Folk Show – Episode 126 – Folk Radio UK | Episode Movies

Starring Lisa Knapp, The Unthanks, Sam Sweeney, Clara Mann, James Waudby, Trevor Beales, June Habel, Lady Maisery, Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell, The Carrivick Sisters, VRÏ, Jack Warnock, Breabach, Gavin Fairhall Lever, Clare Sands, Emily Portman and Rob Harbron, Shovel Dance Collective and Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn.

We’re kicking off this week’s Folk Show with a new single from the Fabulous Lisa Knapp. The rowan tree is now available through Filmtrax (and can also be heard in our Regular folk playlist, along with other artists featured here, which I update weekly and is a great way to keep up with new releases). This new arrangement of the timeless Scottish ballad was commissioned for the film LIVING, starring Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood (out November 4). The song appears several times in the film, sung by Bill Nighy, and director Oliver Hermanus approached Lisa directly to record a special version of The Rowan Tree for the credits.

This is followed by the equally dramatic “The Old News” by The ingratitudeTaken from their new album Sorrows Away, one of our featured albums of the month reviewed here.

From our artist of the month, Sam Sweeneywe have jump feet togetherfrom his latest offer, escape this (Order it here), reviewed here… it’s an album favorite; Glenn Kimpton – “…his steady and measured slurs conjure up a beautiful melody that repeats tightly and then veers away before gently gliding away. The accompaniments also excel in their subtlety, with each player knowing when to make space and when to fill it. Particularly satisfying here is Ben Nicholls’ electric bass, which kicks in after the fourth chorus and plucks a soft part that the other musicians trail behind. It’s a beautiful, happy game.” Keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Sam.

Out of Klara man‘s EP Stay open, you can hear Confessions. Like the rest of Stay open, “Confessions” delivers what their early demos promise. It is described as Clara’s most complete, self-aware work, insights deepened by experience and introspection. Like all of her work, these songs began as fragments of line art and lyrics, disjointed images slowly forming into coherent lyrics. “It’s all pretty intuitive,” she says. “I pour things out and then look back.”

Based on the folk revival guitarists of the 60s, but breaking new ground with modern influences, Random gentlemen is removed James Waudby‘s forthcoming album On The Ballast Miles (January 14, 2023). Waudby was born and raised in the East Riding, a county of fading towns, flat farmland and a brutal coastline that seeped into his bones. The songs speak of a place where both industry and cliffs have eroded away, leaving a battered but beautiful place where people and land endure despite economic and environmental stresses. His playing reminds me of Bert Jansch, but he may be drawing a path similar to that of Trevor Beales and its soon to be released fireplace stories Recorded in the early 70’s (out December 2nd – pre-order Basin Rocks | belt storage). Beales was heavily influenced by Hebden Bridge and its people – ‘The first seeds of Hebden Bridge’s famous independence movement were sown as early as the 1850s when workers in the textile industry started a cooperative movement. Over time, these seeds of radicalism and collectivism ensured that Hebden Bridge evolved into a place where people could be themselves and all shades of individual idiosyncrasy were not only tolerated but actively encouraged” (read more here).

Described as Norway’s new pastoral folk voice, June Habel‘s upcoming album “Carvings” is out January 13th and Chicory is her latest album single (more here).

On 11.11. Lady Maisery, the combined multi-talents Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans, return with their new album “tender”. We recently shared the video for ‘Bird I Don’t Know’, their lead single, A Song of Hope, born of turbulent times.

Another featured album of the month is you goldenthe first duo record of Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell (Order through Bandcamp). The album is uplifting, inquiring and exciting, as well as wise and patient; It’s an album to come back to and enjoy. AS Glenn said of this particular track in his review: “Songs like nineties Allowing Louis to further demonstrate his guitar playing skills and indulge his penchant for players like Nic Jones, with a strong melodic opening that partially leans back to allow Owen with a beautiful violin line before the spa and pair’s end.”

The Carrivick sisters have released a new album – Illustrated Short Stories is the long-awaited seventh album from The CarrivickSisters: the duo’s first studio album since 2013. The 12 original tracks, carefully crafted and selected over the last few years, are shared by the twins Charlotte and Laura vocal duties, with her characteristic sibling harmony and tasteful musicality across various stringed instruments. I loved the old-fashioned feel of Sally in the Woods, although it’s a more somber offering that tells the story of a mother who lost her baby and is now haunting a stretch of road outside Bath.

