Welcome To The Folkies

With Oscar fever rising to a climax it’s time to say “Welcome To The Folkies” – the 2016 Folking Awards. We’ve sifted through the albums and performances of 2015 – always a long and difficult task punctuated by bouts of thumb-wrestling to settle disputes. Adopting the pattern followed by everyone else, here, in no order of precedence, are our nominations. With the exception of one category we have restricted our choices to British acts.

All nominations are 2016 Folking Awards winners.

Welcome To The Folkies

Soloist Of The Year

Steve Tilston
Sam Carter
Kathryn Roberts
Steve Knightley
Ange Hardy

Best Duo

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
India Electric Co.
Show Of Hands
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Best Band

Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
False Lights
Merry Hell

Best Live Act

The Demon Barbers XL
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
CC Smugglers

Best Album

Layers Of Ages – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
Head Heart Hand – Megan Henwood
The Girl I Left Behind Me – India Electric Co.
It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice – Elle Osborne
Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

Best Musician

Dan Walsh
Peter Knight
P.J. Wright
Chris Leslie
Kris Drever

Folking’s Rising Star

Will Varley
Sam Kelly
Wes Finch
India Electric Co.
Chris Cleverley

Best International Artist

Gretchen Peters
Tom Russell
Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams
Justin Townes Earle
Los Lobos

To give the awards a further edge, we opened the vote to our visitors and run a public poll in all of the 8 categories (as listed above).

The Public Vote closed Sunday 28 February at 20.00 hours and “The Folking Winners” have now been announced here at: http://folking.com/the-folking-winners/

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The Grand Slambovians free eight song sampler on Noisetrade

The Grand Slambovians have put together an eight-song sampler for exclusive release on Noisetrade. It includes three tracks from their most recent studio album, ‘The Grand Slambovians‘ – “9 out of 10 – Love at first spin!” – Americana UK, one track from their monumental double disc ‘Flapjacks From The Sky’ – “A sustained moment of revelation…a real masterpiece.” – SiriusXM Radio and four recent live performances, two of which are previously unreleased songs. These tracks are an introduction to the band and a door into the Slambovian Experience. Continue reading The Grand Slambovians free eight song sampler on Noisetrade

THE GRAND SLAMBOVIANS – Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams – Live Review

West End Centre, Aldershot -1 June 2012

I tried to discover if this is a permanent name change and received the sort of answer you always get from a Slambovian – polite, detailed and revealing absolutely nothing.

This was the band’s second tour gig with new drummer Eric Puente, a player of the early Gerry Conway school – not that Tony Zuzulo was a shrinking violet. Joziah Longo’s fist-bumping with the band and ritual “good luck everybody” was perhaps rather more apt than usual. A Slambovian set-list is usually merely a series of guidelines but Joziah was actually rather restrained, probably for Eric’s sake, and although there were alternatives actually written down he didn’t go off on any flights of fancy apart from a verse of the ‘The Motorcycle Song’ before they started the encores. Even so, there were a couple of on-stage seminars as they discussed a number. Continue reading THE GRAND SLAMBOVIANS – Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams – Live Review