Album review: Emily Barker – Sweet Kind Of Blue

“Sweet Kind of Blue is a journey of highs and lows infused with a warm Memphis vibe.”

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Stick In The Wheel and Marisa, Jack & Davy

“Stick in the Wheel looked the folk part on first glance; a fiddle, a cajón drum, guitar and several singers. Easy to miss the punk tattoos and distinctive approach, at least until the performance kicked in; this was feisty, fierce folk.”

Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater

Hardy and Drinkwater’s serious and searing performances were balanced by the warm, endearing relationship between the two. We’re lucky they found each other.

Album Review: Skinny Lister – The Devil, The Heart & The Fight

Skinny Lister’s 2014 album Down on Deptford Broadway is a set of love songs to London and it’s bloody brilliant (seriously, buy it!). New Cross crops up this time too but The Devil, The Heart and The Fight is more national, international and universal, exploring the North, New York and mucky emotions. True to form,…

Roddy Woomble, Sorren Maclean & Hannah Fisher

“Woomble’s distinctive vocals and descriptive lyrics were enhanced, not overshadowed. They are what made the Idlewild frontman’s debut solo album special, and what the packed crowd had come to savour in silence.”

London Folk Festival 2016

September 3, 2016 Cecil Sharp House, London  “Folk is rising again” Fittingly, London Folk Festival took place at London’s home of folk music research and practice, Cecil Sharp House. Performances took place throughout the afternoon and evening on two stages. There were also music and dancing workshops and rousing singalongs in the bar. “My adopted musical heritage is…

Gill Sandell

May 18, 2016 St Pancras Old Church, London Given the divine acoustics, artists tend to opt for an acoustic set at St Pancras Old Church.  Independent spirit Gill Sandell went completely the other way, harnessing and filling the cavernous space.  ‘Full band show’ was no exaggeration; at one point twelve talented musicians graced the stage! Sandell united band…

UnampliFire Festival

“Each folk singer or band at The UnampliFire Festival played at least twice on one of the five stages; three inside the deliciously dilapidated seventeenth century house, one around a camp fire and one in The Crane House, a shed overlooking the Thames.”