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Coope, Boyes & Simpson: In Flanders Fields review excellent collection of first world war songs

(No Masters)The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war has already been marked by two outstanding albums Robb Johnson's Gentle Men and the Show of Hands collaboration with Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton and now comes a double album from Barry

50 years of the Cambridge folk festival: 1995-2004's playlist

With this weekend’s edition, the Cambridge folk festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. Manager and artistic drector Eddie Barcan, who has programmed it for the past 21 years, has chosen a song from each year of the festival. Today, 1995-2004.

Womad Festival 2014

In the beginning... there were three men - Peter Gabriel, Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton who put their innovative musical heads together and founded The WOMAD Festival. This was 1980. It took two years to actually realise their dream and bring WOMAD Festiv

Run River North - New Music

Catherine Gee introduces Korean-American indie-folk band Run River North.

Womad 2014 review exceptional: classic energy and ebullience

From Sinéad O'Connor and Salif Keita, the Gloaming and 9Bach, to emotional reunions, supergroups and furry stovepipe hats: this was a vintage Womad.

#511 Me and the City – The Wild Ones

Imagine living in a town which was named after a beer. Or at least shared a name with a beer. You must be thirsty all the time. Such is the fate of Californian band Me and the City, who come…Read more →

Sweet Visitor review Nancy Kerr veers from the outstanding to the drab

(Little Dish)Fiddler, singer and English folk stalwart Nancy Kerr delivers a solo debut of all original material, though you wouldn't know as much, so steeped are its songs in the tunes and diction of tradition. Kerr's poised vocals, spirited violin and e

Loudon Wainwright III: Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)

Loudon Wainwright III is the closest the Americana tradition gets to a stand-up comedian.

Haven't Got The Blues - Loudon Wainwright III

Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) - or HGTB(Y), for short - is the 26th album in the long and illustrious career of Loudon Wainwright III. It follows his acclaimed 'Older Than My Old Man Now' album from 2012 - "my death n' decay opus," as Wainwright calls it. I

Sweet Visitor - Nancy Kerr

Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr launches her eagerly anticipated debut solo album Sweet Visitor. All songs written by Nancy Kerr – album produced by Andy Bell (Bellowhead,The Full English) featuring Martin Simpson, Emily Smith, Tim van Eyken, Ja