Music from the UK - Links
Across the Pond
Journalist Paul Castle's monthly feature at this site includes extensive tour schedules for London and the rest of the UK, a treasury of interesting URLs, and other extras including interviews, reviews. He has provided most of the info for this site's UK links.
Browse my links to the websites of Britain's top folk artists (below).
Scottish music downloads, instrument teaching, live concerts, sessions, podcasts.
Fingerstyle Guitar Legends: The Other
Balladtree reviews a trio of classic re-releases from the 70's. Davey Graham, Dave Evans and U.S. expatriate Duck Baker helped revitalize the art of fingerstyle guitar.
Ministry of Rock
OK, it's not folk, but it has a section on Brit singersongwriters and the rock scene there has had broad and deep influence on popular music everywhere. Check it out. (02/07)
Thompson, Richard - Interview
Thompson talks about his performance at the recent Joni Mitchell tribute concert in NYC in the June 2000 issue of 'Across the Pond.'
Listing of over 300 Folk Clubs, Folk Dance Clubs and other Music Clubs in the United Kingdom.
Folk Dance and Song Society
A huge site by an organization that's really serious about its folk music. Site includes a comprehensive directory of folk song clubs in the UK listed by county as well as an online magazine, information on CD collections and more.
A venue guide for acoustic music in the capital. An invaluable directory, listed by area: North/South/East/West.
Devoted to the new generation of emerging British artists.
Two folk/americana shows: 1) Mike Harding on Wednesdays from 3-4pm -- U.S. Eastern Time 2) Bob Harris on Thursdays from 2-3pm -- U.S. Eastern Time.
Bodmin Folk Club is situated in Cornwall, SW England. It meets every Friday; alternate Fridays are guest nights.
Scottish festival, event and artist management company.
Tom and Ali run this site for concert and event listings in Lincolnshire, England. Artists can post gigs, fans can find them.
Music - EntsWeb Directory
Folk music and related information such as the artists, events and club listings.
The Magazine for the Southern Counties Folk Federation (of Great Britain).
Roots - Festival Schedule
This page on the venerable magazine's website gives information for most UK festivals.
Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club
Lincolnshire club with a monthly concert series featuring up and coming traditional artists and songwriters.
Music - Directory of UK Record Shops
A comprehensive guide to internet Record shops in the UK, looking for British Pressings, start here.
Dancing - Trigg Morris
Situated in Bodmin, Cornwall UK, Morris dancing is one of England's oldest customs.
This organization puts on regular concerts as well as a World Music festival in September on the Yorkshire coast.
A guide to the contemporary English scene.
Scottish Folk Directory
Online index of clubs, performers and other folk-related services in Scotland. Pretty much the Scottish phonebook.
Scottish resource and information website.
The Unsigned Guide
Up-to-date music industry contact information for the UK including record labels, publishers, management companies, venues and promoters.
An index, jumping off point etc. for English Ceilidh and English Folk dance bands, gigs, recordings and so on.
World-renowned British Band.
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Legendary ambassadors of Scottish traditional music.
Maker of hysterically funny verses full of terrible puns and wise insights.
Out of Perthshire, Scotland, this Scottish Ceilidh Band features former members of Silly Wizard, Capercaillie and The Dougie MacLean Band. Site includes schedule, bios, sounds, MP3s, and sales.
Billy Bragg's official site. Heir to John Lennon and Woody Guthrie. And Brecht.
Best Bragg site for the afficionado- content over style. Contains lyrics, chords and tabs for all his songs.
British guitar legend and venerated keeper of the tradition.
A pivotal figure in the 60's & 70's English folk song revival, Shirley's beautiful singing style has earned her accolades such as "the first lady of folk."
More from England.
Boyes & Simpson
German fansite for England's great singer includes brief biography, pictures lyrics and chords, albums, extensive interviews, with links to related websites and mailing lists.
The classic British folk-rock group that started the new traditional movement.
Scottish songwriter of strongly regional and historical songs.
"..the most magical of experiences." - Irish Post, London
Contemporary Scottish singer-songwriter.
Young London-based singer-songwriter with a bit of McCartney in him. He has a couple of MP3s here.
Fine, well-written political songs.
Prolific English singersongwriter with 25 albums since 1966. Poetic lyrics, evocative fingerstyle guitar. Unfairly overlooked.
Henry Marten's Ghost - Belfast Ireland. Contemporary Irish band.
Legendary Scottish fingerstyle guitarist with an inimitable sense of rhythm and modality. Founder of Pentangle. Minimal site has a biopage, with links to discography and tour schedule.
Fingerstyle guitarist famous for his highly original arrangements of traditional tunes, which have been stolen by Dylan, among others.
Recording and touring originally as "John St. Field" and formerly in the rock group Doll by Doll Jackie Leven is worth a listen. And there's an extensive page of 40 tracks from live shows here to listen to.
Lissauer, Kate - Currently in Somerset, UK. Highly regarded exponent of American old-time country music. (T,B,P,S,$)
Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies play straightforward originals in the North East England/Geordie tradition. Site includes sounds, lyrics, tour schedule.
Best known as writer of the classic "Streets of London."
Skilled contemporary folk-rock songwriter.
Legendary British trad/trad-rock band.
Legendary British trad-rock-jazz fusion band featuring John Renbourne, Richard Thompson, Burt Jansch and Jacqui McShee. McShee keeps this site with pages on the past and the concept's present incarnation - Thyme.
Phoenix. Essex, England. English country dance band with rock inflection.
Karen Tweed's accordion and Kate Rusby's singing with the traditional Scottish Gaelic songs and tunes of harpists Patsy Seddon and Mary MacMaster.
A fine resource for this seminal figure.
A young, startlingly refreshing English phenom. Rusby is a sensational singer with a rare connection to the spirit of the old traditional songs.
OK, so all England's guitarists are legendary....
Originally formed as The Strawberry Hill Boys in the early 60's, the band included Sandy Denny for a short while in 1967, went electric in 1970 when Rick Wakeman joined and achieved a hit with 'Part of the Union.'
British singer. "One of the most stunning solo voices in folkdom." - The Times Recently she's joined with the Oyster Band to make some great albums.
One of Scotland's premier traditional bands, started by Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie back in 1976, the Tannahills have a diverse repertoire that spans the centuries with instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads.
Very young English group from the Borderlands, their debut release on Rounder mixes English, Celtic and modern influences with elan and intelligence. Excellent musicianship and songwriting.
Traditionalist full-time singer-songwriter for over 40 years, writer of "Sally Free and Easy" & "Grey Funnel Line." Site includes bio, discography, selected gigs & order/booking info.
Taylor, Jeremy. Wales. Singer-songwriter notable for anti-apartheid songs that got him banished from South Africa.
Legendary folk-rock guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of Fairport Convention.
Orchestra of Great Britain
Funk, swing, rock and roll, classical warhorses and even diabolical folk music. Impossible to describe, but if you've been once, youíll go again.
Traditional guitar/fiddle duo from the Orkney Islands. Artistic, up-to-date site.