All articles by Ian Parker

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

Album: The Burns Unit – Side Show

‘Supergroup’ is one of those terms that gets thrown out there all the time. Two or three folks get together from different bands for a side project, and suddenly its a supergroup. Except usually it’s not. Usually it’s not nearly…

FFS New Bands Panel: Evening Chorus

“Two lifelong friends, a chance meeting and a university course-mate, all brought together by a love of tea, biscuits and folk music…” So began Evening Chorus in Cardiff last year. In less than a year, they’ve produced three singles already,…

FFS New Bands Panel: Amatorski

From Gent, Belgium come Amatorski with a subtle sound. Their debut mini-album was met with much acclaim back home, so how did the panel find it? Ben Sunderland: With a smoothed air of sleepy comfort, Amatorski deliver a settled incarnation…

FFS New Bands Panel: The 1930s

The 1930s cite the likes of Johnny Flynn and Mumford and Sons as influences, but as our panel found, there is a punkier edge to their folky sound that make this Antrim band a very intriguing proposition indeed. Ben Sunderland:…

FFS New Bands Panel: Charles Mansfield

New York singer-songwriter Charles Mansfield cites a wide range of big-name influences and claims the results come out somewhere between George Harrison, Neil Young and PJ Harvey. Our panel set out to see if they agree. Tom White: Frank Sinatra…

FFS New Bands Panel: Jay Stansfield

Jay Stansfield grew up near Burnley, where he tells us he was raised on dub, psychedelia, acid-rock, alternative folk, new wave and punk. That sounds like a real hot pot to us, so the panel gave the results a taste…

FFS New Bands Panel: Thiago Pethit

Thiago Pethit has racked up some pretty impressive gigs in his homeland of Brazil, opening for the likes of Will Oldham, Beirut and Nouvelle Vague, but can the singer-songwriter’s quirky folk, with his eclectic range of influences, catch on in…

EP: Fuzzystar – Late Night Radio

Listening to Fuzzystar will have you scratching your head trying to identify the many influences you hear. There’s all sorts mixed in, from scratchy Lou Barlow all the way to the smoother sounds of Belle & Sebastian. And while we’re…

FFS New Bands Panel: Gibson Bull

London singer-songwriter Gibson Bull has produced a polished debut album that bears the trademark sounds of a string of top-class influences. Our panel came away suitably impressed. Alice Sage: Gibson Bull has a fairly world-weary sound from a quite young…

FFS New Bands Panel: Takeda

Three folks from just outside of Norfolk have fused together a variety of sounds to create what they call ‘raga rock’. With an EP just around the corner in September, it was time for the panel to give it a…