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About Folk Radio UK

About us

Founded in 2004 Folk Radio UK is the most popular UK based independent music blog and radio station covering an eclectic mix of folk, roots, experimental, primitive, acoustic, lots of guitar and detours along the way.

Check our listen page for details on how to tune-in to our 24 hour radio stream. Each day we bring a fresh new hand-curated playlist offering the broadest selection of artists you’re likely to hear on radio today. Expect a diverse and eclectic range of music which is regularly added to to keep it all sounding fresh. How radio should be.

We also feature regular mixes which you can find here.

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. FRUK is run by Alex Gallacher and supported by a great team of writers. If you would like to join our team click here for more details.

Recommended by:

The Guardian, The IndependentThe Big Issue, Bob Harris, Mike Harding, Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction).


Featured in The Independent (24 August 2015) on the rise of online radio.

Featured on BBC 6 Music (April 2015): Interviewed by Tom Robinson on Now Playing @6Music.

Shortlisted in the MG Alba Scots Music Awards (2014) in recognition for presenting Scottish traditional music well Folk Radio UK made it to the finals of the MG Alba Scots Music Awards.


Partnered with Bob Harris (2014)Under The Apple Tree sessions, a live session series run by Bob Harris aimed at showcasing the best musical talent in a unique location.

Launch the first Folk Music Partner Channel on leading music streaming service Deezer (2012) accessed by 12 million monthly active users.

Featured in The Guardian (2011) Recommended in G2 supplement in an article on Folk Music and the BBC Folk Music Awards.

“There’s so much stuff on the site that is brilliant and the seamless flow of music keeps me listening.” Mike Harding

Music Shop

Visit our Music Shop here.

Review Team

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

Advertising / Promotions

With over 6.5 Million page views from 986,700 readers over the last 12 months we offer the ideal niche audience for artists, promoters, record labels and festivals.

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Submissions and Contacting Us

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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 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)