Album review: Kate Ellis – Carve Me Out

“…a timeless sound that still feels contemporary and accessible. It’s haunted by grief, but Ellis’ angelic voice and deft wordplay, combined with rich instrumentation, make the record feel warm and ultimately uplifting…”

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.