Folk

30 seconds interview: Jon Byrne

Singer-songwriter Jon Byrne was raised in the tough industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness and, unsurprisingly, the colourful geography of his hometown has found a place in his music. Jon isn’t afraid to write from the wrong side of the tracks and pulls no punches in his delivery, although he has had a few punches thrown in his direction...

30 seconds interview: Jimmy Livingstone

Americana singer-songwriter Jimmy Livingstone has been described as a modern day Glen Campbell crossed with Richard Hawley. His songs carry a folkloric quality that echo the music of America’s Deep South, while his plaintive lyrics reveal an affinity with the great outdoors and a love of nostalgia.

SXSW interview: Mary Epworth

Mary Epworth makes the sort of outsider folk that naturally holds her contemporaries at a distance; rather than attempting to recreate purist English roots music of years passed, she pours enough originality into her own songs to enliven a genre that can easily feel tired and cliché

Review: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have become a celebration and focal point for the folk world. For the last two years the event has been opened up to the public and this year the ceremony was held in Glasgow as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.

Interview: Grass House

Grass House are a ragtag four-piece with music to match. Find out about their love of obscure Japanese artform Wabi-Sabi as they reveal what makes them tick.