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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"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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