Posts Tagged ‘folk’

Maz O’Connor & Marry Waterson collaborate on an animated video for Awake Awake

Combining an ancient sensibility with modern means, Maz O'Connor and Marry Waterson have made this wonderful animated video.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Folk singer songwriter Maz O’Connor releases the first single from her much hailed album This Willowed Light accompanied by a beautiful animated video by fellow folk star Marry Waterson. I asked Maz to tell me a bit more about the project.



I found the song in The Full English Collection, which was being put online by the English Folk Dance and Song Society for public access while I was a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow with them last year. It's an English version of the well-known American folk song The Silver Dagger, but I'd never heard anyone sing these particular words before. I've given the words a new tune, too.

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Alexander the Great : a Folk Operetta

Welcome to the wonderful world of Humphrey 'Huck' Astley - a multitalented musician and writer who is currently touring his mini Folk Operetta...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Alexander The Great by Amelia Grace. Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley is a poet-singer-songwriter and author of the three-part album and stage show ‘Alexander the Great: a Folk Operetta‘ – here he […]

My favourite finds from the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2014

The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winner for 2014 has been announced, but there were many more brilliant tunes submitted. Here are my favourites which did not quite make my final top three.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova. A few weeks ago the final showdown between 8 finalists was held at Pilton Working Men’s Club, with the ultimate winner of the 2014 Glastonbury […]

Country Mile: an interview with the multi-talented folk singer Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn is back with a beautiful new album, inspired by long walks and becoming a father.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Johnny Flynn by Emma McMorrow. Johnny Flynn is now a husband and a father, as well as an actor and musician. His many roles have inspired Country Mile, his first […]

Interview: Washington Irving introduce new album Palomides: Volumes I & II

This Scottish band combines elements of folk with walls of noise to create a brand new sound that is all their own. I set out to learn more about the intriguing five some.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Palomides by Rebecca May Higgins. Why does the new album, Palomides, come in two volumes? Before releasing Palomides, we’d primarily focused on touring for a while, so when we came […]

An interview with Adrian Edmondson: introducing new album Mud, Blood and Beer by his band The Bad Shepherds

Comedian Adrian Edmondson boasts many strings to his bow: as a musician with The Bad Shepherds he rearranges well known punk tunes into foot stomping folk and their new album is out now. I caught up with him to find out more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Bad Shepherds by Lizzie Donegan at New Good Studio. Readers of my generation will no doubt best know Adrian Edmondson for his role in the seminal 80s TV comedy […]

The Sounds of Ghost Folk: an interview with Samuel Mason of Die Man Die

Samuel Mason is the enigmatic singer behind Die Mason Die, purveyors of your finest Ghost Folk. Find out more here...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Die Mason Die by Daisy Steele. Die Mason Die describe themselves as ‘Making ghost like noises with bearded grins‘ and they are set to make major waves on the UK […]

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Mary Epworth at St Pancras Old Church: Live Review

The acclaimed singer returns to London with a show at this intimate venue on Wednesday 3rd April 2013.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Mary Epworth by Gemma Cotterell Hidden away between Mornington Crescent and St Pancras railway station, in that relatively little known area of London that is Somers Town, St Pancras Old […]

An interview with Pascal Pinon and review of new album Twosomeness

Meet 18 year old Icelandic twins Ásthildur and Jófriður: their new album Twosomeness is a gorgeous collection of ethereal harmonies.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pascal Pinon by Bex Bourne. Following hot on the heels of Scandinavian sibling act First Aid Kit, comes the new album from Pascal Pinon, 18 year old Icelandic twins Ásthildur […]

Favourite Christmas Indie Tunes for 2012: listen to the best here!

It's time to get into the festive spirit: listen to a host of wonderful new Christmas indie tunes right here and enjoy beautiful illustrations that were inspired by them.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas Olive Grove by Bex Bourne, based on As A Child I Awoke by Jo Mango. A hugely successful Christmas tune is the holy grail for many musicians: just think […]

Mediaeval Baebes, The Huntress double album: review and interview with founder Katharine Blake

Think you know Mediaeval Baebes? Well think again: if you look beyond the schtick there's some greatly enjoyable music to be found on this jam packed double album.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Mediaeval Baebes by Elisa Mac. I’ve never paid much attention to the Mediaeval Baebes before, but then new album The Huntress landed on my doormat and I listened, and was […]

An interview with Tamara Schlesinger and review of solo album The Procession

Scottish singer and songwriter Tamara Schlesinger takes a break from her main project 6 Day Riot to explore her voice a capella and looped in this gorgeous solo album.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tamara Schlesinger by Daria H. Tamara Schlesinger is the talented lead singer and main brains behind the foot stomping folk sounds of 6 Day Riot, a band I have listened […]

An interview with film director and animator Britta Johnson: making the King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O video for Laura Veirs

I love the animated video that accompanies this 'Family Folk' song by musician Laura Veirs. Featuring a cast of colourful characters.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Continuing a run of blogs about brilliant animated music videos, check out this treasure from multi-disciplinary designer Britta Johnson. In November last year American folk musician Laura Veirs released Tumble […]

An Interview with Mina Tindle and Review of Debut Album Taranta

The French songstrel wows with a thoroughly unique collection of brilliant folk pop songs... find out wht makes her tick.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Mina Tindle ‘To Carry Many Small Things’ by Gilly Rochester. Mina Tindle’s Taranta by Chloe Giordano. French folk pop singer Mina Tindle has a deceptively girly voice: sweet and high. […]

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Album review: A Kiss Before You Go plus interview with Norwegian multi-instrumentalists Katzenjammer

The new album from all female Norwegian group Katzenjammer is released in the UK this week on Propeller Recordings. We caught up with the fearsome foursome to find out what makes them tick.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Katzenjammer by Richard Parson. Four Norwegian girls reinvent bouncy banjo folk with a dramatic cabaret influenced flavour and a distinctly Balkan twist? Yes please! Katzenjammer release their first album A […]

Cate Le Bon at Village Underground: Live Music Review

The Welsh singer returns to London at the start of a UK tour with a sell-out show on Monday 23rd April 2012 to promote her second album.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Cate Le Bon by Sam Parr The seemingly ever present rain was holding off as I made my way up Commercial Street, past the facade of of shiny new shops […]

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Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen: Live Review

Following the long-awaited release of her debut album, the remarkable singer songwriter returns to London with a sell-out show on Thursday 1st March 2012.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Beth Jeans Houghton by Gemma Cotterell Squeezing past the punters at the bar, I could see that the box-like auditorium of Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen was already full in […]

Pam Hogg: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review

Pam Hogg showcased her new collection WILD Life at Fashion Scout on Sunday 19th February 2012 with special guest Jaime Winstone modelling on the catwalk. It was a hot ticket that ensured a front row packed with celebs.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Pam Hogg A/W 2012 by Mitika Chohan. We have sadly not been invited to a Pam Hogg show for two years now, and boy have I missed them: they are […]

Album Review: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The sophomore album from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit is produced by Mike Mogis and every tune is a bittersweet delight. Here's my track by track breakdown.

Written by Amelia Gregory

First Aid Kit by Sarah Ryan. Out today: the beautiful new album from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit. Every tune is a wonder… starting with first single The Lion’s Roar, […]

Album review of The Hangman Tree and interview with Laura J Martin

Laura J Martin releases her much anticipated debut album later this month. Time to catch up with this talented multi-instrumentalist with a host of intriguing influences.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Laura J Martin by Alice Nyong. Laura J Martin sets out her wares in the album title track and single The Hangman Tree, the sweetest of vocals twirling around languid […]