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Thurs 10 Mar 2016
Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns debut album St. Giles Bowl is available to buy now!
Forged in the folk clubs of North London, the band are influenced by the traditional singers and folk music of the UK, and use this sound to help Tim Jones’ songs come to life. Whether in the a capella Harringay Races, Her Long Red Hair’s shape-shifting fairy tale, or the boozy singalong of the title track, a sense of the stories and melodies that underpin folk music runs through all the songs.
Praise for St Giles Bowl by Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns
“After listening to the album a few times I’ve just managed to read the accompanying press release! It candidly states that “the album was recorded and mixed in a week at a studio on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire with the aim of capturing something of the spontaneous and rough feel of an English Basement Tapes, or early Fairport Convention recordings”, and I can hear exactly what the writer means by the first of those comparisons – it feels just like that, and I love it” – FATEA
“A wonderful CD” – 11islouderthan10
“You have to keep reminding yourself this is folk music written in these years not folk trawled from the mists of time. Waves of soft acoustic echoes couple with pulses of folk rock touches and together place ‘St Giles Bowl’ finely into today’s English folk legacy.” – FolkWords
“Evocative of an era when groups called Flibbertigibbet, Spriguns of Tolgus and Brandywine Bridge walked the earth, and with an historical songwriting style not dissimilar to present-day Fairport, this should appeal to English folk-rock fans young and old” – fROOTS
“lovely stuff… this is an album which stands up and shouts its message loud and proud” – UK Folk Music
Big Top Heartbreak
honky tonk blues of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, the simple sentiment of Daniel Johnson, the slutty vibe of The Velvet Underground and the cheekiness of Ian Dury, Big Top Heartbreak is Scott Lavene. Raised in Essex and east London he spent teens and early twenties playing in various bands and making a nuisance of himself in New York, France and London. The songwriting led to interest from major labels but at the same time a serious health condition arose which drove him underground for five years. Living on a boat and trying to find the unfindable, a maudlin and solitary life took over.
Two bob jobs onto more two bob jobs eventually led to a major breakdown and he spent six months in a house for the bewildered where some peace was found for the first time. Upon leaving, Scott began writing songs again for the first time in years. The passion was back. With more direction and gusto, this has become Big Top Heartbreak. Songs full of sorrow and hope. A captivating and honest performer live. Tales from the underbelly, stories from the sordid, always laced with love and a glint in the eye. A voice capable of both menace and delicacy. Piano ballads. Gypsy foot tappers and filthy blue growlers. Something for everyone.
The Crow Puppets
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics.
Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio.
Their self released album ‘Whispering Hills, Tangled Hair’ was recorded in a cabin in Cornwall over two days by Nick Marshall (guitarist with Martha Tilston), and has been described by Folk Radio UK as an “assured and confident debut album focused on an evocative, contemporary folk sound that clearly inspires. One to watch, definitely.”
Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain.
They are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker and keyboardist for Oasis).
“Great noise – look forward to hearing how this project develops in the comng months – Tom Robinson”
“…their harmonies provide absolutely spine tingling moments… I’m a big fan” James Santer BBC Introducing