Category Archive: Playlists

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, […]

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We Shall Overcome

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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 […]

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Alternative Xmas Tunes

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Sometimes it feels like we’ve been listening to Xmas music forever.  Since early November shops have been blasting out the commercial “Best of Xmas” hits to all and sundry and now that December’s short dark days are upon us the disk jockeys on the wireless aren’t exactly inspiring with their playlists either. As we finally get around […]

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Playlist: Covering The King

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Those of us who were around in 1977, undoubtedly remember where they were when they heard the news that The King was dead. I was a glimmer in my parents’ eyes, they were in a caravan on the Donegal coast. That’s how big a deal Elvis Presley was. I know the story of where my […]

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Eastside Arts Festival 2016

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If there’s two things we like at Folk and Tumble it’s great music and cake and fortunately for us both were in abundance when we attended the launch of the 2016 Eastside Arts festival. At a packed Engine Room Gallery in East Belfast we were treated to cake, poetry and music by Mark Braidner and by […]

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Blissfields 2016 Preview

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There’s less than a month to go until one of Folk and Tumble’s favourite big summer parties – Blissfields Festival 2016. And this year the fields of Hampshire are set to reverberate like never before as headliners Everything Everything and Dizzee Rascal drop hits all over the show at the house-party themed spectacular. Rock, folk, […]

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Communion: 10 out of 10

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10 OF THE BEST FROM THE LONDON LABEL. Way back in the summer of 2006, a bunch of like-minded musicians got together in a West London basement bar. Among those musicians in the Notting Hill Arts Club were members of bands like Mumford and Sons and Bear’s Den, who would go on to dominate what […]

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Out to Lunch Festival 2016

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We are a forward looking lot here at Folk & Tumble and while most  people are busy decorating their houses and looking forward to Xmas we are already looking beyond to the smashing line up that’s just been announced for the 11th Annual Out to Lunch Festival coming up in January 2016. A quick perusal through […]

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Songs of War

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Hearing a lot of suits on the news today talking about precision bombing, aiding moderates to rise up and telling me about threats to my high street. But, hey! It’s okay! They have a plan. They’ll just bomb it all away. Sadly it seems the world’s politicians haven’t learned anything since the days of “Mission Accomplished” as […]

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St Andrew’s Day

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There’s a chill in the air and an icy breeze cutting through the rain. Winter is definitely here and as November ends, Scotland celebrates St. Andrew’s Day. What better way to warm your bones than with the sultry sound of some Scots folk and indie tunes? I’ve long been a fan of Scottish music. There’s […]

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