Folk music

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Anaïs Mitchell: ‘Hadestown was larger than life. This album is life-sized’
The singer-songwriter is back with a new album after a decade spent nurturing her award-winning musical

Dorian Lynskey

16, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Ben McElroy: How I Learned to Disengage From the Pack review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
A shivering seabed of sound, haunted by barely there vocals and stitched together with lo-fi production – McElroy has made a beautiful early year listen

Jude Rogers

14, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘I need to not be violent to myself’: Big Thief on pain, healing and their intense musical bond
The folk-rockers have weathered divorce and trauma to become one of the US’s best bands. Loved up with one another on tour, they explain their need for imperfection – and why recording is like sex

Marissa R Moss

14, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Carthy folk dynasty appeals for financial support after income ‘dried up’ during pandemic
Eliza Carthy said her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson were ‘struggling to survive’ after Covid-19 left them without revenues from live performances

Laura Snapes

13, Jan, 2022 @4:19 PM

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Fire, cider and ‘heavy metal morris dancing’: the resurgence of wassailing
A centuries-old outdoor folklore ceremony featuring singing, dancing, costumes and crop-blessings, the wassail is having a pandemic-era revival – with witchy reinventions

Jude Rogers

13, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Force Majeure; Folk – review
One false move tears a family apart in a triumphant adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s film. And Cecil Sharp’s battle with two singing sisters charms

Kate Kellaway

09, Jan, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Folk review – a beautifully brooding tale of song and sisterhood
The songs that unite two grieving sisters are collected and ‘tidied up’ by Cecil Sharp in this historical drama

Arifa Akbar

05, Jan, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Folk’s unsung heroines – the sisters who saved English music
My new play Folk focuses on two Somerset sisters whose – uncredited – recall of traditional songs helped Sharp save the music from extinction. It’s an ambivalent legacy

Nell Leyshon

05, Jan, 2022 @1:46 PM

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Abba to Zappa: pop, rock and classical music to look forward to in 2022
UK rap’s biggest star goes on tour, Wet Leg drop a deadpan debut and Rosalía gets into reggaeton. Here are the albums, concerts and tours the big hitters have in store

Alexis Petridis and Andrew Clements

30, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Waifs: We’d stripped to our undies and started on the vodka when Bob Dylan called us onstage
When Vikki Thorn’s band toured the US with their songwriting idol, life was a blur of beer and overnight buses – until they found themselves knockin’ on heaven’s door

Vikki Thorn

27, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The 10 best folk albums of 2021
From Doran’s intimate take on Appalachian and eastern European music to Welsh-Indian collab Khasi-Cymru Collective, and John Francis Flynn’s folk-horror vibrations

Jude Rogers

20, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Jerusalem in My Heart: Qalaq review – bearing witness to a manufactured apocalypse
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and avant garde peers collaborate on a defiant, vulnerable lament for Lebanon

Tayyab Amin

16, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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