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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

Featured image for Digressions #2 Grounded – John Blek

Digressions #2 Grounded – John Blek

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26th February 2021

'Grounded' is the latest in the 'Digressions' series from Irish songwriter and musician John Blek, seeing the Cork native draw beauty from the bleakness.

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American Standards – Ian Fisher

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26th February 2021

Songwriter Ian Fisher made the move from his native Missouri to Europe, but the sounds of his homeland run deep through 'American Standards'.

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One Eye Open – Kat Danser

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25th February 2021

Kat Danser is a fierce woman, a musical tour-de-force, and her latest record 'One Eye Open' is a whirlwind of folk, blues, rock, and soul.

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Love and Desperation – Rick Shea

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19th February 2021

'Love and Desperation' is the 12th studio record from Rick Shea and draws on genres such as Outlaw Country, Americana and the Californian's Cajun roots.

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Still Time – Karen Matheson

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17th February 2021

'Still Time' is the fifth full-length solo album from prolific Scottish artist Karen Matheson, known for her work with many other fine folk artists.

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What Is Real – Trevor B. Power

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17th February 2021

'What Is Real' is the brand new record from New Jersey based Trevor B. Power, a blistering, bluesy tour de force through the world we live in today.

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The Sunflower E.P. – King Cedar

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12th February 2021

'The Sunflower E.P.', written and recorded in the home of King Cedar, is a beautifully crafted snapshot of life in a pandemic; an honest, unfiltered, musical selfie.

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One More Mile – Dave Thomas

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12th February 2021

Dave Thomas has travelled many miles in his 50-year career in music so what's one more? Well, 'One More Mile' is a stellar album showcasing the Welsh musician's versatility.

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Little Thunderstorms – K.B. Bayley

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11th February 2021

The name K.B. Bayley may not yet be well-known in the Americana world but with his second album 'Little Thunderstorms', that should change.

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Macca to Mecca – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

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5th February 2021

Recorded back in 2017, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul's 'Macca to Mecca' is a homage to The Beatles and a whole lot more besides.

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Firebreather – Skylar Rogers

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4th February 2021

'Firebreather' is the stunning debut record from Chicago-based vocalist Skylar Rogers, drawing on inspiration from greats like Aretha Franklin.

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The Death Throes of a Jaded Empire – Jack Cade

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4th February 2021

'The Death Throes of a Jaded Empire' is the third album from Jack Cade. It's a well-crafted snapshot of his town and country in modern times.

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'.