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Kate Rusby

“We’ve encouraged people to feel like the festival is theirs.” Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby talks about Underneath the Stars

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on “We’ve encouraged people to feel like the festival is theirs.” Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby talks about Underneath the Stars

As festival destinations go, Underneath the Stars takes place at one of the UK’s most attractively named places: Cinderhill Farm.

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Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

February 25, 2019 Comments Off on Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

“In a way it’s been quite exciting to keep getting asked if calling this album Midnight and Closedown means it’s going to be our last album,” says guitarist and singer Kris Drever, one third of the multi-award winning folk-and-far-beyond trio Lau, along with Martin Green (accordion, piano, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle).

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“Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

November 21, 2018 Comments Off on “Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

It is known as the Cotton Panic.

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Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

Last year, when David Agnew opted to move the English Folk Expo and its public-facing concerts to central Manchester after several years based around Bury Met, there was a certain amount of discreet breath-holding as to whether its delicate balance of intimacy with a worldwide mission to spotlight English music and artists could work as well in this new context, right in the vibrant heart of the city and spread around several venues.

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Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

You may well have read our recent interview with David Agnew, director of the Manchester Folk Festival, where he talked about the exciting state of folk and acoustic music these days.

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Daphnes Flight

Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

At around about the time of ‘the great roots rock scare’ of the 80s and early 90s, one of the most familiar faces and admired voices around the Manchester music scene was that of Helen Watson.

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Folk singer Fay Hield talks to Northern Soul

February 11, 2016 Comments Off on Folk singer Fay Hield talks to Northern Soul

The star-studded touring band which singer Fay Hield put together to help promote the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s ground-breaking Full English project, the brilliant, searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs, is no more, she confirms (although the database is definitely still available).

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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Review: Homegrown Folk Festival in Bury

November 14, 2014 2 Comments

It’s been a sad but undeniable fact for a long time that Manchester seemed unable to support a mid-size venue where roots performers too big for the folk clubs or the bars, but not yet likely to fill the Bridgewater Hall, could play and not lose the promoter’s shirt for them.

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The Once

Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

March 18, 2014 Comments Off on Strength, stoicism and sea fret: The Once talk to Northern Soul

Today I came across an extraordinary song written by a musician from Newfoundland called Wince Coles.

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O'Hooley & Tidow

O’Hooley & Tidow on the folk ale trail

March 10, 2014 Comments Off on O’Hooley & Tidow on the folk ale trail

Folk used to be the preserve of beardy blokes in Arran sweaters singing about nautical disasters.

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