New Roots 2017

This just in from New Roots…

Press release – New Roots 2017

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2016 has now been finalised. Between them, Jim Causley, Steph West, Andy Stafford and Lynne Heraud represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 2 2017 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2017. For further and more up to date information on the web site This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

Further details:, email: or ring 01727 852111.

Unicorn Magazine Issue 125 is now out!

2014 gets off to a brisk start, with the launch of Unicorn Magazine Issue 125.

Unicorn Magazine Issue 125

Unicorn Magazine Issue 125

At 48 pages this is our biggest issue to-date, packed with a wealth of interesting articles and ads for folk music / folk arts in our area.

Download the free electronic version here, or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download the full-colour A4 poster for 125 here, designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!)

125 A4 poster

125 A4 poster

Far Flung Unicorn #3 – Black Forest, Germany

Here’s another in our ‘Far Flung Unicorn’ submissions!

This time, here is flautist Ruth Larbey (owner of the silver flute we used on the cover of Issue 124) proudly reading her copy in the shadow of the fabulous Rench valley in the Black Forest, in the German town of Oppenau…

Issue 124 in Germany

Issue 124 in Germany

Keep those photos coming in!