Noah and the Whale, Peggy Sue and Sky Larkin have been added to the bill for Brighton festival The Great Escape.
At For Folk’s Sake we love the music of Peggy Sue and the whoever-they’re-withs really rather a lot. So we were jolly pleased to get a bumper press release with news about a new release, headline tour, forthcoming album and festival slots.
Who? Californian multi-instrumentalist Ema and some not-so-spooky ghosts. She released 6-track EP ‘Boy In The Milkbox’ last year but it’s a bit tricky to get your hands on it. You may have to do some online rummaging to find the songs, but it’s worth it.
Returning to these shores after a soujourn at SXSW, Fanfarlo have announced a string of UK shows for May and June to promote their debut album, Reservoir.
The folks at bandstand busking have announced the first busk of the spring. FFS’s favourite boy-girl shout-folk duo Slow Club will play alongside Theoretical Girl this Sunday 5th April at the Northampton Square bandstand in Islington, North London.
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.
London folkies – and sometime Peggy Sue collaborators – Left With Pictures are hosting the fourth installment of their mini festival ‘Fleeting Fanfares’ on Sunday 29th March.
The event will be held at The Cross Kings in Kings Cross and will feature Liz Green, Esiotrot, Stars of Sunday League, SJ Esau, Frances Thorburn and Duncan Brown’s Boiling Oil. And for the talented (or shameless) among you, there will be an hour of open mic from 5pm-6pm
Jeremy Warmsley has a packed few months ahead of him, including a number of dates in the land of Bratwurst and one hop-skip across the channel to Paris. It’s rather nice that you’ll have the opportunity of catching him ont’ continent if you happy to be on a jaunt that way.
Sons of Noel and Adrian have announced a UK tour for April and May. The Brighton-based folkies will play 10 dates across England and Scotland, following their hugely successful sell-out tour supporting Mumford and Sons.
Last night, while perusing YouTube, I came across an interview with Noel Gallagher (of whom I’m a fan – I like the juxtaposition of his boorish persona and actual wit and intelligence). He said that a musical movement becomes exciting…
Bradford’s Laura Groves has renamed herself under the moniker of the rarest of flowers. Possessing a haunting voice and flawless musicianship, she’s no shrinking violet, describing her music as “textured, emotive, eclectic, personal, delicate.”
Emmy the Great is to play a one-off show at the Southbank Centre in July.
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.
Cambridge festival The Secret Garden Party has announced the first batch of acts for 2009 including Jarvis Cocker, Emmy the Great, Slow Club, Peggy Sue and Still Flyin’.
A portable record player sits atop a piano under a solitary spotlight, and from it emerges a dark and unholy voice, oom-pah-pahing whilst ‘the boy’, attired in boiler suit and gas mask, lurks in the shadows. Patti Plinko wouldn’t be out of place in an air raid shelter circa 1941, and the boy would be out of place anywhere. Together they put on a show that keeps the temporary inhabitants of this particular underground bunker in Leicester Square enthralled for the better part of an hour.
The news by Jeffrey Lewis: now won’t that be a sight for sore eyes? Jeff is recording a series of news videos for The Guardian online, which will include comic books, limericks, and collaborations with such folk-type sensations as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Herman Dune.
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.”