Music, Folk & world

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Balkanarama

A blend of klezmer, Balkan, gypsy punk and electronic beats featuring live music, bellydancing, VJs and a live jam session.

Glasgow School of Art

Sat 25 Oct

£9 in advance; £10 on the door / 0141 353 4500

Featuring Smash Kafana.

  • 22:30 – 02:00

Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

£9 in advance; £10 on the door / 0131 650 4673

Featuring Smash Kafana.

  • 22:00 – 03:00

Kate Rusby

One of the British folk scene's best-loved artists and the voice of contemporary English folk music.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Sat 6 Dec

£26.50 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Thu 16 Oct

£22 (Children £15 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 19:30

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sun 19 Oct

£22 / 0844 576 2210

  • 19:30

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Martin Carthy

The respected English folk singer and guitarist.

Black Swan Inn, York

Wed 3 Dec

£12 / 01904 632922

  • 20:00

Thu 4 Dec

£12 / 01904 632922

  • 20:00

Cecil Sharp House, London NW1

Sun 23 Nov

£15

  • 19:30 – 21:00

The Liberal Club, Orpington

Sat 11 Oct

Phone for availability / 01689 820882

  • 20:00 – 22:30

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Jamie's Scottish Evening

A Scottish evening, with a selection of traditional music, song, dance and dining.

The King James by Thistle, Edinburgh

Tue 30 Sep

£60 (Children £36)

Ticket includes show, four course meal and drinks.

  • 18:45 – 22:00

Wed 1 Oct

£60 (Children £36)

Ticket includes show, four course meal and drinks.

  • 18:45 – 22:00

Thu 2 Oct

£60 (Children £36)

Ticket includes show, four course meal and drinks.

  • 18:45 – 22:00
…and 29 more dates until 31 Oct

Ben Sands

Life, love and the ways of the world from Ben Sands.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£8 / 0141 221 7705

  • 20:00

Arts Centre Washington

Thu 2 Oct

Phone for prices / 0191 219 3455

  • 19:30

Edinburgh Folk Club

Wed 15 Oct

£10 (£9; Members £7) / 0131 650 2458

  • 20:00 – 23:00

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Dunfermline Folk Weekend

Opening with a family ceilidh on the Friday evening, the weekend proceeds with a selection of workshops, sessions, open stage, family events and concerts, run by a folk club that's been in existence now for over 50 years.

Various venues: Dunfermline

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary

Grainne Duffy

The enigmatic singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland plays blues rock and soul.

Bronte Blues Club, Keighley

Fri 3 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 07773 637335

The Courtyard Theatre/Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£12 (£10) / 028 9034 0202

  • 20:00

The Malt Shovel, Northampton

Wed 1 Oct

Free / 01604 234212

  • 20:45

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Martin Simpson

Brilliant mix of English tradition and American music from the virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and singer, a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year.

Band on the Wall, Manchester

Tue 30 Sep

£16.50 adv; £14.50 early bird / 01618 341786

  • 19:30

Black Swan Inn, York

Sat 4 Oct

£18 (£16) / 01904 632922

  • 20:00

The Castle Cinema, Builth Wells

Sat 29 Nov

£14 (£13) / 01982 552555

  • 19:30

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Mary Gauthier

Sharp, often devastating emotional observation leavened with a dose of humour from the Louisiana-born songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.

The Atkinson, Southport

Sun 2 Nov

£15 / 01704 533333

  • 19:30

The Glee Club, Birmingham

Wed 1 Oct

£14 / 0871 472 0400

  • 19:45 – 22:15

Kings Place, London N1

Wed 5 Nov

Hall One

£15.50 / 020 7520 1490

  • 20:00

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Paul McKenna Band

A blend of Scottish and Irish music with modern rock and contemporary songwriting from this five-piece.

St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£12 (£10) / 0141 559 5902

with The Outside Track

  • 19:30 – 22:30
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Show of Hands

Enigmatic folk duo performing original songs, top-quality vocals and harmonies.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Thu 23 Oct

£19 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Fri 14 Nov

£19 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Fri 28 Nov

£21 (Children £13 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 19:45

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Wed 22 Oct

£19.50 / 01892 530613

  • 19:30

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Anthony John Clarke

Northern Irish singer/songwriter known among other things for his bright red guitar.

