Huge congratulations to Fay Hield, who made it in to the inaugural Folk Albums Chart at number 6 with her latest album Wrackline. The chart was revealed last Saturday in a special livestreamed launch show which was hosted by Mark Radcliffe from [...]
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Martin Simpson’s next album was going to be a live one. But the lockdown put paid to all that. Even so, this cloud does have a silver lining. And what a silver lining it is. Unable to play to audiences (Martin [...]
Fay Hield has today released Hare Spell, the first single from her upcoming album Wrackline which will be released on 11th September. The stunning new video below also accompanies the new track. In the Wrackline booklet, Fay says about Hare Spell "Taken [...]
The latest podcast from Alternative Stories titled "Through The Trees" is out today and features music from Fay Hield. Through the trees is an anthology about trees and woodlands, their folklore and mythology. Dealing with the subjects of transformation and change into [...]
Congratulations to Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy who have both won awards at The Folking Awards 2020, Martin Simpson was voted Best Musician and Eliza Carthy Soloist of the Year. All of the winners across the eight categories were voted for by [...]
Wrackline, the new album from Fay Hield, looks at traditional stories involving the 'otherworld' of fairies, ghosts and the animal kingdom, the new work explores our emotional responses to the space between their realm and our own. Working through imaginary space [...]
If you've been to the cinema recently to see the new adaptation of Emma, you may have noticed The Watersons song Country Life, included in the soundtrack. Country Life, is taken from The Watersons album 'For Pence And Spicy Ale' which [...]
Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy are among the artists set to appear at a Wild Singing weekend event at Kings Place in March. The weekend festival of folk music is inspired by the natural world and is part of Kings Place’s year-long [...]
This eponymous 1971 debut album by Anne Briggs, largely unavailable for 48 years, is widely regarded as a pillar of any folk collection. Re-issued here as part of the Topic Treasures series – the label's classic and notable albums expanded in deluxe [...]
Topic Records: Folk in Focus is an absorbing exhibition of iconic photographs from the Topic Records archive focusing on the seminal artists who’ve helped shape contemporary folk music as we know it. The exhibition includes era-defining shots of Anne Briggs, Shirley & [...]
For the latest episode of the award winning Folk On Foot podcast, Martin Simpson talks to Matthew Bannister about his childhood haunts in Scunthorpe and much more. Listen to the full podcast now on the Folk On Foot website, [...]
Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson released his latest studio album Rooted on August 30 2019. Produced by Andy Bell and recorded in Sheffield and Oxfordshire, Rooted will be available on CD, LP and digital with the deluxe 2CD and deluxe [...]