About us15 January 2010
Folk Radio UK is a UK based Music Blog / Webzine and Internet Radio Station founded in 2004 by Alex Gallacher. Recommended by the likes of the Guardian, leading culture websites as well as BBC 6 Music it is the highest ranking folk and roots music website both globally and in the UK covering album reviews, news, interviews, sessions and exclusive features.
Folk Radio UK offers two radio channels: Our main channel is unlike any other radio station and follows no conventional approach. It offers variety from classics to rare tracks and plenty of new music to discover…we play what we love.
We also have a feature channel on the leading music streaming service Deezer with whom Folk Radio UK partnered in 2012, like our main channel we play what we like. Read more about this on our ‘listen page‘.
Interviews include: Richard Thompson, Trembling Bells, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Bellowhead, Roy Harper, Alela Diane, Tim Smith (Midlake), The Staves, Karine Polwart, Phosphorescent, Lau, Alasdair Roberts, Eliza Carthy, Simone Felice, The Leisure Society, Lisa Knapp, This is the Kit, Kate Rusby, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Ashley, Sam Amidon, Grey Reverend, the Bowerbirds, Marry Waterson, Cara Dillon, Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever, Kathryn Tickell, Timber Timbre, Fionn Regan, Lucy Ward, David Rotheray, Bella Hardy, Emily Barker, Rachel Sermanni, Kan, Heidi Talbot, Laish, Jim Moray, Sharon Shannon, Julie Murphy, Rachael Dadd, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Jamie Smith’s MABON, Sam Lee, Krista Detor, The Shee, Damien O’Kane, The Urban Folk Quartet, The Old Dance School, The Imagined Village, Sean Lakeman, Kathryn Roberts, Adrian Crowley, James Yorkston, Scout Niblett, Keaton Henson, Gerry Diver, Aidan O’Rourke, Diana Jones, Ewan McLennan, Beverley Martyn, Luke Sital-Singh, Paper Aeroplanes, Shooglenifty, Harp and a Monkey, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Frank Turner, Blue Rose Code, O’Hooley & Tidow, Shelby Lynne, Nels Andrews, Erica Buettner, Paul Sartin, Ethan Johns, Gregory Alan Isakov, Duncan Chisholm, Fay Hield, Peatbog Faeries and lots more.
FRUK has a great team of reviewers based around the UK and abroad who are passionate about the music played and featured. If you would like to join our team click here for more information.
note: Although we try to review as many albums as we can we are not able to review every submission we receive. Also, we do not charge for our reviews or introductions.
Some Press Quotes
IMHO Folk Radio UK is the dogs furry bollix……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.
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)
If you are an artist and want to be considered for review then please contact us at:
Please make sure you include website details of where we can hear your tunes but please don’t send any mp3 files. A biography or some background is also helpful. We try to listen to all artists and if we think your music is suitable we’ll get back in touch. Due to high volumes we cannot respond to everyone who makes a submission…we’re not being rude…we just don’t have enough hours in the day.
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 by clicking the button below.
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.