Double A side single out now from Carmel – ‘Sad Situation’ & ‘Second Wife Blues’

With a lovely and lilting sound, the new track pairing from vocalist Carmel is a gentle treat with some dark lyrical undertones. An experienced musician with a lot to say about the world around here, Carmel emerges from a career hiatus with a double A side single that is quietly powerful in its approach. The fact is, the world as Carmel sees it has cons as well as pros, but the fact that it all comes wrapped in such lovely, subtle music makes it an easier pill to swallow.

Emerging folk artists discovered for new Folkstock Records compilation – ‘Downtown’

It’s an exciting time in the UK right now for new folk artists, and one of the top independent labels at the forefront of the movement is the determined boutique outfit Folkstock Records.

Moving into November, Folkstock are heavily involved in the upcoming London Folk and Roots Festival. In particular, they will be hosting two Emerging Artists nights, on the first two Tuesdays of the month at The Islington.

The ‘Alt Country’ showcase on 4th November is headlined by Cambridge band Fred’s House and features Marina Florance from Norfolk, Kaity Rae from London and another Cambrige act, Ben Smith.

Kelly Oliver is headlining the . Joining her are Minnie Birch from Hemel Hempstead, Daria Kulesh from Kings Langley and Zoe Wren from London, currently studying music at Cambridge University. All the acts have impressive stories to tell and songs to sing and are worthy of a national platform.

And if that’s not enough, you can also hear all eight of these artists on a new compilation album celebrating the shows. You can hear the tracks above, and find out more about how you can get your own copy from You can even get a free copy if you’re going to one of the Emerging artists events.