All articles by Ian Parker

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

Album: Mary Gauthier – The Foundling

Mary Gauthier has never been afraid to tackle the emotional and the personal in her songwriting. In five albums prior to this, she’s taken on issues of love, loss, politics, faith and family problems. But where that last one is…

FFS New Bands Panel: Blue Sky Archives

Glasgow’s Blue Sky Archives have been thrown together from the remnants of several bands across several musical genres. Folk is only one of their many influences, but as our panel found out, they’re sounding like they might amount to more…

FFS New Bands Panel: Noid

We get all sorts of bands getting in touch with us wanting to be reviewed by the New Bands Panel, but Noid caught us by surprise. It’s not everyday you get asked to take a listen to some old-school Russian…

FFS New Bands Panel: Malpas

Malpas are preparing to unleash their brand of electro-bluegrass on this summer’s festivals with dates lined up for the Isle of Wight, Blissfields, Off the Cuff, The Bard’s Party and the Moseley Folk Festival. Before they do, the New Bands…

Micah P Hinson to tour new album

Micah P Hinson has announced plans for a new album and is to tour Europe in support of it. ‘Micah P Hinson and the Pioneer Saboteurs’ will be released on June 21, the fourth full album from the Texas-based Tennessean.…

FFS New Bands Panel: Michael Chaney

Newcastle singer-songwriter Michael Chaney is the latest artist to come before our New Bands Panel, who took a listen to his first handful of songs on his myspace page. Louis Gilbert: Singer-songwriter blues afflict this young man from Newcastle. Yearning…

FFS New Bands Panel: Jason Ward

West Virginia’s Jason Ward is releasing his latest single “Bless You” as a free digital download backed by “Dark In Here”. Our New Band Panel has taken a listen to both that and tracks from his last EP, Graceful Bow,…

FFS New Bands Panel: Matthew Kilford

Singer/songwriter Matthew Kilford has been creating a strong buzz in his native Oxfordshire for some time now, and the word is spreading, not least thanks to gigs with the likes of Andy Yorke, Dawn Kinnard, Seth Lakeman and also The…

FFS New Bands Panel: The Son(s)

Originally a three-piece, the Sons are now just one, who I guess we’ll call the Son. Ploughing a lonely furrow, the remaining Son is working on a new EP and our panel took a listen to the work in progress.…