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Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen UK Tour Dates Announced
27Mar

Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen UK Tour Dates Announced

Duo have a lot of Bottle

Bottle is, of course, the title of the new album (out May 18th) by the duo made up of the doyen of the British Folk Scene - and so much more as well - Eliza Carthy and the much acclaimed Tim Eriksen who has given American traditional music a jolt with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.  The resulting mixture of styles has been described as a mixture of hardcore 'Americana' with hardcore 'Anglicana' - which probably means it's an incredibly lively and inventive combination, which might be expected from wayward daughter Eliza Carthy and cross-genre Tim Eriksen who has made his mark from punk to bluegrass and many places inbetween. 

Steve Earle and Pete Seeger Appear on Anti-Fracking Album
26Mar

Steve Earle and Pete Seeger Appear on Anti-Fracking Album

Rolling Stone reports: "Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti are among two dozen musicians who have contributed songs to Buy This Fracking Album, a two-disc compilation LP intended to educate listeners about hydro-fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth's shale. In a statement, Raitt said, "One of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.""

Bellowhead - Bursting Out in April
25Mar

Bellowhead - Bursting Out in April

New Tour, new single, for acclaimed band

It's all go on the good ship Bellowhead this coming April.  Not only have the band recieved a Best Group nomination from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the third time - but there is also a major new tour and a new single release.  Roll Alabama, which is out on April 20th, is taken from the most recent album, ‘Revival’ which hit the number 12 spot in the charts on its release in 2014.  Roll Alabama is a traditional halyard shanty, telling the true story of the sinking of the Mersey-built sloop-of-war CSS Alabama by the Yankee USS Kearsarge on June 19, 1864. 

Stuart Lee Releases Tribute Compilation to Shirley Collins
25Mar

Stuart Lee Releases Tribute Compilation to Shirley Collins

includes tracks by Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Flynn

NME reports: "Comedian Stewart Lee has contributed to a new compilation album featuring covers of folk singer Shirley Collins. The record will feature artists including Blur's Graham Coxon, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Bonnie Prince Billy, Johnny Flynn, Trembling Bells and more. 'Shirley Inspired' will be released on June 1."

 

New Artists Added to Cambridge Folk Festival Line-Up
24Mar

New Artists Added to Cambridge Folk Festival Line-Up

Following on from our story from last week, new names have been added to the line-up of this year's Cambridge Folk Festival which looks better than ever - The Proclaimers, Punch Brothers, Gretchen Peters, Stornoway and the Elephant Sessions are among 20 new names added to the line-up which already includes Joan Baez, Passenger and Wilko Johnson.   Saturday tickets are already sold out so head over to the official website here for more information.

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