INTERNET RADIO SHOWS we like to listen to
MUSIC VENUES regularly booking top UK and USA folk & acoustic acts

INTERNET RADIO SHOWS we like to listen to

The Comfort Zone - Gail Comfort's weekly celebration of Americana, Canadiana and Alt.Country

"Copperplate" - Alan O'Leary presents an 80 minute podcast of traditional Irish music by Copperplate artists. You can hear and download full tracks from several Copperplate albums

Folk, Roots & Acoustic Music - presented every Sunday 7-10pm by Martin Snodin. If you live in the East Grinstead and surrounding area, you can tune into FM 87.7 - or alternatively listen over the internet

Folk, Roots, & Branches - with Jamie Robertson and Kim McGavin, Folk, Fusion & wonderful music - guests, live studio sessions, local musicians, Sundays 10am - 12 & repeated Thursdays 6-8pm. Tune in to 10Radio 105.3FM & streaming on

The Gilded Palace of Sin - the name gives a good indication of the music policy (americana/alt.country/roots/etc.). A new radio show goes out every two weeks and is free to all. An archive of all past shows is available to subscribers, but there is always a free show available!

"The Miller Tells Her Tale" - Karen Miller presents singer-songwriters, alt.country and contemporary folk. She now has a weekly download show

Simple Folk Radio - a weekly radio show presented by a small rag-tag group of friends, friends with a common love of music with folk and country sensabilies. They take it in turn to play records, air sessions, gig recordings, and generally share our latest obsessions with one another.

MUSIC VENUES regularly booking top UK and USA folk & acoustic acts

Acoustic Routes, Cambridge - is a successful music venue in Cambridge run by musicians for musicians. Find them in the cellar at CB2 Cybercafe in Norfolk Street.

The Baa Club - Bellingham all Acoustic at the Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham, Northumberland. Great acoustic music organised by Landermason on the last Thursday of the month

The Band Room, North Yorks - Built for the local silver band in the 1920s this 100 capacity venue - 35 miles north of York - has got to be one of the best 'intimate' gigs in the whole of England. Low Mill, Farndale, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, YO62 7LF

The Barrels Ale House, Berwick - Barrels Ale House, Berwick upon Tweed is the most northern Music in north east England. the very best touring singer-songwriters, alt-country and Americana acts.

The Bedford, London - Balham, South London, venue where Tony (Kashmir Klub) Moore hosts live music. And you find more details and watch live webcasts via the Bedford site

Bush Hall, London - elegant Edwardian venue (with original plasterwork!) near Shepherds Bush, West London. Music most nights of the week including touring singer-songwriters from overseas. 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ

The Citadel Arts Centre, Lancashire - performing arts centre in St Helen's, Lancashire, with excellent roots music programme. Cafe and bar

Come Down And Meet The Folks, London - Live music every third Sunday of each month @ The Apple Tree, 45 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, London WC1 - 4-9pm, with main act on at about 6pm. Admission: free! (donation requested) Guest Spots and DJs every week

Cosmic American at The Maze, Nottingham - Anybody who is anybody plays at the Maze when it comes to touring Americana. They say, "Cosmic American - because great music is still out there, but sometimes we all need a little help finding it." The Forest Tavern/The Maze, 257 Mansfield Road, Nottingham

Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1 - great live music venue by the canal and surrounded by the Chalk Farm market so popular with tourists

Electroacoustic at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0DX - (Barbican tube) and occasionally at The Wilmington Arms and Union Chapel in London - Diverse music policy but including and specialising in UK, American and Canadian folk, roots and Americana, particuarly emerging artists and the cream of touring singer-songwriters. 3-4 times weekly

Empty Room Promotions, Buckingham - Mike Trotman's ERP exists to bring high quality live music to the good people of Buckinghamshire and beyond. Now an important stop for Americana acts touring UK. Gigs take place at the Granary and the Radcliffe Centre

