All things folk, country, Americana, and blues at Folk and Tumble

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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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.

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Already Forgiven – Basia Bulat

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5th February 2020

'Already Forgiven' is the new single from the upcoming Basia Bulat album 'Are You In Love?' With guitar, strings, and howling wind, it's simply beautiful.

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Dark Force Rising – Non Canon

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4th February 2020

It's 2020 and we need a protest song. Step up Oxygen Thief's Barry Dolan. The Bristolian's alter-ego Non Canon has something to say in 'Dark Force Rising'.

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The Embers – John Blek

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4th February 2020

'The Embers' in the fifth release from John Blek in as many years. It follows on from his previous releases in forming a complete set of stunning work.

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After The Fire After The Rain – The Lost Brothers

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4th February 2020

'After The Fire After The Rain' sees The Lost Brothers swap the sounds of the lonesome highways of the American midwest for the west coast of Ireland.

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Ailm – Blackbird and Crow

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4th February 2020

'Ailm' is a bluesy alt-folk record from Irish songwriting duo Blackbird and Crow. It's an album full of soul, passion, honesty, and some dirty blues guitar.

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The Green Man – Brona McVittie

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4th February 2020

'The Green Man' by Brona McVittie marks the rebirth of winter into spring and sets a level of excitement for the release of her new album later in the year.

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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New music and European tour dates from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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12th February 2020

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit return with a brand new album 'Reunions', and news of a supporting tour including ten dates across Europe in November 2020.

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Interview with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Martin Kelly of Altan

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11th February 2020

Back in January, we took some time to interview Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Martin Kelly of Irish trad music legends Altan about their music and longevity.

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Interview with John Blek

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20th January 2020

Folk and Tumble catches up with Irish songwriter John Blek to talk about the making of his upcoming album 'The Embers' and plans for the next year.