Anika recommends: Ema and the Ghosts

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.

For Folk’s Sake interview: Broadcast 2000

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.

Left With Pictures host free mini festival this Sunday

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 reveals extensive tour itinerary

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.

When a scene becomes a movement

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…

FFS Ones to watch: Blue Roses

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.”

Anika recommends: Sharon Van Etten

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.

Live: Patti Plinko and her Boy @ Leicester Square Theatre

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.

Jeff Lewis gets his own TV show via Guardian website

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.

FFS Ones to Watch: The Tim and Sam Band

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.”