Brand new Rough Trade signing PicaPica is the brainchild of lucid singer-songwriters Samantha Whates and Josienne Clarke, whose Appalachian-tinged acoustics are spiked with radiating harmonies.
Cambridge Folk Festival, which began in 1965 as the folk revival was in full swing, has successfully weathered the UK’s capricious appetite for roots music to remain as strong as ever, reports PRS for Music's Michael Hingston.
English folk singer and musician Nancy Kerr has been named as folk singer of the year at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards.
Bellowhead, Cara Dillon and Nancy Kerr are among the artists shortlisted for the Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Welcome to this week’s playlist, curated by Neil Pearson from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Neil’s selection includes choice folk acts Eliza Carthy, The Full English, Maz O'Connor and Nic Jones…
Want to know who’s tipped for big things in 2015? From the stealthy promise of Denai Moore to the out-and-out pop of Years & Years, you’ll hear six of the best young hopefuls predicted to make a splash.
We discover who the people in the know are tipping for big things in 2015…
The Beautiful South co-founder David Rotheray has assembled a selection of Britain's leading folk artists for a new record that celebrates classic pop songwriting.
The music of Scottish-born Samantha Whates has as much in common with the leftfield melodies of Scandinavian musicians Olaf Arnalds and Sindri Már Sigfússon as it does the urban folk songs of her London peers. She seamlessly marries tradition with innovation, bringing a timeless quality to her sparse acoustic music. Watch her perform Granny's House at Regent's Park on a sunny afternoon.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker are the green shoots growing from the very top of the English folk family tree. They sit comfortably on the shoulders of giants, grasping the basic tenet that folk music is not born from the studio but is passed down organically through the generations. Though influenced by the likes of Richard and Linda Thompson, Shirley Collins and Bert Jansch, their new album reveals the ambition of two musicians eager to cut their own path.