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Jazz, Folk & World

The Willows, Amidst Fiery Skies, album review

Album Amidst Fiery Skies from Cambridge folk quintet The Willows is a triumph

Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, review: 'a late career peak'

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams delivers a compelling collection of 20 beautifully-crafted songs, says Neil McCormick

Ewan McLennan, Stories Still Untold, album review

Ewan McLennan's album of traditional folk music, Stories Still Untold, is a real treat

Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros Years [1969-1972], album review

Ivan Hewett reviews albums from Herbie Hancock, Jerry Léonide and Arve Henriksen in his round-up of jazz releases in summer 2014

Benjamin Grosvenor/RPO, BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall/Royal Albert Hall, London

The young pianist shimmered and dazzled in a lunchtime Prom, playing music by Chopin, Ravel, and a radiant new work by Judith Weir

Salome and Elektra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Proms celebrated Strauss’s 150th anniversary with a hair-raising duo of his operas – and Elektra provided one of the highlights of the season

September 2014 – 20,000 Days on Earth, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Julia Holter and more

We kick off the Autumn with a packed 40-minute podcast – with a day in Nick Cave's life, Julia Holter giving the big orchestral makeover to songs mostly created in her bedroom and much more

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Kate Bush’s first full-scale show in 35 years ranged from the conventional to the boldly theatrical, with family and parenthood as prominent themes

The Lament of the Black Sheep, Ange Hardy, album review

Ange Hardy perfectly balances the strengths of traditional folk music with fresh writing in The Lament of the Black Sheep

Chopcy Kontra Basia: Oj Tak! review experimental folk-jazz from Poland

(World Music Network)Based in the ancient and fashionably arty city of Krakow, this intriguing new Polish band match tradition with experiment. Chopcy Kontra Basia translates as "Boys Against Basia", and apparently reflects the musical tensions that come