This was going to be a long post about how I’ve been disappointed with some of the recent releases from bands and artists I’ve been following for years. But then, as a mind far greater than mine once said:
It is easy to criticise. It is far harder to do better.
And as I’ve got the musical talent of a toddler, I’ll stop there. Almost. Ritchie Blackmore, what were you thinking when you covered “Moonlight Shadow”?
Instead, I’ve got some recommendations for bands I’ve discovered through these underwhelming releases.
Die Geyers & Faun
Turns out that Germany has a far better folk-rock scene than England does. Die Geyers worked with Ritchie Blackmore on occasion, particularly the song linked above. They sing in a mix of English and German, and their rendition of “What shall we do with the drunken minstrels” has filled the car on more than one occasion. Faun are a slightly different beast, only slightly, discovered when I searched online to find bands running an amped-up hurdy-gurdy.
One of those occasions where “You might like…” on Facebook came up with a winner. British progressive folk group. Wonderful choice of instruments. I’m always wary when I read the word “Progressive” in a band description. If it goes too far down the prog road, you’re in to 15 minute keyboard solos and stuff far stranger than I’d ever care to listen to. But these guys strike the right balance.
An Assortment of others.
Names for you to Google and, hopefully, catch in concert:
Pennyless (Play at all sorts of venues and festivals around Peterborough/Stamford/Bourne/Lincoln) – ever so slightly trippy 3 (and occasionally more) piece folk band.
- The String Contingent (Saw perform in Broadstairs, absolutely loved ’em)
- Nate Mainland (thank you Twitter)
- The Demon Barbers. These guys and girls take folk and run with it. Saw them perform in Spalding last year, can’t wait to see them in Broadstairs for the Lock In this year.
Who’s been your best musical discovery recently?