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Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Peace, love and powerful women Special

Edmonton - The 2016 Edmonton Folk Music Festival took place from August 4-7 and featured another stellar lineup of musical variety.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry make 'Americana' railway music

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have collaborated on a project highlighting the music associated with the golden age of American rail. The record will consist of songs played live at railway stations across the U.S.

Review: Three Cane Whale: 'Palimpsest'

The Bristol-based folksters are back with their third album, the above-mentioned 'Palimpsest,' recorded last summer in Wiltshire. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Interview: Mike Amarant from Melbourne indie outfit the Sea Birds Special

The recently formed Aussie five-piece, featuring guitarist and songwriter-in-chief Mike Amarant, have just put out their debut single. Digital Journal found out more.

'When I Was a Child': Presenting Austin Crane of Valley Maker Special

The 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist, definitely one to watch on the American folk scene, provides an insight into his latest single and album.

Review: Folk star Glen Hansard back with 'Didn't He Ramble'

The founding member of Irish mainstays The Frames is set to release his second solo album, the follow-up to 2012's 'Rhythm and Repose.'

Interview: Adam Zwig tells us all about his first live album Special

The American musician has made six studio albums to date and is now entering previously uncharted waters with "Live At The Wiltern Theatre." Digital Journal spoke to him.

Folk Festival brings the sounds of the world to Edmonton Special

Edmonton - The 36th annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival took place from August 6-9 and once again brought sounds from around the world to Gallagher Park.

Interview with Aussie newcomer Greta Stanley Special

She's a mere 20 years old, but this formidable singer/songwriter, who has just released her first musical offering, has a sound and an apparent understanding of the world that belie her tender age. Digital Journal found out more.

Review: The Unthanks delight at London gig Special

London - British folk band The Unthanks played a sublime concert at London's The Roundhouse, playing new and older material in a delightful sonic soundscape.

Black Market Tune: An intriguing musical prospect Special

Digital Journal talks to Paul Dangl, violinist and vocalist with the Austro-Scottish folk quartet who are currently in the middle of their first Australian tour.

Interview with SHEL's Eva Holbrook Special

SHEL, a band made up of four very talented sisters from Colorado, recently popped up on the soundtrack to a major motion picture. Digital Journal chats to their charming lead singer about what could well be their ticket to stardom.

Interview with Kristina Olsen Special

The American folk icon, currently on tour in Australia, talks to Digital Journal about her most recent album and what she enjoys most about plying her trade in this part of the world.

Interview with Rachel Collis Special

The quirky Australian singer-songwriter has just released her second album, and pretty darn good it is too. She tells Digital Journal all about it.

Review: Music Review: Beauty is So Common by Slow Leaves

Beauty is So Common is the first full length release from Winnipeg artist Grant Davidson under his project moniker Slow Leaves.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival combines music with community Special

Edmonton - The annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival took place from August 7-10 in Gallagher Park. Not only is the festival about some of the best music around, but it is also about community.

Interview with writer and musician Chris Wade Special

The versatile, creative and very sharp mind behind a number of interesting projects chats to Digital Journal about his music, his writing and working with the late, great Rik Mayall.

Interview with Doc White Special

The seasoned Australian musician, whose sound encompasses an array of different styles, talks life, music and touring with Digital Journal.

Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone lyrics to be sold at auction

New York - It has been described as "the most significant piece of rock material to appear at auction." There are doodles in the borders, sketches of a woman's stiletto shoe, a fedora hat and many strange shapes. Oh, and the lyrics to a classic folk-rock song.

Interview: Women in docs Special

Chanel Lucas, one half of the popular Australian folk duo, speaks to Digital Journal about the pair's latest album 'Carousel'.

Who was Pete Seeger?

New York - Pete Seeger died yesterday aged 94. If the name is not familiar to you, you will probably have heard of or even know at least one of his songs.

Interview with acclaimed songwriter David Rotheray Special

One of Britain's most revered and respected tunesmiths talks to Digital Journal about 'Answer Ballads', his second solo release.

Roger McGuinn headlines Montreal Folk Festival 2013

Montreal - Both Mariposa and The Winnipeg Folk Festival are considered Canada's great traditional folk music venues , but this year's Montreal Folk Festival is coming on strong with an excellent roster of new and old stars offering a mellow musical vibe.

Review: Billy Bragg's 'Tooth and Nail' album

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has released his first major album in five years, an Americana inspired set called 'Tooth and Nail'. It is an excellent album about love, loss and hope.

Interview: Fleur McMenamin, of The McMenamins, on their new album Special

Independent Australian folk/Alt.country duo The McMenamins have just released a new record and are in the middle of a nationwide tour.

Op-Ed: Hot Tips for Canada Music Week

Toronto - If it’s March it must be tax time fun time. Sorry, that’s CMW time fun time, when a gazillion bands and the people who love them descend on the T. Dot for your amusement and to party like they’ve never been here before.

Canadian icon Stompin' Tom Connors dead at 77

Sudbury - Canadian country-folk singer Stomping Tom Connor passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at age 77. His patriotism made him one of Canada's biggest cultural icons. He was best known for the Hockey song, "Sudbury Saturday Night" and "Bud the spud".

Live performances at the 25th Folk Alliance Conference Special

Toronto - The 25th Folk Alliance Conference swarmed all over Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Hotel between Feb.20-24. Even though they stuck out like hookers at a folk festival, the working girls in the lobby in their little black dresses were ok with the sweater crew

Interview with Ranchers for Peace, talking Trayvon Martin song Special

Toronto - On Feb. 26 2012 in Sanford, Florida, unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by neighbourhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. He was subsequently charged with second-degree murder and the case is currently before the Florida courts.

Review: Dull Neil Young autobiography cries out for a ghostwriter Special

As Canada's top ambassador of rock, folk and country, veteran superstar Neil Young should have a lot to offer as a storyteller. Too bad his recent autobiography, “Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream”, is far more square than the title suggests.
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Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2017.
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The Laws get ready for the road
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Donovan at the London Palladium.
Donovan at the London Palladium.
Under different lighting  The Unthankls perform in London (March 2015).
Under different lighting, The Unthankls perform in London (March 2015).
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Dar Williams. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
Round Dancing at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Round Dancing at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
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Carved figures of klezmer band, artistic children daycare "Burczybas", village of Opypy, near Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Amy Helm and her Handsome Strangers. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2016
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Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
The Thursday evening sky at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
The Thursday evening sky at the 2017 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Solo. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2017
Solo. Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2017
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Irish folk music legends The Dubliners delight a packed house of fans at the Culture Factory in Zagreb, Croatia.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
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David Bronson
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Cover of Beauty is So Common from Slow Leaves.
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Fleur and Simon McMenamin
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The Album Cover
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The Young 'Uns performing at The Roundhouse in London. March 2015

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