English folk today

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The cover star of the latest issue is folk singer and song collector Sam Lee, who, in the course of a fascinating interview, talks about his upcoming appearance that this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival. Lee is part of a thriving English folk scene, a scene which you can explore in greater depth via the interviews and features gathered below. For the latest album reviews and articles exploring the best music from around the world, subscribe to Songlines.



Eliza Carthy – Wayward and free

Nathaniel Handy speaks to English singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy, who is the happiest she’s ever been with her new band, new voice and newfound freedom



Lady Maisery – Folk Songs in the Key of Life

English folk trio Lady Maisery speak to Julian May about their latest album that blurs the line between traditional and contemporary song in order to tackle that most daunting of subjects, the cycle of life



Show of Hands – Show and Tell

The English folk duo Show of Hands are highly popular stalwarts of the folk circuit, regularly performing sell-out shows across the UK. They chat to Nathaniel Handy about the people behind their songs



Sweet Liberties – The voices of democracy

Two pivotal anniversaries in democratic history have been marked in a song project called Sweet Liberties. Julian May gets a history lesson from singers Maz O’Connor, Nancy Kerr and Martyn Joseph



Introducing…Stick in the Wheel

Tim Cumming talks to Nicola Kearey about keeping in touch with the past and how their plainspoken take on traditional English songs is shaking up the folk world

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