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Ethnographic evidence compiled by Guy Johnson and Louis Chappel through interviews in the 1920s trace the particulars of well-known folksong hero John Henry to the 1870s, where workers in the West Virginia Mountains dug the biggest tunnel job attempt
Review: THE TRANSPORTS: A tale of exile and migration. Charter Theatre, Preston, Lancashire. We are in the era of the theatrical mega-musical magical, multicoloured fantasies of spectacle, music and dance. The Transports is the exact opposite to such
How is it that the music of Rita Hosking keeps getting better and better? Maybe that’s not a surprise to some, but I have another question: how is that she is not a household name among folk music enthusiasts? Maybe she is–what do
Cliff Stapleton & Friends Present – The Tumbling of Creatures: Music For The Hurdy-Gurdy I first heard the intoxicating music of Cliff Stapleton at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA (USA) when I stumbled upo
So much wonderful new music has hit the radar screen since the turning of the year, it’s hard to know just where to begin. But another snow day here in New England offers a great opportunity to pass along the good stuff ringing in our ears,
Folkie Phil here with news about The Last Hurrah!, our annual mix of music for the New Year. DOWNLOAD HERE As you may know, this show started several years ago and has been added to, changed, pruned, grown, evolved and expanded every year since.&amp
What is it about blind musicians that makes them so dang good at their craft? Doc Watson. Ray Charles. O’Carolan. Stevie Wonder. I could go on, but I won’t. The Old Blind Dogs can still see pretty well, they’re not that
We’re later that usual this year with our annual singles mix, but it’s not for lack of trying. For several weeks, behind the scenes, we’ve been involved in the process of sifting and surveying, mining bookmarks, tags, an
Legendary singer-songwriter Ralph McTell has re-recorded his timeless song Streets Of London with a choir made up of clients from Crisis the national charity for homeless people and guest vocalist Annie Lennox, to raise money for the cause i
Old ballads draw some singers like a siren song that cannot be denied. Part of the joy ofcollecting and presenting these ancient songs to a modern audience comes from finding, combining, dropping and adding words and verses, swapping melodies and hoo
Every year at around this time I take a moment to reconsider: both how we do this, and whether to do it at all. But although the folkgenres are slippery, and the question of what and what is not folk enough for the blog continues to elude clear delin
Tickets for Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 go on general sale Friday 1 December at 10am, available from www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk The festival will be held in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall near Cambridge between 2-5 August, for four
A handful of times in your life, you hear a band or a soloist who rocks your world. You hear the music on the radio or at a live show, or at a friend’s house, and you fall in love. Sometimes that song or that record will become a &#8220
There are moments now when Christmas is everywhere, flowing forth from the hidden speakers of the culture, lurking behind shrubbery gaily festooned with plastic holly berries and angels, stockings and Santas, and lights, lights, ever more lights to w
Our 2017 Selection Box of music for the season of Christmas and Yule is taking shape at Folkie Phils secret workshop, somewhere near the North Pole (well, just off the M6 in Lancashire, to honest). Anyway, we want YOU to be part of
Seven tracks — does that make an EP, or full length album? A burning question for sure. In the mean time, I’m here to heartily recommend the new release from Rayna Gellert called Workin’s Too Hard. As with her previous r
We’re holed up in rural New Hampshire for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, thirteen of us cousins and in-laws from both sides of the family sprawled across the quaint rooms that populate a one-time inn turned rental property complete wit
Ward (guitar/mandolin), Hartwin (accordion) and Koen Dhoore (electro-acoustic hurdy gurdy) Trio Dhoore are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated b
Regular readers may recall that we hold a special place in our hearts for Boston-based singer-songwriter and sideman extraordinaire Mark Erelli, who recorded his 2001 album The Memorial Hall Recordings in a stately Civil-War-era edifice in our little
Over the course of her remarkable career, Maddy Prior has made it her mission to work with some of the most exceptional musicians in the world - both within Steeleye Span and beyond. To that noted list she has added accordion player, singer and clog
Aida was an outlier in my very first English class, a summer school test-run after years in the world of media and instructional technology. Bright, beautiful, articulate, and quietly confident at just thirteen years old, she didn’t really
Where can you hear great live folk music in the USA?  Charity-boosting ticketing service Good Deed Seats has compiled a guide to The 35 Best Folk Music Venues In The US. Let us know in the comments if there are any they missed out!F
The kids are away at summer camp. It’s Friday, which matters, now that school is starting up again. And it’s the 18th of August, which matters most. Because today is our anniversary, and as much as we are going grey, ours is a lov
