June 16, is Bloomsday, an annual celebration dedicated to Leopold Bloom, the “every man” hero in James Joyce’s 1922 experimental novel Ulysses. To provide a soundtrack for the weekend’s activities, we asked Derek Pyle to highlight some Joyce-inspired music for Folk Radio UK readers.
Brighton-based quartet Hatful of Rain return with a downpour of riches melding together their Celtic, American and English folk influences that have seen their stock increasingly rise since their debut release back in 2012.
Watch Precipice – the official music video by The Super Saturated Sugar Strings – The song was inspired by a trip to Point Woronzof in Anchorage, Alaska to visit this daring and unconventional art installation that was a part of the 100 Stone Project.
Watch Follow, the new video from Tui Mamaki, taken from her new Beating Drum released EP which showcases her combination of odd meters and musical styles of traditional Bulgarian music with the English of her native New Zealand.
We catch up with Portland’s queen of minimalist Americana Laura Veirs and talk about life, songwriting, touring and The Lookout. “Here I am, it’s my tenth record, I’m 44, I have children. I mean, what am I doing? What should I be doing with my life?”
Featuring Sharron Kraus, The Diamond Family Archive, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Meg Baird, House And Land, Gemma Khawaja, David Jaycock, Anna & Elizabeth and more.