New Bands Panel | Light Falls Forward – Songs and Shadows EP

Light Falls Forward

This week three of our writers have eyed up  London-based two-piece Light Falls Forward, who met at a house party and immediately bonded over Derren Brown and biscuits. They moved in with each other, decided to write music together and Songs and Shadows is the result. Here’s what FFS thinks…. Natalie Tompkins: For a single...

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Live | The Civil Wars at The Roundhouse, London

Live | The Civil Wars at The Roundhouse, London

The Civil Wars: never was a band name more apt. Reviewing the duo, who have just cancelled the rest of their tour and gone on hiatus citing ‘differences in ambition’, is a tricky one.  Leaving The Roundhouse last Tuesday I was looking forward to enthusiastically...

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Album | ahab – Live In London

Album | ahab – Live In London

While I’m sure it’s not impossible to write a review of ahab’s debut album without debating the merits of opting to put it out as a live record, I can only imagine it would sit there the proverbial elephant in the room. Rather than...

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Interview | Introducing… Patch & The Giant

Patch & The Giant

Patch & The Giant are an alternative folk band whose defining characteristics include rough-edged folk melodies, strings, brass, keys and buttons along with boots, braces and cauldrons of tea. Having seen them a few times now, these lovely people never fail to impress me with their energy,...

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News | Anais Mitchell announces London show

News | Anais Mitchell announces London show

Anais Mitchell took to facebook today to announce a gig at London’s Cecil Sharp House, showcasing material from her forthcoming album of traditional folk songs. The Vermont singer told FFS in a recent interview that she would be releasing a record of English and...

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Live | Moulettes announce competition and Tabernacle gig on 24th November

Live | Moulettes announce competition and Tabernacle gig on 24th November

May we cordially recommend a gig to you? It’s in one of the very most beautiful venues in London, there are prizes for the first 50 people to buy tickets from the Communion Music, and the line up is stonking. The Moulettes will be joined...

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News | Civil Wars halt tour

News | Civil Wars halt tour

The Civil Wars have scrapped the remainder of their European tour amid what the band describe as “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition”. With no indication of what was to come, Joy Williams and John Paul White played a gig described by FFS’...

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Artist blog | Emily Barker on Cory Branan

Artist blog | Emily Barker on Cory Branan

Week 2 of The Revival Tour has seen us leave the UK and head out to Europe where we’ve played shows in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Today I type from Munich, Germany. It’s a beautiful Autumn’s day and tonight...

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News | Folkroom release Anthology Two

anthology two

Folkroom Records have released their second record, titled Anthology Two.  The album features eleven especially-recorded tracks from the likes of Lucy Cait, Ellie Rumbold, Andrew Butler, Worry Dolls, Herons!, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Zoe Wren, The Moon, The Son & the Daughters, Gerard &...

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News | Catherine Feeny brings Occupy Wall Street album tour to UK

News | Catherine Feeny brings Occupy Wall Street album tour to UK

American folk singer Catherine Feeny is currently touring the UK promoting her 4th Studio album America. The record draws inspiration from her participation in and consequent arrest at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration protests, giving her latest album a political fire and a progressive...

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Album | Neil Halstead – Palindrome Hunches

Album | Neil Halstead – Palindrome Hunches

The sometime Slowdive and Mojave 3 frontman’s prolific career continues with a simply beautiful third solo album. Recorded over one weekend in a primary school, after Halstead bribed the caretaker to let him and his band into the music room, the album has a...

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Album | Martha Tilston – Machines of Love and Grace

Album | Martha Tilston – Machines of Love and Grace

Political music cannot, as Billy Bragg says, change the world, “but it can change the way you think about the world.” Martha Tilston’s new record Machines of Love and Grace finds its raison d’être – and severe limitations – in doing nothing of the...

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Live | Karine Polwart @ The Union Chapel

Live | Karine Polwart @ The Union Chapel

THE breathtaking Union Chapel is the perfect setting for this rare gathering of Karine Polwart’s full band. Adding piano and percussion to her regular backing of brother Steven (guitar, good looks, bad jokes) and Inge Thompson (accordion, backing vocals, headscarves), Polwart captivates a packed...

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Artist blog | Emily Barker on the Revival Tour

Artist blog | Emily Barker on the Revival Tour

Our favourite Australian songstress Emily Barker is on the road as part of the revival tour. It’s a five week European jaunt with a slew of other artists, full of collaboration, covers and singalongs. Emily’s agreed to blog about the experience of the tour...

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News | Joyce the Librarian head out on tour

News | Joyce the Librarian head out on tour

This is an exciting few days for Joyce The Librarian. With the Bristol quartet’s debut album ‘They May Put Land Between Us’ out on Monday, the band hit the road today for an accompanying tour, beginning tonight in Cardiff. We at FFS have been...

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Playlist | Happy Halloween Folk Fans!

Playlist | Happy Halloween Folk Fans!

Click here to celebrate the most fun holiday in the Gregorian calendar with a playlist full of (non-rubbish) scary tracks. 1. She Made My Blood Run Cold – Ike Turner 2. Monster Mash – The Beach Boys 3. The Frighteners – Joe Innes &...

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Album | Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman

Album | Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman

Bhi Bhiman’s voice is distinct and powerful. In fact, his delivery is as textured and girthy as the mighty redwood trees near his home in San Francisco. Apologies for the hyperbole, but both the above sentences offer insight into Bhiman’s self-titled release, Bhiman. His...

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