Philip Murray Warson releases new free single, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’

There are few things in life, musically speaking, more pleasurable than the warmth of an acoustic guitar and a soft vocal. With new single ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ UK folk artist Philip Murray Warson delivers both in droves. His spot on guitar playing, overlaid by his raw, unfiltered voice make this a track well worth checking out – especially seeing as fans of the song can download it for free.

If you enjoy ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and would like to hear more from Philip Murray Warson, you’re in luck. There’s an album due later this year, as well as a number of live dates. First though, you can check out his last EP here, yours for only a couple of pounds.

‘Chameleon’ single from Des Horsfall and Pete Townshend – out Dec 11th

The new single above is ‘Chameleon’, performed by Des Horsfall and Pete Townshend (The Who). Released on Friday (Dec 11th), the single is taken from Horsfall’s new album ‘The Bastard’s Tin’.

The entire triple album, released next year, pays tribute to Ronnie Lane, former bassist for The Small Faces. Over his career, Lane inspired many other musicians, including cult folkie Horsfall and Townshend who went on to become a household name in his own right.

‘Chameleon’, written as a love letter by Lane’s ex-wife Katy, is a fitting collaborative tribute.

Philip Murray Warson is ‘The Last of the Hunted’ on new EP

A specialist in lilting acoustic folk, Philip Murray Warson is a very exciting songwriter. At only 25 he’s a seasoned performer, and it shows in the maturity of his lyrics and melodies. There’s a scale, between being completely forgettable and going over the top on the cheese in trying to create something catchy. Warson does a great job of walking that line.

His new EP, ‘Last of the Hunted’, is out now on Bandcamp. Arguably more of a double A single, the EP comprises two top quality tracks of beautiful folk. One darker than the other, both lovely and laid back while delivering emotional wallop.

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 folkstockrecords.com. You can even get a free copy if you’re going to one of the Emerging artists events.

 

Jess Thristan – ‘Live on Love’, new EP and video

Light on its feet and with a lovely sense of fun, this is the latest video from excellent UK songwriter Jess Thristan. ‘Live on Love’ is the title track from her new EP, which was released on Monday.

Having always loved a touch of acoustic country, Jess Thristan has fully embraced it with this particular track, giving it a beautiful, lilting style that really helps it stick out. It very much suits the weather around the UK at the moment too – a perfect summer song to match those blue skies.

Combining the upbeat with the laid back is a difficult trick to pull off, but this lovely magician has continued a hot run of form by doing just that.

Chris Hornsby – ‘Human, Too Human’ EP out May 22nd

Promo shoot

There’s something immediately warm about the music of Chris Hornsby. A songwriter from the North of the UK who specialises in acoustic folk, his songs conjure images of cosy pubs, fine ales and folky singalongs. The music itself, in Hornsby’s own words, is designed to ‘have the smell of leaves and mud about them’.

This combination of leaves, mud, warm pubs and possibly open fires is exactly what makes his new EP ‘Human, Too Human’ such a winner. Gently mounted but pointed in some of its lyrics, it’s almost like a reboot of an age old genre.

Impressively, not only are all these songs self-written and recorded, but every single instrument (15 in total) is played bu Hornsby himself. So, he might need to put a band together to take his show on the road in this form, but we’d settle for a pint and an acoustic guitar.

https://soundcloud.com/chrishornsby/without-you

Alexander Wolfe hits with third album ‘From the Shallows’

Reportedly his most ambitious album to date, singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe’s ‘From The Shallows’ is available now on iTunes and other online stockists.

The album sees the London based artist return to a bigger sound after the stripped down acoustica of 2nd album ‘Skeletons’, allowing Wolfe more room to play with genre conceptions. Nominally a folk artist (as you can see from the single above), he also dabbles with more straightforward indie sounds and even a bit of pop for good measure (not the horrible cheesy kind of course).

Hawk, ‘Clock Hands’ – new EP out Feb 23rd

The title track of their new EP, ‘Clock Hands’, out February 23rd, this is a fantastic new track from post-funk-folk four piece Hawk. They defy straightforward pigeonholing thanks to a strong blend of ideas, but you can tell from this track/video alone that this band mean business. You can pre-order the new EP now to see what else they have up their sleeve.

New Josh Healey‘s New EP ‘Lost, Found & Lost Again’ Out Now

Josh Healey’s new EP Lost, Found & Lost Again is out now and is already getting national radio play for it.

The lead track, Sometimes, starts the EP with a very relaxing and laid back feel, the acoustic guitar very subtle in the background with the vocals carrying the song. There is a hint of folk in the song which carrys the song very well, breaking the song up between verses. Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music has already been playing this track which is huge statement to how well written this track is to start off the EP.

A more upbeat track to follow with People Like You, a song to tap your feet to but a very strong message in the lyrics of the song about society today. The song helps the EP along after the lead track to show that Josh can write powerful upbeat music with strong underlining messages and make it work with more soft acoustic songs.

City of Saints has a beautiful finger picked intro that carries the song and shows off Josh’s talent on the acoustic guitar. A simple song of just Josh and his acoustic guitar in very stripped down and raw track. The title track Lost, Found & Lost Again closes the EP perfectly. The intro of acoustic guitar and piano which play throughout give the perfect accompaniment to Josh’s soft vocals in a very heartfelt track to close the EP.

Josh’s beautiful subtle tones have already been compared favourably with the legendary Nick Drake, which can’t be bad!

The EP ‘Lost, Found & Lost Again’ is available now on iTunes here.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lost-found-lost-again-ep/id918091270

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