All articles by Ian Parker

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

FFS New Bands Panel: We Happy Few

They’re being slightly disingenuous with a name like We Happy Few. Because this London band deal in the blues. Our panel went in to see if they could still manage to come away with a smile on their face. Damien…

FFS New Bands Panel: The Fast Sails

On their myspace page, the Fast Sails describe themselves as a mix of happy hardcore and Dutch pop, but whatever the source material, our panel found that the result is a quirky, folky pop. Alice Sage: This girl has an…

FFS New Bands Panel: Mathew Gray

So far, all we have to go on for Manchester singer-songwriter Mathew Gray are a handful of bedroom demos. EPs are on the way, so the panel took a listen to see whether they’re likely to be worth the wait.…

FFS New Bands Panel: Erica Buettner

The American Erica Buettner has been living in Paris for the past five years, and has clearly soaked up plenty of its influences during that time. But what she says she’s aiming for is something along the lines of Joni…

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.…