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April 2024

Cover Story: (4) Long Lankin - Steeleye Span or Wainwright Sisters

April 2024: a fairly wretched season for Sunderland is almost done. I don’t remember the thought process that led me to juxtapose football and murder balladry but mots of fans feel the season has been murder to watch … May... Read more →

Singing Shakespeare on the Bard’s birthday

Andrew Curry writes: It’s William Shakespeare’s 460th birthday today, probably, so we’re using that as an excuse to share a few of the Shakespeare lyrics in the folk repertoire. (Shakespeare mural near the Globe Theatre in London. Photo: Peter Trimming/Geograph,... Read more →

Song of the Day: Beeswing (Her POV), by Aine O’Boyle

Andrew Curry writes: There was some chat on our Facebook group a couple of weeks ago about Richard Thompson’s timeless classic, Beeswing. Thompson’s always denied that it was “about” the fine folk singer Anne Briggs, but much more recently he... Read more →

The trad band Ímar: “high energy music that you listen to with your whole body”

Andrew Curry writes: The Glasgow-based trad band Ímar were at King’s Place in London as part of the venue’s successful Scotland Unwrapped season. The audience loved them. Ímar started their first set at high speed, and didn’t let up for... Read more →