Folk Bands and Artists in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Folk Bands and Artists

3 Daft Monkeys

Presents tour dates, songs, videos, pictures, band information, and downloads.

Allan Yn Y Fan

Playing celtic music from Wales, provides biography, gig dates and reviews.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

A well-known fiddle and accordion duo; includes biographies, tour dates, details of their recordings, and press and media packs.

Amy Macdonald

Official site of the Scottish singer songwriter, with a biography, discography, music and video clips, live dates and gig archive, and lyrics.

Andy M Stewart

Songwriter and singer interpreting the Scots song traditions, member of Silly Wizard until the band's break-up; includes a profile, discography, concert and tour dates, and booking contacts.

Ashley Hutchings

Includes biography awards and gallery.


Official site of Robert Thompson, the award winning and iconic British folk rock guitarist. Includes tour dates and discography.

Bella Hardy

Singer of traditional ballads and her own songs, and instrumentalist; includes a biography, tour dates, details of her albums, reviews, and contacts.


A contemporary folk band; includes member profiles, discography, live dates, video and media gallery, and contacts.

Ben Howard

Official site of the singer songwriter, with dates of tours and gigs, biography, news, information about his recordings, and videos. benhowardmusic

Benji Kirkpatrick

Multi-instrumentalist and singer; includes details of his solo gigs and work with bands, biography and contacts.

Blackbeard's Tea Party

Provides a brief biography, gigs, photos and videos.


Five piece traditional folk band available for all types of public and private event, includes repertoire and biography.


Perform an extensive range of traditional English and European dance tunes, using drones and unusual instruments; includes a profile and history, discography, and a listing of gigs and festival appearances.

Boys of the Lough

Official site of the long-established Scottish-Irish band; includes profiles of current members, album listing, track samples, and UK and international tour dates.

Brian Ó hEadhra

Musician and singer based in Inverness. He performs with the Gaelic quartet Cruinn as well as with the trio Charlie McKerron (fiddle) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) in the trio MacKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra.


A Scottish folk band with origins in Argyll and playing a fusion of Gaelic and contemporary sound; provides a profile, news and tour dates, album listing and contacts.

Cara Dillon

Official site of the Northern Ireland born singer, with profile, tour and gig dates, news, and album and track sales.

Charlie Barker

South Yorkshire-born singer and songwriter; includes her biography, details of recordings and gigs, audio samples, reviews, and contacts.

Chris Walshaw

A musician who plays English and French bagpipes, flute and whistles in a number of bands and projects. Also the inventor of abc music notation, now used all over the world.

Chris While & Julie Matthews

Award winning duo of singers, songwriters and instrumentalists; with profiles, discography, tour and gig dates, reviews, and news.

Christine Collister

Official site of the singer; includes gig and tour dates, details of recordings, audio samples, biography, and contacts.

Christine Kydd

A traditional singer and contemporary songwriter interpreting and championing the Scots song tradition; with a profile, discography, details of workshops, and contacts.


One of the earliest bands to concentrate largely on traditional Scots music and song; includes details of their recordings, reviews, gig calendar, and contacts.

The Copper Family

A family of singers of traditional, unaccompanied folk song from their local area; includes a family history, a collection of their songs, and details of books, recordings, and public appearances.


Official site for the folk duo, best known for writing "Flower of Scotland"; includes a history and biographies, and a wide range of merchandise.

Cutting, Andy

A melodeon performer playing music from English and other traditions; includes a profile, gig and festival list, discography, and contacts.

The Demon Barbers

Official site of an electric folk group; includes profile and history, gig guide, discography, news, and contacts.

Drever, Kris

Contemporary Scots folk musician and songwriter; includes audio samples, biography, reviews, and contacts.

Edwina Hayes

The English singer songwriter provides a profile, live gig list, discography, audio and video clips, news and contacts. edwinahayes

Eliza Carthy

Offers a biography, UK and international tour dates, and a discography; also includes a newsletter, and details of her collaborations with a wide range of musicians.

Eric Bogle

Official site of the Peebles-born folk singer-songwriter, now resident in Australia. Includes a profile, tour dates, discography, and a collection of many of his lyrics.

Ewan MacColl - Introduction

The Working Class Movement Library's collection of resources, with a biography of the songwriter and singer, and articles about his influence on the worlds of theatre, radio broadcasting, and oral history.

Ewan McLennan

Traditional singer, songwriter, and guitarist; includes a profile, gig dates, details of recordings, lyrics and audio clips, and news. ewanmclennan

Faulkner, Eric

Once a member of The Bay City Rollers, now following a solo career as an acoustic performer and singer/songwriter; includes profile, concert dates, and booking contacts.

Faulkner, Newton

English singer songwriter and acoustic guitarist; includes his gig and tour guide, online sales of his recordings, news, and profile.

