All articles by Ian Parker

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

FFS New Bands Panel: Let’s Buy Happiness

Let’s Buy Happiness might be the hottest thing going in their native north-east, and not just because of the usually baltic weather conditions. When someone like Drowned In Sound’s Sean Adams describes you as “…one of the most thrilling new…

FFS New Bands Panel: Joe Whyte

New York’s Joe Whyte has taken some time out to refine his sound before coming at us with his EP When The Day Breaks. He’s giving it away for free on his website, so is it worth the cover price?…

FFS New Bands Panel: The Paper Shades

There is nothing complicated about the Paper Shades, a duo in which both Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon sing and play guitar, but from this simple formula, our panel found some great results. Shaun McCoy: The Paper Shades have created…

FFS New Bands Panel: Francis Neve

Essex singer-songwriter Francis Neve uses a huge array of different sounds on his debut mini-album, The Second Time We First Met. Folk is but one of them, but it was enough of an excuse for the panel to take a…

FFS New Bands Panel: Camille Delean

The first thing that hits you about Ontario’s Camille Delean is the voice. But what about the music she is using it to sing? The panel went in to see what they could find. Ben Sunderland: Camille Delean very quickly…

FFS New Bands Panel: Videotapes

Colchester’s Videotapes have, as they put it, just taken “a folky turn” and so they asked our panel to judge the results. Here they are. Alice Sage: These guys appear to have only two tracks and, like PJ harvey and…

FFS New Bands Panel: Matthew Moss

Liverpool’s Matthew Moss has recently put out his second self-produced EP I Am Gone, a five-track collection that comes with an attractive animated film. But how does the music sound? Shaun McCoy: Liverpool folk-rock artist Matthew Moss presents a quintet…

FFS New Bands Panel: Odran Trummel

From across the channel comes French musician Odran Trummel, who wrote to us to ask how we thought his music would fare in the UK. The panel cast their verdict. Louis Gilbert: Odran Trummel is a French musician who marries…

FFS New Bands Panel: Strider Hero

Toronto’s Strider Hero “want to bring smiles to your faces bigger than buddah’s belly”, so they tell me, and plan to do this through the free distribution of their debut EP. Will this plan for world domination work? The panel…