Online Folk

Online folk sites, centres, podcasts, magazines, radio stations and resources - the traditional, the new and the eclectic. These sites offer a wide range of information, material, commentary and research. Should you find a 'dead link' because the owner has given up or decided to sit on a beach for the rest of their life, please let us know and we'll remove it. To add your details to this page, contact FolkWords.

More folk resources are on: 'Folk Places' 

  • The Acoustic Music Archive - one of the few sites where you can find out a little about the origins of a song, listen to a recording of it and see the lyrics and the chords all at the same time.
  • Bright Young Folk - keeping a beady eye on the bright young british folk scene - gig listings , reviews and full discographies.
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society - for over a hundred years EFDSS has worked to record, develop and promote the folk music, dance, song and traditions of our country. Cecil Sharp House 2 Regents Park Road London
  • FATEA - features news, reviews, live events, interviews, gossip from in and around the acoustic scene. Published since 1990 and exclusively available online since 2005, Fatea Magazine seeks to bring you the best of new and established bands.
  • Folk All - Blog by journalist Danny Faragher specialising in promoting folk and acoustic music. Also into cooking, reading, real ale, Guinness and growing his own food.
  • Folk Alley - strives to bring folk music to the world via the Internet, reaching across the miles and the generations to provide global exposure for an art form with long-standing tradition and a loyal fan community.
  • Folk and Roots - a guide to the folk and acoustic scene, with information about UK folk gigs, folk concerts, folk festivals and hundreds of links.
  • FolkCast - The UK's original independent folk music podcast, featuring news and views from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots-based music, plus exclusive interviews and features. Listen and download for free.
  • Folk Corporation - great 'folksite' site with multiple links also includes the 'Talkawhile Forum'.
  • Folk for Folk: Tony Morris, musician, performer, philosopher -  prefers to be thought of as a ‘Folk Performer’ rather than a ‘Folk Singer’ - a site for his songs and thoughts.
  • Folk Radio UK - traditional folk and Celtic music of the British Isles and beyond.
  • Folkstock Arts Foundation - The foundation is run by a Community Interest Company called Folkstock Arts Foundation, specifically to provide a  framework of subsidised coaching and support to help acoustic folk and roots musicians of all ages and experience stand out in a sea of stereotypes and to create a network of musicians and supporters intent on developing the audience and appetite for new music.
  • FolkTalkinFolk - the blog where sandals with socks and man ponytails are not compulsary – just folkie goodness.
  • fRoots - For more than 31 years, fRoots has been a central resource and key activist for the folk, roots and world music community.
  • North West Folk: an online guide to gigs, events, artists and clubs for folk music in North West England with a few articles thrown in.
  • Old and New Tradition - site dedicated to promoting traditional and traditional style English, Scottish, Celtic folk music and folk song and folk stories from the British Isles, Ireland USA and Canada.
  • Peterborough and South Lincs Folk Diary - what's on in Peterborough, south Lincolnshire, north Cambridgeshire, east Northamptonshire, west Norfolk & even east Nottinghamshire & Rutland.
  • Rock 'n' Reel Magazine ... fresh, unpretentious, informative, comprehensive and eclectic in our music coverage
  • The American Folk Life Centre - collections include Native American song and dance, ancient English ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, Balinese Gamelan music recorded shortly before the Second World War, professional and amateur musicians throughout the United States.
  • The Folklore Society - a learned society devoted to the study of traditional culture in all its forms. Founded in London in 1878 and was one of the first organisations established in the world for the study of folklore. The Folklore Society's interest and expertise covers such topics as traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief.
  • The Morris Federation - a United Kingdom association of self-governing Morris clubs, which aims to encourage and maintain interest in the practice of morris dancing by women and men of all ages.
  • The Morris Ring - founded in 1934, is an association of over two hundred morris dance sides. Its mission is to encourage the performance of morris dancing, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history.
  • UK Folk Festivals - the UK folk music scene is a large and vibrant music genre, with folk and traditional music clubs in almost every town in the the country. Folk music festivals are an important part of the folk or traditional music scene. Finding a folk festival has now become easier. UK Folk Festivals aim to list almost all the festivals in the UK.

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