Country, folk, acoustic, blues, jazz and roots music artists on tour in the UK

On Tour Across the Pond blog



 Adam Cohen   Sam Baker  
Sarah Jarosz   Sean Rowe  Darden Smith 
Abigail Washburn
  Krista Detor


Dar Williams   London Jazz Festival
  Catherine Feeny  Frazey Ford  
Anais Mitchell  Dylan LeBlanc   Pierre Bensusan  
Carrie Rodriguez   Josh Ritter   Sam Baker
Iron & Wine   Richard Shindell   Laura Veirs
Mark Kozelek  Drew Nelson   Jackson Browne &
David Lindley
  Tim O'Brien     Eric Bibb
Natalie Merchant   Joe Pug    Sam Amidon
Angus & Julia Stone   Josh Rouse    Krista Detor  
Pat Metheny   The Bittersweets    Robby Hecht  
Jonatha Brooke    Jesca Hoop     Anais Mitchell  
Erin McKeown The Swell Season  Malcolm Holcombe


Catherine Feeny  Great Lake Swimmers 
William Fitzsimmons  Darden Smith 
Annabelle Chvostek  Rickie Lee Jones 
Dar Williams  Harry Manx  Devon Sproule 
Nels Andrews  Diana Jones  Stephen Fearing 
Slaid Cleaves  Indigo Girls  James McMurtry 
David "Honeyboy" Edwards  Steve Earle 
Corinne West  Kelly Joe Phelps  Pierre Bensusan
Chatham County Line Peter Broderick 
Josh Ritter  Martha Scanlan  Krista Detor 
Alela Diane  Elvis Perkins in Dearland 
Madison Violet  The Low Anthem  The Acorn 
Sam Baker  Chris Smither  Bon Iver 
Susan Tedeschi  Lucinda Williams  Crooked Still 
Mary Gauthier  Eliza Gilkyson  Mark Kozelek
  Ruthie Foster  Crosby Stills & Nash

On Tour in the UK - June 2009

Alabama 3, James Taylor, Kathryn Williams
& Neill MacColl, Cara Dillon, Bert Jansch,
Bon Iver, Plants And Animals, Emiliana
Torrini, Scott Matthews, Andy Irvine, Jason
Isbell, Kate Walsh, Lucy Wainwright Roche,
Neil Young, Priscilla Ahn, Sam Isaac,
Regina Spektor, Kate Rusby, Pierre Bensusan,
Drew Nelson, Jesca Hoop, and Steely Dan

On Tour in the UK - May 2009

Miranda Lee Richards, Thomas Dybdahl,
Walter Strauss, Darden Smith, Jackie Oates,
Clem Snide, Devon Sproule, Thomas Bailey,
Andrew Bird, Great Lake Swimmers, Lau,
Ane Brun, Hans Theessink, Kimmie Rhodes,
Taj Mahal, Baka Beyond, The Paperboys,
Thomas Baines, Po' Girl, Gretchen Peters,
Ralph Stanley, Ed Harcourt, Dana Wylie Band,
Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Kitching and Gren Bartle,
Rokia Traore, and Hugh Masekela.

On Tour in the UK - April 2009

Kimmie Rhodes, Kim Richey, Jackson Browne,
Chris Wood, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Prince Billy,
Jim White, Kill Henry Sugar, Foy Vance, Louisiana
Red, The Groanbox Boys, Tiny Tin Lady, Kaki King,
John Renbourn, Trace Bundy, The Travelling Band,
Neil Halstead, Sarah Lov, Madeleine Peyroux,
Sharon Shannon, Rachel Harrington, Heidi Talbot,
Romi Mayes, Ella Edmonson, Niamh Parsons,
Eddi Reader, Jackie Oates, Jenna Reid,
Thomas Bailey, and Karan Casey

On Tour in the UK - March 2009

Krista Detor, Jackie Oates, Emiliana Torrini,
MeShell Ndegeocello, Brooks Williams,
Horse Feathers, Diana Jones, Lau, Bella Hardy,
Archie Fisher, Spiers and Boden, Ruth Notman,
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Craobh Rua,
Two Fingers of Firewater, The Gutter Brothers,
Dean Owens, J Tillman, Oliver Mtukudzi, Lyle Lovett,
Peter Bruntnell, Johnny Dickinson, Karima Francis,
Larry Carlton, Amadou et Mariam

