Folk music

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How a Scottish postie's simple sea shanty struck a global chord
Nathan Evans’s viral TikTok covers have sparked a huge surge in interest in the formerly neglected genre, making him an overnight sensation

Robyn Vinter

16, Jan, 2021 @1:28 PM

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AC/DC, Avalanches, and Pnau collab with Ladyhawke again: new Australian music for January
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

05, Jan, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The month's best album reviews
Discover all our four- and five-star album reviews from the last month, from pop to folk, classical and more

Guardian critics

04, Jan, 2021 @12:14 PM

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The 10 best folk albums of 2020
Folk artists this year drew inspiration from China, south Asia and the wildness of the sea on the way to making stirring and vital music

Jude Rogers

22, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Guardian albums and tracks of 2020: how our writers voted
We’ve announced our favourite releases of the year – now the Guardian’s music critics reveal their individual top picks of 2020

Guardian music

18, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Alison Krauss's teenage obsessions: 'My spiked hair froze on the walk to school'
As she releases a Christmas duet with Andrea Bocelli, the bluegrass legend remembers Def Leppard videos, Whoopi Goldberg and chauffeuring her musical hero

Interview by Dave Simpson

10, Dec, 2020 @4:00 PM

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'I'm a song catcher': 60 years of Arhoolie Records, the label for a lost America
Now 89, one-time refugee Chris Strachwitz presides over one of the greatest US labels, having removed the stigma from working-class music like blues and zydeco to give a voice to the ignored

Garth Cartwright

09, Dec, 2020 @10:15 AM

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Gerry Bates obituary
Other lives: British Rail engineer who was an active member of Sheffield’s folk scene

Dave Eyre

08, Dec, 2020 @5:47 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 10: Moses Sumney – Græ
Sumney’s playful, genre-splicing second album showed a man determined to present life in all its richness and contradiction

Ammar Kalia

07, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Burd Ellen: Says the Never Beyond review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
Debbie Armour and Gayle Brogan harmonise beautifully and add unnerving sounds to British seasonal songs

Jude Rogers

04, Dec, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Katy Carr: Providence review – Anglo-Polish ballads of freedom
The Nottingham-born singer returns to her roots, with a more personal edge

Neil Spencer

21, Nov, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Natalia Lafourcade and Residente win big at 2020 Latin Grammy awards
Alejandro Sanz wins record of the year prize while J Balvin wins his first ever Latin Grammy at emotional ceremony

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Nov, 2020 @12:01 PM

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