Folk music

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Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making
This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveres

Andrew Pulver

13, Apr, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Peggy Seeger: 'Folk is full of raunchy songs, but they're not often sung'
The American folk musician and activist on playful lyrics, older women and her late stepdaughter, Kirsty MacColl

Jude Rogers

11, Apr, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Invisible Music by Polly Paulusma review – a vibrant celebration of Angela Carter the folkie
The novelist’s early days on the folk scene are explored on this album of songs and readings

Neil Spencer

10, Apr, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Peggy Seeger: First Farewell review - lively, blunt and irreverent songs from folk’s first lady
This is Seeger’s final album of originals: a shame, as her take on feminism, ecology and life’s trials is witty and wicked

Jude Rogers

09, Apr, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Ballaké Sissoko: picking up the pieces after US customs broke his kora
Last February, Sissoko’s historic instrument was disassembled on a flight home to Paris. Bolstered by a new kora, his latest album revives their borderless journey

Dale Berning Sawa

07, Apr, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Ryley Walker: 'Going two days sober was impossible since I was a kid'
He was hailed as the new Nick Drake, but addiction nearly destroyed him. Now he writes songs ‘in a state of joy’ and, after stacking shelves for minimum wage, has released his best work yet

Fergal Kinney

05, Apr, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Into the woods: Sam Lee, the singer who duets with nightingales
Sam Lee built a studio in a wood, found a nightingale to sing with, hooked up a backing band, and livestreamed their concerts. But it is a race against time – for the song of the nightingale may soon be lost for ever

Patrick Barkham

31, Mar, 2021 @2:04 PM

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'A lot of noise, a lot of joy': Sydney sea shanty club singers raise the roof in raucous reunion
Redfern bar shakes like the hull of a ship as devoted community comes back together after year apart

Naaman Zhou

29, Mar, 2021 @10:24 PM

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The Royal Albert Hall at 150: 'It's the Holy Grail for musicians'
It’s hosted opera greats, suffragette rallies, Hitchcock films, sports events, sci-fi conventions – and, of course, the Proms and countless rock gigs. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Abba recall their moments on the hallowed stage

Interviews by Michael Segalov

29, Mar, 2021 @5:00 AM

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And the brand played on: Bob Dylan at 80
With a slew of books to mark the songwriter’s birthday due, we look at the industry that has grown up around the man who forced academia to take pop seriously

Neil Spencer

28, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Ballaké Sissoko: Djourou review – dreamy and adventurous
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The Malian kora master finds room for classical, hip-hop and pop on this haunting, hypnotic album

Neil Spencer

27, Mar, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Ainsley Hamill: Not Just Ship Land review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
Possessed of a big and intriguing voice with a touch of wildness, Hamill has real crossover potential

Jude Rogers

19, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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