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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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Confessional – Janet Devlin

Julie Williams-Nash

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5th June 2020

'Confessional' is the second album from Irish songwriter Janet Devlin. It's a record of wisdom, recovery, grit and soul from the former X-Factor contestant.

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Tidings – The Magpies

Gerry McNally

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4th June 2020

'Tidings' by The Magpies is the brand new record featuring some of the finest voices and musicians in English folk - traditional tunes for the 21st century.

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Hannah White and the Nordic Connections

Damian McNairney

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4th June 2020

Hannah White and the Nordic Connections self-titled new record already sounds like a timeless classic, crossing genres, styles, and international borders.

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Distant – Stripmall Ballads

Gerry McNally

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3rd June 2020

Melodic and melancholic, 'Distant' is the new album from Stripmall Ballads. It's 21st century dustbowl Americana - a modern sound with hints of the greats.

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Spider Tales – Jake Blount

Gerry McNally

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28th May 2020

Jake Blount’s latest record ‘Spider Tales’ explores the stories and often overlooked African-American influences woven through the Appalachian folk genre

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Keep On Running – Joe Edwards

Gerry McNally

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26th May 2020

Joe Edwards' debut release 'Keep On Running' is a slice of bluesy Americana with nods to some of the greats like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and James Taylor.

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Northern Shores and Stories – Elizabeth and Jameson

Gerry McNally

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22nd May 2020

'Northern Shores and Stories', the debut release from Elizabeth and Jameson, sets sail on a wave of contemporary folk-pop, anchored by old Whitby folklore.

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Good Times Older – Jack Sharp

John McCart

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21st May 2020

Former front man of Wolf People Jack Sharp's debut 'Good Times Older' finds the English singer rejuvenating folk classics for the twenty-first century.

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Reunions – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Damian McNairney

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19th May 2020

'Reunions' by the award-winning Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit is an album for today, with 10 tracks exorcising the ghosts of his and our yesterdays.

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Shine – The Danberrys

Gerry McNally

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8th May 2020

On their latest release 'Shine', Nashville-based husband and wife duo The Danberrys have embraced a new electric sound, yet lost none of their folk roots.

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Brother Sister – Watkins Family Hour

John McCart

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7th May 2020

'Brother Sister' is the latest album from siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, known here as Watkins Family Hour, and it highlights the duo's songwriting talent.

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What’s New, Tomboy? – Damien Jurado

Damian McNairney

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6th May 2020

'What's new, Tomboy?' is the latest album from songwriter Damien Jurado. It's sonically different to his recent releases with bass and vocals to the fore.

Folk and Tumble Interviews and Articles

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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

Gerry McNally

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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'.

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Interview with Joshua Burnell

Gerry McNally

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21st April 2020

We caught up with musician and songwriter Joshua Burnell to chat about his new piano-led record, life in lockdown, making music, and top secret plans!

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Interview with Amy LaVere

Gerry McNally

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17th April 2020

It's a strange time for the music industry and you'll find musicians doing all sorts of things. We spoke to Amy LaVere about her quarantine web-shows.

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Interview with Ronnie Greer

Gerry McNally

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15th April 2020

With the live music industry on lockdown, we took time out to chat to blues guitarist Ronnie Greer about rescheduling shows and his brand new album.

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Interview with Ben Glover of The Orphan Brigade

Gerry McNally

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10th April 2020

With COVID-19 affecting both sides of the Atlantic, we caught up with Irish songwriter Ben Glover of The Orphan Brigade who is now based in Nashville, USA.

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John Prine, one of the world’s great songwriters dies at 73

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8th April 2020

Remembering the life and works of the two-time Grammy award winning great John Prine who sadly passed away in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 73.

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Interview with Amanda St John

Gerry McNally

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7th April 2020

Singer-songwriter Amanda St. John talks to Folk and Tumble about coping strategies and ways of continuing in the music business during these strange times.

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Interview with Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes

Gerry McNally

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31st March 2020

We recently caught up with Johnny Iguana of The Claudettes to chat about their new album 'High Times in the Dark' and maybe a new golden age of songwriting.