Folk Music, Roots, Americana Reviews

Read our Folk Music, Roots and Americana Reviews: covering the latest music releases, introductions, re-issues and live gigs.

Polly Paulusma - The Small Feat of My Reverie

Polly Paulusma – The Small Feat of My Reverie

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Helen reviews Polly Paulusma latest release ‘The Small Feat of My Reverie’, in many ways a precursor to her 2012 release ‘Leaves From The Family Tree’.

Stick in the Wheel - Bones (EP)

Stick in the Wheel – Bones (EP)

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Stick In The Wheel embody the paradox of making great, vital and unashamedly new music from influences that are ancient, highly personal and brimming with local individuality. They are London at its dirty, inspired best.

The Native Sibling – Letters Kept to Ourselves

The Native Sibling – Letters Kept to Ourselves

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Santa Cruz brother-sister duo, The Native Sibling release their full-length debut ‘Letters Kept To Ourselves’. A rare and invaluable combination of talent and potential in equal measures.

Introducing: Jess McAllister

Introducing: Jess McAllister – Painted Faces

Introducing

Jess McAllister is a Devon-based singer songwriter and a name that a lot more people should know of, check her EP and new video, you won’t be sorry!

Alsarah & The Nubatones – Silt

Alsarah & The Nubatones – Silt

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Silt is full of sounds and timbres from a region of Africa too often overlooked by many and it effortlessly dissolves the restrictive boundaries imposed by the all-consuming Eurocentric mainstream.

Thumbnail image for Woo – Magic In The Dark (preview)

Woo – Magic In The Dark (preview)

Introducing

WOO is the project of brothers Mark Ives and Clive Ives whose work spans the last 30 years. Listen to their forthcoming 7″ Magic In The Dark.

The Jayhawks @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (18 July)

The Jayhawks @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (18 July)

Live Reviews

Paul witnesses an unforgettable gig from one of his favourite bands The Jayhawks at Shepherds Bush Empire with the added bonus of a support slot from the UK’s The Rockingbirds. Read his live review.

The Barr Brothers @ The Islington (Live Review & Interview)

The Barr Brothers @ The Islington (Live Review & Interview)

Interviews

Paul heads to The Islington to catch Canadian based band The Barr Brothers and manages to catch 5 minutes with Brad Barr to talk about their music. One to watch for!

Paul Creane and The Changing Man Band - The Clock

Paul Creane and The Changing Man Band – The Clock

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Paul Creane and The Changing Man Band’s second album ‘The Clock’ reminds us that life should be filled to the brim with experiences, even when they’re not all Lottery wins.

Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth

Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

If not his best then ‘Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth’ is certainly Otis Giobbs’ most immediate, An album that should finally bring long overdue wider acclaim.

Hillary Reynolds Band - The Miles Before Us

Hillary Reynolds Band – The Miles Before Us

Featured Albums

The Hillary Reynolds Band are an extremely talented Boston based quintet formed around Berklee Music College and The Miles Before Us is the departure point for a boundless musical journey.

Spitdust - Underneath My Wing

Spitdust – Underneath My Wing

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Thomas explores the new offering from Spitdust, an album whose essence is one of prettiness which is at once supported and undermined by something darker.

Broken Boat – Small Defeats

Broken Boat – Small Defeats

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Broken Boat have created an impressive debut album – upbeat, country and folk-inspired indie accompanied by intimate, revealing lyrics. Perfect grounding to break through to a wider audience this year.

Slow Wolf – Territories

Slow Wolf – Territories

Folk | Roots | Americana Album Reviews

Slow Wolf’s debut is an interesting listen and promises more good things to come from the London-based band. Download it for free on Bandcamp.