End of the Road line-up proper swoon-worthy

End of the Road has a very special place in the hearts and minds of the FFS collective, as it was at this splendid festival last year that we began spreading the love that is our website. EOTR 2008 was just lovely – small, brilliantly curated and covered in fairy lights and ribbons.

Wave Pictures announce album, gigs and DJ set

The Wave Pictures have two performances scheduled this week. On Thursday, 7th May they launch their new album, If You Leave it Alone, at the Lexington Arms, London. The boys will also appear a day later (Friday 8th May) for a free 6:30 performance at Pure Groove London.

Phrased and Confused this Sunday: Woodpigeon AND poems!

This Sunday the Phrased and Confused tour hits London, with a gig at the Cross Kings which might well hit all your cultural buttons simultaneously. If you can handle that much pleasure, that is. Folk darlings Woodpigeon are on the bill for the tour, which they say is “focused on lyric-writing and the collision between words and music”.

Alessi’s Ark embarks on mega tour

Dreamstress of wonder Alessi’s Ark has begun an epic tour of the British Isles in a bid to spread her web of wonder far and wide. Her travels will take in an eclectic range of venues including instores and one very special gig at a farmhouse which was once a haunt of the Bloomsbury group.

For Folk’s Sake Interview: Roddy Woomble

“The thing that always interests me about writing songs is that they don’t have to make sense but they can still be about something, just by the way they make you feel when you listen to it. I think that’s why people dedicate their lives to records, because there’s always something else to wonder about.”

Bloom Festival announces folk-soaked line up

This splendid independent boutique festival is in its fourth year, and
this is the year of the folk act. FFS Favourites Noah and the Whale,
Alessi’s Ark and Ryan O’Reilly are included on the ever-expanding line
up for this musical extravaganza, which will see entertainment spread
across six stages.

FFS Ones to watch: Draw Me Stories

“There’s a difference between a Welsh band and a Wales-based band,” says Draw Me Stories singer, Carl Hodgetts. “Wales can be a bit insular and much of the music that comes out of here is pigeonholed. People are often surprised that we’re not Welsh.”

For Folk’s Sake interview: Anika meets St Vincent

FFS contributor Anika (who runs music blog Anika in London) is one of St Vincent’s biggest fans so when FFS got the chance to interview the Oklahoma-born singer, it was only right that Anika should be the one to do the honours. When we received the transcript at FFS HQ we were so charmed we decided to put it up in full…

Laura Marling announces “very special” London show

Laura Marling has announced a ‘very special’ show on London’s Southbank via a handwritten note on her Myspace. The show will take place at The Royal Festival Hall on 11th August and Laura has said it will feature “some of the boys”. Some boys Laura frequently appears with include Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Cherbourg and Jay Jay Pistolet.