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June 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this June to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows.

Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – Tour


Toumani and Sidiki round off their UK and Europe wide tour this June with nine more dates, culminating with a main stage appearance at Glastonbury. Their new album takes a modern look at Mande classics from Mali and is a great document of these two kora masters. This tour is a rare opportunity to see the father and son duo performing together, so don’t miss out!

Across the UK and Europe, June 1-29. More info.


Songlines Encounters Festival


This year’s three-day festival features some wonderful performances from Songlines Newcomers Family Atlantica, Anna Phoebe, Iranian kamancheh maestro Kayhan KalhorÇiğdem Aslan, and a UK debut for Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu. Each day will also feature a free performance in the King’s Place foyer.

Where & When: Kings Place, London, June 5-7. More info.


Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Tour


The folk duo, who released the incredible Mynd at the tail-end of last year, will tour the UK this June.

Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29. More info.


Martin & Eliza Carthy – Tour

The father and daughter of British folk will tour the UK this June in support of their first ever album together as a duo The Moral of the Elephant. A stripped back affair predominantly featuring Martin’s guitar and Eliza’s fiddle playing, it was released on June 2. The tour starts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29.


Field Day 2014


This year’s affair at Victoria Park in East London is headlined by Metronomy on the Saturday and alt-rock band The Pixies on the Sunday. It’s all about the acts playing in the afternoon, though, with Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 (pictured) performing on the Eat Your Own Ears stage, and Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman set to perform, too (both Saturday).

Where & When: Victoria Park, London June 7-8. More info.


Doolin Folk Festival


Set in the grounds of Hotel Doolin in County Clare, the Doolin Folk Festival will play host to the best artists from Ireland’s incredibly rich folk scene. Headed up by Irish-American five-piece Solas (pictured), there will also be performances from Damien Dempsey and Kíla.

Where & When: Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland, June 13-15. More info.


Celebrating Sanctuary

afrikan boy

As part of Refugee Week in London (June 15-22), Celebrating Sanctuary features arts, crafts, and music from refugees living in England and beyond. The free afternoon event features music from Polish-British singer Katy Carr and Ethio-jazz artist Haymanot Tesfa, and a performance from Afrikan Boy, whose album ABCD is out later this year.

Where & When: Bernie Spain Gardens, London June 15. More info.


Midsummer Terrace Party with Fatima


The Prince of Wales in Brixton plays host to Swedish songstress Fatima and the Eglo Live Band. The rooftop party also sees Kartel  DJs Bagheera and Moyo bring Afro-electronic flavours to proceedings.

Where & When: Prince of Wales, Brixton, June 21. More info.


Africa Oyé


One of Songlines’ Top 10 UK Summer Festivals, Africa O has an incredibly vibrant line-up, and is set in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park. The festival is headlined by MOBO award-winning artist Finley Quaye, and other acts appearing across the weekend include Joe Driscoll & Sekou KouyatéJupiter and Okwess International (pictured), and reggae group Misty in Roots.

Where & When: Sefton Park, Liverpool, June 21-22. More info.


World City Music Village 2014


The 12-day celebration of London’s rich diaspora will see performances from artists hailing from Africa, South America, the Middle East and the Balkans. There are performances all over London including the festival weekend at Osterley House in Middlesex, which features performances from the fantastic Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra, Afghani tabla player Yusuf Mahmoud (pictured), and Guinean ensemble Wuntanra.

Where & When: Across London, June 25-July 6. More info.

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on February 20th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


And the Winners Are…

The 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were celebrated in style at the Royal Albert Hall, a venue better known for classical music, but last night it morphed itself into a folk club, albeit a rather grand one. It was a night full of emotion, laughter and merriment with Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis doing a fine job as hosts and introducing several guest presenters including Jarvis Cocker, Katie Derham and Zoe Ball.

Bellowhead kicked off the evening in their usual spirited manner with ‘Roll the Woodpile Down,’ proving just why they’ve won so many awards in previous years. Other notable performances included Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, joined onstage by Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke; a rousing and emotional display of singing from The Fisherman’s Friends, who were performing for the first time since the deaths of their tour manager and one of the group members – they deservedly got a standing ovation.

The Fisherman’s Friends 

Then there was a curious tribute to Cecil Sharp with Ashley Hutchings playing the bicycle-riding Victorian folk collector, and American singer Peggy Seeger who played a touching tribute to her brother Pete who died last month. The Full English were the surprise result of the night, winning two awards for Best Group and Best Album.

Peggy Seeger and Guests

The full list of the winners are:

Folk Singer of the Year
Bella Hardy

Best Duo
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Best Group
The Full English

Best Album – Public vote
The Full English – The Full English

Horizon Award
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Musician of the Year
Aidan O’Rourke

Best Original Song
‘Two Ravens’ – Lisa Knapp

Best Traditional Track
‘Willie of Winsbury’ –  Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
The Mischa Macpherson Trio

Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame
Cecil Sharp

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Clannad and Martin Carthy

Good Tradition Award
Cambridge Folk Festival

Check out photos and videos from the performances on the Radio 2 website.

You can listen to the Awards on BBC iPlayer or watch them via the Red Button on the BBC.

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Top of the World: Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Mynd

Posted on November 16th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Julian May

Mynd coverGuaranteed to blow your mynd

Mynd is the apt title of this excellent album, an Old English word meaning both ‘act of commemoration’ and ‘intellect.’ The second release from the Devon-based duo opens with ‘Silbury Hill’, a song that links contemporary Britain with the prehistoric earthworks that shape its landscape. Several tracks commemorate historical characters and events. The story behind ‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’ is charming: if she ever found herself in a garden she considered was below par, this Victorian gardener would secretly sprinkle seeds. These songs are not, however, whimsical. ‘Last Broadcast’ is a memorial to Marie Colvin, the foreign correspondent killed at Homs, Syria, last year. The lyrics are drawn from her final article and there are also songs inspired by Toni Morrison and Graham Swift novels. Keen, curious and concerned intellects are at work here.

Hannah Martin is an enthralling singer and violin, viola and banjo player. Phillip Henry plays all manner of guitars and also the harmonica terrifically; he studied slide guitar with Debashish Bhattacharya in Kolkata and ragas, reggae, blues and gospel all make their presence felt. Matt Downer’s contributions on double bass are also invaluable. These arrangements are rich and textured; anyone who thinks English folk isn’t world music should hear Mynd.

TRACK TO TRY: ‘Last Broadcast’



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