On Tour in the UK - February 2009

Crosby Tyler, Catie Curtis, Kathryn Williams &
Neill MacColl, Altan, Fleet Foxes, Heidi Talbot,
David Olney, Elliott Brood, Ane Brun, Vetiver,
Amy Wadge, Fairport Convention, Malcolm Holcombe
Group, Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie Sarah McQuaid,
Martin Harley Band, Charlie Parr, Jonatha Brooke,
Rodney Crowell, Jenny Scheinman, Billy Cobham

On Tour in the UK - January 2009

Crooked Still, Anais Mitchell, Richard Thompson,
Seasick Steve, The Wilders, Tift Merritt,
Carrie Rodriguez, Tim O'Brien, Eric Bibb, The
Bittersweets, Corinne West, Justin Townes Earle,
Diana Jones, Karen Casey, Dervish, Dan Tyminski,
Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, J.P. Cormier,
Casey Driessen, Carmen Souza, Megson, The
Wiyos, Mary Gauthier, Judy Collins, Eric Andersen
and Roger McGuinn


On Tour in the UK - December 2008

Alabama 3, Lucy Kaplansky, Kathleen Edwards,
Karine Polwart, Jim Moray, Randy Crawford
& Joe Sample, Imelda May, Amy LaVere, Bon 
ver, Zoe Mulford, Steve Tilston, Kate Rusby, Bob
Fox, Martin Simpson, Peter Bruntnell, Jeb Loy
Nichols, Belleruche, Kevin Montgomery, Gretchen
Peters, Catherine MacLellan, Tracy Chapman,
Linda Thompson, and The Pogues

On Tour in the UK - November 2008

John Martyn, Christy Moore, Cara Dillon, Grada,
Cara Luft, David Francey, Karine Polwart, Ron
Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith, Megson, Tim O'Brien,
Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Michelle Shocked,
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Bonamassa,
Thea Gilmore, Jez Lowe, Beth Nielsen Chapman,
Nels Andrews, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen,
Mari Boine, Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Mulvey,
Kim Richey, Mariza, Ryan Adams, Bassekou
Kouyate, Erik Mongrain, Antje Duvekot, Old Man
Luedecke, Robin Williamson, and Herbie Hancock.

On Tour in the UK - October 2008

Martin Simpson, Lucy Kaplansky, Eric Bibb, Máire
Ní Chathasaigh, Chris Newman, Arty McGlynn
& Nollaig Casey, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco,
Bruce Molsky, Flook, Julie Fowlis, Cara Dillon,
Bryn Haworth, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Martha
Wainwright, Eddi Reader, Foy Vance, Juana Molina,
The Yellowjackets, Joan Baez, Luka Bloom, Richie
Havens, Peter Rowan, Dr John, Amy LaVere,
Kate Rusby, Erin McKeown, and Edwina Hayes

On Tour in the UK - September 2008

Eliza Gilkyson, Emmylou Harris, Heidi Talbot, Paul
Curreri, Gwyneth Herbert, Julie Fowlis, Doug MacLeod,
Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, Karine Polwart, Kate Rusby,
Steve Tilston, Sun Kil Moon, The Smoke Fairies, Tony Joe
White, Alabama 3, Sam Baker, Shelby Lynne, Dick
Gaughan, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, and Kimmie Rhodes



The following monthly newsletters, covering the
UK folk/acoustic/roots music scene, were originally
written by Paul Castle for Hugh Blumenfeld's Folk
Music website from October 1999 to
July 2001 - now archived at


Across the Pond -
July 2001

UK Summer Festivals
David Crosby

In the UK this month
Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, CPR, Gjallarhorn, Slaid Cleaves,
Ron Sexsmith, Richard Thompson, Country Joe McDonald
La Bottine Souriante, Suzanne Vega, Frankie Gavin,
Amazing Blondel, Dave Swarbrick & Alastair Hulett...
and many more.

Across the Pond June 2001

Martin Carthy's 60th Birthday concert
Roy Harper's 60th Birthday concert

Shawn Colvin talks about touring the UK

In the UK this month
Runrig, Niamh Parsons, Eileen Rose, Turin Brakes,
The Eagles, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin,
Roy Harper, Baka Beyond, Little Feat, Neil Young &
Crazy Horse, Chris Thomas King, John Martyn &
Danny Thompson, Kate Rusby, Laura Cantrell,
Hubert Sumlin, The McCAlmans, Tarras,Suzanne Vega,
Duck Baker...and many more.

