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Now in our 21st year, Folk Roots List has been online since 1999, offering free help to folk musicians and folk event organisers. The website has four distinct areas. Folk News, Folk Gigs, The Learning Zone and the embryonic directory of folk and roots artists, agents and venues.


This is your website where you can publish your folk news and folk gigs. Publicise folk festivals, tours, albums and video releases. In fact, it's the place for anything folk, roots, acoustic or Americana.


The Folk Roots List learning zone is for musicians and event organisers. There are articles on everything from the voice and microphones to writing a press release or running a festival.

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The Learning Zone

How to Look After Your Voice

voice health

How the voice works and ways to protect it from hoarseness and loss of voice.

Organising & Running an Event

how to run a community event part 1

Guide to running an event. Planning, licensing laws, food & drink sales, road closures, insurance, etc

Choosing & Using Microphones

Choosing and using a microphone

Taking a look at the various types of microphone and the techniques to get the best sound from them

Promotional Copy Writing

The art of promotional copywriting part 1

If you are about to create any promotional material such as a brochure, website, flyer or letter, this article is for you. It explores the world of copy writing and gives tips and tricks to make your copy writng more effective and productive.

Working with Agents

entertainments agencies - fees and rules

Entertainment and modelling agencies - the rules that apply and the fees involved.

An Introduction to Market Research

a quick guide to market research

This is a quick video guide to market research, how to do it and how it can benefit your project.

How to Write & Use a Press Release

how to write a good press release

Delving into what makes a great press release, explaining just how to go about writing one and discussing how to get it in front of the right people.

The Temporary Events Notice (TEN)

Temporary Event Notices (commonly known as TENs) were introduced as a light touch method of permitting small scale events where one or more licensable activities takes place. Here are the details.

Folk Gigs

February 2020

No listings for February

March 2020

ALT

Josie Duncan & Hamish Macleod

Venue: The Lightship
Address: Tyne South Harbour Blyth Northumberland NE24 3PB

Date: 02/03/20

Doors-open:19:00
Start:
19:30

Raised in the musical traditions of the Outer Hebrides, Josie Duncan has long been able to exercise a deep understanding of Scotland’s music with her softly strong vocals, enthralling listeners everywhere. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences. Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award in 2017 alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente.

As a performer, Hamish has played everywhere from the Isle of Eigg to the United Arab Emirates. His own work ranges from the deeply traditional to the bold and progressive.

The venue

‘The Lightship’ is a unique venue providing an intimate performance space where the audience can get ‘up close and personal’ with the performers. A wooden light vessel built in 1879, she is believed to be one of the oldest wooden light vessels still afloat in the UK and her historic significance has been recognised by National Historic Ships UK as a member of the National Historic Fleet. Moored in South Harbour, Blyth she is the home of the Royal Northumberland Yacht club who extend a warm welcome to visitors with comfortable cabaret-style seating and a licensed bar.

Tags Folk - Club - North East

Tickets Website


Wyvern

Wyvern presents - Words Take Wing

venue:Otterham & St Juliot Village Hall, North Cornwall

date: 07/03/20

doors-open:7.30pmstart:8.00pm

A unique folk-theatre production using music, readings & video photography to bring alive the journals of Thomas Hardy showing the events and ideas that inspired him for his novels and poems. Sarah Deere-Jones HARP, Sophie Wright GUITAR, Stephen Potter VIOLIN, Phil Williams CONCERTINA and Martin Stephen NARRATOR, take you on a musical journey through the personal notebooks of one of the UK's best loved authors. This event is part of the Thomas Hardy Society's Cornwall conference but is open to all, tickets are £15 on the door.

Tickets Website



John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

 

venue:The Globe Glossop
144 High Street
West Glossop
SK13 8HJ

date: 12/03/20

doors-open:8pm
start:8.15pm

 

 

Tickets

 


Danny Goring with Dan Stewart

venue:The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints' St, Hastings TN34 3BJ

date: 15/03/20

start:17.00

Free Event

Danny Goring is a singer-songwriter/guitarist based in Hastings, England with many years experience performing and recording in various bands and musical projects. Danny draws on folk and roots traditions to create lyrical songs with personal and universal themes. He cites early Dylan, William Blake, Van Morrison and Bob Marley amongst his many influences.

Danny will be joined by top multi-instrumentalist Dan Stewart on banjo, mandolin and fiddle for this afternoon gig in the cosy setting of The Stag Inn in Hastings' Old Town.

Website


Megson

Megson

Venue:Firbeck Village Hall
AddressNew Road, Firbeck, South Yorkshire S81 8JY

Date: 27/03/20

Doors-open:19:30Start: 20:00

A very welcome return to Firbeck for Megson, four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards.

Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies, piano accordion and driving rhythmic guitars.

Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album CONTRADICSHUN gaining them even more critical acclaim including FOLK ALBUM OF THE WEEK from THE SUNDAY TIMES, “One of the albums of the year” ★★★★ from ROCK 'N' REEL while legendary folk broadcaster MIKE HARDING said “Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album. ‘Savagely perceptive lyrics, ear catching vocals & melodies to die for’ Louder Than War. ‘Simply Brilliant’ The Sunday Express.

Advance tickets £14.00
Door time: 7:30pm, Start time: 8:00pm

This is a Bring your own venue, light refreshments available or The Black Lion is directly opposite. Free car parking available at the venue.

Contact: Nick Wilson
Contact Tickets

Tags Folk - Tour - Yorkshire & The Humber


 

April 2020

Folk Gigs

February 2020

No listings for February

March 2020

ALT

Josie Duncan & Hamish Macleod

Venue: The Lightship
Address: Tyne South Harbour Blyth Northumberland NE24 3PB

Date: 02/03/20

Doors-open:19:00
Start:
19:30

Raised in the musical traditions of the Outer Hebrides, Josie Duncan has long been able to exercise a deep understanding of Scotland’s music with her softly strong vocals, enthralling listeners everywhere. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences. Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award in 2017 alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente.

As a performer, Hamish has played everywhere from the Isle of Eigg to the United Arab Emirates. His own work ranges from the deeply traditional to the bold and progressive.

The venue

‘The Lightship’ is a unique venue providing an intimate performance space where the audience can get ‘up close and personal’ with the performers. A wooden light vessel built in 1879, she is believed to be one of the oldest wooden light vessels still afloat in the UK and her historic significance has been recognised by National Historic Ships UK as a member of the National Historic Fleet. Moored in South Harbour, Blyth she is the home of the Royal Northumberland Yacht club who extend a warm welcome to visitors with comfortable cabaret-style seating and a licensed bar.

Tags Folk - Club - North East

Tickets Website


Wyvern

Wyvern presents - Words Take Wing

venue:Otterham & St Juliot Village Hall, North Cornwall

date: 07/03/20

doors-open:7.30pmstart:8.00pm

A unique folk-theatre production using music, readings & video photography to bring alive the journals of Thomas Hardy showing the events and ideas that inspired him for his novels and poems. Sarah Deere-Jones HARP, Sophie Wright GUITAR, Stephen Potter VIOLIN, Phil Williams CONCERTINA and Martin Stephen NARRATOR, take you on a musical journey through the personal notebooks of one of the UK's best loved authors. This event is part of the Thomas Hardy Society's Cornwall conference but is open to all, tickets are £15 on the door.

Tickets Website



John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

 

venue:The Globe Glossop
144 High Street
West Glossop
SK13 8HJ

date: 12/03/20

doors-open:8pm
start:8.15pm

 

 

Tickets

 


Danny Goring with Dan Stewart

venue:The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints' St, Hastings TN34 3BJ

date: 15/03/20

start:17.00

Free Event

Danny Goring is a singer-songwriter/guitarist based in Hastings, England with many years experience performing and recording in various bands and musical projects. Danny draws on folk and roots traditions to create lyrical songs with personal and universal themes. He cites early Dylan, William Blake, Van Morrison and Bob Marley amongst his many influences.

Danny will be joined by top multi-instrumentalist Dan Stewart on banjo, mandolin and fiddle for this afternoon gig in the cosy setting of The Stag Inn in Hastings' Old Town.

Website


Megson

Megson

Venue:Firbeck Village Hall
AddressNew Road, Firbeck, South Yorkshire S81 8JY

Date: 27/03/20

Doors-open:19:30Start: 20:00

A very welcome return to Firbeck for Megson, four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards.

Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies, piano accordion and driving rhythmic guitars.

Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album CONTRADICSHUN gaining them even more critical acclaim including FOLK ALBUM OF THE WEEK from THE SUNDAY TIMES, “One of the albums of the year” ★★★★ from ROCK 'N' REEL while legendary folk broadcaster MIKE HARDING said “Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album. ‘Savagely perceptive lyrics, ear catching vocals & melodies to die for’ Louder Than War. ‘Simply Brilliant’ The Sunday Express.

Advance tickets £14.00
Door time: 7:30pm, Start time: 8:00pm

This is a Bring your own venue, light refreshments available or The Black Lion is directly opposite. Free car parking available at the venue.

Contact: Nick Wilson
Contact Tickets

Tags Folk - Tour - Yorkshire & The Humber


 

April 2020