Folk music

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Courtney Barnett, Tropical Fuck Storm, Georgia Maq and more: Australia’s best new music for August
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

05, Aug, 2021 @12:00 AM

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Trippers & Askers: Acorn review – delicate, literate Americana
This US collective impress with a subtle, ambient debut inspired by Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Neil Spencer

31, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Kind neighbours helped us out of deep water | Brief letters
Brief letters: Ailie Munro | Kindness | Wokeboarding | Home working


20, Jul, 2021 @4:02 PM

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I don’t know why Jackie Leven isn’t better known – he should be revered
As the late Scottish troubadour gets his first greatest hits album, novelist and collaborator Ian Rankin recalls his relationship with this chronicler of alienation and fragile masculinity

Ian Rankin

20, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Kenneth MacKinnon obituary
Other Lives: Expert in Gaelic who advised the Scottish government on promoting the language

Niall MacKinnon

12, Jul, 2021 @5:09 PM

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John Francis Flynn: I Would Not Live Always review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
Treasures – including a memorable take on Come My Little Son – abound on the Irish musician’s incredibly moving album of folk songs

Jude Rogers

09, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Joe Danks: Seaspeak review – a partial slice of maritime history
This well-crafted collection of seafaring songs inspired by a residency at the National Maritime Museum misses a trick

Neil Spencer

03, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Pete Long obituary
Other lives: Maths teacher who became an authority on musicians including Neil Young and Jackson Browne

John Soane

26, Jun, 2021 @11:47 AM

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‘Lambeg Boogie makes you feel all right’: Irish drum track cuts across politics
Popularity of video fusing loyalist marching drum with Irish dancing leads to hopes it will promote reconciliation

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

25, Jun, 2021 @2:28 PM

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Outlier review – the spirit of Kerouac reaches the West Country in superb drama
Malaika Kegode embraces audiences with her warm, honest poetry, backed by musicians Jakabol – but her true-life tale quickly takes a dark turn

Mark Fisher

25, Jun, 2021 @8:51 AM

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Joni Mitchell’s Blue: my favourite song – by James Taylor, Carole King, Graham Nash, David Crosby and more
As the legendary album turns 50, the musicians it inspired – and those who inspired it – tell us which track means the most to them and why

Interviews by Dave Simpson

22, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Katherine Priddy: The Eternal Rocks Beneath review – a class act
The folk prodigy delivers an elegant debut, infused with soaring vocals and nimble guitar-picking

Neil Spencer

19, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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