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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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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

March 2020

Josie Duncan &  Hamish Macleod

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

Venika Hartlyn & PerKelt (Duo)

Venika Hartlyn & PerKelt (Duo)

Venue: Green Note
Address: 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN

Date: 05/03/20
Doors-open: 19:00
Start: 20:30

Coming all the way from a small village in Czechia, the songwriter VENIKA HARTLYN brings stories that map all the beauties she met on her many journeys. Uplifting messages of love and gentleness, her warm vocals being enhanced by piano and tender fretless bass, Venika puts a happy smile on every listeners face nearly instantly.

PERKELT is a Pagan Speed Folk band based in London, UK. The crazily fast, often complicated yet powerful rhythms became their trademark over the years of touring festivals in the UK and Europe. Wrapped together in pagan poetry and strong message of Freedom, Passion and Love, PerKelt is a band firmly rooted in their skills and talent, yet elusively beyond physical limits. For this special rare gig at Green Note, to celebrate the intimate personal connection and commemorate the past journey, PerKelt comes in the same line-up they came to London, back in 2011: the duo of flutist/singer Paya Lehane and guitarist Stepan Honc.

Tags Folk - Pub - South 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


perkelt

Perkelt

VENUE: The Slaughtered Lamb
Address: 34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DX

Date: 13/03/20

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

PerKelt, the Pagan Speed Folk band is presenting their new enhanced line-up on Friday 13th March at the Slaughtered Lamb in London. They will be celebrating all the mystical in their crazy and joyful way ...

All the happy faces on the last gig would claim there was nothing to improve, yet we decided to prove them (kindly) wrong! Our well known guitar and drums fuelled engine is now enhanced by the deepest vibrations of our Australian didgeridoo player Jay Fraser, providing a proper counterpoint to the crazy fiddler Duncan and arguably the swiftest recorder player Paya Lehane. Come all down and enjoy the pagan speed folk extravaganza!

PerKelt is a Pagan Speed Folk band based in London, UK. The crazily fast, complicated, yet powerful rhythms and melodies became their trademark over the years of touring festivals in the UK and Europe. In the balance between the brainy and the straightforward, PerKelt music blends together the sound of tribal drums, haunting vocals and the unrivalled duels of flute and fiddle. Wrapped together in pagan poetry and strong message of freedom and joy, PerKelt is a band firmly rooted in their skills and talent, yet elusively beyond physical limits ...

Tickets are selling out fast, so book now to avoid dissapointment. 

Reviews:

“PerKelt perform [with] a synergy unequalled in Celtic music.“
– John Hillman (Exposure Music Awards, UK) 2014

Awards:

2014: Exposure Music Awards (UK) “Best Live Act in the UK” Winner
2017: Bastaard Fantasy Awards (NL) “Best Live Act International” Finalist
2018: International Acoustic Music Awards (USA) “Best Group/Duo” Finalist

Videos:

Air and Fire official video 2019: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dez_QSpf88M

Tourdion - LIVE CastleFest 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BY5iHjUrF8

Tags

Alternative Folk - Pub - South East

Tickets Website


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

May 2020

Singing With Nightingales Festival

Singing With Nightingales Festival

Venue: Secret Location
Address: Near Barcombe, Lewes, BN8 5EQ

Date: 02/05/20

Doors-open: 14:00

:
The Nest Collective invites you to the starlit woods of Sussex for a special series of duets with the rare bird itself – the nightingale.

 

This May, join host Sam Lee and guest musicians in a rare and thrilling journey as darkness falls upon the woodlands of Sussex.

Enjoy an afternoon of workshops and nature experiences followed by a campfire concert and the after-dark safari itself. Festival guests will be guided silently into the woods, not just to listen to these majestic birds, but also to experience improvised collaborations between bird and human virtuosi musicians.

Very special guest musicians:

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Matthew Barley

Millicent Chapanda

The evening includes:

• Songs, storytelling and folklore with host Sam Lee and 3 different musical guests around the campfire

• Promenade walks through the woods in small groups to hear our guest musicians joined in improvised collaborations with the nightingales.

• Nature immersion, camp craft skills and foraging workshops from 4pm

• A delicious vegan dinner available, as well as a fully-stocked bar!

