A page of wonderful folk music, originally started to fill the 3 months of summer break.

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Normally I judge whether to check a band out on bandcamp solely on how awesome their album art is, and I think you can agree, this one looks bloody cool. Aidan Knight is a Canadian based out of Victoria and is producing some fairly amazing tunes, making a good use of strings which will always endear someone to me. Versicolour is his first full length album, coming after 3 previous EPs.

There are in my opinion, 3 stand out songs from this. The album opener ‘The Sun' is a song with a majestic build up to a cracking ending. 'Knitting Something Nice For You' is the obligatory foot stomper, and probably my favourite on the album. The third is 'Jasper’, used as the lead song on this post as it is the most accessible. 

Versicolour is ‘name you price’ on bandcamp, which of course means you can have it free, but I recommend a donation. He can also be found on spotify. If you have the time, listen to the video I posted on Sunday of his live performance of ‘Knitting’, its pretty brilliant.

Great video. Great band. Walk off the Earth performing upon one guitar together.

Today’s delight is a great band called The Alexander. The duo comprises the talented musicians James Wenzel and Alexander Bercow; James handling the lyrics, and the eponymous Alexander the prime guitar.

The lead on this post, 'Lakes', is a great song, straight from the handbook of Justin Vernon himself and probably my favourite on the EP. I also like 'Islands (Bit Too Much)' with a fantastic female vocal addition and a catchy chorus. Honourable mention goes to the great guitar work on the EP opener 'Oceans' giving it a very folky feel I appreciated.

The EP is currently on free download on bandcamp, and I cannot do much more than implore you to have a listen. For those of you who have joined the future on Spotify, it can be streamed there too from here. Of course, take the time to like them on Facebook and show some indie music support!


droppin’ with steve aoki

Unrelated to Folk, but frankly a hilarious ‘shop.


droppin’ with steve aoki

Unrelated to Folk, but frankly a hilarious ‘shop.

Wake the Deaf: Best of 2011 Free Music (E-K)


Our latest installment of free musical goodness. Again, please don’t treat ‘name your own price’ as a synonym for ‘free’ (as I suppose I have). A few dollars/pounds would be welcome I’m sure.

Eric & Magill - All Those I Know (Actually released 31st Dec 2010. Forgive me).

(RIYL: “Folktronica”,…

A quick look behind the scenes at the making of The Willow & The Builder's debut EP!

Connecticut based band The Willow & The Builder are today’s musical wonderment. The group is based around two multi-instrumentalists, Richard Miron and Adrian Simon, with a rotating cast of featured musicians performing on each song.

The lead song on this post, Teahouse Treehouse, describes the singer’s endeavours in a hastily constructed treehouse and has been a particular favourite of mine over the past week. A Vast Emptiness is a quaint effort, with something of a West End monologue feel about it. Another favourite of mine is What’s Next, which builds to a great song, full of energy.

This album can be had on bandcamp as a ‘Name your price’ option, which to many people will mean free, but I once again recommend even a token donation to keep the music rolling.

As a follow up to my post on 41st and home earlier in the week, here is them performing live.