Album | Amanda Shires – To The Sunset

Amanda Shires wrote much of To The Sunset hiding in the closet of her Nashville home, but she opens the record by gazing at the stars on ‘Parking Lot Pirouette’ – “the stars, the shapes the constellations make, the burning…

Interview | FFS 5 Q&A with Kate Vargas

Kate Vargas has packed houses from Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival to The Troubadour in London, The Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. to New York’s Bowery Electric. Her latest album, For The Wolfish & Wandering (out now),…

Watch | The Rabbitts – Wild

With a new EP recently set out into the wild, For Folk’s Sake is keen to share some of the Rabbitts’ latest work. The UK-Canadian group of folkies embraces an inspired jubilance towards the natural world that we seem to…

Live | Cambridge Folk Festival 2018

“Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around / I’m gonna keep on walking, talking, singing, hoping, praying, saying, voting, voting, voting / marching to the freedom land”, sang Rhiannon Giddens in the closing minutes of the 54th Cambridge Folk Festival,…

Single | Alex Ileo – Go Alone

I am looking as we speak not at my computer keyboard (I can touch type), but at the new video, released last week of Alex Lleo’s track ‘Go Alone’. Filmed during his recent headline tour of Scotland, the video features,…

Premiere | Palamara – Misunderstood

Palamara’s A Voice in the Wilderness has a little bit of everything for those hoping to garner a tad more from their listening experiences than a cool beat or an undulating rhythm. The singer-songwriter’s music looks back at life’s larger moments…

Album | Ruiners – Typecast

Crunching electric riffs, driving percussion, and hearty shouts reminiscent of the garage and post-punk scenes does not a folk album make. If your perception of the genre is skin-deep, you might find albums like Wilder Mind to define the entirety of the…

Live | Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 Preview

Approaching its 54th event, the Cambridge Folk Festival remains firmly amongst Europe’s foremost offerings for celebrating, introducing and shaping folk music. We spoke to operations manager Neil Jones and asked what the secret to its longevity is: “we’re so aware…