• Optional overnight camping, with breakfast and morning singing for campers. We’ll also have a late-night campfire social with songs to wind down after the nightingale safari.

• Return coach travel available from London.

Tags

Folk - Outdoors - South East

Tickets Website


Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule

Venue: The Lexington
Address: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

Date: 13/04/20

Doors-open: 20:00

Devon Sproule returns to London for her first UK show since 2017

Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. The 33-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a high school drop-out, a mother, a birder, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language. She has been married to producer Paul Curreri for 10 years

Devon Sproule’s music welcomes the magical and the tangible. It celebrates human complication in the language of nature. It is North American music with weirdo roots.

Since 2007, Sproule’s recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England. She collaborates regularly with Toronto-based band Bernice and producer Sandro Perri. In Summer 2015, she recorded songs from a new collection, “The Gold String,” in Yukon and Nova Scotia. Besides Canada and America, Sproule also tours regularly in Europe and has traveled with her music to Africa and Australia.

Devon returns to the UK this April as she tours her upcoming album Pink Noise.

“Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images.” - Financial Times

“Here in her mellifluous vocals and poetic, freewheeling lyrics that, in the way of Bjork and Joanna Newsom, are more blank verse than rhyming schemes” - Observer

“Dreamy songs of rural domestic bliss” - The Guardian

PLUS support from Marker Starling

After recording and performing for many years as Mantler, Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings renamed himself Marker Starling in 2012. A solo performer for much of his career, Cummings became known for his signature Melancholy Party Jams, played on a Wurltizer electric piano, with drum machine accompaniment.

Tags

Folk - South East

Tickets Website


June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

Northumbrian piping workshops

Northumbrian small pipes workshops

Venue: Cambridge Folk Festival
Address: Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge

Date: 01/08/20 -02/08/20

The workshops in Northumbrian piping are back at the Cambridge Folk Festival for the 10th year! Giving demonstrations, talk and hands-on experience of this beautiful instrument, they are always packed out. In the Flower Garden on the Saturday and Sunday, run by The Cherry Hinton Pipers and Camus. 

Tags Festival - East of England - Workshop

Tickets Website


Folk Gigs

March 2020

Josie Duncan &  Hamish Macleod

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

Venika Hartlyn & PerKelt (Duo)

Venika Hartlyn & PerKelt (Duo)

Venue: Green Note
Address: 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN

Date: 05/03/20
Doors-open: 19:00
Start: 20:30

Coming all the way from a small village in Czechia, the songwriter VENIKA HARTLYN brings stories that map all the beauties she met on her many journeys. Uplifting messages of love and gentleness, her warm vocals being enhanced by piano and tender fretless bass, Venika puts a happy smile on every listeners face nearly instantly.

PERKELT is a Pagan Speed Folk band based in London, UK. The crazily fast, often complicated yet powerful rhythms became their trademark over the years of touring festivals in the UK and Europe. Wrapped together in pagan poetry and strong message of Freedom, Passion and Love, PerKelt is a band firmly rooted in their skills and talent, yet elusively beyond physical limits. For this special rare gig at Green Note, to celebrate the intimate personal connection and commemorate the past journey, PerKelt comes in the same line-up they came to London, back in 2011: the duo of flutist/singer Paya Lehane and guitarist Stepan Honc.

Tags Folk - Pub - South 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


perkelt

Perkelt

VENUE: The Slaughtered Lamb
Address: 34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DX

Date: 13/03/20

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

PerKelt, the Pagan Speed Folk band is presenting their new enhanced line-up on Friday 13th March at the Slaughtered Lamb in London. They will be celebrating all the mystical in their crazy and joyful way ...

All the happy faces on the last gig would claim there was nothing to improve, yet we decided to prove them (kindly) wrong! Our well known guitar and drums fuelled engine is now enhanced by the deepest vibrations of our Australian didgeridoo player Jay Fraser, providing a proper counterpoint to the crazy fiddler Duncan and arguably the swiftest recorder player Paya Lehane. Come all down and enjoy the pagan speed folk extravaganza!

