Ten Bandcamp Picks - Week Three
Welcome to week three of our Bandcamp picks. As Folk Music knows no borders, boundaries, rules, limitations, we went a little off-piste to bring you Artists we love, from around the world.
These Artists take their influence from Christianity, Paganism, Life, Death, Urban upbringing to Deep Country ones; there really is something for everyone on the list.
For other weeks have a look here:
Bandcamp are doing another two Fridays, where, they are waiving their fees for any sales on an artist’s page. So, every Monday until then, I will put together ten of my favourite artists, in the hope to inspire you to check them out.
They're in no particular order, just click on their image to go directly to their Bandcamp store.
Dates for the Fee Free Fridays are 5th June & 3rd July 2020.
Radnor & Lee
Some upbeat summertime American Roots, for your enjoyment.
From their Wiki Page (You can visit their website here):
"Radnor and Lee had known each other for "twelve or thirteen years after meeting on the set of How I Met Your Mother" eventually writing songs together."
The Dead South
For some high paced, deep Southern Bluegrass, you can’t beat a wee bit of The Dead South.
From their Website:
"The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic set from Saskatchewan, infuse the genre's traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. Their sound, build on a taut configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, speeds like a train past polite definitions of acoustic music into the grittier, rowdier spaces of the bluegrass world."
A more traditional Scottish folk singer, with a haunting and moving voice. Iona Fyfe, is the youngest ever winner of the Scots Singer of the Year Award.
From her Website
"Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.
Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.”"
From busking on the streets of Berlin, to international acclaim, Alice Hills is known for her soft yet, hard-hitting vocals and songs. If you haven’t heard Alice Hills yet, now is the time to get her music on your playlist.
From her Website
"She perfectly combines soft and powerful melodies with a unique dynamic. It's a signature folk-songwriter sound, laced with Jazz, Blues and Soul influences. But the streets have also influenced her songwriting which is always relatable- from topics of heartbreak and love to issues of society."
Icelandic folk band Árstíðir, offer a more thoughtful, deeply personal sound, something to fill the evenings with.
From their Website
"In 2012, Árstíðir was the first Icelandic band to ever win the Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award (in Plauen, Germany) and were scheduled to play the prestigious TFF Rudolstadt festival in July 2013.
While on tour in Germany that year, an impromptu performance of “Heyr himna smiður” in the Bürger Bahnhof train station in Wuppertal swept them up in a tidal wave of international attention."
For something more spiritual, why not try the Pagan folk band Heilung.
From their Wiki (You can find their Facebook here)
"Heilung is an experimental folk music band made up of members from Denmark, Norway, and Germany. Their music is based on texts and runic inscriptions from Germanic peoples of the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Viking Age. Heilung describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe". Their music is usually about Norse deities, jǫtnar, and valkyries. "Heilung" is a German word meaning "healing" in English"
Astre, hails from over the channel, in France. His music is classed by many as Electro-Folk or Dreamscape.
All we know is, it’s beautiful, thought-provoking and a must have for anyone in love with Folk Music.
From his Website
Astre, 22-year-old, musician, France
First Aid Kit
I met Klara & Johanna Söderberg, at a festival many years ago, I was asking them to sign a CD for me. They were without a doubt, two of the nicest, most humble people, I’ve ever met.
From those small beginnings to the Folk Superstars they are today, hailed across the world for their timeless music and rightly so.
From their Wiki (You can see their website here)
First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo that consists of the sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. When performing live, the duo is accompanied by a drummer, a pedal steel guitarist, and a keyboard player. In 2008, they gained some Internet popularity from their cover of the Fleet Foxes's song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song".
Their song "Emmylou" was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as the number 10 "Single of the Year" in 2012. They have released four albums, four EPs and several singles. In 2015, they were nominated for a Brit Award as one of the five best international groups. They were nominated again in 2019
Allie Paige, is known for her smooth indie folk music. Her music and voice is perfect to chill out and relax to.
From her Website
"Born in Seattle, raised in Santa Barbara, California, music entered Allie’s life when she was five years old. Her parents encouraged classical piano lessons until she was 18, at which point she left the states, and the thought of pursuing music any further.
When she returned she found herself in Isla Vista’s worship scene with the Isla Vista church. When an old friend handed her a half broken organ and told her to play along she found a new passion for synth indie music."
We will leave you with some modern folk. Combining her native sounds of Bluegrass / Roots with Soul and R&B, we are blessed with an upbeat emotionally charged experience, well worth your time.
From her Website
"Jennah Bell is an Oakland-grown singer/songwriter whose ravenous musical curiosities inspired her own creative wonderland; her quirky songwriting and undefinable genre is a direct product of her proud Bay Area roots.
As the architect of all aspects of her musical endeavours, Jennah pulls from a colorful palette of Folk, Soul, R&B, Hip‐Hop, and Bluegrass."