• Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine – Last Man Standing

    Featured Album: Last Man Standing

    Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine, both exceptional on their own, bring their collaborative skills to Last Man Standing a duo EP of song craft at its finest, with a tour starting 16 April.
  • Jaywalkers - Weave

    Featured Album: Jaywalkers - Weave

    Former Young Folk Award finalists, the Jaywalkers have now been recognised with an Emerging Excellence Award and the unique musical tapestry of Weave lives up to the billing.
  • Breda Maycock – Breda Maycock

    Featured Album: Breda Mayock

    Breda Mayock has the voice and her self titled album the songs of enchantment, beautifully played and arranged this is music that creates its own serene, inviting world.
  • Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today

    Featured Album: Tomorrow Will Follow Today

    Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are our Artists of the Month for April. Read our review of Tomorrow Will Follow Today and our Exclusive Interview.
  • Spiro – Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow

    Featured Album: Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow

    Intense, calming, complex, minimal, meditative and playful the Spiro machine whirs into majestic life to Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow drawing its fuel from the life to be lived.
  • Merry Hell – The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories

    Featured Album: The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories

    Their third album, The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories, finds Merry Hell at the rebel heart of folk-rock adding real sophistication to their high energy good time mix.
  • Emily Barker – The Toerag Sessions

    Featured Album: Emily Barker – The Toerag Sessions

    The Toerag Sessions is a masterclass in the art and craft of songwriting and an instructive and insightful record by one of today’s leading singer/songwriters.
  • The Changing Room – Behind the Lace

    Featured Album: The Changing Room – Behind the Lace

    With a little help from Sam Lakeman and Boo Hewerdine, The Changing Room’s debut Behind The Lace proves a brilliant tribute to the sun, sea and salt air of the Cornish southwest.
  • Lau – The Bell That Never Rang

    Featured Album: Lau – The Bell That Never Rang

    Constant innovators and superb musicians, Lau invited Joan As Police Woman to produce the new album The Bell That Never Rang and the result is their best album yet.
  • Aidan O’Rourke – Music For Exhibition & Film

    Featured Album: Aidan O’Rourke – Music For Exhibition & Film

    The first of what promises to be a varied set of EPs, Music For Exhibition & Film finds Aidan O’Rourke in visionary mode, but the mental movie is yours for the making.
Keston Cobblers' Club - New Album & Song of the Day

Keston Cobblers’ Club – New Album & Song of the Day

Music News 18 April 2015

Keston Cobblers’ Club announce new album ‘Wildfire’ and we have a first taste with their forthcoming single. Plus we’ve news of their own festival ‘Camp Wildfire’, a 1950’s-style camp and swing ‘Adventure Questival’ in a secret Kent forest location.

John Renbourn - Lord Franklin (Live 1991)

John Renbourn – Lord Franklin (Live 1991)

Song of the Day 17 April 2015

Our Song of the Day is Lord Franklin – a live recording of John Renbourn which was filmed at the Prince Alberts Bar, Victoria Rooms, Bristol on 5th Feb 91. As you will see, he could also tell a great story.

Bob and Ron Copper / Shirley Collins - Records Day Exclusive

Bob and Ron Copper / Shirley Collins – Records Day Exclusive

Music News 17 April 2015

More Record Store Day gems from Fledg’ling Records including Bob and Ron Copper and Shirley Collins – English Songs – the first time this iconic record has been made available as a vinyl EP since its first release.

Anne Briggs - Record Store Day Edition from Topic

Anne Briggs – Record Store Day Edition from Topic

Music News 17 April 2015

Topic are really spoiling us on Record Store Day this Saturday 18th April. They have announced a limited vinyl reissue of a seminal folk album, Anne Briggs’ self-titled LP, originally issued by Topic in 1971. This is a gem in the Topic crown, one you don’t want to miss.

Guest Mix: Sharron Kraus - Renewals and Reunions

Guest Mix: Sharron Kraus – Renewals and Reunions

Mixes 17 April 2015

We’ve a special guest mix from Sharron Kraus – singer of traditional folk songs, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The mix is loosely themed around Beltane and the month of May. As well as drawing on the folk traditions of England and Appalachia, Sharron’s own music is influenced by gothic literature, surrealism, myth and magick. Enjoy.

The Weather Station - Loyalty

The Weather Station – Loyalty

Album Reviews 17 April 2015

Loyalty is an album full of wonderful, enigmatic murkiness, an album that should earn The Weather Station a place at the top table of Canadian songwriters. From the start her songwriting is assured and the musicianship – aided by Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas and Feist collaborator Robbie Lackritz – creates just the right balance of iciness and warmth.

Marika Hackman – We Slept At Last

Marika Hackman – We Slept At Last

Album Reviews 17 April 2015

To say Marika Hackman’s album ‘We Slept At Last’ is a warts and all album is an understatement. The flashlight’s glare is upturned and fixed on that frightful grimacing profile we all know only too well. Yet the radiant glow seems to embrace the blemishes and frailties. In fact it goes deeper, to reveal the unpredictable, eccentric and beautiful person hidden behind them.

Olivia Chaney - Imperfections (Live)

Olivia Chaney – Imperfections (Live)

Song of the Day 16 April 2015

Our Song of the Day is from Olivia Chaney with ‘Imperfections’ which features on her debut album ‘The Longest River’. The video below is from a live performance at The Living Room in New York City.

Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine - Last Man Standing

Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine – Last Man Standing

Album Reviews 16 April 2015

Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine, both exceptional on their own, bring their collaborative skills to Last Man Standing a duo EP of song craft at its finest. With the tour just underway and the first date tonight, there will be a chance to see just how far that Kris and Boo can push this partnership. With two songwriters as good as this pairing you should make every effort to see them.

The Foxglove Trio - These Gathered Branches

The Foxglove Trio – These Gathered Branches

Album Reviews 16 April 2015

Listening to These Gathered Branches, it’s hard to believe that it’s The Foxglove Trio’s debut album, such is its combined depth and breadth. Its wholeness and maturity bodes well for the band’s future.

Lord Huron – Strange Trails

Lord Huron – Strange Trails

Album Reviews 16 April 2015

On ‘Strange Tails’ Lord Huron has now blossomed into a full orchard of radio friendly, hugely infectious melodies and hooks, drenched in reverb and with punchy arrangements and instrumentation. This should see the band step out of the cult shadows and into the mainstream Americana spotlight.

Martin Carthy 50th Anniversary Record Store Day Edition

Martin Carthy 50th Anniversary Record Store Day Edition

Music News 15 April 2015

Topic Records are to release an anniversary limited edition of Martin Carthy’s very first solo album released in 1965 on the Fontana label. Re-mastered for 180g audiophile vinyl, it includes the original liner notes and additional illustrative material. It sounds amazing as well!