Emily Portman

Folk roots, new routes

Anita Awbi spends time with folk icon Shirley Collins, and others thriving in her wake, to learn how our ancient musical vernacular is inspiring songwriters today…

In print: M62

Vince Clarke // Shirley Collins // Madness // Tastemakers Tips 2017 // Laura Jurd // Eddy Grant // Pixie Geldof // John Rutter // Read it here…

Interview: Laura Smyth, EFDSS

Laura Smyth, archive director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), on what constitutes folk music in 2016 and how artists today can learn from the old ways...

Interview: Emily Portman

'Traditional folk offers a rich seam to draw from - it's taught me a lot': award-winning artist Emily Portman on the lure of Britain's old-time sound...