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The folk

Post by crystalball » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:59 am

Anorak, I kinda want to know more about contemporary folk music. There's a couple of things I love, like that Alasdair Roberts record about St Kilda, and I really quite like The Unthanks and, um, some other stuff but it all feels a bit vague and I'm not even sure what qualifies as folk and what doesn't, and I'd quite like to dig a bit deeper. Not sure what brought all this on. But yeah - please guide me. Thank you.

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Re: The folk

Post by humblebee » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:46 am

Oooh, I'm glad it's not just me...

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Re: The folk

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Re: The folk

Post by noLooking » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:10 pm

crystalball wrote:Anorak, I kinda want to know more about contemporary folk music. There's a couple of things I love, like that Alasdair Roberts record about St Kilda, and I really quite like The Unthanks and, um, some other stuff but it all feels a bit vague and I'm not even sure what qualifies as folk and what doesn't, and I'd quite like to dig a bit deeper. Not sure what brought all this on. But yeah - please guide me. Thank you.
Don't know very much about folk, I'm not even a dilettante really, but I much prefer the coffee house style tradition to the whole 'earnest siblings singing in close harmony a cappella with their fingers in their ears' sort of thing. In that spirit, I offer you New Zealand's Tiny Ruins, who does the whole finger picking thing and comes across as Nick Drake's slightly less intense younger sister.





If you want a tenuous connection to indiepop-ness, she recently did a mini-LP thing with someone who used to be in The Clean but it wasn't up to much.

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Re: The folk

Post by Yex » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:43 am

Anna Gordon makes some pretty great "coffee shop" style folk music. I'm just going to leave these two albums here:



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Re: The folk

Post by crystalball » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:09 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions, comrades. I need to have a proper look.

I'm not actually averse to earnest folk and I'm still slightly obsessing over the Radio Ballads, which I won't be able to afford until my child is a pensioner: http://www.topicrecords.co.uk/category/ ... o-ballads/

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Re: The folk

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:06 am

Yex wrote:Anna Gordon makes some pretty great "coffee shop" style folk music.
We call it John Lewis advert music over here.
crystalball wrote:Thanks for all the suggestions, comrades. I need to have a proper look.

I'm not actually averse to earnest folk and I'm still slightly obsessing over the Radio Ballads, which I won't be able to afford until my child is a pensioner: http://www.topicrecords.co.uk/category/ ... o-ballads/
There's a really good book about the Radio Ballads although it may be out of print now. Definitely worth trying to track it down though. The individual episodes are available separately, some for as little as 4 quid on (spit) Amazon.

I used to really like folk but then I met my wife and got dragged around folk clubs where people thought that as long as you played something on an acoustic guitar, it was 'folk', and I got sick of it pretty quick. An acoustic version of Queen's A Crazy Little Thing Called Love with some fucking hippy singing with their eyes closed and a quiver in their voice is a horrible thing to behold.

As for modern stuff, The Furrow Collective have been recommended to me (and they include Alasdair Roberts in their ranks). I'm guessing you're already aware of James Yorkston; if not, his first 4 or 5 albums (up to and including When The Haar Rolls In) are pretty brilliant. The wonderful Claypipe Records released a lovely album by Sharron Kraus last year and are about to release an Alasdair Roberts EP which I think will be the best looking record of the year...

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http://www.claypipemusic.co.uk/

Slightly going off topic, the same label has just released this, which may interest you, even if you wouldn't class it as folk.

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The small village of Tyneham, on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset, was once a thriving little community – that is until the British Government requisitioned it for training manoeuvres and other ‘strategic purposes’ in the run up to WWII. This was supposed to be a temporary measure, but the area remained in military possession long after hostilities had ceased, causing distress among former inhabitants, many of whom were farmed out to prefabs in nearby Wareham and Swanage.
Tyneham was characterised by its red telephone box, a tiny parade of shops – Post Office Row – and a grand country pile which stood about half a mile away from the village: Tyneham House. The army removed the building’s oak panelling and ornate decorative details and promptly set about using it for target practice. So great was the shame expressed locally about the damage inflicted upon one of Dorset’s grandest houses that the powers that be decided to grow a copse around the remains of the structure to give the impression that it was no longer there. Despite this, a substantial part of the structure remains intact, including its Saxon hall.