Farncombe Music Club, Surrey - Julian Lewry promotes the very best singer-songwriters in the folk and acoustic music genres with monthly gigs at St.John's Church, St.John's Street, Farncombe, Nr Guildford. Check his MySpace for details of upcoming events

Peter Feenstra - promoting blues/roots gigs at Boom Boom Club, Sutton United Football Club, Surrey; Stormy Mondays @ The Bull's Head Barnes, SW13; Blues at the Crown Leyhill, Bucks; Rockin@TheRayners Rayners Lane, Harrow; Back Door Club@The Torrington Finchley, N12; Zoom Live Music Club High Wycombe

Green Note, London - vegetarian café-bar and acoustic live music venue, located at 106 Parkway, Camden Town, London (3 mins walk from Camden Town tube station). Live music performances 3-4 nights per week, ranging from blues and jazz to folk, roots, world and singer-songwriters

The Halfmoon, Putney - is one of London's oldest established music venues. Lots of excellent acoustic guitar music from top acts (especially Sunday evenings). The Monday Unplugged Sessions features 8 or 9 acts booked in advance

House Concerts, York - acoustic artists - informal and relaxed gigs. - no profit - just great music on 'our' doorstep. 20 minutes from the centre of York - 2 hours from London or Edinburgh by fast train.

Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester - The Countess of Huntingdon's Hall was built as a chapel in 1773 and is a Grade II listed building. Many of the original pews have been retained with the addition of cushions! HH is one of the country's premier intimate live music venues, showcasing a wide variety of talent in the fields of Jazz, Blues, Rhythm 'n Blues, Acoustic Rock, Classical, Folk and World music.

Jumpin' Hot Club, Newcastle, North East England - for the best in live music - US touring bands, America and blues - for the past 20 years.

Mr Kite Benefits, Preston - are organised to provide top quality folk and roots music in the Preston area as well as provide a minimum donation of £100 to charity from each event

Saint Bonaventure's Parish Social Club, Bristol - country, alt.country, Americana, singer-songwriters, cheap beer, friendly staff & a large car park

The Stables, Wavendon - folk, blues, world, pop, jazz, classical music feature at this venue near Milton Keynes plus restaurant.

Topic Folk Club, Bradford - Established in 1956, it is the oldest continuously running folk club in the world. Folk every Thursday night at The Cock & Bottle, 93 Barkerend Road, Bradford at 8.30 - guests, featured supports and singers' and musicians' nights.

The Troubadour, London - the famous cellar below the coffee shop in Old Brompton Road, London SW5, host to musicians Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell & Paul Simon, has been completely refurbished and enlarged. Music of the folk, singer-songwriter, acoustic rock & jazz genres - plus comedy and poetry evenings - and an excellent restaurent

12-Bar Club, London - Some of the best music in town every night of the week plus a late bar. Food available during the day. Denmark Street, London's tin-pan alley, Soho.

TwickFolk (Twickenham Folk Club - at the Cabbage Patch pub, West London, (close to Twickenham BR station) supports emerging songwriters and has a great programme of well-known acts, mostly Americana and UK folk. Weekly Sunday night gigs

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace London N1 2UN - congregational church and a premier music venue attracting the best national and international artists across art forms.

The Windmill, Brixton - You won't go to the Windmill for a quiet night out! There's live music across a wide range of genres every night - less twang than there used to be but it's good fun, a great little venue and a big bar. At The Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill, London SW2

Wolverhampton: Civic Hall, Wulfrun Hall, Little Civic. Touring acts of all sizes, across the full range of genres, are well catered for in the West Midlands. Comprehensive website


Americana Music Association's mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music, to promote public awareness of this genre, and to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Annual music conference in Nashville

Association of Independent Music - AIM represents and supports over four hundred labels covering all musical genres in the independent sector. It provides a mentoring scheme for new small labels and produces a guide for those wanting to establish their own imprint

British Bluegrass News - BBN is the magazine for British Bluegrass Music. The quarterly publication is produced by the British Bluegrass Music Association and is free to all BBMA members

