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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

The BBC Folk Awards 2014 Preview

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It’s a mere two days away. On Wednesday, while the pop world heads for the bright lights of the O2 Arena, the Albert Hall will play host to the biggest night in folk music. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards will be held at the venue for the first time in the event’s illustrious 15 year history and it looks set to be another fantastic evening of stunning performances, surprise guests and life changing accolades. Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis will again be at the helm with the whole show being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and on the red button. What a…

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New Folk Sessions – Out Monday!

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On Monday (18th November) we release four brand new folk sessions recorded live for the BBC Radio 2 folk show. You can preview the tracks below. SHOW OF HANDS Devon folk sensations Show of Hands recorded a live session on the 9th of October 2013, playing the tracks ‘Haunt You’ (co-written by Seth Lakeman), ‘Company Town’ and ‘Coming Home’ – all of which feature on their album Wake the Union. Formed in 1991, Show of Hands have become one of the biggest acts on the British folk scene, earning fans and plaudits for their forceful songs and rousing live sets.  This session…

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The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions: Lisa Knapp

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The latest live release in The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions series comes from the ‘avant-folk’ singer Lisa Knapp. These three extraordinary tracks, originally recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, are available to stream and download now. Lisa combines the folk tradition, as heard on ‘Hunt The Hare’, which is based on the song ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’, with contemporary, surreal and ethereal sounds, as on ‘Shipping Song’ – her vocals fluctuating from whispering and child-like to soaring and powerful. ‘Ruler of the Rest’, with its beautiful piano (Gerry Diver) and eerie dulcimer (Kate Arnold), is a hypnotic lament to…

Martin Carthy Live in Whitby 1984

Martin Carthy: Live in Whitby, 1984

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First there was St Albans…   Then there was Sidmouth…   Now, it’s Whitby…   This is… Martin Carthy With A Vengeance / Martin Carthy: The Man Kicks The Hornet’s Nest / The Carthy Ultimatum / Martin: The Dark Carthy Rises / Martin Carthy 3: The Rescue / Martin Carthy: The Return of the (King/Jedi) / Carthy: This Time It’s Personal / Carthy: The Rise of the Machines / Martin Carthy and The Last Crusade… …AKA Martin Carthy: Live in Whitby, 1984 – the final installment of the epic three part saga.     Coming to online music stores & streaming sites…

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The Folk Show: Show of Hands

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Tonight’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show (9/10/13) features a live interview and session with one of British Folk’s great grass roots success stories – Show of Hands. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer met as teenagers while playing in different bands in Exeter, Devon, where they grew up. Since then, they have built a huge following that has resulted in three sell out shows at the Albert Hall and numerous accolades. Show of Hands won the Best Live Act award at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  At the 2005 awards they were nominated for Best Duo and were part…

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Richard Hawley & Marry Waterson on The Folk Show

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Tomorrow’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show sees Mark speaking to Richard Hawley and Marry Waterson about Bright Phoebus, the classic album by Marry’s late mother and uncle, Lal and Mike Waterson. Richard and Marry will soon be joined by Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jarvis Cocker, Norma Waterson and John Smith for a series of concerts titled Bright Phoebus Revisited – celebrating the 1972 album which memorably blended folk and Beatles-esque elements with the special North Yorkshire atmosphere of Lal and Mike’s original songwriting.  This was the only album of Lal and Mike’s to feature original rather than traditional songs. The record…

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New Release From The Spooky Men’s Chorale 06.10.13

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The latest live release in The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions series comes from the Australian vocal collective The Spooky Men’s Chorale. These three brilliant tracks, originally recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show on the 14th of August, will be available to stream and download from Sunday the 6th of October 2013. THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE (14.08.13) Simultaneously hilarious and moving, touching on the trivial whilst exploring the profound – keeping it light whilst singing from the shadows (etc…) – this session perfectly reflects the Spooky Men’s wonderfully schizophrenic output. For those wondering exactly what a Spooky Man is… “The spookyman…

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The Steve Tilston Trio on The Folk Show (25/09/13)

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The Steve Tilston Trio entertain the nation tomorrow evening on the Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, playing songs from their latest album Happen Stance which is out now on Hubris Records. Steve – born in Liverpool but now resident in West Yorkshire – released his first album 42 years ago. The story goes that Rod Stewart was so impressed that he ordered a box-full of LPs to share with his friends. Acclaimed for both his guitar playing and songwriting,  his songs have been covered by many contemporary admirers including Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band, Peter Bellamy, North…

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The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions

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Not only did 2013 herald the start of a brand new Radio 2 Folk Show but also a wonderful series of releases taken from it. The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions are live, intimate performances from some of the best artists in the world and are available for you to download and keep forever! With numerous upcoming sessions, expect many more additions to be made to this very special series, but for now, here is a list of all the sessions available. Happy listening! 1. Fairport Convention (23.01.13) This amazing performance, from arguably the greatest folk group of all time, features the classic…

Cambridge Folk Festival 2010/11

Cambridge Folk Festival 2010/11 – New Live Album!

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As Autumn stubbornly arrives, petulantly puffing its cheeks and sullying the summer’s fine work, we must all come to terms with the sad truth that another festival season is over. HOWEVER…Delphonic Music have the perfect antidote for your post-festival blues with this brand new live album! TRACKLISTING   ‘Cambridge Folk Festival 2010/11′ is released this Sunday (15/09/13) and features highlights from some of the best folk artists in the world. 2010 & 2011 were truly vintage years for the festival and that is perfectly reflected in this release with tracks from Laura Marling, Frank Turner, Raul Malo, Kris Kristofferson, Pentangle,…