All articles by Ian Parker

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

FFS New Bands Panel: Swann

Sadly, it often takes us much longer than we’d like for bands to actually get their reviews published in this section. From first writing to us to actually seeing the panel’s reaction on line can take several weeks. We wish…

Album: Paul Heaton – Acid Country

You know where you stand with a Paul Heaton album. There will be bitter boy-girl duets, radio-friendly hum-along tunes, references to drinking and a song name checking lots of places. While at times the return the themes can seem a…

FFS New Bands Panel: Rebel Bran

Serbian-born Rebel Bran moved to Canada during the Balkan war, and continued to hone a musical sound which has been 20 years in the making. He finally feels it’s ready, so the panel went in to see if they agree.…

FFS New Bands Panel: Fling

The definition of folk music is increasingly hard to pin down in an age of anti-folk and psych-folk and whatever other folk you care to mention. Fling live in simpler times, playing what folk music used to mean: the music…

FFS New Bands Panel: Chasing Owls

The people behind Edinburgh’s Chasing Owls have been known to us at For Folk’s Sake for a while now, so it was a clear oversight that we’d not, as yet, given them a proper listen. After all, if the likes…

FFS New Bands Panel: Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler says his music is his “mind in musical form”. The wannabe psychologists on our panel went inside to see if it all made sense. Helen True: This fellow writes exquisite, intricate, romantic songs that swoop and soar about…

FFS New Bands Panel: Moths and Leeches

Southwestern group Moths and Leeches is the vehicle for singer-songwriter Matthew Caron. They have a simple philosophy. “We will play for you,” they say. So the panel took them up on the offer to see what they’re all about. Alice…

FFS New Bands Panel: Larsen B

There’s something homely about Larsen B, and we don’t mean their Home Counties background. The debut album, Musketeer, was recorded on a parent’s farm and features the local postman on accordion. But however it was put together, it’s picking up…