Fay Hield

Official website of the traditional singer and ethnomusicologist; includes a profile, discography, festival and gig dates, reviews and news.


Official site of the Welsh folk band, with member profiles, audio and video clips, gig and festival listing, discography, reviews and contacts.


Roots dance band, combining fiddle, folk vocals, rock guitars and programmed percussion. Includes band history, news, biographies and video.

Fisherman’s Friends

Traditional shanty singers from Port Isaac in Cornwall; includes a band profile, photos and video clips, and a listing of live dates.

Folk Blues and Beyond

Biographies and discographies of seminal artists of the 1960s folk-blues scene; including Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, John Renbourn, Nick Drake, Roy Harper, Jackson C Frank, and Pentangle.

Ford, David

Official website of the singer/songwriter; includes a profile, blog, show and gig dates, and a forum.

Fred Wedlock (23 May 1942 – 4 March 2010)

Maintained as a commemoration of his life by his family; includes a biography and discography.


A long-established folk duo who perform modern and traditional songs; with a biography. discography and song list, sample tracks to download, and their tour dates.

Gatherer, Nigel

A musician, teacher, composer, and researcher. Includes details of his tuition, mostly around Scotland, a collection of traditional tunes in abc format, and learning materials, with histories and discographies of Scottish musicians and groups.

Gaughan, Dick

Official website of the Scottish singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer and record producer. Includes a biography, discography, collection of lyrics, news, ramblings, and tour schedule.

Gavin Davenport

Official site of the young interpreter of traditional song, who sings solo and with the Albion Band; with a profile, discography, live dates, resources, and contacts.

Grace Petrie

Official site of the indie folk rock singer songwriter with a political message; includes a profile, gig and festival dates, videos, discography, and contacts. gracepetrie

Harding, Mike

Official site of the singer, comic, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, with a biography, gig and tour guide, discography, and contacts.

The Houghton Weavers

A Lancashire folk band, performing the music of the north west; with a history and member profiles, live dates, discography, lyrics, news, and contacts. HoughtonWeavers

Hulett, Alistair

A memorial to the Scots-born folk singer and socialist, with a biography, discography, sound samples, and songbook.


Official site of an award winning young Irish traditional band from Northern Ireland; includes their gig calendar, audio-visual resources, and contacts.

Irvine, Andy

Official site for the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and traditional musician with concert schedule, booking information and discography.

Jackie Oates

English folk singer and traditional fiddler; includes details of her recordings and gigs, reviews, biography and contacts.

Jansch, Bert

Official website of the Scottish folksinger, guitarist, and founder member of the band Pentangle; born 1943, died 2011. Includes a biography, discography, and reviews.

Jim Causley

A Devon-born traditional singer; with a biography, details of his recordings and gigs, lyrics, and reviews.

Jock Tamson’s Bairns

Official site of a band prominent in the revival of interest in Scottish traditional music; with a profile and history, gig listing, list of recordings, and contacts.

John Tams

Official site of the songwriter and performer, member of the Albion Band and Home Service; also an actor. Includes a profile, discography, gig list, and contacts.

Jon Boden

Multi-instrumentalist and singer; includes details of gigs and recordings, a guide to his solo career and bands, reviews, audio clips, and contacts.

Jones, Nic

British folk singer and guitarist, a major influence on the folk scene since the early 70's. Provides a biography, discography, and reviews.

Karine Polwart

A Scottish singer songwriter drawing her inspiration from the folk traditions; includes a discography, lyrics and guitar tabs/scores, gig listing, reviews, and contacts.

Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

A fiddle and guitar duo, who also perform with the Albion Band and as session musicians; includes a gig and tour listing, discography, biographies, contacts, reviews, news, and video clips.

Lady Maisery

A trio of singers and musicians inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK and northern Europe, including diddling (or singing tunes); with a profile, gig and workshop listing, details of their albums, reviews and contacts.

Lakeman, Seth

West Country-born folk singer, songwriter, and musician. Offers a biography, gig guide, discography, collection of lyrics, and a forum for fans.

Lathe, Abbie

A multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter; with a profile, details of her recordings, reviews, and a listing of her teaching and workshops.


An award winning three-piece folk band; includes profiles of their members, list of recordings, and a diary of gigs and festival performances.

Leftwich, Benjamin Francis

Includes news, discography, contacts, videos, and live dates for the singer-songwriter.

Leon Rosselson

Acclaimed singer and songwriter, and author of children's books. Includes a profile, gig list, bibliography and discography, news, and contacts.

Lucy Ward

Folk singer, guitar and concertina player; includes tour dates, blog, audio and video clips, reviews, and contacts.

Maartin Allcock

Official site of the multi-instrumentalist; covers his time with Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, and other bands, and his solo career. With a biography, discography, gig and tour dates, news and contacts.

