FolkLaw announce new album

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Paul Hutchinson – The Old Push & Pull / Belshazzar’s Feast (with Paul Sartin – Faustus / Bellowhead) Lyndon Webb (The Gerry Colvin Band), Jacquelyn Hynes (EFDSS / Morley College Folk & Flute lecturer) and Emi McDade a fellow rising act who’s gig experience so far takes in everything from Ronnie Scott’s to BBC stages; all join forces as guests on FolkLaw’s latest album.

Penned in the year of the 100th anniversary of votes for women, We Will Rise is FolkLaw’s latest release. The title track charts the life and times of Mary Macarthur, who campaigned for the rights of suffragettes, and also for the Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath and the countries first ever minimum wage. Like all good folk albums it then follows a journey, taking in stories of love and loss, the environment, and life on the road as a band – something familiar to these touring musicians who perform in concert across the U.K. and Europe.

FolkLaw are current rising stars in the folk, rock & roots scene, and pull off a rare thing in music – they are a true cross-genre band. Equally at home in music venues as they are in folk cubs, the festival scene and almost anything in between!

Uniquely, both the song writing and lead vocals are shared amongst the core band as the album progresses, and there is a depth and intensity to the vocal harmonies and instrumentation throughout the album. It’s a reflection of the bond between the band members, which envelops FolkLaw and its committed fans.

That core band have already gone from strength to strength with previous releases The Tales That They Tell and Smokey Joe, and are considered even stronger with the addition of such well respected guest musicians on this latest release. It has the band tipped for similar accolades and awards with We Will Rise.

The accordion and flute weave through the album adding a sea-faring feel to ‘Folky Pirates’, and an Irish lilt to ‘The Rocks Of The Burren’, with Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Jacquelyn Hynes (flute/whistle) bringing nuance and glitter to these and other tracks across the album.

The composition skills of lead frontman and songwriter Nick Gibbs and producer come musical contributor, Lyndon Webb, are demonstrated in the subtle instrumentation behind tracks throughout the album.

It will come as no surprise to those that have followed the band over their ten-year career, that every voice and instrument form the “mighty wall of folk” that FolkLaw are famous for is apparent in title track ‘We Will Rise’. It’s an inspiring anthem with all the bands usual virtuoso performance, and even the mild-mannered mandolin and acoustic guitarist, Bewellian frontman, Martin Vogwell is let loose as the electric guitar soars across the instrumental break of the song.

The band don’t forgo their sensitivity and soul as the album moves on, with songs such as ‘Love Again’ and the ‘Last Days Of Summer’. Both are more acoustic in style. ‘Love Again’ is one of three songs penned and sung by Bryn Williams, and the ‘Last Days Of Summer’ sees the first use of Martin Vogwell’s voice in the lead vocal role.

Music press and music fans alike have become accustomed to the solid rhythm section upon which the unique FolkLaw sound is built. We Will Rise doesn’t disappoint in that area either with long time performer and contributor Jon Dowling playing bass guitar to Gaz Hunt’s percussion; the platform from which Hunt also sends his soaring backing vocals.

The bands coming of age is highlighted by the inclusion on the album of the final song, the other writing contribution of Martin Vogwell’s, ‘One Day At A Time’. Less secure bands might have left the track on the cutting room floor. FolkLaw however don’t shy away from either the topic of the song, mental health, or its stripped back nature. It’s a testament to the passion, ethics, and subject matters that mean so much to this band, that they can’t leave them unsung. It shows the confidence of the band in their music and their listeners, as they switch between thoughtful song and throw-yourself-about folk. They say after all that FolkLaw’s music is to get your feet tapping and your mind thinking.

We Will Rise is surely to become classic FolkLaw and seems likely to see the band do as the album suggests – and Rise.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Hobgoblin Music – 40 Years (Hobgoblin HOBCD040)

Hobgoblin MusicIt’s forty years since the founders of Hobgoblin Music set out to make, and I quote “what was then almost impossible – finding good quality folk instruments – possible”. As the sleeve notes acknowledge, that seems almost ordinary now and you can buy just about anything from a Hobgoblin shop and if you can’t they will probably know someone who can make it for you. The twenty-one tracks that make up this compilation are all performed by current or former Hobgoblin staff and that must make it unique. With shops all over the country the performers come from very different backgrounds which makes for a very varied set. Some of the players are professional musicians now, others come from ad hoc groupings; so much so that one track is credited to the Leeds Shop Staff – a richly arranged version of ‘Green Grows The Laurel’.

The opening track is a sparkling instrumental from one of the company’s first employees, Mark White. There is no indication when ‘Tea Time’ was written but it has a 70s feel.  That’s followed by ‘An Ordinary Life’, a folk-punk track by The Teds who feature Mark McCabe and the first of two tracks by flautist Jacquelyn Hynes, ‘The Cuckoo’, this being the Appalachian setting. Her other contribution is a set of two tunes, ‘Micho Russell’s/Father Kelly’s’. Rather modestly, the company’s founder Pete McClelland, holds himself back to the fourth track, ‘Walk This Road’, from his debut album, Carolina Sky. Actually, he’s not so modest, his Blackthorn Band get two tracks. ‘Spailpin Fanach’ and ‘The Banks Of The Sweet Primroses’.

