Category Archives: Folk

Villagers: Great Band, a Good Set

Let me say this straight off the bat – I’m a big Villagers fan. Ever since I first saw them play a small stage at Reading, to when they supported Elbow on their arena tour, and now when they’re playing … Continue reading

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Scriber: Manchester, Cardiff and great music

Having caught Esuna for my first Oxjam podcast a couple of weeks ago, I was expecting a similar pub based catch up with Joshua Price a.k.a. Scriber. Except that he’s now based in Manchester, so a quick meet up turned into … Continue reading

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Oxjam Line-up: Part 2

If like me you managed to miss out on the Oxjam Cardiff Takeoff for 2014, then I think it’s fair to say that we missed out. I saw Dominic Griffin play not too long ago, and he (and his band) … Continue reading

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4 gigs in 5 nights: a mixtape

I’ve had a storming rock n roll week since last Thursday, which has left me in the enviable position of not having enough of a chance to blog about any of the gigs that I’ve been too. So in homage … Continue reading

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Oxjam Line-up: Stronger than builder’s tea

So yesterday the first wave of Oxjam bands were announced for 2014. 16 November is a date to chuck in your diaries now, because there’s more good bands than you can shake a stick at. It’s all for the bargain … Continue reading

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Scriber plays a blinder

With some bands you just get the wrong album at the wrong time. I’d been told many times that I should fall head over heels in love with Conor Oberst‘s Bright Eyes, but when I got around to listening to Lifted … Continue reading

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Albatross Archive: Off beats and Big Pianos

Battle of the band style events are weird things. To me, live music brings people together because of a shared love of a band, so that element of competition has never sat well with me. But whilst self-righteous idealists like me might pour … Continue reading

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Acoustic: Beautiful sounds or dirty word?

I’m not entirely sure Nirvana knew what they were starting when they recorded Unplugged. Yes, there had been many acoustic acts before, and Dylan had propelled folk to the mainstream long ago, but since the session rock bands have queued … Continue reading

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The Album Wall: Your Track Twos

I’ve ended up having inadvertedly contributed to the Album Wall, with one of my favourite Track Twos (Springsteen’s Atlantic City for anyone who’s interested) being included to celebrate the blog’s second year – congrats! As ever, it’s a cracking read, … Continue reading

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The Album Wall: Choosing Singles with Sharon Van Etten

It’s not very often a coversation I have gets blogged about, but that’s the joy of Twitter these days! Check out this great effort from Joel of the Album Wall, who checks out the new Sharon Van Etten album. I’m … Continue reading

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