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Colston Hall, Bristol (27th); Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Nr Manchester (28th); Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (29th); The Stables, Milton Keynes (30th).

RANT play at Celtic Connections, Glasgow, with special guests Julie Fowlis and Ewan McLennan (29th Jan).

Jim Causley launches his

new album Forgotten Kingdom at Kings Place, York Way, London, N1 on 17th Feb with special guests Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll.

9-piece band Anda Union from Inner Mongolia have UK tour dates at St George’s Bristol (26th Jan); Victoria Hall, Settle (27th); Perth Concert Hall (28th); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (29th); Spiegeltent, Dumfries (30th); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (31st); Edinburgh St Bride’s Centre (1st Feb); Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (3rd); Hull Truck Theatre (4th); Sage Gateshead (5th); The Platform, Morecambe (6th); Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax (7th); Band On The Wall, Manchester (8th); Norwich Arts Centre (9th); Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton (10th); St Barnabas Church, Oxford (12th); Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea (14th); Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan (15th); Ty Siamas, Dolgellau (16th); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (17th); The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (19th).

The James Brothers appear at Oscars, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Mill Street (24th Feb); Redbourn Folk Club (25th); The Stables, Milton Keynes (26th); Arlington Arts Centre (27th); The Convent, Stroud (28th); Colchester Arts Centre (29th).

Will Varley has February dates to support his new album Postcards From Ursa Minor at The Cluny 2, Newcastle (10th); Voodoo Rhythms, Edinburgh (11th); King Tuts, Glasgow (12th); Night & Day, Manchester (13th); Brudenell Social Club, Manchester (13th); Buyers Club, Liverpool (19th); The Bodega, Nottingam (20th); Junction, Cambridge (23rd); Waterfront Studios, Norwich (24th); Hare & Hounds,

Anda Union

Birmingham (25th); Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (26th); The Louisiana, Bristol (27th); The Phoenix, Exeter (28th).

Austin-based roots band

Uncle Lucius play at The Garage, London (21st Jan); Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes (22nd); Alfie Bird & The Oobeck, Birmingham (23rd); Club, Leeds (24th); Greystones, Sheffield (25th); Hug & Pint, Glasgow (26th); The Tunnels, Bristol (27th).

Trio, Luke Jackson with Hannah Cumming, Mairearad & Anna with Steffan Lewis & Rachel Foster and more. 07837 881941;

Village Pump Friday Folk at

The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge features Charlie Dore with Julian Littman and Mick Ryan’s folk opera A Day’s Work.

Subject of a recent feature on GIGS Pontio, the brand new arts

centre in Bangor, Gwynedd finally opened its doors last month, and has an opening season that includes a special show curated by 9Bach called Llechi (Slate), with Lleuwen Steffan, Côr Penrhyn and more, plus Breabach and Treacherous Orchestra. Tel: 01248 382828;

The Live Room, Saltaire, recent winners of the Outstanding Live Music Promoter category of Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Grassroots Awards, has shows from Rod Picott, Tim O’Brien, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Angel Snow & Matthew Perryman Jones and more.

Terakaft’s rescheduled show at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 takes place on 4th February. Tel: 020 7613 7498; ft-rich-mix/

Catch Cheikh Lô and band at Under The Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS on 29th Jan.

London’s Barbican has imminent dates with Marcel Khalifé, Idan Raichel, Kodo Drummers and Jorge Drexler.

Downend Folk Club has forthcoming dates at Christ Church, Downend Road, Downend, Bristol from Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater with Ian Roland, Gilmore & Roberts with The Susie Dobson

folk clubs in Saga Magazine, the Black Swan Folk Club, York has January/February guests including Jim Moray, Niamh Boadle, Roisin Ban, The East Pointers and Bob Fox, as well as promoting a concert at the National Centre for Early Music, with Barluath coming there in February. Tel: 01904 632922,

Howard Assembly Room, 42- 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6N has winter season guests including Mulatu Astatque, Vieux Farka Touré, Cheikh Lô, Asian Dub Foundation, The Shee, Sam Lee and Moishe’s Bagel. 0844 848 2727,

Amongst concerts in the Jan and Feb programme at The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle, Co Durham are She’s Fired: The Story of the Seaham Colliery Disaster, The Pitman Poets with Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Benny Graham, Lau and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. Tel: 01833 631107;

London’s Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Rd, Camden, NW1 has forthcoming programme highlights include: The Duhks, Chris Wood & Andy Cutting, Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick, the John McCusker Anniversary Show, with special guests Heidi Talbot, Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer as well as Folk Rising with Patch & The Giant, Effra, The Changing Room, Ange Hardy, Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp, Alma, Megan Henwood, Greg Russell, Ciaran Algar & Luke Jackson, Moore Moss Rutter, Lucy Ward, John McCusker Band and more.

Knees Up ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House feature Melrose Quintet with Gordon Potts, Cheap Jack with Nick Walden, Take the Biscuit with Nancy & Gordon Potts, OSS with Mary

Uncle Lucius

Ange Hardy – Cecil Sharp & Saltaire

Panton and A3 Ceilidh Band with Ben Moss. Refurbishment work in the Kennedy Hall means ceilidhs from Jan – April take place in the Trefusis Hall downstairs.

St. David’s Hall at Roundwell

Street, South Petherton has forthcoming dates from The Bully Wee Band, Phil Beer, Bob Fox, Moscow Drug Club, Kieran Halpin, Julian Dawson, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Cara Dillon as well as a promotion of Martin Simpson at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Tel: 01460 240 340;

Coming up at The Met,

Market Street, Bury are Songs Of Separation, The Rails, Aoife O’Donovan, Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Tim O’Brien, Michael McgGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Breabach and more. Tel: 0161 761 2216;

Coming up at The Goose Is

Out!, Nunhead, London SE15 are The Askew Sisters, Wizz Jones, Steve Dan Mills, Kris Dollimore, Elle Osborne and more, plus monthly singarounds and beginners’ sessions.

Coming soon to The Fleece in

Bretforton, nr Evesham: the Fleecey Wassail!, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Bendrix: Benji Kirkpatrick’s Hendrix Project and Breabach. Tel: 01386 831173;

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