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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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Julie Fowlis, Sam Sweeney and The Gloaming among BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees

Posted on February 4th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


The nominees for this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have been announced by Mark Radcliffe

37 nominated artists have been chosen across nine categories, which include the much-coveted Folk Singer of the Year and Musician of the Year awards.

The winners will be announced at the 16th Folk Awards ceremony on Wednesday April 22 at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.  The ceremony will be hosted by Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis. Acts so far confirmed to perform on the night are Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Loudon Wainwright III, 9Bach and English folk singer Kate Rusby. Last year’s winners included Bella Hardy, Aidan O’Rourke and The Full English.

Visit the Folk Awards site to find out more. You can listen again to The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe on the BBC.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Folk Singer of the Year
Cara Dillon
Julie Fowlis
Nancy Kerr
Jez Lowe

Best Duo
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
O’Hooley & Tidow
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Chris While & Julie Matthews

Best Group
The Furrow Collective
The Gloaming
The Young ‘Uns

Best Album
Fair Warning – The Rails
Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour – Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Sweet Visitor – Nancy Kerr
The Moral Of The Elephant – Martin & Eliza Carthy
Tincian – 9Bach

Horizon Award
Ange Hardy
Maz O’Connor
Stick In The Wheel
The Rails

Musician of the Year
Martin Green
Will Pound
Sam Sweeney
Kathryn Tickell

Best Original Song
‘Swim To The Star’ – Peggy Seeger/Calum MacColl (performed by Peggy Seeger)
‘The Necklace Of Wrens’ – Michael Hartnett (performed by The Gloaming)
‘The Pitmen Poets’ – Jez
‘The Spider And The Wolf’ – Paul Simmonds (performed by Naomi Bedford)

Best Traditional Track
‘Bedlam’ – Stick In The Wheel
‘Handsome Molly’ – The Furrow Collective
‘Manus Mo Rùin’– Cruinn
‘Samhradh Samhradh’ – The Gloaming

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
Cup O’Joe
Roseanne Reid
Wildwood Kin

Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer perform at last year’s ceremony:

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The Songlines Essential 10: Scottish Albums

Posted on September 17th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Words by Jo Frost

On the eve of the Scottish independence vote, what better time to highlight some of our current favourite Scottish albums? 

Martyn Bennett – Grit (Real World Gold, 2014)
Recently reissued including two previously unreleased tracks, this album by the late young Scottish maverick is a testament to his spirit and untamed musical approach to mixing up traditional Gaelic songs with techno beats. This is an album to get you bouncing around the kitchen, try out the track on this issue’s covermount CD.

Breabach – Ùrlar (Breabach Records, 2013)
Recently featured as part of Boomerang (in #101), together with indigenous Maori and Aboriginal musicians, the young quintet have deservedly proved themselves worthy recipients of the Scots Trad Music Award for Best Group. Their combination of new and traditional material, bagpipes and vocals has proved a winning formula. Reviewed in #98.

Capercaillie – At the Heart of it All (Vertical Records, 2013)
The doyens of the Scottish trad scene, who celebrated their 30th anniversary at this year’s Celtic Connections festival. Lead singer Karen Matheson and husband Donald Shaw recently featured in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, proving they’re still very much at the forefront of Scottish music. Reviewed in #96.

Duncan Chisholm – Live at Celtic Connections (Copperfish, 2013)
It is very difficult to single out one album from Chisholm’s superb Strathglass Trilogy (Affric, Farrar, Canaich), so instead try this live album of the fiddler performing tracks from all three albums together with his band, at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery during Celtic Connections. Coincidentally Duncan Chisholm also features on Benedetti’s latest album, see p36. Reviewed in #98. 

Julie Fowlis – Gach Sgeul – Every Story (Machair Records, 2014)
A Songlines cover star earlier this year (#99), the Gaelic singer also features on Benedetti’s album, performing a traditional waulking song. Fowlis’ latest release stays true to the very heart of the Gaelic tradition and it’s a beautiful collection of songs, showcasing her talent in puirt à beul – the incredibly fast ‘mouth music’ vocal style from the Highlands. Reviewed in #99.

Lau – Race the Loser (Reveal Records, 2012)
OK, admittedly they’re only two-thirds Scottish but accordionist Martin Green is practically a Scot, having lived north of the border for some time. The trio excel when it comes to their thrilling live performances, winning them numerous Radio 2 Folk Awards. This latest offering is as innovative and exciting as their debut, Lightweights & Gentlemen. Reviewed in #88.