Out of VRÏ‘s latest album islais a geniusand also a Featured Album of the Month (reviewed here), we have Y Gaseg Ddu. As Thomas Blake stated in his review, Y Gaseg Ddu is a haunting, tragi-comic foot tapper with call-and-response vocals about a man who feeds his beloved horse so much it dies (that’s folk music…). Thomas concludes his review: islais a genius is an album that honors diversity and positively revels in its own complex, colorful identity, alternately reflective and solemn. An impressive artistic and cultural statement.

Jack Warnock is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Maghera, Co. Derry. The Faughan side is taken from his new album, Le Solas Faoithine, out now. Throughout his career, Jack has performed as a soloist, accompanist and in groups such as TRODA, Coiriu and The Doc Flock. He has performed at events, festivals and venues around the world.

In recent years, Jack has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Young Folk Awardswon that Competition for senior care at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, and received the ‘Platform for young musicians‘-Award from ACNI and BBC NI. The album contains contributions from Toby Schaer (Honey and the Bear Band, Cara Dillon Band), Archie Churchill Moss (Moore, Moss, Rutter, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys) and Conor Mallon (Connla) – definitely a name to watch out for.

Acclaimed contemporary Scottish folk band Brebach are back with their first full-length album in four years, which was released last month. Titled Fas is a Gaelic word meaning ‘growth’, ‘develop’ and ‘sprout’, the album is heavily inspired by Scotland’s natural environment and shows the band displaying more progressive elements in their music than ever before.

Formerly known as The James Patrick Gavin Trio, GAVIN FAIRHALL LEVER is James Patrick Gavin (violin, vocals), Tim Fairhall (double bass) and Adrian Lever (guitar, vocals, harmonium, piano). Her self-titled debut album is out now (Order through Bandcamp). They were keen to find a way to recreate the feel and improvisational nature of their live performances on this record, so recording to analog tape seemed the way to go. They also wanted to avoid the over-perfected sheen that can sometimes characterize modern folk releases and make a record with depth and grit in sound. Working exclusively on tape from start to finish, the album has an unusual, exceptional quality that is rich, joyful and energetic.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed EP ‘Tírdhreacha Agus Fuaimdhreacha’ (Landscapes & Soundscapes) and the superb singles that followed ‘Awe na Mna‘, ‘Keep sailing‘, and ‘Keep the flame burning‘, sixth generation violinist, bilingual singer & multi-instrumentalist Klara Sand has released her self-titled album. The album is a celebration of resilience, love and hope. It explores tradition, the sea and the power of women through darkness and light, love and loss, and rise and fall. Written and recorded over two years along the west coast from Mizen to Malin, Clare found a way where Irish and English languages, traditional, folk and contemporary music meet (order it here).

Another Featured Album of the Month comes from Emily Portman & Rob Harbron With The time was gone (reviewed here). In his review, Bily Rough says, “Idiosyncratic graceful, The time was gone is a deliciously bittersweet radio play, beautifully and atmospherically produced by master Andy Bell. It is that most precious delicacy that captures two musicians at their best.” He later adds, “With a knowledge and tender approach to folk tradition, the perfectly matched Portman and Harbron deliver an elegant and understated fragile jewel. Take your time to enjoy this treat; you will be greatly rewarded.” The album will be released on November 25 – Pre-order here: https://emilyandrob.uk/music

The Bold Fisherman is the new single from the 9-piece folk band Scoop Dance Collective and is the first single from her new album The Water is the Shovel of the Shore. The album will be released on December 2nd via Monuments of Honor / Double Dare, available on CD, limited edition cassette and digital formats. Pre-order here.

And finally from their new album together salt lines, we have gig spanner Big Band and author Raynor Winn. Saltlines is also one of our featured albums of the month, and Thomas Blake described it in his review here as “a massive, ambitious and highly unusual project; The fact that it feels perfectly judged in every moment is due to the sheer excellence of the Gigspanner Big Band’s musicianship and the touching, lucid nature of everything Winn writes or speaks. It’s a constant joy.” You can order the album here – the perfect Christmas treat… sat next to a warm fire.

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music played

Lisa Knapp – The mountain ash
The Unthanks – The Old News
Sam Sweeney – Jump feet together
Clara Mann – Confessions
James Waudby-Random Reigns
Trevor Beales – Then I’ll take you home
June Habel – chicory
Lady Maisery – I don’t know Vogel
Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell – Nineties
The Carrivick Sisters – Sally in the Woods
VRï – Y Gaseg Ddu
Jack Warnock – The Faughan Page
Breabach-Eadar An Dà Bhràigh
Gavin Fairhall Lever – The Great Debate
Clare Sands – I see no light but yours
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron – The Oakham Poachers
Paddle Dance Collective – The Bold Fisherman
Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn – Cadgwith Anthem Overture/Prose/Shower and Sunshine

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