Folk Talk Live is now available on EFEx Digital for subscribers.

By way of a taster, here’s the conversation between Lady Nade, Kyshona, Allison Russell and Yola.

Since early in the UK’s lockdown, English Folk Expo (EFEx) has been asking artists and industry across the folk, roots and acoustic music sector to contribute short videos of tips, ideas and information that may be useful to other people within our sector at this time. We titled the video series Folk Talk and created space for the videos on our website. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

Now under the banner of Folk Talk Live, we are extending the initiative to an afternoon online conference, on Thursday 23rd July, where we can explore together the new innovations and positive responses that are being taken to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. We believe that by sharing expertise and innovation we can together help our folk, roots and acoustic music scene stay strong and even thrive.


Opening address – Kevin Brennan MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Folk Arts.

Can live streaming be a viable alternative to live performance?
Provocation: Matt Bartlett (Midnight Mango)
Chair: Michael Hughes (The Young’uns)
Panel: Victoria Robinson (The Bury Met), Wozzy Brewster (Midi Music Company), Matthew Bannister (Folk on Foot)

13:50 BREAK

In conversation: An arts centre, a folk club, a festival and the future
Rebecca Stewart (Cambridge Folk Festival), David Agnew (So It Is), Fay Hield (Royal Traditions Folk Club)

Does folk music in the UK have a problem with diversity?
Bristolian singer-songwriter Lady Nade is currently a participant in the English Folk Expo 2019/2020 Mentoring Programme working with her mentor Keith Harris OBE, who is himself an active member of The UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce. In this session she speaks to Yola, Kyshona and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago, Our Native Daughters) about diversity in the UK folk music scene and beyond in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lady Nade will be doing a facebook live set with Q&A about this panel at 8pm following Folk Talk Live. HERE

15:20 BREAK

Has COVID-19 encouraged innovation in album promotion? How has a shrinking media presence for folk impacted this?
Provocation: Sam Carter
Chair: Kellie While (7digital)
Panel: Jo Frost (Songlines), Andy Bell (Hudson Records), Richard Wootton (PR)

Q&A with Tom Kiehl, acting CEO of UK Music led by EFEx Board Member, Keith Harris OBE

Closing remarks


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