Cultfound.org - a musicians' collective based in the centre of the North York Moors, for performance, production, recording, education and more, with big Links section

English Folk Dance & Song Society - EFDSS, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road , London NW1 7AY. Gigs, folk club, workshops, library, quarterly magazine & journal

Friends of American Old Time music and Dance - UK-based FOAOTMAD run an annual old time festival, spring and summer camps and instructional workshops. Plus a quarterly newsletter, the Old Time News, and a CD of old time music, song and dance

Music Publishers Association exists to safeguard the interests of music publishers and those writers signed to them. It aims to defend the value of musical copyright while encouraging positive engagement with the new technologies

Musicians Union - supports the endeavours of musicians in all genres of music. Legal service, contracts forms, insurance inc PLI, Magazine, Directory and more

Pollstar - The USA company maintains the world's largest database of worldwide concert tour schedules. Other services are ticket sales results, music industry contact directories and trade news

SongLink International - the magazine for those writing and seeking songs, run by the indefatigable David stark


Copperplate Mail Order - friend of folk music, Alan O'Leary, runs the Copperplate Mail Order company and Copperplate Consultants promoting the best of Irish traditional music

Fish Records - now under new management, are mail order suppliers of singer/songwriter, folk & acoustic music, UK and imports, much of which is reviewed on NetRhythms.

MusicScotland.com - Online Scottish music CDs, DVDs, videos, CDROMS, books and sheet music plus Irish music, Roots, World, Folk & Celtic music titles sent worldwide, direct from Scotland. Trading online since 1999. Free mp3 music samples

Putumayo World Music - was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures, by Dan Storper. "Putumayo’s CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry."

Smart Choice Music - the dedicated Americana music store - for the best prices on Americana and Country Music CDs and DVDs with FREE UK shipping!

SongRamp - New and former member songwriters of the late www.songs.com have come together with a new website for their music sales and web pages

Village Records - Kansas-based online seller Village Records ffer a great selection of Folk Music, American, Country, Roots Rock, and reissues, new releases, new and used discs, special orders, independent labels, imports

Wounded Bird Records - a New York State label specialising in the reissue of albums from the 60's, 70's and early 80's on CD. All releases are properly licensed from the owner of the original masters, in most cases the original record label and sometimes the artists themselves. Dave Edmunds, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Souther Hillman Furay, Small Faces, Joe Cocker, Jim Capaldi etc etc!

ROOTS MUSIC WEBSITES & MUSIC AGENCIES (don't approach the latter unless you have so many gigs, you need help!)

BBC Radio 2 Folk & Acoustic - not only details of programmes on Radio 2 but folk news, reviews, links, gig listings, BBC Folk Awards, video and audio hightlights (RealAudio), LISTEN AGAIN to programmes and much more

Bob Harris - Taste guru Harris plays his own choice of music Thursdays and Saturdays. Vast website links his play lists, all of which are archived, to artists' own sites

Bob Paterson - Artists roster, links, and tour information from Windmill Bob, DJ, booking agent and co-founder of NetRhythms

Cultfural Foundation - musicians working for musicians with firm allegiance to the creative work going on in the North York Moors area - for performance, production, recording, education and more with big Links section

Different Strings - Bristol-based booking agency representing well-known singer-songwriters from UK, USA and Canada. Steve Tilston, Brooks Williams, Reg Meuross, Stephen Fearing, Clive Gregson, Corinne West

Emerging Music - the Cumbrian based agency with headed by Sue and Ken Bradburn working with international folk acts including Niamh Parsons, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine, Dave Swarbrick & Alistair Hulett, Les Barker, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Rock Salt & Nails, The Paperboys, Kirsty McGee, John Spiers and Jon Boden

fivetrees - The family link for the websites of Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Phil Beer, Steve Ellis, Bob Weston, The Gliders, Arthur Brown, Little Johnny England and many more including our very own NetRhythms.com

