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The Folk Effect

The Folk Effect

Five folk bands from across the UK will each have twenty-four hours to write a new song which must be directly inspired by the one created and live streamed the day before ...

Janet Devlin video – ‘Better Now’

Janet Devlin

Award-winning cinematographer Sir Franz Pagot shoots epic Janet Devlin video – ‘Better Now’

Kirsten Adamson - 'Let Me Live' video exclusive premiere on FRL


'Let Me Live' is the brand new single from critically acclaimed Scottish songwriter Kirsten Adamson.

MAGPIE22. New single teaser video


View the one minute teaser video for their new single/video 'Crossroads'

Introducing A. Smyth - New Single 'Don't Let Me Down'

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A. Smyth is an upcoming Dublin, Ireland artist who makes driven, lush and melodic folk-pop

'Home Recordings' new album from Martin Simpson

martin simpson

New album of home recordings recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Includes sublime takes on songs by Bob Dylan, John Prine, Lyle Lovett and Robin Williamson.

Field Medic new album & 2021 Tour


Field Medic Announces New Album with New Single, and Beach Bunny Tour Support | Floral Prince out 2nd October via Run For Cover Records

Bluegrass Rox 2020 Part 2 Traditional Songs.


Bluegrass Rox releases part two of his 2020 album this time featuring a selection of traditional songs.

Fringe benefits with Derby Folk Festival at Home

Derby Folk Festival fringe

The countdown has started to The Derby Folk Festival 2020 At Home, which takes place online from 2 - 4 October.

Rura - New Live Album

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Rura captures barnstorming 10th anniversary gig on a new live album

Oh Susanna ‘Sleepy Little Sailor’


Today (September 4th 2020), Americana singer-songwriter Oh Susanna releases her critically acclaimed album ‘Sleepy Little Sailor’ album in a new deluxe edition.

Joshua Burnell - Flowers Where the Horses Sleep

Joshua Burnell

Joshua Burnell is ready to uncover Flowers Where The Horses Sleep which sees him returning to original songwriting. He says: “Having dedicated the past three years to rearranging traditional material, I wanted to build on that experience to produce an album of folk songs for a modern audience

Sinking Boats | Sam Brookes

sam brookes

Sinking Boats is the second single to be taken from Sam Brookes forthcoming album Black Feathers (23 October, Go Slowly Records)

Virtually Tenterden

tenterden folk festival

The First Virtual Tenterden Folk Festival. Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October 2020

Folk favourite forced to bow out of Derby Folk Festival at Home


John Tams to bow out of this year’s Derby Folk Festival at Home, meaning a change to the line-up.

Killer Whale Video

Killer Whale

The songs on this debut album were written in that twilight - attempts at faith in a godless universe. An attempt to deal with comedown, loss of purpose, a striving towards a sense of wonder.

Fay Hield - Wrackline out Sept 11

Fay Hield - Wrackline

Looking at traditional stories involving the ‘otherworld’ of fairies, ghosts and the animal kingdom

Beer Brand Fights Back on Behalf of Grassroots Music Venues

Fightback beer and cider

Fightback Brewing Company will begin selling bottled Fightback Lager, Fightback Cider, Fightback Berries and Fightback IPA online in support of the #saveourvenues campaign.

Rakish - The Flowing Bowl

The Flowing Bowl

Rakish are a new folk duo from Ireland, have released their debut album, 'The Flowing Bowl'

Sam Brookes Announces New Album

Sam Brookes - Photo-credit: Sarah Cresswell

New Album 'Black Feathers', Released 23rd October 2020. Hear first single 'Ekarma'. View tour dates

Derby Folk Festival - Digital


Derby LIVE are excited to announce that we have worked with artists and partners to put together a digital version of this much loved festival - Derby Folk Festival at Home!

'Dawn' from Painted Sky


Delightfully clean and straightforward arrangements, lacking nothing in fullness, finely showcases the talents of this superb, up and coming duo.

2020 Part 1 Bluegrass only


First independent release from ‘Bluegrass Rox' - The album 2020 Part 1 Bluegrass only

Rory Butler releases music video

Rory Butler releases music video

Taken from Rory’s debut album ‘Window Shopping’ (released July 10th 2020), previous video collaborations include ‘Tell Yourself’, and ‘That Side Of The World’

Annie Dressner

Annie Dressner

Annie Dressner - Coffee At the Corner Bar - Out Sept 4, 2020

Giles Read - Stories from the Lockdown


Tales of hardship and hope during the lockdown have been captured in words and music by London singer songwriter Giles Read,

Tenterden Postponed

tenterden folk festival

The Trustees and Festival Committee have reluctantly come to the decision that the 28th Tenterden Folk Festival, due to be held from 1st to 4th October 2020, should be postponed to 2021.

140 UK Music Venues Removed from 'Critical' List - For Now


Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that the #saveourvenues campaign launched three weeks ago has now resulted in 140 grassroots music venues being removed from its 'critical' list

FolkEast Crowdfunder Tops £23k


Just a few days after making the sadly inevitable decision to postpone England's most easterly folk festival this August, FolkEast organisers have been overwhelmed with donations to their crowdfunding campaign.

Ninebarrow release charity single


Dorset duo Ninebarrow with Hart Voices and The Chantry Singers release a charity single in aid of Mind, marking Mental Health Awareness Week (May 18-24).

Collaboration With US Charitable Foundation


A transatlantic two album record deal has been struck between London-based singer songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore and The Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Inc. – with the first (Are You Listening?) due for release in July 2020.

Tom Kitchen - New Podcast

Tom Kitchen - New Podcast

Right now, in these extraordinary and unnerving times, it would be hard to think of anyone embarking on a busking tour of England. But that’s what top flight fiddler Tom Kitching, a former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year finalist did for 18 months in 2018-19, walking out of his Manchester home one April day to find ‘a place called England.’

#SaveOurVenues Campaign

#SaveOurVenues Campaign

Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.


Late Bloomer

FOSKETT - Charley Foskett releases debut folk and roots song album ‘LATE BLOOMER’.

Ben Reel - The Nashville Calling


‘The Nashville Calling` is the title of the ninth studio album by Irish artist Ben Reel. Produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack"

Derby Folk Festival is back for October 2020

Lucy Ward

This year's festival, produced by Derby LIVE, runs from Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October with Derby Cathedral, The Old Bell Hotel and QUAD playing host to artists including Lucy Ward, John Tams and Barry Coope, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, and Kitty Macfarlane.

Wilson Family are coming to Tenterden

tenterden folk festival

The formidable five Wilson Brothers, Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike are booked for Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

Free Youth Folk Sampler Day MOVED ONLINE

Youth Folk Sampler Day

A free Youth Folk Sampler Day is to be held in online by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in partnership with Tenterden Folk Festival and Kent Music.

True Strays : New single & UK tour

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True Strays release new single 'Campesina ' on March 20th followed by extensive UK Tour.

Maverick Festival 2020


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The UK's first and finest Americana festival

'Nemo' new album from Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate

'Nemo' is the brand new album from West African Kora playing Kadialy Kouyate. The title NEMO, meaning blessings, is the human values that bring prosperity to any country or place.

Pavey Ark


Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Their debut album "Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing" comes out on March 20th, 2020

Le Vent Du Nord - Dates

le vent du nord

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is back for some early 2020 dates

Folk East 2020

Folk East

FOLKEAST, England's most easterly folk festival, organisers have announced the awesome Afro Celt Sound System will headline Saturday night.

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