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Folk Music Fri Oct 13 2017 09:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 &#
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Chester Folk Festival has announced its line-up of music for this year's event, which takes place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday (Friday 26th - Monday 29th May) in the village of Kelsall, eight miles from the city of Chester in England. MUSIC BY:C
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
Take a bow and join the feast the Feast Of Fiddles  as the rosin-powered folk supergroup takes to the road with their first new studio album in four years. Feast Of Fiddles was formed in 1994 as a one-off concert ensemble under the baton of
And so the old year passes once again. And in our ears, there is music, echoing for all to hear. In previous “Year’s Best” features, we’ve prefaced our final musical offering with an attempt at data analysis &a
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts are setting out on a British tour this month. Gilmore & Roberts Last year, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) celebrated their 10th anniversary as a duo, an
Singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore has announced a 10-date tour of England to co-incide with the release of her new album, The Counterweight. Thea says: "This tour is going to be something else (we have a 7 piece band for starters!) so make sure you pick
Molly Drake, the mother of the remarkable Nick Drake, was a poet and songwriter in her own right.  She made recordings at home during the 1950s with the help of her husband and, though they were never released at the time, they share plenty
Winter Mountain (Cornish-born Joe Francis) will be heading out on the road for a UK tour this spring.   Joe Francis Joe and his band together form a shimmering 4-piece, comprised of musicians who recreate and reenergize the soulful, folk-roc
Oxfords favourite community based, volunteer-run festival is gearing up for its sixth year in big style! Kerr and Fagan headline the festival Folk Weekend: Oxford (21st-23rd April 2017) has grown steadily every year since its inception in 20
ALBUM REVIEW Fairport Convention is fifty years old and to mark the golden anniversary the founders of British folk-rock have released the tongue-twistingly-titled 50:50@50 which proves to be an album of two halves in more ways than one. Seven of the