The Magpies can count themselves amongst some of the finest folk groups in the land. Their debut album, Tidings, is full of songs and tunes steeped in traditional English folklore.
In the first of two Why I Love features from The Blackheart Orchestra, we welcome singer Chrissy Mostyn to At The Barrier as she writes for us about her love of Sigur Rós.
This week, we have Ric Sanders joining us at the barrier. Having played with Soft Machine and The Albion Band, Ric has been a member of Fairport Convention since the early 80’s. These are his thoughts on Percy Grainger, the great song collector.
Chris Leslie picks up where Dave Pegg left off in our Fairport Convention Why I Love series. Here, he shares his love of American mandolinist, David Grisman.
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention is the latest festival to take the step to cancel. The 2020 line up will make up the 2021 iteration of the festival.
In the wake of Norway’s Inferno Festival having to cancel, Wolcensmen joined the ranks in live streaming a concert for the masses to enjoy.
Fassine’s third album will make you feel plenty of things; it’s up to you to decide where those emotions take you.
Laura Marling delights on her seventh LP, that has surprisingly been released at short notice to provide a sense of union in 2020.
Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn have created a work that is a testament to the connective power of music across seemingly disparate cultures.
Playing as main support to Elvis Costello, Ian Prowse delivers a lesson in how to warm up a crowd.
Iain Matthews is probably the finest British exponent of the ‘Americana’ musical genre; read what we thought of Matthews Southern Comfort’s forthcoming album.
Alex Rex has just released his 3rd solo album, Andromeda. Here, this maverick songwriter shares his love of one of his biggest influences; The Dirty Three.
Andromeda is the new album from former Trembling Bells man, Alex Rex. His third solo outing is an emotional trip that you need to submit too.
Wrap your ears around a collection of singles from artists spanning indie, reggae, rap, darkwave, punk and folk.
Ashley Hutchings pays homage to the great Bob Dylan and his Isle Of Wight show of 1969, 50 years on.