Author: Ian Parker

Ian is For Folk's Sake's reviews editor. Find him on Twitter @iparky.

Video premiere | Mara Simpson – Keep You In Light

Darkness and light is a theme on Mara Simpson’s excellent new album 285 Days, and the themes are to the fore on the shimmering ‘Keep You In Light’. As she heads out on tour in Germany this week, Mara has…

Video premiere | She Owl – War Within

Italian duo She Owl have had the camera out again and return this week with a new video for ‘War Within’, taken from their engrossing Drifters EP. Feeding off the pulsing rhythms of the song, the video – directed by…

Video premiere | Astralingua – The Fallen

Denver’s Astralingua are here to explore some pretty deep questions. “The journey to the afterlife does not begin at death but rather at birth,” songwriter Joseph Thompson said when outlining the ideas behind their new album Safe Passage. “Death is…

Video premiere | Serious Sam Barrett – Last of the Yorkshire Outlaws

Yorkshire’s own traditionalist troubadour Serious Sam Barrett releases his latest record Where The Wild Roses Grow this week (you can check out our review here). While the album sees Barrett break out the banjo, there are still plenty of guitar…

Premiere | Sive – Holding

From the first strike of the kalimba, ‘Holding’ will have you hooked. Its pulsing rhythms creep under the skin as the song builds, before Sive’s soaring velvety vocals elevate it to another level. Written about the need for clean slate…

Video premiere | Odetta Hartman – You You

From the sultry, opening chords, Odetta Hartman’s single ‘You You’ seduces you immediately. This smoking hot cut comes from her critically acclaimed record ‘Old Rockhounds Never Die’, which saw Odetta create a mesmerising and unique sound from the wealth of…

Premiere | Whisperer – Lullaby For A Ditch

Seattle, Lawrence, Nashville, Raleigh…the list of places Sam Fuller-Smith has called home in recent years depicts a wanderer, eager to soak up America’s endless possibilities. Those experiences are poured into the music he makes under the name Whisperer. His sparse…

Video premiere | Sincere Deceivers – Hot Handed

It is not the usual way in to a love song. Our protagonist is waiting at the altar for his bride, and his mind fills with dread. The rest of his life lies before him. Sincere Deceivers’ ‘Hot Handed’ was…

Album | Neil Young – Songs For Judy

There was a time when it seemed like Neil Young could hardly help but be brilliant. Quite a long time, in fact. New music poured out of him at an incredible rate, so much of it that he cast aside…

Premiere | Dom Major – Christmas Cards

Now we at For Folk’s Sake love Christmas as much as anyone. Every year we count the days to dust off A Charlie Brown Christmas and pull on the cosiest woolly jumper we can find. But few can deny the…