Folk music interviews

Interviews with traditional folk musicians, whether they've just started performing folk music or they're old hands.

The Longest Johns standing against a green wall gazing into the camera

The Longest Johns interview

"Before lockdown, we could just about fill a pub in Bristol. Two years later... well, it's been very odd." The Longest Johns discuss taking traditional songs to some of the biggest audiences ever.

Sam Sweeney Solo EP, cover showing boots, fiddle and bow in shadow

Sam Sweeney: Going Solo

It's been five years since we last chatted with Sam Sweeney. This week we caught up with him to find about his new Solo EP, his thoughts on history and tradition, the Bellowhead reunion, his creative process, and the concept of calendar panic.

Folk music reviews

Looking at the latest traditional folk music albums, and some that are clearly influenced by the tradition.

A review of The Brickfields album by Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic, The Brickfields

It takes real skill for a musician to compose original tunes that can pass so completely for their traditional counterparts. On The Brickfields, Granny's Attic does just that.

Cynefin, Dilyn Afon

Dilyn Afon is an aural roadtrip – a postcard – through a place, a time and its people. In our opinion, it's nothing short of a masterpiece.

Traditional folk songs

In this section, we explore specific traditional folk songs in depth.