Monsters of Folk Announce Debut Album Reissue, Share Archival Song “Disappeared”: Listen

Monsters of Folk: Monsters of Folk (Deluxe)

Monsters of Folk will reissue their debut—and only—album on June 14, adding five unreleased songs recorded in a 2012 session, three years after the album. Listen to one of them, “Disappeared,” below. In addition to […]

Jeopardy! contestants slammed as ‘shameful’ after all three players failed to guess famous folk hero in ‘mess’ of a game

Jeopardy! fans were fed up with tonight's contestants on the game show

JEOPARDY! contestants have disappointed viewers after they couldn’t answer a seemingly easy question. Fans of Jeopardy! blasted tonight’s players, Michael Vaz, Karen Morris, and Iris Masucci, for their simultaneous strikeout. 5 Jeopardy! fans were fed […]

Folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous roots questioned

Folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie's Indigenous roots questioned

Oscar-winning folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie has long been viewed as a barrier-breaking, Indigenous icon — but a recent news investigation has raised doubts over her Indigenous roots. A Canadian Broadcast Corporation feature on the singer-songwriter […]

‘People’s idea of Irishness is so warped’: John Francis Flynn, the folk singer fighting for Dublin’s spirit | Folk music

John Francis Flynn on stage

In August 2016, John Francis Flynn was booked for a lucrative residency on a Disney cruise ship, performing with a band at an imitation Irish pub themed on the leprechaun-heavy 1959 film Darby O’Gill and […]

An 80th Birthday Concert for Bert Jansch review – moving homage to 60s folk guitar hero | Folk music

Robert Plant with his band Saving Grace, featuring Suzi Dian on vocals, at the Royal Festival Hall.

The lineup was remarkable, with rock and folk musicians including Robert Plant, Bernard Butler, Sam Lee, James Yorkston and Martin Simpson joining in on Strolling Down the Highway, from Bert Jansch’s 1965 debut album. It […]

‘You wouldn’t ask if they’re Catholic or Protestant’: the music festival bringing Belfast together | Folk music

Gary Duffy, Martha Guiney, Jude Scott, Michael McGoldrick and Mary Bergin perform at the Flutopia concert.

Belfast is in many ways still a deeply divided city, but last week young people from Catholic and Protestant communities – who live apart and go to religiously segregated schools – played music together at […]

Raye Zaragoza to debut at the Newport Folk Festival

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It’s been 20 years since she picked up her first acoustic guitar, but folk singer Raye Zaragoza says she still fields the occasional quizzical look from strangers. “When I first started playing folk music, people […]

Devendra Banhart embraces being king of ‘freak folk’: ‘It’s the tackiest, stupidest thing!’ – Music News

Devendra Banhart embraces being king of ‘freak folk’: ‘It’s the tackiest, stupidest thing!’ - Music News

Devendra Banhart is finally embracing being a “freak folk” hero. The Venezuelan American singer’s whimsical tunes and eccentric looks led to him being crowned one of the leaders of the ‘genre’ by fans, and the […]

Joni Mitchell: At Newport review – years melt away in surprise folk festival recording | Music

The artwork for At Newport

Joni Mitchell’s surprise appearance at last year’s Newport folk festival marked the singer-songwriter’s first time at the festival in 53 years, and her first live appearance since a near-fatal 2015 aneurysm that led to fears […]

‘Our government sees it as cute but unimportant’: the musicians keeping France’s Occitan language alive | Folk music

Massilia Sound System.

It’s May Day in Marseille, and beyond the celebrations – and the ongoing protests against President Macron raising the retirement age – another smaller but just as potent group are taking a stand on behalf […]

The Folk Implosion Announce Music for Kids, Share “Natural One” Video: Watch

The Folk Implosion: Music for Kids

Lou Barlow and John Davis are the Folk Implosion, and they are releasing a new album of the music they made for Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s 1995 film, Kids. The album, Music for Kids, […]