Discogs is organizing free entry record fairs and after parties with all-vinyl DJs all over the world to say thanks for using Discogs and to bring the record collecting community together. This weekend, we’re beginning our stretch of these Crate Diggers events in Europe (and L.A.). Here is where you can find us and what you […]
Afro Celt Sound System photo by Louis DeCarlo
The first ever edition of the Manchester Folk Festival will take place on October 19-22
Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full line-up of concerts, film screenings, theatrical experiences, workshops and ‘pub singarounds’ ahead of the very first edition this October. The festival will focus on supporting and presenting new folk and acoustic music, and will host the English Folk Expo showcase. Concerts and events will take place city-wide, with a festival hub at HOME.
The line-up is set to include
John Smith (with Georgia Lewis and Nina Harries)
Vishtèn (with DJ Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast)
Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings (with Alistair Anderson & Northlands and Ninebarrow)
Afro Celt Sound System (pictured above, with The Nightjar and Sound of the Sirens)
Keston Cobblers Club (with Jinnwoo and Jack Rutter)
The Young’uns (with Jackie Oates and The East Pointers)
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Tom Robinson (with Edgelarks and Irish Mythen)
Stick in the Wheel
False Lights (with Kings of the South Seas)
London-based folk trio Kings of the South Seas release a new video from their forthcoming album, Franklin
Following the disappearance of Captain John Franklin’s arctic expedition in the 19th century, his wife Lady Jane Franklin sponsored several missions to discover his fate. The search continued for decades; Inuit stories of cannibalism were dismissed, though have since been suggested as largely accurate.
The loss of the expedition and the subsequent failed searches affected many, and left a wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material in its wake. The second release from Kings of the South Seas, Franklin, brings to life the music collected from these events, and features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads, songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces. The lead single, ‘Lady Franklin’, is a broadside from the 1850s.
Franklin was recorded in St Andrew’s Mission Church in Gravesend, beneath the stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the lost lives of the arctic voyage.
Accompanying the group on their live tour will be Polar Archaeologist Peter Wilson. Catch them live on these dates:
Oct 4 – Cecil Sharp House, London
Oct 5 – Loders Village Hall, Bridport
Oct 6– St Andrews, Gravesham Arts, Kent
Oct 21 – Folk Expo – Manchester (without Peter Wilson)
Franklin is due to be released on Hudson Records, February 2 2018.
Tony Bennett became the oldest living person to top the US album chart
when the 85-year-old’s ‘Duets II’ album went to No.1. The record, which featured collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, was also his first US No.1 in his 60 year career. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was
Bob Dylan in 2009 with ‘Together Through Life’. At the time he was 67-years old.