About Folk Radio UK

About us

Founded in 2004 FRUK is an independent music blog and radio station covering an eclectic mix of music from Folk through to more alternative offerings.

Check our listen page for details on how to tune-in to our 24 hour radio streams. 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 Big Issue, Société Perrier (Culture Webzine), Bob Harris, Mike Harding, Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction).


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 (see video).

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 shortlisted in the MG Alba Scots Music Awards in recognition for presenting Scottish traditional music well.


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 560,000 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)