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.
Noah and the Whale have announced the release of ‘The A Sides’ – a mixture of original materials and covers – on the 22nd December as well as a tour and new album in the new year.
Fresh from his spot supporting Emmy the Great at Pure Groove on Tuesday, Eugene McGuinness is all set for a special show of his own this evening. Admirers of this charmer’s ramshackle sound should pootle down to The Legion tonight for a Christmas treat, with support from Gold Teeth, Nick Harrisson and Cosmo Jarvis.
Californian 15-piece Still Flyin’ have announced three London shows for the new year.
The band, who have been joined on stage in the past by FFS-favourite Jens Lekman, are currently recording their debut record Never Gonna Touch The Ground, which is due for release in April.
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.