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Acoustic City
Southern-based site listing Folk for ME events in Suffolk and Colchester Folk Club but also reviews, links etc

Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Huge site of interest to guitarists. Includes downloads, sample lessons, tuition, equipment, books and lots more.

Acoustic Sussex
Information and 'what's on' listings for singer/songwriters and acoustic musicians performing in mid-Sussex.

Acoustic Tearoom
Acoustic music and food venue in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Combine live music with a home-cooked supper. Artists include the likes of Vin Garbutt, Acoustic Strawbs, Boo Hewerdine, Helen Watson, Kieran Halpin, Show of Hands and many more.

Adastra Music
Online newsletter from promoters Adastra, and information on Edward II, Wood/Wilson/Carthy, Rock, Salt and Nails amongst others.

Albion Magazine Online
A biannual web-based magazine dedicated to investigating English identity, character and culture and giving a voice to modern English people. Readers are invited to submit articles, reviews, letters, short fiction etc. Music review section featuring English folk music.

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BBC Radio Shropshire's Folk Pages
Local news, local venues, local music, local festivals ... plus the national treasures as well. Listen to Eddi Reader, June Tabor, Jim Moray and Harvey Andrews and find out what's going on the the Midlands with Genevieve Tudor.

BBC Scotland Online - Celtic Roots
BBC Scotland site supporting its range of folk related programmes. The site is dedicated to music with a definitive Celtic origin, and has gigs, reviews, live sessions and lots more for fans.

Birchwood Books
Specialists in books on the traditional music of the British Isles. Shop located at the Piece Hall, Halifax and on the web at the link above. Also at and

Black Cat Music
Acoustic and acoustic-based music for Norwich and the surrounding area. Part of Acoustic Promotions which also organises acoustic concerts in Norwich.

Bodleian Broadside Ballads On-Line
The 30,000 broadside ballads in the Bodleian Library online. Background info, catalogue, index of 17,000 illustrations.

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Celtic Connections Cookbook
Featuring recipes from some of the artists that have played at Celtic Connections Festival over the last few years.

One of the largest online collections of information on celtic music. Links to hundreds of sites, resources, instruments, reviews, and live events.

Collector's Folk
Specialist dealer in all things connected with folk and folklore dealing mainly in second-hand books and records. Also paintings, prints, photographs and first-day covers.

Concertina FAQ, The
Produced for the newsgroup. History, descriptions, advice and links for all concertina systems.

(The) Contemplator's Folk Music Site
A big resource containing lyrics, midi, tune information and history behind folksongs and ballads: Irish, British and American including Francis J. Child ballads and sea shanties.

Resource for the Coventry/Warwickshire/West Midlands and surrounding areas with local folk news, events, photos and mailing list.

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efn magazine
Folk/roots listings magazine. Covers Essex, East London and East Herts with complete club and session guide, comprehensive local and regional links, free small ads, photo gallery and details of the printed magazine.

English Folk And Traditional Music On The Internet
Martin Nail's hugely comprehensive guide to internet resources relating to folk music.

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Farside Music
Organisers of acoustic live music - folk, jazz, blues, traditional, roots - in Leicester.

Yorkshire-based site with comprehensive UK folk listings.

Folk Alliance Australia
National Folk Directory, members' pages, newsletter.

Folk and Roots
Site by fans of folk music for fans of folk music: gigs, reviews, Americana, folk rock, venues, journals, links.

Folk Blues & Beyond
Information, discographies, biogs etc for artists including Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, John Renbourn, Jackson C Frank, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Roy Harper and more.

Includes official sites for Fairport Convention, Ralph McTell and Woodworm Records. Also home to the Big Gig Guide, which is a great place to go for news of who's playing where.

Folk Directory
User-maintained internet directory of UK folk and acoustic clubs, sessions and festivals. Search for entries or add your own listing.

Folk Icons
Home of official sites for Waterson:Carthy, Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Alistair Hulett and Kevin Dempsey plus links to a ton of other folk artist sites.

Folk Images
Huge resource of artist photos from the North West of England and beyond - plus many links to clubs, mags, venues etc.
News, gig guides, festivals and folk discussion groups.

Folk Mag
Online guide to folk song, dance and roots music for the West Midland counties.
American site with links and information about various American folk organisations.

Folk Play Research Website
Joint website of the Traditional Drama Research Group and the Morris Ring Folk Play Archive, hosted by NATCECT at the University of Sheffield. Includes folk play scripts, links, databases of folk play information, photographs etc.

Heritage Media Centre with library and archive of 400+ CDs of folk traditions. Responsible for creating the beginnings of folk interest and radio programmes on BBC after the war including two long-lasting series As I Roved Out and A-roving, 1952-68.

Online version of UK magazine. Charts, album reviews, festival listings, news, back issues and items for sale.