Folk Icons - the official internet home for Dave Swarbrick, Alistair Hulett, Kevin Dempsey and Ashley Hutchings/Albion Band is maintained and updated regularly by Steve Sheldon

Folk and Roots - A London-based site with Listings, Reviews, Interviews, Features Artists and Links

Iconic Music - A friendly agency with a small roster of talents, Iconic is keeping music live with Ric Sanders, Chris & Kellie While, Steve Ashley, Ralph McTell, Jacqui McShee's Pentangle and Bob Fox. Regular newsletter for email subscribers

Jacey Bedford Tour Management - Huddersfield-based agency with roster of UK and international folk and acoustic artists, including Belshazzar's Feast, James Keelaghan, Peggy and PJ, Tanglefoot. Worth checking out website and MySpace (Folk Business 101) for very useful information for artists starting out and those looking for an agent!
www.jacey-bedford.com www.myspace.com/jaceybedfordtourmanagement

Joe Boyd - The legendary producer of Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard & Linda Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and many others. He is the author of White Bicycles: Making Music in the the 1960s (he was there and he has perfect recall!). His website is a useful and fascitating resource for his many past and current projects.

Kent Folk - website supporting "live" music in Kent: Folk, Celtic, Blues, Jazz and Cajun music. Info about gigs, news, photos & MP3 music, Kentish folk-clubs, sessions, open-stages and sing-arounds plus Kent venue and musician listings.

Medicine Music - the principal promotion agency for roots music and Americana in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland run by Rob and Ann Main-Ellen. Rob's radio show 'Medicine Show (Health And Happiness Hour)' available via the internet

Moving Music - is an UK blues n' roots agency with blues gig guide which usually has between 300 - 600 UK blues gigs in its database

Mudcat Cafe - discussion forum for folk and blues with nearly 9000 songs on their digital tradition folk song datbase. Lots of stuff archived

Norfolk Folk Directory - Looking for Folk Clubs, Music Clubs, Morris & Molly, English Folk Dance, Barn Dances, Other Folk Dances Folk Festivals, Bands & Callers, Calendar, Links and more? This is a new site. Check back as it develops

North West Folk - Want to know what's happening on the North West Folk and acoustic scene? Then check out the North West Folk website for easy to read, up to date listings of gigs, events and sing arounds/open mics in the area, with a few articles thrown in.

Unlimited Media - UnLimited Media Group is a collection of companies working across the media, marketing and entertainment industries. They publish a number of online and print magazines, provide a range of media and communication services, and manage numerous arts and entertainment projects.


Dead Musician Directory - Gordon Polatnick's "Site About Dead Musicians...and how they got that way" sorted by name and cause of death

Hobgoblin Music - music shops specialising in acoustic and traditional instruments with branches in Rathbone Place, London W1, Crawley, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Wadebridge (Cornwall)

Maverick - monthy magazine for fans of country music. The emphasis is firmly on the music, with in-depth features, reviews and gig listings

Relix Magazine - originally an outlet for Grateful Dead traders, Relix is a magazine (and label) dedicated to jambands and other non-mainstream types of music

www.richieunterberger.com - site of knowledgeable author Richie Unterberger whose books are a joy from start to finish. His books include Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution and its sequel, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock ; Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll , profiles of sixty of the most interesting cult rock acts of all time; its sequel Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock ; and Music USA

Rocks Back Pages - Subscriber site for thousands of classic articles and interviews from well known veteran and contemporary music writers

Steve Fairhead's 'funnies' page - expect a fresh batch periodically. Contributions welcome

TotalMusic Magazine - Having been given a metaphorical thumping in the whatsits by apathetic advertisers, that excellent magazine, TOTAL MUSIC, was winded for a while. But being the sort of guys who don't take that kinda behaviour lying down, they've risen again as a web magazine. Yes, TotalMusic Mag is now our brother in Cyberspace. We love you TM. Editor is the excellent Andy Basire