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Established in 2010, Folk and Tumble reviews the latest folk, country, Americana, and blues records and interviews the writers and players behind the music.

New Music

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Get Rhythm: Folk and Tumble’s favourite covers of Johnny Cash

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26th February 2020

On what would have been the 88th birthday of the Man in Black, Folk and Tumble presents some straight up covers of Johnny Cash classics and a few surprises.

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The Maniacs – Paul Hutchinson

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26th February 2020

Delving deep into 18th century folk and dance tunes, the new Paul Hutchinson project, 'The Maniacs' breathes a new life into ten long-forgotten classics.

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Te yn y Grug – Al Lewis

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19th February 2020

'Te yn y Grug' (Tea in the Heather) is the new album by singer-songwriter Al Lewis in which he celebrates the rich history of his native land and language.

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Pill Pilots – Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

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18th February 2020

Folk duo Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow's new record 'Pill Pilots' is an exciting journey through the rich industrial and musical heritage of the British Isles.

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Worzel Gummidge – The Unthanks

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18th February 2020

Delving deep into the mysticism of nature's seasons, The Unthanks have lovingly created a TV soundtack for Mackenzie Crook's version of Worzel Gummidge.

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Dreaming Is Allowed – Sean Mathews

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17th February 2020

'Dreaming Is Allowed' is the debut album by Irish folk songwriter Sean Mathews in which he combines traditional Irish music with contemporary themes.

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Folk and Tumble’s Indie-Folk Playlist – February 2020

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14th February 2020

Folk and Tumble's Indie-Folk Playlist for February 2020 features Sufjan Stevens, Emily Barker, Basia Bulat, John Blek, Pinegrove, and more great music.

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Never Say Goodbye – Luan Parle

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13th February 2020

'Never Say Goodbye' is the first studio album from Luan Parle since 2010's 'The Full Circle' and based on first listens, it's been a decade well spent.

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Numberless Dreams – Julie Abbé

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11th February 2020

Julie Abbé's latest release 'Numberless Dreams' finds her paying tribute to work of the great poet WB Yeats by bringing together great music and songs.

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Haunted – The Coronas

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7th February 2020

The Coronas are back with new single 'Haunted' showcasing a new ambient folk pop sound and news of big summer festival dates.

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A Pilgrim’s Tale – Seth Lakeman

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6th February 2020

Seth Lakeman is back with 'The Pilgrim's Tale'. A concept album documenting the journery of the English sailing ship The Mayflower four hundred years ago.

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Don’t Forget The Heart That’s Beating – Her Silo

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5th February 2020

'Don't Forget The Heart That's Beating' is the debut record from Her Silo - the Seattle based alternative folk singer and songwriter Jessica Lambert.

Live Reviews

Seth Lakeman and Malojian live in The Empire, Belfast

Seth Lakeman and Malojian live in The Empire, Belfast

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27th January 2020

The multi-talented Seth Lakeman takes the stage in The Belfast Empire Music Hall with support from Malojian as part of the 2020 Out To Lunch Festival.

Ryan Bingham live at Black Box, Belfast

Ryan Bingham live at Black Box, Belfast

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27th January 2020

Ryan Bingham takes the stage in Belfast for a night showcasing the singer and songwriter's exceptional talent and inspired choice of cover song material.

Altan live in The Duncairn, Belfast

Altan live in The Duncairn, Belfast

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20th January 2020

One of the world's finest Irish traditional acts, Altan, the Donegal-based quartet take the stage in The Duncairn, Belfast for a stunning live performance.

Folk and Tumble Interviews and Articles

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Teddy Thompson reveals upcoming album and tour dates

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20th February 2020

Just under a decade since his last solo record, Teddy Thompson returns with 'Heartbreaker Please', debuting the title track and touring with John Grant.

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Interview with Martin Stephenson

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20th February 2020

We caught up with Martin Stephenson during his recent tour to talk about Irish Marys, mediums, and making music. One thing is for sure, Martin is an energy.

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Lineup and ticket announcements from Ards International Guitar Festival 2020

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20th February 2020

Showcasing talent from around the world. Ards and North Down Borough Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Ards International Guitar Festival programme.