The Willkommen Collective, which counts Sons of Noel and Adrian and The Leisure Society amongst its number, plan an exciting gig in a very special location.
Dreamstress of wonder Alessi’s Ark has begun an epic tour of the British Isles in a bid to spread her web of wonder far and wide. Her travels will take in an eclectic range of venues including instores and one very special gig at a farmhouse which was once a haunt of the Bloomsbury group.
“The thing that always interests me about writing songs is that they don’t have to make sense but they can still be about something, just by the way they make you feel when you listen to it. I think that’s why people dedicate their lives to records, because there’s always something else to wonder about.”
This splendid independent boutique festival is in its fourth year, and
this is the year of the folk act. FFS Favourites Noah and the Whale,
Alessi’s Ark and Ryan O’Reilly are included on the ever-expanding line
up for this musical extravaganza, which will see entertainment spread
across six stages.
“There’s a difference between a Welsh band and a Wales-based band,” says Draw Me Stories singer, Carl Hodgetts. “Wales can be a bit insular and much of the music that comes out of here is pigeonholed. People are often surprised that we’re not Welsh.”
FFS contributor Anika (who runs music blog Anika in London) is one of St Vincent’s biggest fans so when FFS got the chance to interview the Oklahoma-born singer, it was only right that Anika should be the one to do the honours. When we received the transcript at FFS HQ we were so charmed we decided to put it up in full…
It’s a hugely exciting time for the new-folk crowd. In the past week it has been announced that London-based Wilkommen Collective act The Leisure Society has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award for their song The Last of the Melting Snow, released last Christmas.
Who? Swedish husband and wife duo Andres Werliin and Mariam Wallentin. One of the most intensely passionate live bands you could ever hope to see.
Mumford and Sons cancelled tour at the beginning of April has made way for studio time, it has been revealed.
Folk-pop dup Slow Club have announced details of their long-awaited debut album.
The first two times Ryan O’Reilly played his songs live, fights broke out. Both times he was 16 and both were in the usually sleepy county of Hampshire where he lived before moving to London to study.
Laura Marling has announced a ‘very special’ show on London’s Southbank via a handwritten note on her Myspace. The show will take place at The Royal Festival Hall on 11th August and Laura has said it will feature “some of the boys”. Some boys Laura frequently appears with include Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Cherbourg and Jay Jay Pistolet.
Cherbourg have announced they will release their new EP Into The Dark on June 1st followed by a two-week UK tour.
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.