The first two times Ryan O’Reilly played his songs live, fights broke out. Both times he was 16 and both were in the usually sleepy county of Hampshire where he lived before moving to London to study.
Broadcast 2000 is the stage name of Joe Steer, a Devon-born London-based classical music graduate with a unique take on folk using computer-generated looping of acoustic instruments. His music has appeared on adverts including E.ON in the UK and apple mac in America. His first mini-album Building Blocks was released last year. FFS caught up with him last month at a the Carling Academy in Islington.
Who? A talented young singer songwriter from Brooklyn with a voice worthy of your complete undivided attention. Has performed with many other artists, including Matteah Baim, Meg Baird, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jana Hunter and Phosphorescent. She also lends her voice to The Antlers on their New York Hospitals EP and 2009 release Hospice.
Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam. Bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Just as well, then, that Tim McIver of said band is happy for it to be abbreviated. “To be honest it was a bit of a joke originally,” he says. “But it’s kind of stuck now. We mainly use the long version to catch people’s eyes.”
What a palaver it has been to bring you this interview. FFS traversed the mean streets of London last month to see Still Flyin’ at Proud Galleries in Camden. After a delight of an interview with frontman and founder Sean Rawls, and a stonker of a set in which the 11-piece band brought some much needed California sunshine to a rain-soaked London, we went on to have our bag stolen, dictaphone and all. We weren’t pleased. But fear not, Rawls is such an obliging chap, that he agreed to do it all over again by email. And he’s thrown Still Flyin”s tips for a rip-roaring Easter too.
FFS met up with Jeremy Warmsley to talk ukeleles, rock operas and okonomiyakis. Intrigued? We certainly were.
Johanna and Klara of Sweden’s First Aid Kit are teenage sisters who are taking the folk world by storm. Their debut EP Drunken Trees, which has been available in their home country for a year, is soon to be released in the UK. For Folk’s Sake caught up with the girls for a quick chat.
“If you get referred to with other artists you really don’t agree with then you feel like their politics might besmirch yours.”
It’s been a happy new year in more ways than one for Junkboy. The three-piece, who meld a strong folk influence onto lush, whimsical songs that take in everything from post-rock to relaxed electronica, are currently celebrating their 10th anniversary, in typically modest style. “Mik posted an update on Facebook which simply said ‘Ten glorious years’,” says Rich. “It’s been ten years since the first single came out. Ten strange years…”
Late last year, FFS met up with Adam Ficek in a rammed pub off Trafalgar Square to discuss the finer points of the music industry, twee-ness, and evading the Babyshambles brand long enough to become part of the burgeoning folk scene.