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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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EP 1 – The Magpie Arc

John McCart

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24th September 2020

'EP1' is the debute release from the Scottish/English group The Magpie Arc. The 4-track effort draws on influences from folk and Americana.

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The Man in the Mountain – Bróna McVittie

Julie Williams-Nash

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23rd September 2020

'The Man in the Mountain' is the latest haunting, charming, and mesmerising album from Bróna McVittie, weaving new life into old folk tales.

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Seasons of Change – Tom Kitching

Gerry McNally

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14th September 2020

What is Englishness is the big question on Tom Kitching's 'Seasons of Change'. Join the dynamic fiddler on a journey through post-Brexit folk.

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Flowers Where The Horses Sleep – Joshua Burnell

Gerry McNally

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11th September 2020

'Flowers Where The Horses Sleep' is the third record from the prolific Joshua Burnell in as many years and it's a dreamy, piano-driven delight.

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More Than A One Night Stand – Sunjay

Gerry McNally

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10th September 2020

Sunjay is a singer-songwriter with the gift of sharp lyrics and catchy tunes. 'More Than A One Night Stand' reminds us of the joy of live music.

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Portraits – Ben Bedford

Gerry McNally

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4th September 2020

'Portraits' by Ben Bedford is a collection of well-crafted stories and songs that feature on the American songwriters' first three albums.

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A Dark Murmuration Of Words – Emily Barker

Damian McNairney

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4th September 2020

On 'A Dark Murmuration Of Words', Emily Barker presents a record of beautiful folksy arrangements tackling some of society's darkest themes.

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Look Away Sun Child – Matthew McDaid

Gerry McNally

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28th August 2020

'Look Away Sun Child' is the latest release from Matthew McDaid. It's a refreshing mix of Americana, folk, and the sounds of his Catalan home.

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Blackberry – Peter Broderick

Gerry McNally

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28th August 2020

Peter Broderick returns with 'Blackberry', his latest record and a measured tribute to the humble fruits of Britain's wild hedgerows.

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Back To Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music – Various Artists

Gerry McNally

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26th August 2020

Not since 1979, has a full-length album been recorded in Leon Russell's Paradise Studios. In 2020, 'Back To Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music' is the tonic we need.

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The United State – Justin Wells

Gerry McNally

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25th August 2020

'The United State' is the brand new record from songwriter and guitarist Justin Wells, following on from his debut 'Dawn In the Distance'.

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Hand Me Down – Kate Rusby

John McCart

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20th August 2020

Kate Rusby and her family have been having a lot of fun during lockdown and the resulting 'Hand Me Down' is a delightful covers album.

Folk and Tumble Interviews and Articles

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Interview with Moya Brennan

Damian McNairney

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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’

Gerry McNally

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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’

Gerry McNally

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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’

Gerry McNally

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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

Gerry McNally

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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

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'.