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.
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.
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.
For Folk’s Sake spoke to Alessi about the long wait to release her album and swapping songs for hobnobs in the Virgin Records offices in central London.
The BBC have announced their longlist for the Sound of 2009, which includes Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine.
FFS caught The Handsome Family in Herne Hill on Sunday night, and followed up with an electro-conversation. Here Rennie tells us why she would like Brett to grow antlers.
The Sheffield duo bring their folk-stomp brilliance to Union Chapel to mark the start of the festive season, and prepare to release their Christmas single.
Herman Dune have announced they are to return to the UK for six live dates in December.
West London retro-folkster Jay Jay Pistolet has recorded a track for Black Cab Sessions.
Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist take a quick tour of the UK to plug new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, before heading over to Europe and beyond.
Cat Power returns with a new bunch of covers left over from earlier 2008 release Jukebox.
Hot on the heels of Emmy the Great’s new track ‘We Almost Had a Baby’, which we gave a hearty 8/10 here barely a few days ago, comes the news her long awaited debut album is to be released on February 2.
Folk’s most successful export Noah and the Whale have announced the planned release of a mini album on December 22nd through Young and Lost Club.
For Folk’s Sake enters the realm of DJing to spread around some of the lovely stuff we like listening to at a brand new day of free folk music at the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell.
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.
Folk rock royalty Teddy Thompson is hosting a Xmas extravaganza at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London next month.
The Wainwright-style affair will feature Teddy Thompson and his mother, folk legend Linda Thompson, as well as Bert Janch, Badly Drawn Boy and Eddi Reader among others.
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.