Fylde Folk
Site covering traditional music and dance in the Fylde. Local clubs, music dealers, reviews etc plus an extensive section on The Fylde Folk Festival.

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Girls Cross Country
Project promoting female singer songwriters on national tours, Edinburgh Fringe etc.

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Iconic Music
This fast-loading roots/acoustic website features tour dates, artist information and comprehensive links plus a free email newsletter which includes prize music quizzes. Iconic represents (among others) Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, Bob Fox, Whapweasel and Kellie While, and also works closely with Ralph McTell and Fairport Convention.

Irish Music Magazine
The website of the magazine. Details of current and back issues plus events, session/set dancing listings, web specials including extra reviews that don't make it to the mag etc.

Irish Traditional Music Archive

A multimedia reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, music and dance of Ireland. Supports and promotes public education in Irish traditional music.

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JC's ABC tune finder
A great starting point for anyone searching for ABC, MIDI, GIF etc formats for dance/session tunes.

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Lancashire Folk
An interactive calendar of folk events in the NW.

Living Tradition, The
Site of The Living Tradition magazine, covering "Folk & Traditional Music of the British Isles, Ireland and what is often called 'Celtic' music".

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Medicine Music
Event managers/publicists/promoters in the Highlands of Scotland.

Mudcat Cafe
Excellent folk and blues resource including the
Digital Tradition lyrics database of over 8000 songs. Blues museum, forum, radio, links, record shop and kids' section. Don't miss this one.

Musical Traditions
Musical Traditions online magazine. Excellent resource full of articles, reviews, news, contacts. Huge traditional discography; publications; CDs of commercially unavailable music.

Music In Scotland
Excellent Scottish music site dedicated to promoting music and musicians with a Celtic connection eg Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, World, French, Spanish, Gaelic ... Gig dates, secure store, links and more.

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National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT, formerly CECTAL)
Sheffield University research institution - the national repository for material on all aspects of English folklore.

Comprehensive site covering the state of New South Wales and links to other states in Australia.

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Pay The Reckoning
Good tunes-based site with many originals written by organisation member Aidan Crossey available in midi, tablature and ABC formats. Also reviews, prose pieces on Irish music and culture and links to related sites.

Phil's Acoustic Club
The club aims to provide a showcase for talented singer/songwriters and bands, both professional and unsigned. News, who's on, acoustic archive, listing of clubs affiliated to the North London Acoustic Network.

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Rake's Progress
Portal site for British folk music: an intro to traditional music with selected links to individual artist sites and more in-depth general web resources.

Good review website covering live and recorded music (especially Scottish/Gaelic/Folk/World & some jazz fusion), art, literature, poetry. Also gig dates, message board and messaging system.

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Sheffield Ceilidh Society
Informative and lively site full of event listings, photos, tunes, music and links.

Shooting Roots
A folk youth initiative for 12-25 year olds at Mrs Casey festivals, running events and workshops including techniques in traditional music, drama and street theatre, song, dance, playing for dancing and performance in bands.

South Yorkshire Folk
Extensive links site also covering radio, magazines, festivals etc outside the South Yorkshire area so worth checking out for other county dwellers too.

Spiral Earth
Info on new folk, roots, alternative and non-mainstream music bands and festivals. Artist profiles, album and gig reviews and a healthy dose of opinion.

Stoneyport Agency
Edinburgh-based agency best promoting music, song, and dance in the Celtic music world plus a little blues and some rockie-blues.

Sussex Folk Guide
Listing page for gigs in the area with links and contacts.

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Website for the bi-monthly magazine which covers folk music from a Welsh perspective. Order back issues, read archived articles or browse links.

Website for the folk development organisation for Wales, which aims to increase awareness of Welsh folk traditions within Wales and throughout the world. Good listing of Welsh festivals.

Tradition magazine
A quarterly magazine featuring mainly British traditions and customs, music, song and dance history, folklore, myth and legend, traditional ways of life, CD reviews, traditional diary (where to go and what to do) and more.
An excellent, fully interactive website designed by musicians for musicians, aimed specifically at enthusiasts and players of traditional music worldwide. Artist profiles, gig guide, discussion, luthiers list, online CD shopping, special offers and good news aggregation.

Birmingham-based site promoting the arts and acoustic music. Gig listings at two venues, community pages and links to other music sites. Monthly artist feature.

Transports, The
Website for Free Reed's 'Revival Masters' box-set of Peter Bellamy’s masterwork The Transports - A Ballad Opera. Lots of background and information.

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Comprehensive Dance site covering English ceilidh, Irish sets, folk dance, barn dance, Cajun, French/Breton, Morris etc etc. Index by county, map, many links, events listings.


Run by people active in the local folk music and dance scene, Wildfolk is an agency dedicated to promoting fine folk performers from Yorkshire. News, info and some samples from its artists.

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