The Demon Barbers' 'Lock In' show - a magnificent mix of live music, folk dance and street dance - is being given a Christmas twist. The Lock In Christmas Carol show will be touring in England in December. Half gig, half dance show and half
Tuesday’s 22-track coverset featuring the diverse set of folk, world music, and roots artists slated to perform at this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Fest in beautiful New York farm country at the foot of the Berkshires was grand, but
Never let it be said that Iain Matthews is one to dwell on past successes. Iain Matthews These days, most band reunions take place because of the huge financial rewards available and occasionally, record company pressure. In the case of Matthews' So
My father’s record collection is split into two halves, each on its own side of the stereo cabinet: on one side, folk and Americana; on the other, blues and soul. But for most of my life, it’s been Memphis, Chicago, and New Orlean
Early Bird tickets for the 2018 ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN have gone on sale, promising savings for the three-day music event. There are no booking or admin fees for these advanced tickets (saving 5 per ticket), which will only be on sale until Oc
After a diverse exploration of new coverage from some of our favorite familiar voices earlier this week, our dig through the Spring-into-Summer mailbag continues today with yet another installment in our New Artists, Old Songs discovery series &#
The legendary folk/prog band Strawbs is set to return with their first new album for eight years plus a UK tour through October. The new album is The Ferrymans Curse and is produced by Chris Tsangarides, whose studio is littered wi
We’re just back from Spring Break in and around Los Angeles, where the weather was fine, indeed, after months of cold rain and thaw in our chosen home New England. When we left the garden was just buds bulging on the tips of the first green
Megson announce 'Pushing On' tour of England Live dates through Sept, Oct and Nov Watch the tour video trailer HERE Folk duo Megson hit the road once again in 2017, with a string of dates booked through September, October and November for their "Pu
When Chuck Berry passed last Saturday at 90, the airwaves swelled with gratitude and stories of the man who brought us the duck walk and My Ding-A Ling, did gigs as a beautician and a stint as a reform school kid on the way up, and built the genre fr
Last year's festival More than 200 folk, roots and acoustic performers from across the UK and Europe will converge on Liverpool's Albert Dock over August Bank Holiday weekend for Folk On The Dock - a free, three-day live music festival on the citys i
Vermont-slash-Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell was a fast-rising star upon her 2002 arrival to the scene, with out of the gate recognition from Kerrville’s New Folk competition and early adoption onto Ani Difranco’s
CHRISTINE COLLISTER, MELANIE HARROLD, JULIE MATTHEWS, HELEN WATSON and CHRIS WHILE have recorded a new album Knows Time, Knows Change and are about to embark on a British tour. In 1995, five of the finest folk, blues and soul singers of their genera
Because we are a folkblog first, the essential question of whether the performance of traditional song is an act of coverage is treated as trivial here at Cover Lay Down. Indeed, as alluded to in our 2013 feature on the Child Ballads, and in Single S
CORNWALL'S anarcho-pirate-folk-rockers 3 DAFT MONKEYS are about to release a new album and embark on a mammoth six month tour of England and Scotland.  In typical fashion, there are four daft monkeys in Three Daft Monkeys: TIM ASHTON (vocals
Our ongoing (Re)Covered series finds us touting new and newly uncovered releases from folk, roots, bluegrass and acoustic artists previously celebrated here on Cover Lay Down. Today, we delve into the mailbag with news and new coverage from raspy cro
Keston Cobblers Club are back with a new album and an English tour.  New album: Almost Home The indie-folk band from the Kent/London interface that is the village of Keston were first featured on the FolkCast podcast in their early years, in
Sundays mean lesson planning, in the world of public school teaching. And so, although white-out conditions outside my cozy living room window suggest another snow day tomorrow, I’m looking ahead to Friday, where – in solidarity w
We're back (again), baby! The second March 2017 edition of the FolkCast podcast - Episode 124 - is out now.  We have songs and tunes about a giant squid, foxes, an execution, the moon, political banishment, transvestites, a broken banjo, Nap
I’ve often said this is not a political blog, but that’s not really what I mean. Folk music cannot help but be political; it is political at its roots, not just in its branches. Woody Guthrie’s fascist-killing guitar is
Harry Pane Singer/songwriter Harry Pane has released the moving video for his new single Fletcher Bay, which is a heart-warming tribute to his late father who sadly passed away last year. Inspired by their trip to the idyllic Fletcher Bay in Coromand
If the holidays are over, then so is our respite from the day-to-day of work and school. No longer does the cold and snow bring hopes of friends and good cheer; instead, it drives us inwards: to our minds and our houses, the detritus still lingering