Sufjan Saves Christmas with downloadable treats

Self-styled don of all things festive, Sufjan Stevens has put together a compendium of Christmas treats on his record label’s website. You can play the Sufjan Christmas game, print out designs for tree decorations, and listen to seasonal tunes from the man himself.

Marling V. Elbow: The Rematch

UK folk darling Laura Marling has been nominated in the Pop category of the South Bank Show Awards 2009, where she once again finds herself in competition with Mercury winners Elbow and fellow runner-up Estelle. Will cuddly culture bunny Melvyn Bragg do the right thing and give dear Laura a trophy for her cabinet? Cross your fingers, folk fans.

Jeffrey Lewis moonlights as Guardian cartoonist

New York antifolk legend and all round swell guy Jeffrey Lewis has concocted a special Christmas comic book tale for the Guardian. It offers a rare and valuable insight into the philosophical musings of our pine-beneedled Christmas friends, and just in time too.

First Aid Kit heading for London!

Off the back of an enthusiastic response to their first EP Drunken Trees, Scandanavian duo First Aid Kit are coming to London for a couple of dates in December. They will play at Soho’s 12 bar club on the 15th December and the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on the 16th.

For Folk’s Sake Interview: Cherbourg

There’s something quite exciting brewing in the London folk scene, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn have hit the big time and by doing so they’ve blazed a path for their contemporaries to do the same. Cherbourg are the latest band to emerge from the pack, and they’re not afraid to admit that they want to be a household name.