It’s a week on from Standon Calling, and I promised in an earlier blog post that I’d post up some photos from the Lordship Stage, which Folkstock took over on Sunday. Have a look through at some of the great artists that performed there, who are also set to be showcasing their talents at Folkstock’s own festival in 6 weeks time! Comment you’re thoughts, memories and favourite moments from Standon Calling, or Tweet them to me @katefolkstock
In an exciting collaboration, on the final day of Standon Calling Festival this year, Folkstock acts will be taking up the Lordship stage. Standon Calling is one of the biggest Hertfordshire-based festivals – it’s Facebook page alone has over ten and half thousand ‘Likes’ – and it’s running from 2nd to 4th August, making it exactly seven weeks ahead of Folkstock Arts Foundation’s own Folkstock Festival on the 21st September.
Taking place in the grounds of a 16th century manor house in Standon village, 30 miles North of London, this year’s ‘Running Away From The Circus’ themed festival even includes a Big Top. The festival is designed to be like a ‘carnival of freedom’, with an actual on-site circus showcasing exciting circus acts by day and turning into a lively social scene at night with live bands and DJs. With its infamous Cowshed nightclub, Standon Calling has a bar license to 5am, so there’s no need for campers to retreat to their sleeping bags early!
“We’re keen to support interesting artists of all ilks, be they painters, sculptors, writers, actors, comedians or even chefs. A different theme takes over the event each year, reflected in the interactive theatre, art installations, set designs, and outrageous outfits our guests dream up” boasts the Standon Calling web page.
Aside from the Big Top and Cowshed nightclub, there are two stages of acts this year: the Main Stage and the Lordship stage, where Folkstock acts will be on the 4th. They also (rather awesomely) feature a swimming pool which festival-goers are encouraged to enjoy! Probably the best thing about Standon though? It’s kind of a big deal…
“You’re pretty much guaranteed to discover bands before most people have heard of them. Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Metronomy, Anna Calvi and The Noisettes all played Standon before enjoying the profiles they do today. Similarly, we’ve had The Maccabees, Mr Hudson, Glasvegas, Delphic and Paloma Faith.”
So come show Folkstock some support and maybe discover the big bands and acts of tomorrow! The fifteen Folkstock acts performing on the Lordship stage will be:
- Boo Hewerdine
- Reg Meuross
- The Willows
- Fred’s House
- The Folk
- Nick and The Sun Machine
- Said The Maiden
- Flaming June
- Roxanne De Bastion
- Indi forde
- Zoe Wren
- Rob Finlay
- Minnie Birch
- Noel Cowley
Reg Meuross is an acclaimed acoustic ‘story teller’ of whom Mike Harding said, when introducing him at the Royal Albert Hall recently “One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced” and he went on to comment on Reg’s brand new album LEAVES & FEATHERS, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios and captures some of the warmth and intimacy of Reg’s live performances. “I think this is stunning!”http://www.regmeuross.com/
The Willows are a folk roots family band from Cambridge, who have just completed a tour for their debut album’ Beneath our humble soil’ which included a rapturous session live on Bob Harris’s BBC 2 Radio Show. http://www.thewillowsband.co.uk
BOB HARRIS, BBC Radio 2: “…Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album…”
MIKE HARDING, Mike Harding Folk Show: “They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way for such a young band; I think they’re really really interesting! Bella’s Fury has got a sort of feeling of old timey noir about it… I think it’s really amazing!”
MAVERICK MAGAZINE: “…The Willows are a breath of fresh air to the folk music community…
Fred’s House “I like this band, they’ve got a great sound and some very fine harmonies. Fred’s House sounds like a nice place to be!” Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales . “That was a perfect song” Reg Meuross. Fred’s House are an alt folk four piece band who released their debut single last month, Fine Line and are attracting a lot of attention. “Finally, they release debut single Fine Life, which underlines their ability to deliver ear-pleasing songwriting built around sweet vocal harmonies and warm, breezy pop-folk hooks and gets the toes tapping in a way you could never have imagined.” **** Indie London http://fredshousemusic.co.uk/
The Folk are three unsigned 17 yr olds who have already been in session and playlisted on BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, have had tracks played on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show, been playlisted on local 106Jack fm have released their debut single and two EPs and are about to release another EP in the summer. Hertfordshire Life ran a four page feature on the ambitious trio in March and their lively folk pop is winning them new fans at every gig. https://www.facebook.com/thefolkuk
Nick and the Sun Machine are an Alternative Folk/Rock band from St Albans who formed in March. The band have received critical acclaim emerged from the likes of Sound on Sound and R2 Magazine. They have appeared at celebrated British festivals such at Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and last years Folk by the Oak. http://www.nickandthesunmachine.co.uk/
Said the Maiden This new Hertfordshire all girl traditional folk trio are thoroughly enjoying their speedy rise in the world of super support roles, having played to 800 people at the Alban Arena when they supported Fishersmans’ Friends, they have recently released their debut EP Come Hither and it has been played on Mike Hardings’ Folk show. http://saidthemaiden.blogspot.co.uk/
Flaming June are a fiery local three piece who wield fiddle, guitar and bongos with alactrity and passion. Voted best EP by Fatea in 2011and their recent EP has seen them supporting BBC 2 Folk award winner Bella Hardy in Suffolk. http://www.flamingjune.fourfour.com/
Indi Forde is an exciting guitarist and has the most incredibly powerful voice mixed with superb songwriting, usually with a band, he is performing for us solo which shows off his craftsmanship. https://www.facebook.com/indi.forde
Roxanne de Bastion. Has just released her debut album, The Real thing to great review http://www.roxannedebastion.com/
Tom Whalley, BBC 6 Producer “…One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard!”