Karine Polwart – Traces (Hegri Records, 2012)
There’s something about Polwart’s understated yet poignant singing that really hooks you in. Beautiful melodies and incisive lyrics on songs inspired by subjects as diverse as the Occupy movement protests to Donald Trump’s controversial golf course plans. One of Scotland’s finest contemporary songwriters, Polwart also gets brownie points for her love of birds – Hegri, the name of her label, is the Gaelic word for heron. Reviewed in #87.

Patsy Reid – The Brightest Path (Classy Trad Records, 2014)
The young fiddler cut her teeth with Breabach, but since leaving the group, she’s become one of the UK’s most in-demand musicians, with appearances in the Cecil Sharp Project, VAMM and Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian Voices project. Her latest solo release sees her mixing up both self-written and traditional material and also showcases her fine vocal skills too. Reviewed in #99.

Salsa Celtica – The Tall Islands (Discos Leon, 2014)
And now for something completely different – Scottish ceilidh meets Latino salsa. The pioneering group started off as a bunch of mates jamming in a club in Edinburgh (see Beginner’s Guide in #98) and since then they’ve got audiences up and dancing around the world, most recently in Colombia where they made their debut appearance earlier this year. An album guaranteed to get you in a party mood. Reviewed in #99.

Various Artists – Transatlantic Sessions 6 (Whirlie Records, 2014)
Again, not a strictly purely Scottish affair, but the incredibly successful concept of bringing a range of leading folk musicians from the UK and Ireland together with a host of talent from across the pond was masterminded by Shetland fiddler Aly Bain. Plus the recording sessions take place in the Highlands. If you’re a fan of the BBC TV series, then you’ll love this album – the latest release that highlights why the series is the best music programme on TV and has been such a hit. Reviewed in #99.

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April 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on April 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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

Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80

The youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti plays a one-off gig in London in support of his new album A Long Way to the Beginning. Co-produced by Robert Glasper the new album features powerful songs including a piece confronting the IMF’s involvement in Nigeria, and an ode to his grandmother, ‘Black Woman’. Expect to hear these and more at this very special concert. 

Where & When: Village Underground, London, April 2. More info.


Julie Fowlis

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Our current cover star will tour the UK this spring. Having recently finished toured with The Transatlantic Sessions, the Gaelic songstress will play four dates in April, and a further three in May. Her album Gach Sgeul – Every Story is a Top of the World in the current issue, too. This is not to be missed!

Where & When: Across the UK, April  8-May 27. More info.


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté


The glorious combination of multi-talented beatboxer/singer/guitarist Joe Driscoll and Guinean kora player Sekou Kouyaté will tour the UK this April. Their album Faya was nominated for the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards, and their live show is set to be an explosive affair.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 4-27. More info.



Music from the cultural melting pot of Victoria Falls.

Hot off the heels of their incredible performance at the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert last December, Mokoomba return to the UK with their live show. The Zimbabwean band were winners of the Newcomer award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards with Rising Tide.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 30-April 13. More info.




London-based klezmer band She’Koyokh head further afield and play dates in Norwich and Cambridge this April. They are fronted by Çiğdem Aslan, who has been nominated for Best Artist as part of this year’s Songlines music Awards. The winners willl be announced in out 100th issue (on sale April 25).

Where & When: Norwich Arts Centre, April 25 & Clare Hall, Cambridge April 26.


Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica


Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will play a special one-off show at London’s KOKO this April, with support from Songlines favourites Family Atlantica.

Where & When: KOKO, London, April 8. More info.




The 11-piece folk heavyweights recently picked up the award for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their album Broadside, and will play two dates this April.

Where & When: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, April 19 & Royal Albert Hall, London, April 20.


Ed Motta


The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter will tour as part of the La Linea Latin Music Festival Tour. He will be playing tracks from his new album AOR, and  support will come from the talented cellist Dom La Nena.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 3-9, with more dates to be announced. More info.


Christy Moore


Christy Moore is playing six dates across the UK this April, with a full tour of Ireland in May. The founding member of Moving Hearts, released Where I Come From last year – 45 years after his debut – and he’s showing no signs of letting up soon.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 10-18. More info.


Steve Knightley


The Southampton born songwriter – and member of Show of Hands – starts a four-month tour, which will included an appearance at Larmer Tree Festival in July, this April.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 2-30. More info.





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