Bristolian sextet Babel have produced an album they describe as an “erstwhile search for ‘the essence’ of things”.
Electro-tinged folk-popper signs to Memphis Indistries to produce her first studio album.
The EOTR mud hasn’t dried on the FFS team’s boots yet, but tickets for next year’s event are already on sale.
The last day of the festival began for FFS at the Garden Stage. Spirits were high –conditions underfoot were dramatically improved from the night before and the sun was showing its face once again. The Wave Pictures performed an accomplished and lively set which saw lead singer David Tattersal accidentally insulting his mother before dedicating scrumptious pop fiesta ‘Love You Like a Madman’ to her. I’d have forgiven him. There followed drum, lead and bass solos to showcase the not inconsiderable talent of this three-piece. Indeed, bassist Franic Rozycki’s solo was so good that Tattersal could not help but declare his surprise. Stand-out songs included ‘Now You’re Pregnant’ sung by drummer Jonny Helm, which featured these delightfully funny lines on the death of Johnny Cash: ‘And you say “It’s not like Elvis” / and you would be right’. For we sleepers-in, this was the perfect way to begin our Sunday. (Keep your eyes peeled for appearances from the members of the Wave Pictures in the ensuing account of the day. They really do get about a bit). [HT]
As thousands of bleary eyed festival-goers awoke sweating in their tents as the sun beat down on them, still harbouring the muddy wellingtons and rain-lashed clothing from the day before in their porches, it was clear the second day of End of the Road was going to be an absolute belter. Welcoming the Indian Summer onto the main stage from midday were the warm, deep vocals and slow paced soothing tunes of London five-piece Absentee, who briefly burst into more stompy, upbeat rock to showcase the sound of their new album Victory Shorts, due out on September 22.
For FFS, End of the Road kicked off with Peter and the Wolf and this reviewer was alone among her cohorts in enjoying his set, from his rambling tales about New York rich kids who walk across America to his story-telling old-school folk. He was swiftly followed by Laura Marling who, in the couple of months since FFS last saw her headline, has grown into her pageboy crop as well her stage persona. Her inter-track chat leaves you wanting for exactly the intimacy her songs deliver. My Manic and I was a particular highlight as was Cross Your Fingers b-side ‘Blackberry Stone’ which features the lyrics ‘I’m sorry I never did hold your hand as you were lowered’ a reference surely to the boy with black curly hair, Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale. Marling was supported by her usual band, including drummer Marcus Mumford and bassist Ted Dwane from Mumford and Sons, whose were booked to play later in the evening, but cancelled because they had to fly to the US for the Marling/Flynn tour.
Dreamy Kent popsters It Hugs Back kick off their UK tour on Tuesday 30th September at Brixton’s Windmill.
Winchester (incidentally For Folk’s Sake hometown) is to play host to a plethora of folk favourites at the inaugural week-long Winchester Live festival.
Übergod Brian Wilson has recorded a track for Black Cab Sessions.
The Wave Pictures frontman Dave Tattersall fought through near exhaustion for one last interview before the band’s final night touring with anti-folk legend Jeffrey Lewis.
Alas, I Cannot Swim sells four times as many copies since being shortlisted in the annual awards.
Peggy Sue will curate a ‘Horror Movie Marathon’ gig at The Windmill on 31st October. The duo (/trio depending on whether the drummer boy is permanent…) will be playing along with Slow Club.
On Saturday 27th September South Street Arts Centre will play host to a one-off show featuring UK folk troubador Adem. Support comes from Russ Alsop and FFS favourites Slow Club.
For Folk’s Sake’s favourite interviewee so far, Jay Jay Pistolet, has finished his new EP with the track ‘Hooked Up On Us’ produced by Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit bassist Adam Beach.
Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle, has been secretly working on a six-track EP with US shoegazer Kaki King.
Leading lights of British folk record classic Jeffrey Lewis track Travel Light ahead of their attempts to crack the states.