Across the Pond - May 2001

BBC launch new folk website
Bob Blackman writes about The Copper Family in Sing Out!
Bob Dylan UK Convention 2001
The Carthy Chronicles

In the UK this month
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, John Hammond, Louis Killen,
The Strawbs, Dana Robinson, Roger McGuinn, Jim White,
Ken Perlman, Bob Brozman & Takashi Hirayasu, Dave Peabody,
Ben Andrews, John Wright Band, Chris While & Julie Matthews,
Sarah Harmer, Christine Collister, Pierre Bensusan, Steve Forbert,
Rodney Crowell, Geoff Muldaur, Jackie Leven, Paddy Keenan,
Bob Davenport, Julian Dawson & Kimberley Rew...and more.

Across the Pond - April 2001

Eva Cassidy tops the UK Charts

Maddy Prior talks about her new album
'Arthur The King'

In the UK this month
Luka Bloom, Kathryn Williams, Oh Susanna, Jay Farrar,
Show of Hands, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Gretchen Peters,
Rokia Traore, Kellie While, Steve Ashley, Eliza Carthy,
Plainsong, Cathal McConnell, Eric Roche, Barachois,
Mark Mulcahy, Cubanismo... and many more.

Across the Pond - March 2001

Paul rides the Folktain across Canada to
the Vancouver Folk Alliance Conference
Rick Scott and Canada's Pied Pumkin

In the UK this month
Kim Richey, Bert Jansch, Buddy Mondlock, Dave Alvin,
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The New Deal String Band,
Michelle Shocked, Allan Taylor, Kate Rusby, Judy Cook,
Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy, Sally Barker, Fernhill...
and many more.

Across the Pond - February 2001

BBC Folk Awards

with top US bluegrass guitarist, Dan Crary
Photo: Alison Brown at The Borderline

In the UK this month
Eddi Reader, Dan Crary & Beppe Gambetta, Michael Chapman,
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael Marra,
Abdul Tee Jay, Al Stewart, Dougie MacLean, Vin Garbutt,
Robin Williamson, Fairport Convention, Steve Tilston, Sheila Stewart,
Bob Cheevers, Steve Phillips... and many more

Across the Pond - January 2001

Celtic Connections Festival listings

In the UK this month
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Iris Dement, Alison Brown,
Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Laura Cantrell, Cherish the Ladies,
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Tom Paxton, Derek
Brimstone, Les Barker, Mary Coughlan, Countrypolitans,
Carrie Newcomer, Darryl Purpose, John Martyn, John Renbourn,
Suzzy Roche, Frankie Armstrong, Ani DiFranco...and many more.

Across the Pond - December 2000

The return of acoustic guitar legend Davey Graham
to one of his old sixties haunts
Kate Rusby review and photos

In the UK this month
Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Pacheco, Eric Bibb, Guy Davis,
Billy Bragg, Bill Jones, Waterson:Carthy, The Levellers,
Kathryn Tickell, Danu, Shane McGowan & The Popes,
Nick Harper, Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, Brian Peters,
The Men They Couln't Hang, The Saw Doctors ...and more

Across the Pond - November 2000

Martin Carthy explains how he came to be singing
"Scarborough Fair" on stage with Paul Simon in
London last month

In UK this month
Tim O'Brien & The Crossing, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal,
Chris Smither, Steeleye Span, Sara Grey, June Tabor,
Youssou N'Dour, Ralph McTell, John Kirkpatrick & Alistair Anderson
Flook, Terry Callier, Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Jez Lowe and
The Bad Pennies, The John Tams Band, Rory Block, Ryan Adams,
Patrick Street, Lindisfarne, Woody Mann & John Renbourn,
Oysterband.....and many more.

Across the Pond - October 2000

new biography -
'Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch &
The British Folk Blues Revival'
new autobiography -
Ralph McTell's 'Angel Laughter'
with Mary Black's bass player,
James Blennerhassett

In the UK this month
Richie Havens, Roy Rogers and Shana Morrison,
Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis, Freedy Johnston,
Bob Dylan, Tish Hinojosa, Jaqui McShee's Pentangle,
kd Lang, The Albion Band, Iain Matthews, Joan Armatrading,
Allison Moorer, Darden Smith, Martin Simpson, Kelly Joe Phelps
Slaid Cleaves, Paul Simon, Niamh Parsons, Capercaillie,
John Prine, Maria Muldaur....and many more.

