Folk from London Part 4 Claudia Heidegger

I know, I know, this was going to be three-parter on the London folk scene or rather a pick from the wide range of artists that thrive there. But of course there is a good reason to extend this mini-series and her name is Claudia Heidegger. When she contacted me and elaborated how she likes to tackle heavy subjects and above all religion and spirituality, I was, I confess, a little, overwhelmed. But this is no evangelist, far from it.

Claudia Heidegger actually had a problem with institutionalised religion and apart from her private experiences, she recognises correctly how much grief religion and faith can cause in this world and yet there could be a place for spirituality.

This and other subjects she would like to discuss without prejudices, without aggression and to be true to the meaning of folk music, what better medium is there? Was folk music not the simple (and by that I do not mean simple-minded) people’s newspaper, detailing, commenting on and passing on, everything that went on in a locality?

Claudia Heidegger writes a good-looking and interesting blog, too, which makes me a wee bit ashamed to mention her in such a short post. Find it on her website https://claudiaheidegger.wordpress.com. Also find her on Bandcamp, Twitter, Soundcloud etc.

I dare not go into knowledgeable detail about her musical side. Here’s a woman that knows her stuff! She played several instruments at an early age, was classically trained in Austria (where she is originally from), travelled with her band which broke up in Ireland and has lived in London since.

The music is fragile, delicate, a beautiful voice hovering above it and for me represents another side of folk music which is why this became a four-parter and there you have it.

Well, not quite, there are some songs to listen to, of course. Her EP The Other Side was released in 2013 and Claudia is currently working on a full-length album.

I find this very beautiful: The Other Side

 

This is one of her latest haunting songs – What I am to you

I will be off to a gig tomorrow, but I will update you on that on Saturday and even might bring you a little interview with “All We Are”. See you then!

Folk from London Part 3 Apples I’m Home

So, we had the world music, pop-oriented side of folk with Nou Enle (see part 1) with some indie thrown in for good measure and the dark, wild side of folk from Wyldeck (see part 2).

Here come Apples I’m home and what a great name that is. I still wonder, has it something to do with a certain famous, now uncoupled couple, residing in London, greeting their daughter on return to home? Fill me in! (Ah, tutting noise in the background…could it be a song title by Adam Green, too? :-))

Apples I’m home have released two EPs so far: 2012’s “Last week” and in 2014 “From the road” and I do like the dreamy cover art for a start.

If that kind of thing helps you: They were recently described as “The Mamas & The Papas meets Mumford & Sons”. Apples I’m home moved from Scotland’s Ayr to big Glasgow, then to rural Gloucestershire and now live and work in London. You do wonder, if living in London is beneficial to a folk band. But it is not all haystacks and barn dances. After all, in this blog already, I am introducing four folk bands from London. Obviously, there is a very lively folk scene in the capital. You will have a good chance to see Apples I’m home live somewhere in London, too.

In 2007, Abbie Sanderson (vocals, pianos, percussion) and Andy Thomas (vocals, guitars, percussion, banjo, mandolin) started the band. They were joined later by Jason Hakin (guitars, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Anna Golebiowski (violin, vocals).

You can find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/applesimhome mostly but also on Twitter, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, you name it.

Hold on, bear with me…here’s some music:

The upbeat, violin starring “From The Road”

My favourite is the tranquil “No more”

And this is not the end of the series yet, I will add another part because, well, for a good reason!

Folk from London Part 2 Wyldeck

As I was saying yesterday (in case you did not read or do not remember, tsk tsk :-)): Pick one genre of music and one city, and you will not find two bands the same. And that is a good thing, because you will not be able to rely on comparisons, you’ll have to go out and listen to music, see artists.

Today, I would like to present you with a darker side of folk – taadaa: Wyldeck. They are Cece Wyldeck (vocals and guitar), Dom Cheung (lead guitar), Jacob Hollebon (Bass) & Dave Churchyard (Drums). They do not give away much about themselves. All I know is that they formed in 2012 and have released their EP “Wolves”.

Their music shows influences of haunting Americana, crystal-voiced folk and a lot of indie. I find it an intriguing mixture.

Have a look at their website: www.wyldeck.com

And now for the music:

I’d like to point you at three songs of Wyldeck. Title track “Wolves”, the beautiful languid “The Big Blue”and the wilder “On Your Knees”

Hope you enjoyed that, I certainly did!

Folk from London Part 1 Nou Enle

Serves me right for cleaning the windows as the glorious sunshine had shown them in a rather unfavourable light…ten minutes later a hailstorm of massive proportions descended on us.

So, really, who does not need something heart-warming now? Thanks to The Unthanks (are they regretting their surname yet?), a folk revival is predicted and yes, there is plenty of folk music around.

Now, if I title this post “Folk from London”, spot the irony as there is no such thing as one “folk music” and all three bands featuring in this three-parter coming from London does not rectify that either.

Trying to show you the wide range of folk music or folk-inspired music from just one city (albeit on the biggish side), we start of with Nou Enle.

Nou Enle are Steph (brought up in Brussels, may I proudly say, even it is not my doing:-) Oh yeah, we do have some singing genes!) who sings, Gerard on guitar, John on the drums and Dom on the double bass, not to forget Chris playing violin.

They all have different backgrounds in music whether that’ll be folk and blues, rock and pop as well as even cajun and jazz.

There are good rhythms, there are harmonies, there are discerning lyrics. What more do you want? This is folk with pop song qualities and influences from all over the world.

At present they are touring diligently and there is good chance you can catch them somewhere in the UK AND there new album “Seasons” is out since last November if I am not mistaken.

The following video shows them playing a medley of songs of theirs, so that gives you a good insight in their work with the added bonus of seeing them live on their last tour.

You can find out more on Nou Enle on their website with  all the contact details, audio, video and tour dates and news, all lovingly compiled: www.nouenle.com