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.

Noisetrade link: http://noisetrade.com/slambovia/the-grand-slambovians

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.

This show was core Slambovia as they mixed old and new songs, opening with ‘The Grand Slambovians’, ‘Sunday In The Rain’ and ‘I’m Very Happy Now’. The latter was described by Joziah as a cross between The Ramones and Donovan which is a pretty good description of the band’s music come to think of it. There were the greatest hits like ‘Talking To The Buddha’ which gives Sharkey McEwen the chance to show what he can do as does their final encore, ‘Look Ma No Hands’. There was a new song which may be called ‘I’m Not Ready’ and obviously The Grand Slambovians provided a lot of material but so did Flapjacks From The Sky. Their last song was ‘Alice In Space’ from their debut album and there was a feeling that they had looked upon the line-up change to expand their live repertoire. The sound balance was immaculate, I should add: Tink Lloyd’s ukulele has to be audible over Sharkey’s Les Paul and it was.

The looseness and the impression that the Slambovians were having as good a time as we were was infectious and after the show lots of people were talking to each other as if they were old friends. The band always talk to the audience in the interval and afterwards anyway and the idea catches on. Probably because I was fairly obviously wielding a notebook and camera people assumed I was in the know and were asking me questions and enthusing about the band – a slightly surreal experience. My message to them was simple: “spread the word”.

Dai Jeffries

See the full photo set below:


Artist Web link: http://www.slambovia.com/