29JUN 2018
Best New folk albums

Best New folk albums

This intimate set was produced and mixed by the artist during the midnight hours with excellent songs and performances. Britain s premier big folk group celebrate ten years together with an exultant set on their Island Records debut. An album of band originals, all with vocals, done in a garage folk-rock style, and with hardly a trace of bluegrass. Sixth album from this bluegrass-inspired…

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09JUN 2018
Famous Music festivals

Famous Music festivals

If you have booked a short break away, why not check if there is a music festival happening during your stay? It can break up the trip and prove a really unique day or two of fun, with plenty of atmosphere. Alternatively, if you’re a big music fan and book your holiday around the festival line-ups, then take a look at our pick of the best around the globe. 1. Coachella Valley Music…

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20MAY 2018
Best Concerts Tours of 2015

Best Concerts Tours of 2015

With school letting out, the weather getting warmer, and daylight extending into the early evening, choices for how to spend your hard-earned dollars and precious time off have a lot of competition in 2015. There seem to be more summer music festivals than ever; meanwhile, online services like Airbnb and Uber make travel increasingly manageable. Needless to say, the Internet has…

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30APR 2018
Best modern folk songs

Best modern folk songs

Singer and fiddler Bella is only in her late-twenties but already writes songs to rival the enduring folk classics. They’re evocative, use gorgeous imagery and her simple phrasing is utterly soul-striking. My standout track is The Herring Girl , which Bella won a Radio 2 Folk Award for. It tells its story so beautifully. (£8.99, Navigator) ‘Folk Tale’, Christy Moore Christy has…

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10APR 2018
Best British folk albums

Best British folk albums

It’s been an incredible year for music which has kept us busy here at Folk Radio UK, 2013 has certainly been our busiest so far. The calibre of music has been inspirational so this year we’ve decided to put together a ‘Best Albums of 2013’. They are not ranked in merit although I have been very selective as there is no way we could cover every album we’ve reviewed. Instead I’ve…

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21MAR 2018
European Music Festivals

European Music Festivals

This is an impossibly broad category, like asking someone their favorite film. Since there are so many different festival genres, we categorized them so you can choose your festival to fit your mood or interest. Suffice it to say, Europeans love their summer festivals so most of these are during the better weather season. Best for Electronic Dance Music Photo credit: ID&T…

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01MAR 2018
Best New folk bands

Best New folk bands

You may have heard of some of these bands, but they are good ones to explore during Mumford & Sons hiatus. Some sound like M&S progeny, while others aren t quite as mellow. But they re all making waves in the indie-rock world, and they re worth more than a few spins in your vinyl collection. YouTube Paste Magazine called The 1975 s 2012 EP Sex one of the best…

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09FEB 2018
70s folk bands

70s folk bands

Until recently there has been no good documentation neither of the German folk music revival in East and West nor of the role of the political song during the GDR times. Now in the year 2, ten years after the German reunification, three interesting CD documentations have been released: While Pläne Records released two CDs with live recordings of the legendary Festival des politischen…

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20JAN 2018
Modern folk bands

Modern folk bands

A native from the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland, Yorkston released his debut album in 2002 and consequently won the Rough Trade album of the year. Yorkston’s music is ranges from gentle guitar melodies with slow and steady singing accompaniment while tracks such as Woozy with Cider feature electronics loops with drum machines and a nostalgic drawling narrative. In his relatively short…

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31DEC 2017
Southern California Rock Festival

Southern California Rock Festival

The desert town of Ridgecrest, Calif., likes to celebrate its prehistoric side. In November, the city will host a festival that brings together an inter-tribal powwow, hog fry and tours of thousands of petroglyphs carved into rocks in the canyons of the Coso Mountains. Today what s called the Coso Rock Art District is part of the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, a sprawling…

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