The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience arrives on October 7th via the world's oldest independent record label. Angeline tells us about the making of this fascinating album.
Folk music interviews
Interviews with traditional folk musicians, whether they've just started performing folk music or they're old hands.
Stick in the Wheel discuss the making of their latest album, Perspectives on Tradition, their relationship to the city they are forever connected to, and the journey they've been on since their earliest albums.
Jimmy & Sid, as they're affectionately known to their friends and fans, have turned 10. So, what do they really think of each other?
Move over Sheffield. Leeds is on the up. Tradfolk meets Chris Brain, the man behind the burgeoning folk scene centred around the Hyde Park Folk Club.
In that rare, liminal space between traditional folk and indie music, you'll find Broadside Hacks - a London collective of young musicians taking the old songs to new audiences. Jon Wilks caught up with founder member, Campbell Baum, in their New Cross studio.
Folk music reviews
Looking at the latest traditional folk music albums, and some that are clearly influenced by the tradition.
The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience may be the most anticipated folk album of the year. For obvious reasons, it is well overdue. But is it worth the wait?
Six Static Scenes, the new album from Jacken Elswyth, may be the first collection I've ever reviewed that was specifically influenced by the "slips and mistakes" found on old folk recordings. As such, it's an intriguing and unexpected creation; challenging, experimental, but not without moments of real meditation.
Stick in the Wheel bring new perspectives on tradition in the company of musicians unassociated with folk music, to fascinating effect.
Traditional folk songs
In this section, we explore specific traditional folk songs in depth.
The second episode of the second series of the Old Songs Podcast features Hannah Martin discussing 'Sweet Lemany' [Roud 193].
George Sansome explores the origins of the traditional song, 'Rosa', which he recently released as a single with Owen Spafford.
The Old Songs Podcast relaunches with 'Lucy Wan' [Roud 234], featuring Nick Hart, supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
The first episode of the second series of The Old Songs Podcast, now supported by the English Folk Dance & Song Society, features Nick Hart discussing the old ballad, Lucy Wan.
The Snow it Melts the Soonest is the first single from the forthcoming collection, Queen of the Whirl, by the folk queen herself, Eliza Carthy.
As the BBC drama, Sherwood, comes to an end, we investigate the old songs -sometimes traditional - that peppered the soundtrack.