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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.


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.


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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