First Aid Kit will be arriving to patch up London town with an instore set at Pure Groove Records on Monday February 23rd at 1:15 pm. Yes, this is lunchtime and yes, it’s a Monday, but we put it to you, FFS fans, that we can fill that wee record shop with like-minded individuals and make Monday that little bit brighter. These special Swedish siblings will delight your ears with their simmering harmonies and light-as-the breeze melodies.
“If you get referred to with other artists you really don’t agree with then you feel like their politics might besmirch yours.”
Johnny Flynn has three weekends of gigs ahead of him in February, the first of which is a headline set at the One Drop launch event this Sunday in Clapham. Flynn is joined on the bill by just one other act, Left with Pictures, who joined Peggy Sue for a number of gigs last year.
Highland-bound Mumford and Sons have announced the release of a new single on Chess Club Records.
The people at Blissfields have announced the first few acts for the Hampshire festival. And it’s good news for folk fans. Confirmed artists include lovely Laura Marling, marvellous Mumford and Sons, charming Cherbourg, really-very-good Ryan O’Reilly and the brilliant beat-boxing hip-hop folk-funkster Gideon Conn.
Peggy Sue have announced the forthcoming release of a limited edition double a-side with Too Pure Singles Club. The 7″ will feature two new songs, ‘Alice in the Kitchen’ and ‘Lazarus’. They sound nice, don’t they?
An interview with Laura Marling was broadcast on America’s NPR radio this week. Laura performs a cover of Mumford and Sons’ Roll Away Your Stone, as well as her own songs Rambling Man, My Manic and I and Your Only Doll (Dora).
Pram Town is a ‘folk opera’ from former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman. The story follows a unmotivated guy stuck in the town where he grew up, Harlow (nicknamed Pram Town in the 50s because of the sudden influx of young families when the town was built in the aftermath of WWII). He meets an ‘out of his league’ London woman while fare-evading in a first class train carriage.
Jeremy Warmsley has spilled the heart-shaped beans on the line-up for his Heartbreak Ball. The swoon-fest will take place at The Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, where Warmsley will be joined by Johnny Flynn, the delectable Slow Club, Gossamer Albatross, A Classic Education and lovely Stars of Sunday League.
Up-and-comers Mumford and Sons join Colin Murray tonight at 10pm for an evening of delectation, harmonising and, well, banjoes.
It’s been a happy new year in more ways than one for Junkboy. The three-piece, who meld a strong folk influence onto lush, whimsical songs that take in everything from post-rock to relaxed electronica, are currently celebrating their 10th anniversary, in typically modest style. “Mik posted an update on Facebook which simply said ‘Ten glorious years’,” says Rich. “It’s been ten years since the first single came out. Ten strange years…”
He of the electro-folk sparkle and eminently hummable melodies has sorted out Valentine’s Day early this year.
Platforms:live has announced a corker of an all-day gig at London’s Union Chapel on 21st February.
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West London folkster Alessi has made a track from her forthcoming album available to download free for a limited time.
Mumford and Sons have posted dates for their UK tour beginning in the remote parts of Scotland.
Moonshine Jamboree have announced the addition of Maryland to this Sunday’s line up. Hot from being signed to Firefly Records, Maryland has some new songs in his pockets with which to delight your ears, brains and hearts.
Late last year, FFS met up with Adam Ficek in a rammed pub off Trafalgar Square to discuss the finer points of the music industry, twee-ness, and evading the Babyshambles brand long enough to become part of the burgeoning folk scene.