For FFS, End of the Road kicked off with Peter and the Wolf and this reviewer was alone among her cohorts in enjoying his set, from his rambling tales about New York rich kids who walk across America to his story-telling old-school folk. He was swiftly followed by Laura Marling who, in the couple of months since FFS last saw her headline, has grown into her pageboy crop as well her stage persona. Her inter-track chat leaves you wanting for exactly the intimacy her songs deliver. My Manic and I was a particular highlight as was Cross Your Fingers b-side ‘Blackberry Stone’ which features the lyrics ‘I’m sorry I never did hold your hand as you were lowered’ a reference surely to the boy with black curly hair, Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale. Marling was supported by her usual band, including drummer Marcus Mumford and bassist Ted Dwane from Mumford and Sons, whose were booked to play later in the evening, but cancelled because they had to fly to the US for the Marling/Flynn tour.
Dreamy Kent popsters It Hugs Back kick off their UK tour on Tuesday 30th September at Brixton’s Windmill.
Winchester (incidentally For Folk’s Sake hometown) is to play host to a plethora of folk favourites at the inaugural week-long Winchester Live festival.
Übergod Brian Wilson has recorded a track for Black Cab Sessions.
The Wave Pictures frontman Dave Tattersall fought through near exhaustion for one last interview before the band’s final night touring with anti-folk legend Jeffrey Lewis.
Alas, I Cannot Swim sells four times as many copies since being shortlisted in the annual awards.
Peggy Sue will curate a ‘Horror Movie Marathon’ gig at The Windmill on 31st October. The duo (/trio depending on whether the drummer boy is permanent…) will be playing along with Slow Club.
On Saturday 27th September South Street Arts Centre will play host to a one-off show featuring UK folk troubador Adem. Support comes from Russ Alsop and FFS favourites Slow Club.
For Folk’s Sake’s favourite interviewee so far, Jay Jay Pistolet, has finished his new EP with the track ‘Hooked Up On Us’ produced by Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit bassist Adam Beach.
Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle, has been secretly working on a six-track EP with US shoegazer Kaki King.
Leading lights of British folk record classic Jeffrey Lewis track Travel Light ahead of their attempts to crack the states.
A capacity crowd was treated to more than they bargained for at Mumford and Sons headline Blue Flowers gig at George IV in Chiswick on 7th September.
For Folk’s Sake favourite Laura Marling missed out on the top prize at the Mercury Music Awards on September 9th.
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Slow Club have announced a Christmas show at the Union Chapel in London.
Jay Jay Pistolet met FFS in a park in Shoreditch. Neither of us had the right haircut, but Mr Pistolet was a cracking interviewee and revealed that his housemate, a certain Marcus Mumford Esquire, likes to email randoms on Myspace.
Bethnal Green balladeers set to make forthcoming EP low carbon release