Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Folking Around Showcase - 03/02/16

Folking Around is a night of folk music held in Woody’s Bar, Kingston Upon Thames. The room was lit with a plethora of candles, and included quirky decorations like an old rocking horse, a bath converted into a sofa, ornate mirrors, and old cinema seats. Definitely a place to check out if only just for its atmosphere!


Loreley, the duo of which I am the lead singer, opened the night. We are a folk duo from Reading playing traditional folk songs with a modern twist. We released our debut EP, ‘Two Blind Mice’ in March 2015 and, later that year in early December, we released our first full-length album, ‘Fortified’. We have performed all round Berkshire (and beyond), and have played alongside nationally renowned artists (such as Blair Dunlop and Cara Dillon) at the Artree Folk Festival. In April 2016, we are to play at the acclaimed Oxford Folk Weekend, alongside huge names such as Martin Carthy.

Danny Leigh

Danny has two EPs - 6 track ‘Velvet Eyes’, released in November 2010, and 'Leaning Tree', released in June 2013 - and one single called 'Unspoken Words', released in 2011. His song 'No More Running' was featured on the 30:30 Compilation CD, recorded and released by Roundhouse Records, Chalk Farm.

He has a smooth voice with clear influences from Nick Drake. His guitar playing transgressed from simple chords to a complex fingerpicking style. His interpretation of the folk sounds of the 60s are accompanied with a smooth, emotive quality. He reminded me of a more mellow Jack Johnson, or the male version of the alternative rocker from the late 80s, Sam Phillips.

Jimmy Grayburn

Jimmy Grayburn is a Folk singer and banjo player based in London, originally from Herefordshire. He performs a mixture of traditional folk songs from Britain and America, and self-penned songs. Jimmy also plays in the duet The Lion’s Share, who will be releasing their latest EP on January 23rd, 2016. He is an active member of the UCLU Folk and World Music Society - running sessions and co-hosting the UCLU Folk and World Music Radio Show every Sunday from 1-2 on Rare FM.

Jimmy has a loud, booming voice that was perfect for catching the audience’s attention. It’s always great to see a banjo player in a bar! His song style was noticeably unique, plucking his way through haunting melodies.

Jack Joseph Band

The headliners, The Jack Joseph Band, are a London based four piece band, fronted by Jack Joseph, featuring James Baldwin, Alex Edwards, Pete Wand-Tetley. They released their single ‘Believer’ in the New Year, with their EP, ‘A Few is More’, on January 29th, 2016. Their slower songs remind me of the more mellow Lumineers songs, with a clear folk and acoustic influence. Their louder songs lean more towards rock than folk, and have great drum patterns, adding to the sense of mellowness. Jack Joseph has a very listenable voice. I can really imagine their songs being used for a film soundtrack!

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