Bodmin Folk Club @ The Mason's Arms

Fri 25 Sep 2015

Phone for prices

  • 20:15

Faldingworth Memorial Hall, Market Rasen

Sat 19 Sep 2015

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01673 843036

The Lyceum Tavern, Newport

Thu 24 Sep 2015

Phone for prices / 07966 754366

  • 20:30

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Balerno Music Festival

This community-run music festival returns for a second year with folk and classical concerts and workshops and a distinctly family-orientated feel. Featuring performances from the Roger Cull Jazz Group, Heriot-Watt University's Excelsior Wind Ensemble, and students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The…

Various Venues, Edinburgh

Tue 30 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Wed 1 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

Thu 2 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07710 703372

…and 10 more dates until 12 Oct

Carrying Stream Festival

Annual celebration of the life and work of Hamish Henderson, the founding father of the Scottish folk revival. His legacy is celebrated with a range of events including storytelling, gigs, traditional music and poetry.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

Times & prices vary

Thu 6 Nov

Times & prices vary

Fri 7 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Celebrate Linlithgow

A celebration of Linlithgow with arts events.

Various venues, Linlithgow

Sat 4 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 5 Oct

Times & prices vary

Mon 6 Oct

Times & prices vary

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Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, indie, world and traditional music festival celebrating the links between Celtic music and cultures across the globe. An international cast of over 2000 musicians descend upon Glasgow, to create over 300 events. These include ceilidhs, workshops, talks, dancing, art exhibitions, free events…

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

Sat 17 Jan 2015

Times & prices vary / 0141 353 8000

…and 15 more dates until 1 Feb 2015

John Smith

The well-travelled, Devon-born artist plays music of unashamed romanticism and warm lyricism on the acoustic guitar. Just don't try to Google him.

Band on the Wall, Manchester

Fri 28 Nov

£15 / 01618 341786

  • 20:00 – 22:30

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 16 Nov

£10 / 0191 230 4474

  • 19:30

Colchester Arts Centre

Fri 21 Nov

£10 / 01206 500900

  • 20:00

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The Wynntown Marshals

Country rock and Americana with a smattering of indie harmonies from Edinburgh's Wynntown Marshalls.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Oct

£9 / 0131 556 7060

With The King Lot.

Alastair Savage

Traditional and contemporary Scots fiddle music.

Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Thu 16 Oct

£8

  • 19:30 – 21:30

St Bride's Episcopal Church, Glasgow

Fri 5 Dec

£10

Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano, Eddie McGuire on flute and Ewan Robertson on whistle/flute for an evening of traditional and contemporary Scottish music in aid of the St Bride's organ fund.

  • 19:30 – 21:30

St James Church, Southampton

Sat 18 Oct

£8 (Children free)

  • 19:30 – 21:30

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Amerrycana Christmas

Akin to a Christmas gathering with friends around the fire, the Downright Homespun Radio Company performs music, songs and other festive fun.

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Sat 13 Dec

£11 (Children £5) / 01721 725777

  • 19:30
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Andrew Gordon

Scottish folk music.

Shieldbank Coffee Shop, Saline

Sat 29 Nov

£10 / 01383 852621

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Dolina McLennan presents this year's folk music lecture.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 0131 529 4003

Part of Carrying Stream Festival.

  • 12:30

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

World music from award winning ngoni (West African lute) player Bassekou Kouyate.

Whitby Pavilion Complex

Fri 17 Oct

£75 / 01947 604855

  • 12:00 – 23:00

The Big Shoogle

A ceilidh and a half with music from the ever-raucous Big Shoogle.

Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 19 Nov

£20 (inc buffet and entry to prize draw) / 0141 357 4000

Billy Bragg

Self-styled 'progressive patriot' and veteran political activist who is still one of the UK's finest writers of love songs.

Colston Hall, Bristol

Thu 20 Nov

£20 / 0117 922 3686

  • 20:00
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