folk music


The Artists Bringing LGBT+ Narratives into Scottish Folk Music

We hung out with the musicians in Bogha-frois, a new collective pulling trad folk out of its strict hetero boundaries.


Gaelynn Lea: "Art Can Serve as a Vessel to Remind People We're Here"

The Minnesota musician speaks about accessibility in the arts, her history with the violin, and the ways that folk music can change everything.


Finding Happiness Isn't Easy But Brandi Carlile Is Doing the Best She Can

We talked to the Pacific Northwest folk singer about her latest album, 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' gay motherhood, how shutting the hell up is activism.


There Is Only One Good Album, and It Was Made by Harry Dean Stanton

The actor, who was recently seen quietly singing a country standard in the new 'Twin Peaks,' has never been more beloved than he is now.


The British Masters, Series 3 Chapter 2: Shirley Collins

After David Rodigan kicked off the new series last week, folk legend Collins talks to us about reclaiming her voice from decades of silence.


Laura Marling Took a Gap Yah from Music to Become a Yoga Teacher

So what other LA things did get up to while making her beautiful new album?


Immersive Scottish Theater Teleports People to Hell

'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' combines Celtic folklore and Kylie Minogue.


The Long, Strange Hunt for the Folk Singer Who Thought He Was the Next Messiah

It took author Mike Stax 15 years to make sense of the life and times of the musician Craig Smith, who was on the brink of fame before something inside him snapped.


Manu Chao is Music's Last True Radical

Peter Culshaw trails the enduring troubadour, from a Saharan refugee camp to a mental asylum in Argentina.


My Unhealthy Obsession with Bob Dylan's Christmas Lights

The string of festive lights hung up at one of Bob Dylan's many homes has transfixed me for years. I have strived to find a deeper meaning behind this haunting image.


Hello, White People!

Is there anything cuter than two identical twin twelve-year-old girls who have a band together? And what if they perform folky versions of classic racist songs by bands like Skrewdriver and Rahowa?