An interview with Laura Marling was broadcast on America’s NPR radio this week. Laura performs a cover of Mumford and Sons’ Roll Away Your Stone, as well as her own songs Rambling Man, My Manic and I and Your Only Doll (Dora).
Pram Town is a ‘folk opera’ from former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman. The story follows a unmotivated guy stuck in the town where he grew up, Harlow (nicknamed Pram Town in the 50s because of the sudden influx of young families when the town was built in the aftermath of WWII). He meets an ‘out of his league’ London woman while fare-evading in a first class train carriage.
Jeremy Warmsley has spilled the heart-shaped beans on the line-up for his Heartbreak Ball. The swoon-fest will take place at The Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, where Warmsley will be joined by Johnny Flynn, the delectable Slow Club, Gossamer Albatross, A Classic Education and lovely Stars of Sunday League.
Up-and-comers Mumford and Sons join Colin Murray tonight at 10pm for an evening of delectation, harmonising and, well, banjoes.
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…”
He of the electro-folk sparkle and eminently hummable melodies has sorted out Valentine’s Day early this year.
Platforms:live has announced a corker of an all-day gig at London’s Union Chapel on 21st February.
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West London folkster Alessi has made a track from her forthcoming album available to download free for a limited time.
Mumford and Sons have posted dates for their UK tour beginning in the remote parts of Scotland.
Moonshine Jamboree have announced the addition of Maryland to this Sunday’s line up. Hot from being signed to Firefly Records, Maryland has some new songs in his pockets with which to delight your ears, brains and hearts.
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.
The Decemberists have revealed the tracklisting and release date for their new album The Hazards of Love.
Angus and Julia Stone have revealed that their new album is almost complete. Speaking in a radio interview with BBC 6Music the brother and sister duo said they had nearly finished working on the album, which they had been recording at Sawmills studio in Cornwall.
For Folk’s Sake favourites Cherbourg will play their first London headline show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho this Thursday (8th January).
For Folk’s Sake is seriously considering changing our name to welovealessi.com. From the moment her EP The Horse got its first rotation on the stereo at FFS HQ, we have been desperate to hear her play
The All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival is set to welcome a thoroughly eclectic mix of bands to this summer’s two weekend extravaganza in Minehead, including a number of acts that are firm favourites of FFS.
Folk club night Communion has announced the line-up for the first show of 2009. The gig on 4th January, organised by Kevin Jones of Cherbourg and Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, will feature FFS darlings Peggy Sue alongside Ark People, Sam MacCarthy, Sons of Noel and Adrian and Thomas J Speight. Headlining will be Exlovers.