Folking Around … news from around the wonderful world of folk


Is this the end of Fellside Recordings? Well no, but it does look like, after 42 years and over 600 albums, Paul and Linda Adams are taking a well-earned rest. Having run the company virtually single-handed since 1976 and kick-started the careers of some of our favourite (and greatest) folkies, such as Spiers & Boden, Jez Lowe, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, and The Hut People, they have decided to start taking life a bit easier (quite right too). From 1 February Fellside’s warehousing, mail order and website orders are being undertaken by Proper Music and the running of the company will be shared with two other directors, Susan Reid and Richard Adams. It goes without saying that there are many out there who in no small part owe their careers to Paul and Linda, so on their behalf we’ll doff our caps and raise a flagon of ale, and wish them the very best for the future. website

Our favourite exponent of Caledonian Americana, Dean Owens, has announced a new, pledge-funded album. Called Southern Wind, it’s released on 16 February by At The Helm Records. As with 2015’s Into the Sea, it was recorded in Nashville with Neilson Hubbard once again in charge as producer, and featuring songwriter and guitarist Will Kimbrough, and Evan Hutchings on drums. Apparently the new album goes in ‘a more Southern, swampy direction’. We’re assuming he doesn’t mean Canvey Island, so we can’t wait to find out more. website

Banjo genius Dan Walsh is hitting the road this May. Accompanied by Ciaran Algar on fiddle and long-standing collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin, Dan will be laying down the clawhammer grooves in such places as Coventry’s Big Comfy Bookshop (a solo show, this one), Dartford Folk Club, the Hyde Tavern in Winchester, the Trinity Folk Festival in Guildford, Oxford’s Holywell Music Rooms and the Willow Gallery in Oswestry. website

The Carrivick Sisters, Laura and Charlotte, have been busy girls. Not content with working with Midnight Skyracer on the Fire album, they are also putting the finishing touches to Cardboard Fox’s second album. The Cardboard Fox quartet will be out on the road during March and April. So if progressive bluegrass is your thing, you can catch them at Dartford Folk Club, the Green Note in London, Winchester Discovery Centre and the Newton Tony Memorial Hall amongst other places. website website website

Do you think you qualify as a youth? I’m not sure how youth is defined these days (other than knowing that we’re not one), but if you are (or if you know) one with a taste for folk music then the latest Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin may just be for you. Held 3_6 April at The Music Box – a specialist music complex at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus – tutors include Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow), Lori Watson (Scots singer of the year 2016) and Ines Watson (Treacherous Orchestra). You can find out more here: website

Not only have East London agit folksters Stick in the Wheel released what will turn out to be one of the most important albums of 2018, but they’re also off on tour during March and April to support it. You can catch them at the likes of the Wharf Room in Widcombe, Colchester Arts Centre, St Ediths Hall in Sevenoaks, and Aldershot’s West End Centre. If you miss them there then get yourself along to Folk by the Oak on 15 July and catch them on the Acorn Stage. website

There’s also a new Brit Americana supergroup on the block. Bennett Wilson Poole comprises the talents of Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Danny George Willson (Danny and the Champions of the World) and wizard of the Rickenbacker, Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), and they’ll be releasing their self-titled debut album in April. From what we’ve heard of it you’ll want to get your hands on a copy pronto. The new trio are also taking part in the three-day Ramblin’ Roots Revue organised by Clubhouse Records. Taking place at Bucks Student Union in High Wycombe from 6 to 8 April, the line-up is enough to make any fan of (mostly) British Americana drool in anticipation. See you down the front. www.pledgemusic.com/projects/bennett-wilson-poole website

Having produced one of the best albums of last year in Wanderer, Irish chanteuse Cara Dillon is out on the road to promote it between March and June, in such places as Frome’s Cooper Hall, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham, the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury, Bromsgrove’s Artrix Centre and the beautiful theatre in Chipping Norton. If you haven’t seen Cara play live before then you owe it to yourself to put that right, and if you have then you’ve probably already bought your ticket! website

One of your Shire Folk editors is inordinately excited about the fact that Tom Waits’ first seven albums, originally released on Elektra/Asylum from 1973 to 1980, will be remastered and reissued by Anti- in March. Despite having paid silly money quite recently for original vinyl copies of Nighthawks at the Diner (1974) and Heartattack and Vine (1980), this is unlikely to stop him from buying them all again as they reappear. Releases of the vinyl versions will be staggered throughout the year and if you’re interested they’ll be available to stream from 9 March and released on CD on 23 March. Obviously, you’ll be wanting the vinyl though. website


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