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Songlines Music Awards 2015 Nominees: Best Artist

Posted on April 8th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Seven years since their launch, the Songlines Music Awards continue to champion the huge amount of brilliant music from around the world. Here are the four nominees in the Best Artist category, as voted by you.

Tony Allen
For Film of Life on Jazz Village

At 74, the Nigerian drummer who helped Fela Kuti craft his mighty Afrobeat and has been described as the ‘finest drummer on the planet,’ is making some of the best music of his career. His compositions on Film of Life draw on his rich past but are not confined by it, as regular collaborator Damon Albarn joins him and elements of dub, jazz, funk, electronica and much else are seamlessly infiltrated into the mix.

Julie Fowlis
For Gach Sgeul – Every Story on Machair Records

Any fears that the Scottish Gaelic singer had gone ‘pop’ after singing in the 2012 Disney animation film Brave were dispelled by the long-awaited appearance of Gach Sgeul – Every Story, the follow-up to her 2009 album, Uam. With not an English-language hit or celebrity collaboration in sight, Fowlis puts her trust in the riches of traditional Gaelic language folk song – and the results are exquisite.

Seth Lakeman
For Word of Mouth on Cooking Vinyl

It’s now a decade and six albums ago that Lakeman won a Mercury Prize nomination for Kitty Jay. During that time, he’s matured from Brit-folk’s most promising poster boy to become one of its most accomplished performers and insightful songwriters. Recorded in a 15th-century Cornish church, Word of Mouth was inspired by the stories of local characters he interviewed for the project.

Ricardo Ribeiro
For Largo da Memória on Parlophone

One of the most distinctive artists in Portugal’s new wave of fadistas, the 33-year-old Ribeiro’s fourth album combines a sense of pride in unvarnished fado tradition with wider musical influences, including Arabic roots via a collaboration with Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil. Singing in a robust voice full of character and emotion, the rapport with his instrumental ensemble is impressively intuitive.

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Towersey Festival celebrates 50 years

Posted on January 31st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Richard Thompson, Seth Lakeman and Lau are among the musicians heading to Oxfordshire this August to help celebrate 50 years of Towersey Festival. 

Founded in 1965 as a one-day event in the local village hall, the now five-day festival welcomes some of the biggest names in folk and roots music. Music has always been at the heart of the festivities, but the modern day Towersey Festival also embraces poetry, theatre, comedy and the renowned Children’s Festival.

The 50th anniversary celebrations take place between August 21-25. Tickets are now available at

Some of the artists already announced in this year’s line-up include:

Richard Thompson
Seth Lakeman
Michael McGoldrick & John McCusker
Georgia Ruth
Dick Gaughan
John Smith
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
The Urban Folk Quartet

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An English Folk Extravaganza in Bury, Oct 17-20

Posted on October 16th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

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Photograph by Tim Young

This Thursday sees the launch of the inaugural English Folk Expo, in partnership with the Homegrown festival at The Met in Bury

The aim of both the expo and festival is to put the spotlight on the traditional folk and roots music of England, rather than its Irish, Scottish and Welsh neighbours. English folk music finally seems to be coming out of the shadow cast by the enduring popularity of Celtic music, both at home and abroad. As a result the organisers hope to ride the wave of this current revival and redress the balance by putting the emphasis on traditional music from England.

For its first edition, the expo has attracted around 100 signed-up music industry delegates – promoters, agents and festival organisers – primarily from the UK but there’s a small quota of international delegates too, mainly from Canada (which boasts its own healthy traditional folk scene), Scandinavia, Malaysia and Germany.

The opening evening will feature a session with BBC DJ and writer Mark Radcliffe [whose Playlist we included in #94]. He’ll be chairing a panel discussing all things to do with English folk with singers Olivia Chaney and Chris Wood, plus fRoots editor, Ian Anderson.

Highlights of the three-day festival include Seth Lakeman (pictured) who will be performing solo and also as part of The Full English group which includes Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Ben Nicholl, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Nancy Kerr. They’ll be playing songs from the largest digital archive of English folk music, a new and ambitious project sponsored by EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society). Other names on the programme include Kate Rusby, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery, Sam Carter, the Urban Folk Quartet and Megson.

The expo and festival take place in the town of Bury, located half an hour north of Manchester, conveniently on the city’s Metrolink tram line.

October 17-20, The Met, Bury

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Glastonbury 2013 line-up announced

Posted on March 28th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

We at Songlines are counting down the days until Glastonbury between June 26-30. And our anticipation has gone through the roof with the line-up announcement last night. Aside from our obvious excitement re: The Rolling Stones, we are also thrilled to see the line-up for the West Holts Stage, where the Songlines crew will be stationed for the entire festival. Look out for the big Songlines banner and be sure to pop by and say hello.

West Holts Stage line-up so far:

Chic ft. Nile Rogers
Public Enemy
Dub Colossus (Songlines Music Awards 2013 Nominees!)
The Weekend
Seasick Steve
Major Lazer
Tom Tom Club
Maverick Sabre
Lianne la Havas
Tara V Mai
Sergio Mendes
The Orb & Indigenous People
The Child of Lau
Alice Russell
The Bombay Royale
Matthew E. White
Riot Jazz

Other Songlines favourites not to miss at Glasto:

Rokia Traoré (Pyramid Stage), Billy Bragg (Pyramid Stage), Seth Lakeman (Acoustic Tent), Oysterband (Avalon Stage), Rodriguez (Park Stage), Terakaft (Spirit of ‘71), Demon Barbers (Theatre & Circus), The Staves (Avalon Stage), Penguin Café (Avalon Stage), The Congos (Silver Waves), Urban Voodoo Machine (Avalon), Sinead O’Connor (Acoustic Tent)

For the full line-up click here


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