Folk Music

Watch: 'Souvenirs', the Gorgeous New Video From I Draw Slow

Peter McGuire | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter McGuire

The restaurant receipt from your first date. The pictures from that trip away. That little moth you found on the window when you moved into your new...

No Smoke Fairies Without Fire

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

While Smoke Fairies are championed by BBC Radio 6 Music and XFm, a welcome development recently came when the government invested £550,000 of public money in the Music Export Growth Scheme; the band was allocated a slice of the cake which "makes it possible for us to take our full band to the US", says Jessica.

Introducing: Seán McGowan

Clara Cullen | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Things are on the up for singer-songwriter Seán McGowan. He will shortly be signing a record deal and his new single Come Unstuck features Frank Turner on backing vocals. Things have never been better for the Southampton local.

Jason Isbell: A Man's Second Chance

Clara Cullen | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

atching Jason Isbell play London's Electric Ballroom is a far cry from the pews of St Pancras Old Church where I saw him play to 100 people less than a year ago. A lot has changed for Isbell in the last 12 months...

All the Young Dudes Carry the News

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

They're here for The Rifles (pictured above), an English band that has planted its flag in the business after eight years of hard graft. Currently midway through a UK and European tour, all four men understand the importance of the live circuit.

Six of the Best Breasts in Music

Adam Hamdy | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Talisco's debut album Run is out on 19th May, and you can watch the short film that showcases three of his tracks below. Directed by Zack Spiger and Matt Larson, it's a great short film. However it's not safe for work as it features a fair amount of violence, six breasts and three great tracks.

A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.

Alex Lipinski, Alone On a One Way Road

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

He speaks rapidly, words tripping over each other to get out, but when Alex Lipinski sings it's with the poise of someone naturally immersed in the songwriting medium.

Where Has All the Wassailing Gone?

Jon Wilks | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon Wilks

Not enough wassailing is done in this day and age, in my opinion. It's a lost talent, overdue a comeback, and this year I intend to get right back into it. There's no time to lose, either - wassailing is best enjoyed during the festive season, and come late January, a decent wassail is a hard thing to come by.

You Need To Hear This: New music from Erin K, Lucy Mason and Oli Wennink

Kat Jackman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Musical gluttons, unite! We're here with another fine selection of amazing new talent for you to enjoy over the coming week. Our latest selection is...

You Need To Hear This: New Music From Mila Falls, Jody Brock, Worry Dolls and Discopolis

Kat Jackman | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We're like musical magpies, you see. It doesn't matter what shape or form the music comes in- if there's something about it, we just need to let you guys know about it. With the thousands of incredible acts out there it can of course be a little tricky to make our minds up- but hey, we always manage somehow.

You Need To Hear This: New Music From Lotte Mullan, Danny Toeman, The Empire and Alfred Abel

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Once again we've rounded up a handful of the freshest talent to have made it onto our new music radar in the past week.

My First Night of the Proms

Richard O'Brien | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard O'Brien

My first response to the BBC Proms' kind invitation to perform at a venue so prestigious that my family had heard of it (as opposed to, say, a room above a pub in Farringdon), and to have the results broadcast on Radio 3, was barely-trammelled delight. My second was blind social and sartorial panic.

Emerging Icons Hanna Willow, She Crazy, Patch & The Giant and Blast Unit Moscow

Kat Jackman | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We have a handful of fantastic up-and-coming acts for you to become acquainted with because they are just too good to be missing out on. For one reason or another, each and every one of this wonderful lot have really got us going at Emerging Icons HQ... so give em a listen.

Pussy Riot: Not Sponsored by Nike or Coca-Cola

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

I was at a gig in south London last week when, so to speak, my day job popped up. One minute I was "chillaxing" (as I believe the kids and the prime minister like to say) to some genial indie rock, the next ... I'm listening to a longish poem about Russian authoritarianism.

Laura Marling: New Album 'Once I Was An Eagle' Reviewed

Raj Bains | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

Hyperbole doesn't quite do Laura Marling justice. She is, record by record, cementing and reaffirming her place as the greatest female singer-songwriter of a generation.

Arthur Gun: Shooting From the Hip on the London Music Scene

Jason Holmes | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Serious-minded songwriters have returned. Gone is the foul, metastasising era of Stock Aitken and Waterman and their 'Hit Factory', swept aside at long last by a tide of musicians dedicated to making music of depth that resonates with a music-loving public, a public which is awakening from its own bad dream of botox, gussets and 'Zig-a-zig-ah'.

Foy Vance: The Soul of a Man

Jason Holmes | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Foy Vance stands out back in the yard of the Islington Assembly Halls and rolls a cigarette. It's two hours before showtime and he's in a ruminative mood. 'When I was a kid, singing was second nature to me,' he says, as we clink bottle necks

Sarah Dean

MUSIC BOX: A New 'Black Celebration'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Dean | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

CHART TOPPERS As if we ever doubted him, David Bowie has scored his first number one album in 20 years with a record that is also the fastest selli...

Ten Irish Bands for St. Patrick's Day

Peter McGuire | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Peter McGuire

This Patrick's Day, remember there's more to Ireland than the stereotypes of potatoes, drink, and leprechauns (all of which we will still happily sell to you). With a population of just about 4.5 million, we also punch well above our weight in terms of musical talent. Here are ten Irish acts that burst with talent.

Folly Rae: Brings Good Music Back to the Folks

Bwoywonder | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

If her single is anything to go by then expect even more from this folk friendly female when she releases her EP 'My Enemy' this summer.

Single Review: Esther Sparks & The Whiskey Remedy - Back to Life

Kamran Assadi | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

This musical gem is a bright and subtly powerful song that creeps up on you and fills you with joy and hope. It naturally transcends you into the story of the song and embraces you with positivity and happiness.

Faux-Folk: What Is It So Smug About?

Sam Dix | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Dix

'Hey Ho''s pied-piper style video goes one step further, trying to preach to us about their perfect vision of the world (presumably one where The Lumineers plays on repeat) combined with their correct form of escapism and emancipation from the bitter 9-5 work day.

Away from the Mainstream: Meet the Oxbow Lake Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'We're a gigging band in Scotland,' Andy Clucas tells me. 'We started as an acoustic band back in the winter of 2007, and a lot of people told us we had a Dexys [Midnight Runners] sound, probably because our sound is...eclectic.'

Music From an Old Country

Tim Cumming | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Tim Cumming

When Dylan's Time out of Mind came out in 1997 you could tell it had a different kind of electricity; lightning bolts instead of dim bulbs. Such a turnaround in creative endeavour was a long time in coming, but you knew it would come.