News and Views

The English Ritual Year

The BBC have a slideshow on their website of the English ritual year taken by photographer Sara Hannant. The images are taken from her exhibition called Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year. The exhibition is on tour and is at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock until 28 July.

The Young ‘Uns

We are delighted to announce that The Young ‘Uns have been added to the festival line up.They have established a fast-growing reputation in the folk world with sublime a cappella harmonies.

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The Teesside trio are – Sean Cooney vocals, Michael Hughes vocals and guitar, and David
Eagle vocals, accordion and piano.

Davey Graham EP

To celebrate the 6th annual Record Store Day on Saturday 20th April Topic Records have released a 50th anniversary limited edition 7″ vinyl single of DAVY GRAHAM‘s historic and extraordinarily influential 3/4 AD. This astonishing recording includes the original recording of Graham’s signature tune – ‘Angi’, alongside ‘Davy’s Train Blues’ and a wonderful duet with ALEXIS KORNER on the title track.

‘Angi’ was composed by the 19 year-old Graham whilst holidaying in the South of France and missing his girlfriend. The tune quickly became the ‘test piece’ for all aspiring finger-style guitarists on the British folkscene.

This modest little EP recorded in the Camden Town kitchen of Bill Leader’s Mum in 1962 captured Davy Graham at the exact moment of his unique guitar invention. Three instrumental pieces that helped to define modern British folk-blues and would influence a generation of guitarists, from Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and Paul Simon to Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Johhny Marr.