Land access around Tyneham was opened up in the 1970s, but admission to the house remains strictly verboten. Those who’ve been found around the premises, especially anyone wielding a camera, have felt the full weight of military trespass law. Tyneham today is regarded as a nature reserve by some – as a national embarrassment by others. It’s still a political hot potato, in Dorset at least.

The pastoral, wistful yet ineffably disquieting music of Tyneham House is made by artists who wish to remain anonymous here, save for their eponymous title. The musicians are happy, however, to let it be known that these recordings have been around for some years (many of them complied from old cassettes) and that they take inspiration from the 1960s/’70s/’80s work of the Children’s Film Foundation – a body who really ought to have made a film about this mysterious West Country curio. At least now we have its endlessly poignant soundtrack.
Ooh, nearly forgot, you should check out some of the many releases by Michael 'Plinth' Tanner. He was on the recent United Bible Studies LP, which sounds like it might be right up your street, and his collaboration with Directorsound as The A-Lords is a brilliantly eerie record.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/950300-Michael-Tanner

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Re: The folk

Post by crystalball » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:05 pm

Oooh, thankyou. This all sounds right up my street. Even though I'm often too drunk to know what my street is. Or what town I live in.

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Re: The folk

Post by crystalball » Mon May 09, 2016 4:59 pm

Been following various leads from this thread (thankyou!) and came across some really nice stuff.


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Re: The folk

Post by tonieee » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:13 pm

I came across this yesterday:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05sxv7r

I've only listened to the first one (Edale to Top Withens) so far but it was good.

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Re: The folk

Post by humblebee » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:09 am

Went to see Alasdair Roberts and James Green the other night. I am absolutely in love with this new album they've done together, which holyzombiejesus was talking about back up the thread.

http://www.claypipemusic.co.uk/2016/05/ ... s-and.html

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Post by tonieee » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:23 am

They were great the other night. I haven't had chance to listen to the album yet but I'm looking forward to it.

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Re: The folk

Post by crystalball » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:21 pm

Yeah, I'm sure I had all sorts of things to do today but I've just been sitting here melting. It's completely gorgeous. 'If There Is Any Light' and 'The Evening Is Growing Dim' are actually making breathing quite hard. I don't know what to do with myself.

I'm going to dig deep into Clay Pipe, I reckon.

Ach, I'm in love.

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Re: The folk

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:19 am

Claypipe is such a lovely label. On thing I would suggest (which you're probably already doing) is subscribing to their mailing list so you get updates, as their records usually sell out on the day of release.

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Re: The folk

Post by humblebee » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:13 am

There continues to be NO SIGN AT ALL that I will ever stop listening to Plaint of Lapwing, but I did go and see The Furrow Collective recently and they were good. It's taking me longer to get into the English stuff than the Scottish, but I still like it.


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Re: The folk

Post by Yex » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:17 am

^Holy shit, that's so good.
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Re: The folk

Post by Yex » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:58 am

Godamnit humblebee, now I can't get that song out of my head.
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Re: The folk

Post by humblebee » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:34 am

Yex wrote:Godamnit humblebee, now I can't get that song out of my head.
I know what you mean!

Will you get the album? It's generally more downtempo than that track - and really dark in places - but y'know, good. Interesting mix of styles, or something.

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Re: The folk

Post by Yex » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:24 pm

Yeah, I'll definitely get the album. I've already downloaded everything that's up on their bandcamp currently. It's all quite good (though that track is pretty much the best of it).
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Re: The folk

Post by tonieee » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:15 pm

humblebee wrote:There continues to be NO SIGN AT ALL that I will ever stop listening to Plaint of Lapwing, but I did go and see The Furrow Collective recently and they were good. It's taking me longer to get into the English stuff than the Scottish, but I still like it.

That's such a great video too!

My current favourite of theirs is this one from the other album:



My listening of the new album is being hampered by my buying it on vinyl with no download code. I've only been able to listen to it twice but it is great.

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