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David Crosby


David Crosby releases 'River Rise' ft. Michael McDonald - new album 'For Free' out 23 July 2021

Braxhall Sessions

Blaxhall Sessions

With England’s most easterly folk festival, FOLKEAST, on course to return this August, organisers are celebrating by staging a curtain-raiser weekend of shows in June in front of a live audience – with real time streaming.

FolkEast Returns This Summer


FOLKEAST, has confirmed it is on course to return this August – with weekend tickets now on sale.

Alissa Arnason - "Lighthouse


Gorgeous new single 'Lighthouse' from Alissa Arnason

Calum Mason - new single

Calum Mason

Calum Mason blends alternative rock and folk with pop sensibilities in his forthcoming single, O Sister

Ninebarrow's 2nd Book of Musical Walks


Ninebarrow follow up the release of their acclaimed fourth album A Pocket Full of Acorns, with another new creation – their second book.

Pint-Sized - Towersey Festival

Towersey Bill

An exciting event for an uncertain time! A small but perfectly formed Towersey Festival

Sarah McQuaid New St Buryan Sessions

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid Honours Two Legendary Producers With New St Buryan Sessions Singles and Videos,

Joshua Burnell - new single


Shelagh’s Song. Recorded by a guitar, keys and percussion-playing Burnell at home during lockdown

Dartington Music

Dartington Music

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival returns with an exciting folk offering 24th July – 21st August 2021, Dartington Hall, Devon

New Release from Honey and The Bear

Honey and The Bear

Journey Through The Roke: Released April 23, 2021. Songs of Suffolk…and survival

Lindisfarne - Live dates


Acoustic rock music legends Lindisfarne have announced a series of live performance dates for 2021.

Join the Hudson Club!


Hudson Records launches brand new subscription music platform

Maverick Festival


Now in our 14th year, we are proud to introduce another eclectic lineup of exciting new artists plus a sprinkling of festival favourites

Steve Hewitt

Steve Hewitt

Steve Hewitt Returns With 'Dreaming Again'

Sam Brookes new release and tour

Sam Brookes

‘You Can Discover’ is the first track to be taken from Bristol singer-songwriter Sam Brookes’ forthcoming EP of acoustic covers set for release Autumn 2021.

Frøkedal & Family release new album


Norway’s Anne Lise Frøkedal announces her third album ‘Flora’ and shares first single, the expansive sun-kissed indie-folk of SØN

Mike Vass - New Single

Mike Vass

A master of eloquent and evocative compositions and named Composer of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, the innovative Nairn-born tunesmith is rightly recognised as one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene.

Evans McRae 'Only Skin'

Evans McRae

Evans McRae is the new venture of seasoned songwriters Lowri Evans and Tom McRae. Both successful solo artists, this new collaboration sees them join forces (and voices) on a stunning suite of songs.

Agent Starling release European Howl

agent starling

Agent Starling’s debut album, European Howl releases on all the usual digital outlets on May 4th, 2021.

Towersey Festival 2020 and 2021

Towersey flow chart

2 Online Festivals, 24 Interactive Workshops and 15 Streamed Gigs…..Towersey Festival in 2020! But what’s happening in 2021?

Cambridge and Walker - "Wheel and Dive"


Wheel and Dive is the debut album from folk duo Cambridge and Walker, set for release 5th March 2021

Kate Rusby - First Ambassador for Bats

Kate Rusby

The Bat Conservation Trust is over the moon to announce the wonderful English folk singing star, Kate Rusby, as our first Ambassador.

Josiah Mortimer


Independent singer-songwriter Josiah Mortimer launches an EP recorded during England’s lockdown

28th Tenterden Folk Festival

Tenterden Folk Festival

Provisional plans for a Covid safe Tenterden Folk Festival on the 30th September to 3rd October 2021

Rosie Nimmo - 'Where Time Suspends'

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo’s long-awaited fourth album, Where Time Suspends, released on 5th Feb 2021

Lawrence Illsley releases his first single 'Ogres'

Lawrence Illsley

Award-winning poet releases first single from debut album 'Trees'

A tribute to Mick Peat

Mick Peat (left) and Bob Rushton (right) onstage at Derby Folk Festival

Derby has bid goodnight to local folk legend Mick Peat, who has died at the age of 80.

Lots Happening for Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid onstage at Kulturort Alte Molkerei Bocholt, Germany, Wednesday 4 March 2020. Photo by Jörg Detering.

Cornwall-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is delighted to announce the release of the first two singles and videos from her forthcoming album, concert film and video series, The St Buryan Sessions.

Around Kent Folk
February / March 2021


Issue 103 of AKF for February / March 2021 is available to read online for free now! Although unable to distribute the usual printed copies, while clubs and venues, etc. are closed, the latest edition of Around Kent Folk is available on-line. Just click here.

Lindisfarne re-boot live dates lost to Covid-19


Acoustic rock legends Lindisfarne have embarked on re-setting live dates lost to Covid-19 last year.

Roy Bailey Remembered

Roy Bailey Remembered

Towersey archive recording turns out to be one very special album!

'Up The Cut' - Jon Wilks

'Up The Cut' - Jon Wilks

Songs from Birmingham and the Midlands, unheard in 180 years

Ninebarrow address their carbon footprint


Ninebarrow will celebrate the launch of their fourth studio album by fulfilling a long-held wish to address their carbon footprint.

John Rowan‘The Dawning of The Day’

John Rowan‘The Dawning of The Day’

At 72 years old, John Rowan presents his debut 8 track EP ‘The Dawning of The Day’, a collection of folk and traditional songs covered in his own unique acoustic style.

Tim Edey charity single

Tim Edey

Musician of the Year” Tim Edey, releases charity single in aid of baby loss charity

A. Smyth - New Single/Video

a smyth

Upcoming Dublin Artist A. Smyth Shares New Single/Video 'River' & Announces Debut Album 'Last Animals'

The Ninebarrow Band

The Ninebarrow Band

At Last! a Chance to Watch The Ninebarrow Band Gig You Never Saw!

Chris Flegg - New Album - Twenty's Plenty


"A collection of twenty of my compositions for solo acoustic guitar"

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