I hope you’re getting the picture by now. Here you will find traditional songs and tunes and the writing of fine singer/songwriters like Nicola Rain & Sarah Mooney, Dogan Mehmet, Neil Campbell, Ollie King and John Rain. And I’m prepared to guarantee that you’ll discover someone you want to hear more of.

Dai Jeffries

Label website: http://www.hobgoblinrecords.com/

Dogan Mehmet & friends: ‘The Raging Seas’ – live:

Hobgoblin Music celebrates its 40th anniversary with unique album

Hobgoblin Music

Founded in the autumn of 1976, Hobgoblin Music has turned 40! Hobgoblin Music has been trading in the UK for 40 years across many locations, both in their shops and on their travelling festival stall. Millions of musicians have passed through their doors, and they’ve been lucky enough to employ a great many of the most talented of them. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, they have compiled an album of music by past and present staff, as a follow-up to our 25th anniversary CD 15 years ago

PETE & MANNIE MCCLELLAND Founders of Hobgoblin, Pete and Mannie are still involved, but are now spending more time making music. Pete and Mannie worked in the barn and shop in Crawley, the market stall, the festivals, Pete currently works in the Worthing headquarters. Blackthorn features Pete on Bouzouki & vocals, Mannie on concertina, Sarah Mooney on flute & guitar & Alex Percy (Festivals) on Guitar.

MARK McCABE (Birmingham) Mark’s fine accordion work can be heard on two tracks from The Teds. He’s their Birmingham manager.

SARAH MALLINSON, NICK COLLINS, RUSS FLEMMING (Leeds) ‘Green Grows The Laurel’ was recorded for this album specially by the Leeds shop staff.

CRIS PIERSENNÉ (Bristol) Cris has contributed ‘Ja Vstretil Vas’ by Malarchy and ‘Up Down, Ka Kachar’ by RSVP

MARK WHITE (Crawley) Mark was one of the earliest employees of Hobgoblin, he worked with them from 1978 to 1991.

JACQUELYN HYNES (London) Jacqy worked with us in London in the 90s and 00s, she’s provided two great flute tracks.

NICOLA RAIN (Worthing, Crawley & Festivals) & SARAH MOONEY (Bristol & Festivals) ‘Letters From The Sea’ was written by Nicola and Sarah especially for this album.

GEORGIA LEWIS (Festivals) Georgia is a new arrival on the festival circuit both as an artist and with the Hobgoblin festival stall.

KEN THOMPSON (Manchester) Ken managed the Hobgoblin Manchester from 99 to recently and is a member of the Paddywhacks

DOGAN MEHMET (Worthing) Doe released two albums with Hobgoblin Records and from the first they have included his composition ‘The Raging Seas’.

NEIL CAMPBELL (Brighton) Neil recently joined the staff in Brighton and here we have his track ‘Haggard Rider’.

MIKE ROSS (Brighton) Hobgoblin Brighton manager Mike Ross joined in 2014 –featured is his blues number ‘Fixin’ To Die’.

OLLIE KING (Leeds) Ollie King has been a member of the Leeds team for the last few years and featured is one of his own compositions, ‘Polperro Bay’, from his first album.

JOHN RAIN (Worthing) John works with in the Worthing head office, and is a member of Montana Rain band along with Nicola Rain and Pete McClelland, this is the band’s signature song.

ALEX PERCY (Festivals) Alex Percy worked for the Hobgoblin festival team over a number of years from the 00’s till recently. He’s a member of The Long Notes and the Blackthorn Band among other projects.

PIP IVES (Canterbury) Pip is a stalwart of the Hobgoblin Canterbury shop; here he plays several instruments along with Bill Howarth’s dulcimer on two well-known traditional tunes, ‘Tip Top’ and ‘Redwing’.

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JACQUELYN HYNES- Silver And Wood (Hobgoblin Records HOBCD1015)

Silver_WoodAlthough credited solely to Jacquelyn, Silver And Wood is very much an ensemble record, featuring nine other musicians, principally J Eoin, Eoin O’Neill and Quentin Cooper.

A blind listening would suggest a young Irish band with J Eoin and Allison Sleator taking lead vocals alongside Jacquelyn but you’d be quite wrong. Jacquelyn is a vastly experienced composer and musician in the theatrical world as well as teacher of her principal instrument, the flute, both metal and wooden hence the title of what is, remarkably, her debut album.

There is a mixture of well-known Irish tunes like ‘Her Mantle So Green’ and ‘Red Haired Lass’, original compositions like the mesmerising ‘Gini’s Tune’ and some very individual interpretations and adaptations. The first of these is ‘The Cuckoo’, constructed from an 18th century harpsichord piece, Clarence Ashley’s banjo interpretation and the familiar traditional song. It’s possibly the nicest version I’ve heard. Next comes a long version of ‘She Moved Through The Fair’, centred around a flute improvisation and finally comes ‘Greensleeves’. I confess that I winced when I saw it in the track listing – naff or what – but Jacquelyn has written some words that have more to do with Irish mythology than seduction at Hampton Court. There’s a bit of W B Yeats in it, too.

Silver And Wood is a beautiful album with enough jolly tunes to keep your attention should you feel like drifting off on a warm afternoon – it will help you do that, too.

Dai Jeffries

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