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Editorial: The Rise of “HU” and Mongolian Folkrock

The HU is a Mongolian folk-metal band that uses traditional Mongolian instrumentation including the Morin khuur, the Tovshuur, and throat singing.

July 8, 2021 — Have you ever stumbled upon a new genre of music and wondered why it is been absent? You could be a 30-something lover of the auditory arts, but somehow, the distinct sounds of an entire subgenre of music have avoided your ears. And, to be honest, it is maddening.

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State of Play:
Neofolk Live Events

Europe has recently seen the annulment of Hellfest and Wacken Open Air Festival while neofolk flagship Wardruna delay their North American tour once more.

July 3, 2021 — Much to the chagrin of folk and metal fans around the world, the popular Wardruna’s North American tour has once again been put on hold, while European concert-goers have been greeted with the cancelation of the two largest folk & metal events.

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Will Neofolk Artists Embrace Live Streaming?

Few genres take live performances as seriously as neofolk, which might be why only a few such acts has streamed live. However, an argument can be made folk would benefit from the intimate focus of a digital show more than other genres.

March 9, 2021 — Norwegian neofolk legends Wardruna’s upcoming live show First Flight of the White Raven will be unveiled on Friday, March 26. The event is meant as a virtual special-show to celebrate their spectacular fifth record Kvitravn. FULL STORY »



‘Björth’ Brings Heathen Mix of Dark Folk Artist Collabs

German folk music project pioneers creative release-approach to reach fans through repeatedly dropping worldwide-collaboration singles.

January 28, 2021 — Germany is by no means unfamiliar with the principles of dark Nordic folk music. Though the country’s folk offerings have most often skewed towards medieval aesthetics and execution — giving rise to the folk metal subgenre known as medieval metal in the process, the country’s engagement with wider folk subgenres and scenes has.. FULL STORY »



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