The following is a list of some of our favourite websites. If we have missed you off or you would like to exchange links, please contact us.
A number of ARCA's members provide residential courses relating to folk music.
Association of Festival Organisers
The AFO provides support and advice to festival organisers, big and small.
"The AFO is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.
Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, it now has hundreds of members who regularly exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector."
Bright Young Folk
"Keeping a beady eye on the bright young folk music scene of the British Isles."
This beautifully designed (if we may say so) website has great info about the many fantastic young folk artists emerging from our latest folk revival.Gig guide, music reviews, etc.
English Folk Dance and Song Society
The national folk arts development organisation for England. Through programmes of performance, participation and education at its head quarters, Cecil Sharp House in North London, and around England, it seeks to support artists and practitioners and engage people in folk arts activities.
Folk Against Fascism
FAF came about because of a campaign by the BNP to co-opt folk music and culture.
FAF was formed because many in the folk community wanted to say that you can be proud of Englandís music, traditions and customs without being a bigot or a racist. We also wanted to keep folk free from the taint of right-wing extremism.
FAF is not politically oriented: it is simply a coalition of people who care passionately about British folk culture and donít want to see it turned into something itís not: a marketing tool for extremist politics.
Folk and Roots
Online guide to the Folk, Roots and Acoustic Scene around the UK, providing information on events, festivals, workshops, venues, reviews and artists.
Folk Radio UK
Fantastic UK based independent radio station established in 2004. Has a great website including an online music magazine covering the best in new and alternative folk and indie music.
"We champion the music we love through a team of passionate music reviewers. We write about new and emerging artists from the UK, Europe, US and beyond as well as the more established acts. We have a very good reputation for bringing new artists to public attention which has resulted in growing media interest from the likes of the the Guardian newspaper.
As well as reviews we also features music news, interviews, mixes, live sessions as well as occasional articles on other arts and culture interests. We receive over 350,000 page views per month."
Folk Tune Finder
A nifty little webpage to search for folk tunes.
Folkipedia is collection of topics, facts and interesting items on all aspects of Folk and Tradition initially put together by the host and author Paul Slater as a personal encyclopedia. When it grew to over 1000 pages, it was decided to open it to others to both read and contribute. It is eclectic, personal and in some places a little quirky!
History of Folk Music
The Guardian presents an interesting collection of articles on the history of folk and world music.
The Living Tradition is a full colour, bi-monthly Folk & Traditional music magazine. It has built a great reputation and solid readership base around the globe.
Based in Ayrshire, Scotland, a dedicated team of folk and traditional music enthusiasts are the people responsible for the running of The Living Tradition.
The main aim of the magazine is to highlight the rich heritage of traditional music in the UK, Ireland and further afield, and attempt to bring it to a wider audience.
The Mudcat Cafe is a community of musicians, historians and enthusiasts that collect and discuss traditional folk and blues songs, folklore, lyrics, instruments and everything folky.
An excellent resource for lyrics and for tracking down lost songs. A great community that has been on the web for over ten years.
Folk Music programmes on BBC Radio 2.
"Celebrating its 75th issue in 2011, Songlines is the magazine that looks at the world through its music. Covering music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, Songlines features artists from all around the globe: from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe; from Miriam Makeba to Mariza; from Gilberto Gil to Gogol Bordello and from Bjork to Buena Vista Social Club. Discover the traditional instruments of the world: the sitar, the kora, the talking drum and beyond.
Edited by Simon Broughton, co-editor of The Rough Guide to World Music, Songlines is packed full of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, travel adventures, beginner's and city guides, frontline reports and concert listings."
Thank Goodness It's Folk
Weekly radio show concentrating on traditional folk music of the British Isles. As well as broadcasting live locally in Sheffield, the show is available world-wide via the Internet and there is a podcast.
Traditional Music Library
An absolutely huge collection of chords and lyrics to traditional songs.
A database of sessions in the UK.