About Folk Radio UK

About us

I founded Folk Radio UK back in 2004, it feels like a lifetime ago now. The website and radio station have rapidly grown to become an extensive leading Webzine and Internet Radio Station covering primarily Folk and Roots music as well as some more alternative offerings.

Our goal is to write about the music we love and to introduce you to new music along the way from the UK and beyond. We have a sizeable audience reach, way beyond that of magazines in the same field with over 50,000 unique monthly visitors who return on a regular basis due to our large number of reviews, news and features, not to mention our 24 Hour radio stream where you can hear the very music we write about.

We have a continually growing social media network of 24k followers on Facebook and Twitter and 10.8k followers on Soundcloud.


Sep 2004:
Start of Folk Radio UK website and radio channel.

Oct 2010:
New website launch

Nov 2012:
Launch of new Folk Radio UK radio channel on leading music streaming service Deezer accessed by 12 million monthly active users. Click here for details on how to listen.

Jun 2014:
FRUK partner with Bob Harris and Under The Apple Tree sessions, a live session series aimed at showcasing the best musical talent in a unique location.

Oct 2014:
Launch live music night ‘The Levels Collective‘ in partnership with Bridgwater Art Centre. A live monthly Folk Music Night showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana and more. Click here to find our What’s On.

Nov 2014:  Folk Radio UK nominated in the MG Alba Scots Music Awards in recognition for presenting Scottish traditional music well.


Recommended by:

The Guardian who featured us in their G2 supplement on their Radio and TV Guide in 2011. Along the way we have picked up some notable fans including The Big Issue who recommended us as the website to visit to explore folk music (Aug 2014), Bob Harris (see above), Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2) who declared “there’s so much stuff on the site that is brilliant and the seamless flow of music keeps me listening.” Other well known BBC DJs who have publicly praised us include Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) who recommended his listeners go and visit the website after he interviewed us in 2013 and Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction), also a keen fan of the site and the music we feature.

Folk Music Shop

Folk Radio UK are the ideal one-stop-shop for all your Folk, Roots and Amerciana needs. We also have a Folk Music Shop!

Review Team

If you would like to join our review team click here for more information.

Advertising / Promotions

With over 380,000 page views per month and an ideal targeted audience we have fantastic advertising opportunities. More here: www.folkradio.co.uk/advertising

Submissions and Contacting Us

Click here for details on contacting us and making submissions.


Folk Radio UK publishes a regular newletter. If you would like to be added to our mailing list you can do so by subscribing for free below.

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Some Press Quotes

…there’s so much stuff on the site that is brilliant and the seamless flow of music keeps me listening.

Mike Harding of BBC Radio 2

back-to-back music of the most gentle, serene sort, and a marvellous companion for a few hours

The Guardian radio & TV critic Elisabeth Mahoney

best radio station there is..no DJ waffle!!

Henry Priestman (The Christians)

…the perfect antidote for the constant surge of electronic pulses of today’s modern sounds. Tune in and immerse yourself in the strumming of guitar strings for once. This excellent station provides the purest and prettiest pieces that modern folk music has to offer.
Société Perrier

Listener Quotes

Keep up the good work guys! Thanks to you my working day doesn’t feel so much like work these days. Leo Clarke

I listen to radio the way I did as a kid again. With enthusiasm… You do indeed rock… Duncan O’ Cleirigh

why is there nothing like you on this side of the Atlantic? you’re the highland park to our johnny walker. Nels Andrews (American folk singer)


Our broadcasts are licensed through PPL and PRS via Deezer and Radionomy.

Terms and Conditions of Use

Our terms and conditions of use can be found here.

Alex Gallacher (Founder and Editor-in-chief)