Atlantic Bridge to UK Festivals

A unique collaboration between The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) and Atlantic Canadian Music Industry Associations (ACMIA) will see over 20 artists and events industry professionals from Canada join 200 UK delegates at this year’s AFO Conference in Nottingham. (This is where the folk festival organisers gather every year).

Folk Events Calendar Upgraded

I’ve been busy adding a new interactive folk events calendar to the website. It’s a major improvement on the old one and you can now add your gigs, festivals, workshops, ceilidhs and concerts directly to it.

Just click on ‘Add events’ (at the top of the calendar) then click on the date and add the details.

It’s there ready and waiting for your dates. It’s a great and free way to let everyone see what events are being organised and when and where live folk music is being performed.

Jamie Smith’s Mabon unveil free “vocal” download single from forthcoming autumn album “Windblown”

Jamie Smith’s Mabon, known for accordion maestro Smith’s outstanding InterCeltic tunes, is adding songs to its excitingly upbeat repertoire. Whipping up a storm, the crisp new 10-track studio album Windblown is due out October 29, toasting the autumn season and sun-waning days of the equinox and celebrating the Welsh band’s own Pagan festival name. (Mabon = autumn equinox).

“The Devil’s Violin” – spellbinding new show!

Why should the devil have all the best tunes? So goes the famous adage – but in the case of The Devil’s Violin’s new show he definitely does!

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