Interesting/Useful Sites

[Updated 23rd October 2020]

It’s unlikely that there’ll be much in the way of further updates or maintenance on this page, I’m afraid, as I’m reducing work on this blog to the barest minimum. Still, I’ve just added a couple of extra magazine-type resources.

The John Hayward Memorial Trust is a registered charity that provides bursaries towards music lesson costs for children aged 7-11 at primary schools throughout the Shropshire Council area.

Early Music Muse: musings on medieval, renaissance and traditional music

The Bee’s Knees: Music information archive

Mythstories Museum: Dez & Ali’s Storytelling venue in The Old Library, Wem. Stories from all ages Stories for all ages Stories from lands far & near

Jollybox: Dave Jolly- Mender of various types squeeze boxes.

Irish Inspiration Knitwear, jewelry, even Guinness  We are primarily a mail order business specialising in Folk-Rock, Folk, Celtic and Acoustic music on CD, Video and DVD and have been serving a large devoted client base around the world for nearly thirteen years. [Apparently a dead link.]

Mudcat Cafe: search for about 9000 songs in the Digital Tradition Database, forum and much more.

Free Sheet Music: Locate thousands of free sheet music downloads; many instruments, many musical styles.

Collectorsfolk: Collector’s Folk is a specialist dealer in all things connected with folk and folklore. “Although I deal mainly in previously cherished (second-hand) books and carefully pre-owned (second-hand) records I also buy and sell paintings, prints, photographs and first-day covers. Dave Eyre [Another dead link.]

National Gig Guide: The National Gig Guide for gigs and events covering England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, find music gigs and events by artists and bands across the UK. [Dead link.]

Folk Directory: This site aims to provide a comprehensive, user-maintained directory to folk and acoustic sessions, clubs and festivals in the UK.

[Added 1st July 2018: SCoFF, the Southern Counties Folk Federation, a confederation of clubs from Somerset to East Sussex/Kent and from Bucks/Oxon/Berks to the Channel Islands including Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Wiltshire, and Surrey. Sam Satyanadhan, 3 Cranbury Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HZ. tel/fax 023 80 570082.]

Record Labels

Wildgoose Records: English folk music from Wildgoose Records

Wormwood Records: Fairport Convention [currently redirects to]

Green Linnet: Celtic Music artists

Compass Records: Kate Rusby & many more

Tara Music Company: Irish music

Topic Records: All the top folk favourites – lots of info on each artist

Folk Lyrics and Notation Sites Including MP3 and ABC files

G8INA’s Irish Music Page: Links to loads of sites + Award winning Lyric & Music CD to buy. [Failed link]

Ireland: German Site – Irish lyrics

Traditional Irish Songs: Links to lots of Irish sites [failed link]

Celtic Music on the Web: Excellent Celtic Music links

English Folksong and Dance Society: Definitive site. You might find ‘The Full English Digital Archive‘ page particularly interesting: it’s claimed to be ‘The world’s biggest free digital archive of English traditional folk music and dance tunes’. Not to be confused with the band ‘The Full English’. [This item updated 24/1/16]

Irish Traditional Music Archive: Situated in Dublin. Comprehensive collection of materials – sound recordings, books, photographs, videos, etc. – for the appreciation and study of Irish traditional music.

Contemplator: Excellent – Lots of  song lyrics [Careful: there was a problem with malware on the link when I visited. Notified the site but no response at present.]

Ballad Archive: Lots of Lyrics

Francis J. Child Ballads: Collection of lyrics

Links to Internet Folk Magazines

I’m no longer writing for Folklife West, but it’s well worth checking out for folk-related venue information as well as its articles.. – a very useful news resource with lots of reviews (I do some of them, though not as often as I used to).

The Folk Mag:  The online guide to folk song, dance and roots music for the West Midland counties.

Shogem: Folk reviews, news — Dennis is a big LJE fan

Sounds Alive: Folk Mag for Leicestershire and surrounding area [failed link]

Real UK Music: UK festival, club, concert venue and performers listing resource Please take a look and consider reciprocal links. Pete  [site timed out]

Mr Red: Where to find UK Folk Music. Found where I’d put your link at long last!

North Staffs Folk Diary: North Staffs Folk Diary

Stirrings: This is the on-line version of the U.K. quarterly folk, roots and acoustic music magazine covering South Yorkshire and areas beyond.

Folkfax: Here you will find news, gossip and information about a lot of aspects of folk music, especially in the UK and particularly in the Midlands

Folk and traditional music: Folk and traditional music in specific areas of England – lots of links [link failed: however, Martin Nail has a web page here].

The Living Tradition: The Living Tradition is a full colour, bi-monthly Folk & Traditional music magazine that has been in publication for over 10 years now. The main aim of the magazine is to highlight the rich heritage of traditional music in the British Isles and further afield, and attempt to bring it to a wider audience. [failed link]

North West Folk: North West Federation of Folk Music Venues and the quarterly FOLK NORTH WEST magazine. Telephone number is 0151-678-9902 and mobile 07981-639-336; email

Folk Monthly magazine.  The Team presents traditional arts activities in the Midlands with the support of Arts Council England and Awards for All.The Traditional Arts Team runs activities in the Midlands relating to traditional song, music, storytelling and dance, and publishes the Folk Monthly magazine.

Current activities are listed

New Address:-


Traditional Arts Team
19 Springfield Road
Kings Heath
B14 7DU

Tel: 0121 247 3856

These are links which I feel may be of use to the reader.

Copyright © Felicity Burke 2000 & 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Updated 17th January 2016 by DH.

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