Folk music interviews
Interviews with traditional folk musicians, whether they've just started performing folk music or they're old hands.
As folk fettler, Mikey Kenney, releases a new album of traditional Northwestern fiddle tunes, we find out about a life in thrall to music.
As Martin Simpson celebrates his 70th birthday (not to mention 58 years as a guitarist), we asked his admirers to pitch questions on a musical life very well lived.
Professor Fay Hield chats about her multifaceted career, the Access Folk project, and the upcoming Folk Singing Symposium in Sheffield.
Jon Wilks chats to folk singer and Morris dancer, Ellie Gowers, about her close encounters with history in the making.
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.
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.
Folk music reviews
Looking at the latest traditional folk music albums, and some that are clearly influenced by the tradition.
In need of stocking fillers that'll brighten the days of your fave folk musicians? Here's what we recommend for Christmas Bandcamp Friday.
Gavin McNamara takes a listen to the latest album from folk polymath, Jim Moray, and finds what he thinks may well be the album of the year.
JFF's blend of earthy vocals, electronic elements, and traditional instruments is as unnerving as it is innovative, making this album an instant classic.
Forget the title. Whatever these two turn their hands to turns to gold. An exceptional album from two musicians at the absolute top of their game.
Traditional folk songs
In this section, we explore specific traditional folk songs in depth.
A new recording of 'The Greenland Whale Fisheries' [Roud 347] finds maestros Ben Nicholls and Kris Drever in fine voice and collaboration.
Allow this beautiful video of Tamsin Elliott and Tarek Elazhary performing 'Jigs' with friends Sam Sweeney and Archie Churchill-Moss to brighten your morning.
The 10th episode of The Old Songs Podcast, Jon Wilks chats to broadside ballad singer and researcher, Jennifer Reid, about 'The New Bury Loom' [Roud V9197].
As he enters the third decade of his professional career, Jim Moray joins Jon to discuss the ballad, 'Lord Douglas' [Roud 23].
As the BBC drama, The Gallows Pole, kicks off, we take a look at some of the old songs - sometimes traditional - that peppered the soundtrack.