Category Archive: Playlists

#IWD19: Lowden Guitars Playlist

Folk and Tumble

To support International Women’s Day, premium guitar maker Lowden Guitars is highlighting some of the brand’s favourite female guitarists. The Co. Down based luthiers’ musical tastes include greats from across the world, including some great Irish talent. Many of those on the list use the world-famous Lowden Guitars. The Spotify playlist features greats such as […]

Leave a Comment

Rory Gallagher: Donegal “All Time Great”

Folk and Tumble

It speaks volumes of the talent of, and the continuing affection for Ballyshannon native Rory Gallagher, Ireland’s premier blues guitarist, who has just been crowned Donegal “All Time Great” in an opinion poll run by the Donegal Democrat.  In the online poll hosted by the newspaper since January, Gallagher, who died in 1995 consistently topped […]

Leave a Comment

Aretha Franklin live at The Fillmore West

Folk and Tumble

I thought long and hard about writing a tribute to the Queen of Soul and then I thought why rehash all the same stuff that everyone else is writing about? The best tribute to Aretha Franklin is the rich musical history that she has left behind her and it speaks about her incredible talent so much […]

Leave a Comment

The Will of The People

Folk and Tumble

With politicians about to go off on their summer holidays and storm clouds gathering over the United Kingdom and Europe anticipating the threat of a no deal Brexit, we keep hearing a lot from people claiming to be champions for the “will of the people” in the media. Isn’t it ironic that the very people […]

Leave a Comment

Leo’s 50th Anniversary

Folk and Tumble

There’s nothing like getting ready for a few days away with some great music to look forward to. We’re packing our bags and setting our satellite navigation for the tiny village of Crolly in County Donegal to join in the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Leo’s Tavern. With Headline acts such as Donovan, Hazel O’Connor, Moya […]

Leave a Comment

Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2017

Folk and Tumble

This year sees Hilden Beer and Music festival celebrate their 35th anniversary and to celebrate they’ve put on their biggest line up ever. 25th through to 27th August will see the return of the highly popular festival with a massive line up of music that’s guaranteed to get your foot tapping as you sample some […]

Leave a Comment

Eastside Arts 2017

Folk and Tumble

With the summer festival season in full swing, we thought we’d take a look to see what musical delights our friends in Eastside Arts are offering for your enjoyment this year. The infectious and uplifting sound of the Belfast Community Gospel Choir will make a welcome return to the festival having previously played support to […]

Leave a Comment

United States of Americana

Folk and Tumble

To mark American Independence Day, we thought it might be fun to trawl those fifty states to find some tunes. The music of America has always drawn on global influences brought into the nation from Europe, Africa, and beyond. While these tracks may not be what you might call Americana, country, folk, or even be […]

Leave a Comment

St Patrick’s Day 2017

Folk and Tumble

It’s a holiday now associated with partying, parading, and downing pints of stout. St Patrick’s Day of old was a religious festival celebrated throughout Ireland to honour its patron saint. The music and art of Ireland has long been admired across the globe and from old traditional ballads to modern songs of the working man, […]

Leave a Comment

We Shall Overcome

Folk and Tumble

From the days of the dustbowl blues, carried on through wars and waste, folk music has been the voice of the hard-working man and woman through the years. Down the decades we’ve heard the rallying cries of the cotton-pickers, machine workers, farmhands, and the downtrodden. Some have been oppressed by religion, by sex, by race […]

Leave a Comment