PerKelt is a Pagan Speed Folk band based in London, UK. The crazily fast, complicated, yet powerful rhythms and melodies became their trademark over the years of touring festivals in the UK and Europe. In the balance between the brainy and the straightforward, PerKelt music blends together the sound of tribal drums, haunting vocals and the unrivalled duels of flute and fiddle. Wrapped together in pagan poetry and strong message of freedom and joy, PerKelt is a band firmly rooted in their skills and talent, yet elusively beyond physical limits ...

Tickets are selling out fast, so book now to avoid dissapointment. 

Reviews:

“PerKelt perform [with] a synergy unequalled in Celtic music.“
– John Hillman (Exposure Music Awards, UK) 2014

Awards:

2014: Exposure Music Awards (UK) “Best Live Act in the UK” Winner
2017: Bastaard Fantasy Awards (NL) “Best Live Act International” Finalist
2018: International Acoustic Music Awards (USA) “Best Group/Duo” Finalist

Videos:

Air and Fire official video 2019: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dez_QSpf88M

Tourdion - LIVE CastleFest 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BY5iHjUrF8

Tags

Alternative Folk - Pub - South East

Tickets Website


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

May 2020

Singing With Nightingales Festival

Singing With Nightingales Festival

Venue: Secret Location
Address: Near Barcombe, Lewes, BN8 5EQ

Date: 02/05/20

Doors-open: 14:00

:
The Nest Collective invites you to the starlit woods of Sussex for a special series of duets with the rare bird itself – the nightingale.

 

This May, join host Sam Lee and guest musicians in a rare and thrilling journey as darkness falls upon the woodlands of Sussex.

Enjoy an afternoon of workshops and nature experiences followed by a campfire concert and the after-dark safari itself. Festival guests will be guided silently into the woods, not just to listen to these majestic birds, but also to experience improvised collaborations between bird and human virtuosi musicians.

Very special guest musicians:

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Matthew Barley

Millicent Chapanda

The evening includes:

• Songs, storytelling and folklore with host Sam Lee and 3 different musical guests around the campfire

• Promenade walks through the woods in small groups to hear our guest musicians joined in improvised collaborations with the nightingales.

• Nature immersion, camp craft skills and foraging workshops from 4pm

• A delicious vegan dinner available, as well as a fully-stocked bar!

• Optional overnight camping, with breakfast and morning singing for campers. We’ll also have a late-night campfire social with songs to wind down after the nightingale safari.

• Return coach travel available from London.

Tags

Folk - Outdoors - South East

Tickets Website


Devon Sproule

Devon Sproule

Venue: The Lexington
Address: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

Date: 13/04/20

Doors-open: 20:00

Devon Sproule returns to London for her first UK show since 2017

Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. The 33-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a high school drop-out, a mother, a birder, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language. She has been married to producer Paul Curreri for 10 years

Devon Sproule’s music welcomes the magical and the tangible. It celebrates human complication in the language of nature. It is North American music with weirdo roots.

Since 2007, Sproule’s recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England. She collaborates regularly with Toronto-based band Bernice and producer Sandro Perri. In Summer 2015, she recorded songs from a new collection, “The Gold String,” in Yukon and Nova Scotia. Besides Canada and America, Sproule also tours regularly in Europe and has traveled with her music to Africa and Australia.

Devon returns to the UK this April as she tours her upcoming album Pink Noise.

“Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images.” - Financial Times

“Here in her mellifluous vocals and poetic, freewheeling lyrics that, in the way of Bjork and Joanna Newsom, are more blank verse than rhyming schemes” - Observer

“Dreamy songs of rural domestic bliss” - The Guardian

PLUS support from Marker Starling

After recording and performing for many years as Mantler, Toronto’s Chris A. Cummings renamed himself Marker Starling in 2012. A solo performer for much of his career, Cummings became known for his signature Melancholy Party Jams, played on a Wurltizer electric piano, with drum machine accompaniment.

Tags

Folk - South East

Tickets Website


June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

Northumbrian piping workshops

Northumbrian small pipes workshops

Venue: Cambridge Folk Festival
Address: Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge

Date: 01/08/20 -02/08/20

The workshops in Northumbrian piping are back at the Cambridge Folk Festival for the 10th year! Giving demonstrations, talk and hands-on experience of this beautiful instrument, they are always packed out. In the Flower Garden on the Saturday and Sunday, run by The Cherry Hinton Pipers and Camus. 

Tags Festival - East of England - Workshop

Tickets Website