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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…

Interview: Kellie While

‘Folk music is part of our nation’s history and evolution': singer, songwriter and 7digital's head of creative Kellie While on the preservation of our folk traditions...

Interview: Magpahi

Alison Cooper is the otherworldly voice and vision behind the fairytale folk of Magpahi. We learn how she's drawing on herbalism, magic and mysticism for her new sounds...

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...

Interview: Shirley Collins

Musical icon Shirley Collins on returning to the studio after 38 years, being trolled on Facebook and why the time is now for traditional folk...