Folk Roots List

Lifetime Achievement Award for Sarah McQuaid at Ards International Guitar Festival

At last week’s Ards International Guitar Festival, Sarah McQuaid was presented with the festival’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients over the festival’s 20-year history include legendary guitarists Davey Graham, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Arty McGlynn, Martin Simpson, Gordon Giltrap, Pierre Bensusan and Martin Carthy. Sarah recalls her initially annoyed reaction when compère Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster and […]




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Folk legends Spiers and Knight return to the Suffolk festival that saw their exclusive debut

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers, seen for the first time at FolkEast 2016, will return to the fast-rising East Anglian festival this August. The three day festival at the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall witnessed the debut performance of the pair on the Broad Roots stage on opening night last […]




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Shrewsbury Folk Festival launches new project to celebrate cultural diversity

A new project to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the plight of refugees has been launched by Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Organisers of the annual four-day music festival have secured a £95,000 investment from Arts Council England for the 18-month Room for All initiative that will include a new music commission featuring refugee musicians and a programme of education and outreach work in […]




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Beverley Folk festival is promising big changes at their 2017 event – their ‘biggest and best festival ever’.

In 2016 the festival introduced a ‘Big Top’ style marquee for their popular Concert Stage and now in 2017 they plan to introduce another Big Top for their Main Stage as well. Jim Pybus, one of the small team of volunteer directors, commented “Audiences loved the big top and the more intimate and festive feel it created so this year […]




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Shirley Collins, Loudon Wainwright III and more added to huge Cambridge Folk Festival 2017 line-up

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years; a Festival exclusive from multi-platinum selling Indigo Girls, whose celebrated and influential career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, English country twin-sister duo Ward Thomas, all part of a […]




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Jess Morgan to release limited run of handmade 7” records for Record Store Day

DIY singer/songwriter Jess Morgan takes the do-it-yourself concept to new levels creating handmade vinyl records in her Norwich home. Jess has made a limited run of 7” vinyl of the song ‘Still In Fashion’ (from her album ‘Edison Gloriette’) for release exclusively at Relevant Records in Cambridge for Record Store Day on April 22nd 2017. Jess will also perform an […]




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