Features / Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

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All too often a fusion of musical styles can feel forced or somehow artificial. Ajay has avoided that completely, when a musical fusion truly works it reveals hidden parts of both traditions, illuminated by each other.  As our talk progressed it became evident that the fusion is within Ajay himself, immersed as he is in… Read more »

Features / Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

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We recently interviewed Ajay Srivastav about his great new album Karmic Blues, which is a stunning blend of Delta Blues and Indian Folk. We wanted to find out how he found the synergies between cultures and the path his own life has woven to bring them together… Reading Ajay’s bio on his website reveals quite… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

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Bryony Griffith proves that English Fiddle music is no museum piece with her deft and inspiring style. Not even when she was literally a museum piece in the National Coal Mining Museum for England as a part of the EFDSS Musicians in Museums project. She is a senior lecturer in vocals and fiddle on the new Folk Music degree… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Damien Barber

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Damien Barber is one of the true innovators in folk music, always pushing at the boundaries between folk dance, music and performance. He is also a flag bearer for the sleeveless t-shirt, a garment that should have been allowed to die an undignified death decades ago. Energy, drive and spectacle are words that bubble to… Read more »

Features / Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

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My intros to these pieces generally involve me roasting the artist slowly over a gentle heat. There’s always something I can tease apart about them for a cheap laugh (What, you thought this was a high-brow view into someone’s inner psyche?). But Irish Mythen has stymied me with one short sentence – on her Twitter… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Ben Walker

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He is one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ according to Total Guitar magazine. So I was surprised, whilst doing my forensic research for this intro, that Fatea has described him as ‘obscene’. Digging a bit deeper whilst putting my glasses on, it became clear that they actually said ‘almost obscenely… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Sam Sweeney

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Just look at that mugshot above. We obtained it from the Police in Tunbridge Wells after Mr Sweeney (the accused), had been detained after complaints from local residents. The full story seems a bit murky but details are emerging of a bout of random and uncalled for fiddling on residents doorsteps. Sam was reportedly babbling… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Phil Beer

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Is Phil Beer the nicest man in Folk music? Very possibly, I’ve never seen him glum or miserable, even when he’d just had a stent fitted he still chatted amiably away (he was horizontal on a garden reclining chair at the time, for all I know he was paralysed and couldn’t get away). All of… Read more »

Features / A Question of Firsts – Ninebarrow

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So the story is that this duo named themselves after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills. I can in fact confirm that this is tosh, as you will see from the pic above the duo are afflicted by a rare condition called autocompostitis. This rural condition results in swathes of wild flowers, grasses and… Read more »