BBC Introducing: “If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!”
Barfly: “Funny and biting, sometimes angry missives on love and life in London, Riot Grrl Folk if you will… Amazing Voice”
Zoe Wren is a 17 year old singer songwriter who has already had a track included on the Folkroom Records Anthology collection. A gem of a songwriter, she also has the voice of an angel.
Rob Finlay http://www.robfinlay.co.uk
Adriana Rubio – “ Rob Finlay’s compositions have been originally created and brilliantly performed. There’s no room for doubt that his musical influences have touched him deeply to become a passionate songwriter”. http://www.writeradrianarubio.blogspot.com.ar
Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music Hertfordshire based Rob Finlay’s single Stone Dead and Rising proved popular with readers of my Fresh On The Net Blog and among listeners of our BBC Introducing Mixtape where I featured it the following week. This is a taut and vigorous track. Call him a songwriter or call him a singer – both of which he patently is – but not a singer-songwriter. He’s so much better than that.
Keith Ames – The Musician – Musicians Union Publication: This track [Collections] is a fine example of his ability to weave unconventional elements into familiar genres. His searching vocals call to mind Tim Buckley while he shows commercial potential during the chorus, in which his voice soars over a gorgeous chiming guitar lick.
Minnie Birch writes beautiful songs which she accompanies herself with guitar. Minnie was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to support Joan Armatrading at one of her tour dates last year, and has been performing live on BBC Three Counties Radio twice in the last two months and is in demand gigging all over the county https://www.facebook.com/minniebirch
Noel Cowley http://www.noelcowley.com
Chris Sheehan, Karamel Music “….honest, time honoured songwriting that lights little camp fires all over the space beneath your rib cage…..”
Reg Meuross: I really like Noel’s ‘ Hazy Summer Morning’ EP. His voice is lovely, modern, sweet and sincere. The songs are deceptive, seemingly just love songs but with interesting lines and creative rhymes”
It’s been a pretty amazing weekend. The weather is hot, Wimbledon was incredible and our Festival Director and Folkstock Foundation Managing Director Helen Meissner celebrated her birthday on Saturday (Happy Birthday from all your Folkstock followers!). Next up on the Folkstock calendar is the next workshop event later this month giving tips and advice on studio recordings and making music videos, so be sure to look out for more news on this. We also have the collaborative event with Standon Calling happening on the 4th August, which I will be posting about later this week – as Folkstock will take up the Lordship Stage on the final day of the ‘Runaway From The Circus’ themed festival.
A lot has happened this last week with branding and promoting the September festival, including local author and blogger MummyWhisperer naming Folkstock as one of the most family-friendly festivals in the area, showing just how much community clout Folkstock has. There has also been a lot going on artistically (of the non-musical variety)…
Local artist Amy Pettingill (pictured above) also showed her support for Folkstock Foundation by designing some brilliant artworks, which are being used on the Folkstock Facebook page. Let us know what you think? Tweet me @Katefolkstock
My very creative eldest brother even helped out with designing a new poster for the event on behalf of Today Type and Design, using lots of arty fonts and logos (see pic below). It’s making me excited to see what is going to be making it onto the final ticket designs and posters.
So, if after the excitement and atmosphere of Glastonbury you find yourself a little deflated or suffering Post-Festival Blues, like my colleague and fellow blogger Katie Oldham, don’t fear, get following Folkstock and give yourself something to look forward to at the end of the summer! Check out the local singer and ukelele artist’s Glastonbury reflections below: