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

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Our local singer-songwriter Skoob who is also a coach for emerging bands for our region as well as being part of five bands if I am counting correctly, thus a musician and music lover through and through, claimed the other day that as we get older we all start liking Americana. Well, for me this is certainly true.

Is it about the world closing in as you get older that you long for freedom, wide open roads, getting away from it all, starting all over again? Is it that you long for that warmth undermined with sweet melancholy? I am not sure.

Surely though, I really fell for Roadkill Ghost Choir (because of the fabulous name for a start). Their brand of Americana is mixes with rock and a good deal of  psych as well. Add to that good musicians and exceptional lyrics and you have me hooked.

Hooked in the way that I discover more in their songs every time I listen to them and not get sick of them.

Roadkill Ghost Choir hail from Central Florida (maybe not the first place for rock bands that spring to mind) and consist of:

Andrew Shepard (vocals), Kiffy Meyer (steel pedal), Stephen Garza (lead guitar), Maxx Shepard (drums) and Zach Shepard (bass).

After the release of their debut EP “Quiet Light” in 2013 followed touring and even a performance at David Letterman’s. Last year saw the release of their album “In Tongues”.

We will have to wait for them to turn up in Europe (please kindly support them, so we will get a chance to see them over here) but you can listen to their music everywhere, e.g. in my radio show Offbeat on www.rtr2.eu, Thursdays 8-10 pm CET or right here.

Contact them on their web site www.roadkillghostchoir.com or over Facebook and/or Twitter (@roadkillghosts).

Here is their outstanding “Beggar’s Guild” with the sweetest brass section.

And this is their latest single “Down & Out”

My favourite song is the spiralling, hypnotic “Drifter” for which I could only find this link:

So, now I will enjoy the rest of this sunny but cold Sunday afternoon and I hope, you will, too. Time for me to put on some more Roadkill Ghost Choir!