Tag Archives: Folk

Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver – Making Paradise out of ‘Bedlam’

While travelling in Rio in 2013 Kelly Oliver made a life changing decision. She decided to pursue a career performing her own material, and on her return to the UK set to making this a reality.

Looking into the local singer songwriting scene, Kelly was immediately offered a slot at the Hitchin Folk Club, and soon after, a place in their club tent at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Kelly released her debut album, ‘This Land’ in 2014 on Folkstock Records, with assistance from Help Musicians UK, whose Emerging Excellence Award funded the album’s recording and manufacture. The Telegraph gave the album a 4* review, and said it was a vindication of the funding, also adding it to their top folk albums of that year.

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Kelly Oliver

Additionally, ‘This Land’ won Best Album By A Female Artist 2014 from Folkwords, and Kelly won Solo Singer of the Year from NMG Awards. Kelly’s also had support from Bob Harris, who’s not only interviewed her for his ‘Under The Apple Tree’ sessions, but has played her last four single releases on his Sunday show on BBC Radio 2, as has Mark Radcliffe, on his Radio 2 Folk Show.

Not bad for her first year out!

2015 has seen Kelly travel the country as tour support for Thea Gilmore, and has also supported Barbara Dickson. She’s performed live on over 20 BBC Radio shows across the country, and was recently on Mark Forrest’s show, in a live interview broadcast across all 40 regional BBC stations. Kelly has sung duets with Luke Jackson, Will Pound, Ciaran Algar, Lukas Drinkwater, and Dave Swarbrick. Dave had this to say about her:

“Kelly has the vocal skills and an exquisite voice to boot. For one so young to have such a grasp of life’s travails is unusual, I like Kelly Oliver’s approach to the present and the past and I predict a glittering future for her.”

Playing both guitar and harmonica (Kelly is sponsored by Hohner, giving her access to a wide range of instruments with which to create her music), she brings a modern twist to folk, and is widely regarded as a rising star of the genre.

Kelly Oliver

Kelly’s single, ‘Miles To Tralee’, which features on her new album, was the opening track on the latest Folkstock compilation, which was recommended by The Sunday Times Culture magazine as an, “Essential new release” – with special mention for Kelly.

Kelly Oliver’s new album, ‘Bedlam’, is set for release on March 6, and she shall be touring to promote it during February and March 2016.

For more information about Kelly Oliver, please visit her website, Twitter and Facebook. ‘This Land’ is available from Folkstock Records.

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister – Down On Deptford Broadway – album review

There is a huge buzz around Skinny Lister at present and those who know about these things are tipping them for great things.  Several of my festival buddies have seen them recently but until Bearded Theory last week I hadn’t had the pleasure.  The buzz has been overwhelmingly positive so I was determined not to miss them.

It is no easy task to describe a Skinny Lister gig because a Skinny Lister performance is a performance like no other.  A Skinny Lister gig is a kind of rum-fuelled, high energy riot of punk edged folk rock that really does defy accurate description.  The London based six-piece band create a riot of noise that sweeps the audience away in a maelstrom of energy.

The madness is lead by vocalist Lorna Thomas who is aided and abetted by double bassist Michael Camino.  Lorna is a pint sized rum swigging bundle of energy who bounces around the stage, in a blaze of flying skirts and bright red lipstick.  If you want to see a crowd surfing double bass player then a Skinny Lister gig is the place to come.

Skinny Lister are a real treat live so unsurprisingly I was keen to see if their live sound translated well into their recorded output.  Skinny Lister recently signed with Xtra Mile recordings, a label I am very fond of.  They have a very strong stable  of artists including the likes of Frank Turner, Beans On Toast and Catfish and The Bottlemen so I think Skinny Lister will do well on the label.

Down On Deptford Broadway is a strong album with some great tracks.  It feels a lot like a mix between “Rum Sodomy and The Lash” era Pogues mixed with Mumford and Sons.  I hope that they remain on the Pogues side of that line.  Trouble on Oxford Street with its hard hitting vocals is where the similarity shines through most strongly.  The switch in vocals between Dan and Lorna is refreshing and the mix of styles from celtic folk to folk rock to folky ballads means that  you are kept on your toes and are never likely to get bored.

Cathy is a great track, a real tub-thumping, roof-raising anthem about a scarlet woman and brings to mind bands like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys.

Overall this is an extremely enjoyable album, it is fresh and interesting and a lot of fun.  It is also a big step forward for Skinny Lister.  Sadly I can’t say that the album captures their live performances, it is probably impossible to capture that energy and dynamism in the studio but it is still worth adding to your collection.

Skinny Lister are on the Internet at skinnylister.com on Facebook  and they tweet as @skinnylister

Here are a few of my photographs from last weeks set at Bearded Theory festival, enjoy.

Something else Somewhere else

Something Else, Somewhere Else – Review

As many of you are aware I spent last weekend at a little Grass roots festival and Earlier this week I shared some photographs.

I had intended to write a review but fellow festival fan Brian Stone has put a review on his blog so I thought it would be nice to point you to it so that I can be lazy 🙂  It’s a great review, have a read :and well done Brian.

If you would like to check out some photographs you can see them here:  Volume 1Volume 2 

Leylines Sat In A Field

Lets get back to the music [Video] – The Leylines

Todays Offering is another from one of those great bands that grace us with fantastic music without being given anywhere near the recognition they deserve.

The Leylines hail from Weston-Super-Mare.  This song was released today to raise money on behalf of four great charities.  Please support the bands efforts and help the charities.

Help raise money for the ‘sat in a field’ festivals chosen charities, Children’s hospice southwest, Myeloma UK, Somewhere house Somerset, and the Nikita Jade disability fund.

You can buy the single from the bands website 

Doozer McDooze

Lets get back to the music [Video] – Doozer McDooze

It may have escaped your notice but the UK has an election next week.  It looks like being the most difficult to predict election in generations.  The reason is pretty straightforward really.

No-one in the UK would trust a politician as far as they can spit.  Scandal after scandal and broken promise after broken promise is the lot of the UK electorate.

Doozer McDooze is releasing his song “I Think Politician’s Should Be Put On Minimum Wage” as a single on Monday.  the idea being to make a protest and send a message to the politicians that the electorate is not happy.  Check out the song and then go buy it, lets help Doozer send a message!

You can buy the single on Bandcamp on iTunes  or on Amazon