Folk music

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Gaye Su Akyol: Anadolu Ejderi review – poetic Turkish dissident pop
The singer reflects on past loves, current politics and her once glorious Istanbul on this eclectic fourth album spanning folk to psych-rock

Neil Spencer

26, Nov, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Richard Dawson on his post-apocalyptic new album: ‘I would have to booby-trap a cave to survive’
The Newcastle musician’s seventh album, The Ruby Cord, continues his commitment to world-building – here, a ravaged landscape inspired by gaming, slowness and ‘old-fashioned melody’

Michael Hann

22, Nov, 2022 @11:31 AM

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Rab Noakes obituary
Singer and guitarist at the heart of the Scottish music scene who was a founding member of Stealers Wheel and wrote songs for Lindisfarne

Robin Denselow

21, Nov, 2022 @5:57 PM

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Mali Obomsawin: Sweet Tooth review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
In their freewheeling debut album, this artist from the Abenaki First Nation repatriates the music of their people

Jude Rogers

18, Nov, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Marcus Mumford review – great songs, but no hoedown
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
For this solo show, Mumford is justified in focusing on his album, one of the year’s best. But the venue and sound do it no favours

Michael Hann

16, Nov, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Colin Irwin obituary
Folk music journalist on Melody Maker, fRoots and Mojo whose books took him on explorations of Ireland and England

Derek Schofield

13, Nov, 2022 @7:38 PM

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Lady Maisery: Tender review – a welcome return for the vocal trio
Inspired cover versions and splendid harmony singing soften the moments of bleakness on this thoughtful record

Neil Spencer

12, Nov, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Joni Mitchell announces new live album in rare interview with Elton John
The singer will release a recording of her recent appearance at Newport Folk festival, her first full performance in 20 years

Shaad D'Souza

12, Nov, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘My heart is racing, I’m terrified’: Cat Power on recreating Bob Dylan’s infamous 1966 ‘electric’ gig
It was the moment when folk and rock collided and Dylan was called ‘Judas’. Ahead of her show at the Royal Albert Hall, Chan Marshall, AKA Cat Power, explains the uncanny ways the musician has shaped her life

Laura Barton

04, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘Nobody will do anything for us – we’ll do it ourselves!’ Newcastle’s wild DIY music scene thrives against the odds
Funding is drying up and venues are closing – but from pagan folk to deep techno to raw noise, the underground music scene in the north-east is exploding

Joe Muggs

03, Nov, 2022 @4:20 PM

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Eliza Carthy & the Restitution: Queen of the Whirl review – highlights reel
Eliza Carthy brings both a fresh new spin and timeless quality to 30 years of her best songs, from music hall to rural folk

Neil Spencer

29, Oct, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘Music is our way of coping with life’: the Mary Wallopers on bringing booze, sex and politics back to folk
On a pub crawl in County Louth the generation-bridging band, who made a name for themselves during lockdown, speak truth to power and join in a few sessions with their fellow barroom bards

Brian Coney

28, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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