Folk Music – UK Folk Clubs | Folk Music Artists | Morris Sides

Due to lack of interest and support from the folk scene ( again ) the website will be deleted at the end of December 2017 when our hosting comes up for renewal.
Since re-launching the UK Folk Music website early in the year our visitors have tailled off to around three per day on average.

Folk Music and Morris Sides

UK Folk Music website - Supports Folk Clubs | Morris Sides | Folk Music ArtistsWelcome to the Folk Music and Morris Sides brand new website.
Promoting Folk Music and Morris Sides with our totally original style and presentation. The website makes it easy for folk and dance followers to locate events in their area.

Our unique and easy to use index, is being added to on a daily basis. People can get in touch with information and updates which we can include. There is also have a page on FaceBook and Twitter – more to follow on that. People have commented on social media about the website and they are excited that we are back, so are we.

Folk Music CD reviews are back and also artists feature pages. Performers can use a page as a shop window to promote their gigs and embed video and sound clips. Plus a link to their own website. We’re striving to get the website placed high in search engine results in Google and Bing.

Morris Dancing

There’s loads of work to put in to get the new website up to speed and we will be adding content on a daily basis. Our first priority is to produce a comprehensive guide to Morris Sides in the UK. There are over six hundred and fifty Morris Sides listed in our guide.

Folk Music Festival

Folk Clubs

We are also putting a lot of work into indexing folk clubs and concert venues. The last time we did this we managed to list around five hundred venues and provide contact details. Folk clubs are being added to our list as quickly as possible. There are a few new ones started and a few been lost since we last looked at the scene. There are still a lot of excellent folk clubs ourt there, providing opportunities for new talent.

Folk MusicFolk Music Artists

The final objective is our committment to support performers who are a vital part of the folk scene. There will be a free listing for artists but also feature pages which can be purchsed for a one-off payment. These can feature weblinks, video, photographs and sound files.

Folk Music Show

When the website was established, we wanted to have our own folk show on the web. If you want to catch up some top quality folk music, click on the link below.
Listen to our Mixcloud show.


The UK Folk Music website established in 2011 to help, support and promote Folk Music and Morris Sides.


We were delighted to produce the hugely popular folk music show ‘Folkwaves’. The show, presented by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, ran every week on BBC Radio Derby for around twenty five years. The BBC had a re-shuffle of regional programming, the show was axed despite huge protests from folk fans. We took up the mantle and continued to produce the show from our studio in Derbyshire.


Prior to getting Folkwaves back on the air, Alan Morley ran another show hosted on Mixcloud and we called the show ‘Folkrise’. Unbeknown to us at the time, we possibly trod on the toes of EFDSS who were running a series of concerts called ‘Folkrising’, If we accidently upset anyone at the organisation we do apologise.

The initial concept of Alan’s show was to promote tracks which lesser known artists had submitted to the Soundcloud platform. We are delighted that some of the acts we featured, went on to record some greats CD’s and appear at Folk Clubs and Folk Festivals around the country.

As the show developed, we were receiving loads of CDs for review and we were happy to feature new releases on Folkrise usually before they had been heard anywhere else. We still have a stack of material which we can use on the new show.

Morris DancersMorris Sides

At one stage, we had a ‘sister’ website up and running, ‘UK Morris Dancers’ It featured news and articles from the web which related to the Morris. Then as now, we also had a huge index of Morris Sides across the UK. Our current index now has over six hundred and fifty side listed with links to the web and Facebook. We firmly believe that our guide is the most comprehensive, up to date and easy to use on the web.

At this point, we must mention that we are not a booking agency for Morris Sides. When we last ran on the web, we used to get loads of inquiries from people and organisations who wished to book a side for an event. We are unable to help, but suggest that a search of our index will provide information which will be useful and point people in the right direction.

Folk Clubs

Last but certainly not least, is our commitment to Folk Clubs

We know that there are still an amazing number of folk clubs around the country. The dedication and interest of the club organisers and committees provide many new performers with geat opportunities. Folk clubs are there to support music and song and importantly offer a social aspect to members and regulars who attend weekly or monthly.

Having run a folk club for a while back in the late 1980’s, we realise and appreciate all the hard work which has to be put in to keep a club running. It’s actually got harder since we ran a club. There are more rules and regulations, insurance and health and safety to take into account these days and I applaude organisers for their dedication and commitment to folk music.

Thanks for visiting the website, we will be adding more information and features as soon as possible. Please call back soon.

Alan Morley
UK Folk Music

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