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Tru Thoughts 18th birthday

Posted on October 10th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Hot-8-Brass-Band-©Melissa Fargo

Melissa Fargo

Iconic music label Tru Thoughts celebrate their 18th year with an all-day event at London’s Roundhouse 

On Saturday October 21, independent music label Tru Thoughts teams up with Soundcrash and the Roundhouse in Camden to create an all-day, festival-style 18th birthday celebration. Set to be the biggest event in the label’s impressive history, the day will feature headline sets from Tru Thoughts artists Hot 8 Brass Band (pictured), Quantic (DJ set), Alice Russell and Rodney P, along with a craft beer festival, pop-up food vendors and a vinyl market.

Performing across three stages, artists set to appear at the event include

Quantic (DJ set)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Alice Russell
Rodney P
Wrongtom Meets the Ragga Twins
Nostalgia 77 (DJ Set)
Belleruche (DJ Modest Set)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto
TM Juke (DJ Set)
Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts A&R)

Tru Thoughts fans can also celebrate in the label’s hometown of Brighton on Wednesday October 18. For more information and to buy tickets for Brighton, click here, and for London, click here. 

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Watch: Tamikrest – ‘War Tila Eridaran’

Posted on October 6th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Touareg rock-group Tamikrest release their new video: ‘War Tila Eridaran’ in an exclusive Songlines premiere

The Malian rock group Tamikrest’s new video, ‘War Tila Eridaran’, premieres today. The riff-heavy track is taken from their fourth and latest album, Kidal, an album named after the group’s Touareg ancestral town, with the sound of the Sahara at its heart. Their characteristic flair for blending modern rock’n'roll sounds with such diverse influences as Rachid Taha, Pink Floyd and flamenco, while maintaining a focus on the plight and lives of the Touareg people remains unchanged since their debut in 2010. Kidal was a Songlines Top of the World album in #127 (May 2017). 

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The first Manchester Folk Festival

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Afro Celt Sound System photo by Louis DeCarlo

The first ever edition of the Manchester Folk Festival will take place on October 19-22

Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full line-up of concerts, film screenings, theatrical experiences, workshops and ‘pub singarounds’ ahead of the very first edition this October. The festival will focus on supporting and presenting new folk and acoustic music, and will host the English Folk Expo showcase. Concerts and events will take place city-wide, with a festival hub at HOME.

The line-up is set to include

John Smith (with Georgia Lewis and Nina Harries)
Vishtèn (with DJ Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast)
Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings (with Alistair Anderson & Northlands and Ninebarrow)
Afro Celt Sound System (pictured above, with The Nightjar and Sound of the Sirens)
Keston Cobblers Club (with Jinnwoo and Jack Rutter)
The Young’uns (with Jackie Oates and The East Pointers)
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Tom Robinson (with Edgelarks and Irish Mythen)
Stick in the Wheel
False Lights (with Kings of the South Seas)


Get tickets and find out more here.

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Watch: Kings of the South Seas – ‘Lady Franklin’

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

London-based folk trio Kings of the South Seas release a new video from their forthcoming album, Franklin

Following the disappearance of Captain John Franklin’s arctic expedition in the 19th century, his wife Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several missions to discover his fate. The search continued for decades; Inuit stories of cannibalism were dismissed, though have since been suggested as largely accurate.

The loss of the expedition and the subsequent failed searches affected many, and left a wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material in its wake. The second release from Kings of the South Seas, Franklin, brings to life the music collected from these events, and features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads, songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces.  The lead single, ‘Lady Franklin’, is a broadside from the 1850s.

Franklin was recorded in St Andrew’s Mission Church in Gravesend, beneath the stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the lost lives of the arctic voyage.

Accompanying the group on their live tour will be Polar Archaeologist Peter Wilson. Catch them live on these dates:

Oct 4 - Cecil Sharp House, London
Oct 5 -  Loders Village Hall, Bridport
Oct 6- St Andrews, Gravesham Arts, Kent
Oct 21 - Folk Expo – Manchester (without Peter Wilson)

Franklin is due to be released on Hudson Records, February 2 2018.

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