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.
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.