Across the Pond - September 2000

'A Skin Too Few' -
new Nick Drake film premier
Paul interviews Cry, Cry, Cry's
Lucy Kaplansky

In the UK this month
Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading, Bert Jansch,
Davy Graham, Pierre Le Rue, Mary Coughlan,
Trisha Yearwood, North Mississippi All Stars,
Oh Susanna, Jack Hardy, Eric Bogle, and
many more....

Across the Pond #11
(August 2000)

Paul Castle comes across the pond and
sees more here in a week than I saw all year.
His exploits (with a camera) plus the monthly
UK tour info [HB]

In the UK this month
Little Feat, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle,
Mary Black, Michelle Shocked, Dale Watson,
Boys of the Lough, Danu, Incredible String Band,
Alan Stivell, Boys of the Lough, Jay Farrar,
Eileen McGann, Simon Mayor & Hilary James,
and many more...

Across the Pond - July 2000

Cambridge Folk Festival
Sandy Denny biography -
'No More Sad Refrains'

In the UK this month
Joan Baez, Dr John, Suzanne Vega, Janis Ian,
Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Liz Carroll, Bill Caddick,
Vin Garbutt, Flowers and Frolics, Donal Lunny's
Coolfin, Mundy Turner, and many more...

Across the Pond - June 2000

Glastonbury Festival
with Richard Thompson about
performing at the Joni Mitchell tribute concert

In the UK this month
Chris Hillman, John Herald, Eddie Le Jeune,
Alistair Hulett & Dave Swarbrick, Altan,
Martin Carthy, Billy Bragg, John Martyn,
Hank Williams III, Martin Simpson, Bob Fox,
Richard Thompson, and many more...

Across the Pond #8
(May 2000)

In the UK this month
The Chieftains, Nanci Griffith, Tracy Chapman,
Janis Ian, Odettta, John Hammond, John Stewart,
Steve Earle, Stacey Earle, Warren Zevon,
Michael Chapman, Bob Brozman, and many more...

Across the Pond - April 2000

Festival season

In the UK this month
Artisan, Tom Ovans, Brass Monkey,
John Tams Band, Flook, Balfour Toujours,
Terry Callier, Tannahill Weavers, Wizz Jones,
Geoff Muldaur, Lunasa, Jack Williams,
Tarras, Andy Irvine, Youssou N'Dour,
Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, The Strawbs,
and many more...

Across the Pond - March 2000

St. Patrick's Day brings out the Celts

In the UK this month
Van Morrison, Paul Brady, Andy White,
Maire Brennan, Celtus, Sharon Shannon,
King Sunny Ade, The Albion Band, Chris Whitley,
Ron Sexsmith, Gabriel Yacoub, Steve Tilston,
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and many more...

Across the Pond - February 2000

with Jez Luton, UK guitarist with
Jez Lowe's Bad Pennies and Tom Paxton

In the UK this month
Randy Newman, Tom Paxton, Kelly Joe Phelps,
Buddy Miller, The Konnarock Critters,
Robyn Hitchcock, Jackie Leven, June Tabor,
Pete Morton,Fairport Convention (with
Dave Swarbrick) and many more...

Across the Pond - January 2000

The huge, international 'Celtic Connections'
Festival in Glasgow

In the UK this month
John Prine, Iris Dement, Beth Nielsen Chapman,
Niamh Parsons, Pierre Bensusan, Barachois,
Kathryn Tickell, Leon Rosselson, Jez Lowe,
Freedy Johnston, Solas, and more...

Across the Pond - December 199

Celebrating New Years Eve - Scots style -
with 'La Bottine Souriante'

In the UK this month
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Lucy Kaplansky, Ani DiFranco
Maddy Prior, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg
and many more....

Across the Pond - November 1999

In the UK this month
From the US, Taj Mahal, Mary Chapin Carpenter,
Catie Curtis, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III,
Carolyn Hester, Jane Siberry, Alex de Grassi,
Eric Bibb and Woody Mann, Mary Black, Ronnie Drew,
Mary Coughlan, Luka Bloom, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill,
and many more....

Across the Pond - October 1999

Online Resouces and publications

Ex-Fairport Convention drummer, Dave Mattacks,
touring with Mary Chapin Carpenter.

In the UK this month:
Rory Block, Richard Thompson, Paul Brady,
Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Tori Amos, John Fahey
Flook, Oysterband, Sharon Shannon, Tom Paxton,
Jack Hardy, Shirley Collins, Bert Jansch, Frances Black
.....and many more