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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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Ordinary Folks – The Pawn Shop Saints

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17th December 2020

'Ordinary Folks' is the latest record from The Pawn Shop Saints. It's a deceptively tuneful and honest look at lives in smalltown America.

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Wreckless Abandon – The Dirty Knobs

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11th December 2020

Former guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mike Campbell's latest project The Dirty Knobs is a must-listen for fans old and new.

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Christmas Ain’t The Same – Anton O’ Donnell

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10th December 2020

On 'Christmas Ain't The Same', Anton O'Donnell was keen to get some of that Johnny and June duet sound to end 2020 on a festive high note.

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Live at the Sydney Opera House – Glen Hansard

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9th December 2020

Irish songwriter Glen Hansard may not be able to give the public his usual pre-Christmas fundraising shows this year, but a live record is a welcome substitute.

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Good At Losing Everything – The Ghost of Paul Revere

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27th November 2020

'Good At Losing Everything' is the latest record from The Ghost Of Paul Revere. It's an infectious listen packed with memorable melodies.

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Northern Gothic – Andrew McGibbon

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27th November 2020

Andrew McGibbon, best known for fronting The Bonneville's has spent much of 2020 on his debut solo record 'Northern Gothic' and it's a work of art.

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Growing Wild – Yvonne Lyon

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20th November 2020

On 'Growing Wild', Scottish singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon weaves Americana and Celtic sounds through the wonders of nature to beautiful effect.

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The Early Years: 1969-81 – Christy Moore

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20th November 2020

'The Early Years: 1969-81' is a brand new collection of folk staples and traditional melodies from Ireland's finest troubadour Christy Moore.

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Sweet Wild Lily – Ben Glover

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14th November 2020

Friday 13th November 2020 was a lucky day for fans of songwriter Ben Glover as he released 'Sweet Wild Lily', a brand new 4-track EP.

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To The Awe – Rachel Newton

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13th November 2020

'To The Awe', the new album from Scottish harpist Rachel Newton is a contemporary folk record embracing the strengths of womanhood in 2020.

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Grass Ain’t Greener On The Other Side – Peter Veteska & Blues Train

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12th November 2020

New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Peter Veteska and his backing band Blues Train's latest record is a straight-up, pacey, blues classic.

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So Much Trouble – David Rotundo Band

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6th November 2020

'So Much Trouble' marks a return for harmonica virtuoso David Rotundo, backed by a stellar band in the studio. Expect vintage blues with a contemporary twist.

Folk and Tumble Interviews and Articles

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Interview with Moya Brennan

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17th September 2020

It's not easy to catch up with musicians in 2020 but we were lucky to be invited into the home of Clannad legend Moya Brennan for a chat.

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Matthew McDaid announces new single ‘5 4 3 2 1’

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13th September 2020

Matthew McDaid announces the release of '5,4,3,2,1', the second single from his lastest EP 'Look Away Sun Child'. Out on 18th September 2020.

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Gareth Dunlop announces new EP ‘Born Uncool’

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31st August 2020

Gareth Dunlop announces plans for a new different sound on upcoming EP 'Born Uncool' and releases the lead single of the same name.

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Americana songwriter Justin Townes Earle dead aged 38 years old

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24th August 2020

There's shock and sadness throughout the Americana and modern folk music world as we learn of the passing of songwriter Justin Townes Earle.

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Ben Glover announces new single ‘Arguing with Ghosts’

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20th August 2020

'Arguing With Ghosts' is the first release from Nashville-based songwriter Ben Glover since 2018's 'Shorebound'. An EP is due to follow.

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Interview with Ben Bedford

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7th August 2020

Ben Bedford talks to Gerry McNally about upcoming albums, the hope of a 2021 tour, the new normal, corrupt administrations, and cat models.

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Sunflowerfest 2020: The show must go on…line

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21st July 2020

Nothing stops the team at Sunflowerfest, not even a global pandemic. The festival crew have been hard at work and you can enjoy the show... from home!

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The show must be paused. Where are the black voices in folk music?

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3rd June 2020

On #BlackoutTuesday we paused for thought. Black lives matter. Black voices matter. And for much too long they've been lacking in the genre they created.

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Interview with Dave Arcari

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14th May 2020

Songwriter and bluesman Dave Arcari talks Scottish Whisky and American smoked ribs whetting the appetite for his latest release 'Nine Pound Hammer'.