MacLean, Dougie

Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and fiddle player; includes a gig and tour guide, biography, discography, news, and lyrics.

Malcolm, Jim

Scottish folksinger and songwriter; provides a biography, tour dates, list of recordings, and press kit.


A folk band specialising in Scots song, including ballads from the north-east, original songwriting, and fiddle tunes. With a profile and history, discography, audio samples, tour guide, news and contacts.

Marling, Laura

Folk singer-songwriter who tours nationally and internationally; includes a discography, tour dates, audio and video samples, and news.

The McCalmans

A long established Scots folk group until the retirement of lead singer and guitarist, Ian McCalman; includes photos, lyrics, audio tracks, discography, and a guide to band members' continuing careers.

McNeill, Brian

Official website of the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founder member of the Battlefield Band; includes his tour diary, biography, information about his novels, news, and fan club.

Mumford and Sons

A folk rock band originally from west London, now touring nationally and internationally; includes a profile, discography, gig-guide, news, and blog.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Instrumentalists (fiddle, viola and guitar-bouzouki), and singers; with a concert listing, details of their recordings, news and contacts.

North Sea Gas

A popular Scottish folk band for over 30 years; includes a profile, information about recordings, details of tours and gigs, news, reviews, and contacts.

Old Blind Dogs

A folk band influential in the revival of Scottish roots music, particularly of the north east; includes member profiles, tour dates, discography, and media resources.

Peatbog Faeries

A traditional band based on Skye, and touring the UK and internationally; with a profile, reviews, sample tracks and discography, and promoter contacts.

Pete Castle

A traditional folksinger and storyteller, who specialises in material from the south of England; with a profile, gig-list, archive, and contacts.

Phil Cunningham

Official site of the accordionist, fiddler, and composer, with a profile, gig listing, news, profile, and reviews.

Rachel Hair Trio

Three musicians fronted by harpist-composer Rachel Hair with a repertoire drawn from traditional, contemporary and international sources; includes a profile, discography, gig list, news, and contacts. rachelhair

Redpath, Jean

Official site for the singer specialising in traditional Scots song and the songs of Burns; with a biography, details of recordings, audio samples, and contacts.

Robin Laing

Scottish folksinger, songwriter, and author; includes details of his recordings and books, gig dates, and contact information.


A duo performing the traditional music of Orkney, combined with original contemporary compositions; with their gig guide, details of recordings, videos, and contacts.

Sian James

A traditional singer from Wales; includes news, events, biography, a listing of her recordings, and reviews.

Simpson, Martin

Folk singer and songwriter, known for his skill on acoustic and slide guitar; includes a biography, dates of gigs and workshops, discography, and a collection of guitar lessons and tablatures.

Smith, Emily

Official site of a leading contemporary Scottish folk singer from Dumfries and Galloway. Includes a profile, tour dates, discography, and music/video clips.

Spiers and Boden

An English traditional folk duo; includes live dates, details of recordings, video and audio samples, and contacts.

Stewart, Christina

Official site of performer of songs from the Scots tradition (in English and Gaelic) and a tutor; with a profile, discography, and booking details.

Sunjay Byrne

Official site of the acoustic guitarist and singer, with gig list, discography, profile, and video clips.

Tickell, Kathryn

Player of the Northumbrian smallpipes, composer, and recording artist whose work is rooted in the culture of Northumbria; includes a biography, discography, news, and a tour and gig calendar.

Tilston, Steve

Singer songwriter and guitarist; includes a biography, tour and gig dates, discography, and reviews.

Tim Edey

A singer and multi-instrumentalist performing from the Irish, Scots and English traditions; includes a biography, discography, blog and tour dates.

Tony Cuffe

A celebration of the life and work of a singer and guitarist who played with three seminal bands in the revival of Scots folk music, and pioneered the transposition of fiddle and pipe music to the guitar.

Tony Morris

A poet and improvising musician; includes details of his recordings and live appearances, with contacts.

The Unthanks

English folk group from Northumberland, includes biography, gigs, video, merchandise and gallery.

Unusual Suspects

A Scottish folk big-band that brings together some of the best known traditional and folk players in the country; includes news, live dates and discography, press pack, and video and photo galleries.

Waterson and Carthy

Official website for Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy, with links to other performers in their family. Includes biographies and a discography.

The Whistlebinkies

A long established group performing arrangements and new compositions based on Scottish traditional material; includes a discography and history, information about their wide ranging collaborations, live dates, and contacts.


Official site of a band specialising in music inspired by the Scottish Highlands; with a profile, discography, gig and tour guide, news, and contacts.

Wood, Chris

Official site of the singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, with a biography, tour dates, and a discography/online shop.

The Wrigley Sisters

Official site of a folk duo from Orkney; includes their gig and tour list, news, and contacts.

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