Awards and Special Projects

We get involved with all sorts of projects in addition to releases and events. This page references two special showcase opportunities, one with Time Out London for their ‘Rising Stars of Folk’ event in October and London Folk and Roots Emerging Showcases in November, the Arts Council funded ‘Milk Float’ tour by Paul Thompson for which Helen Meissner did the PR during the summer of 2015, Folk in a Box, the travelling intimate performance space tour organised by Chris TT and started by Emily Barker with Dom Coyote, with a little help from us, the Armistice Pals charity single (released Nov 2014) which involved our Patron Peggy Seeger and 100 other voices from the folk world, Kelly Oliver’s first trip to meet Whispering Bob Harris in March 2014 and The Song Sisters tour featuring Kal Lavelle and Fiona Bevan during the summer of 2014 as well as the awards we attracted at the beginning of 2015, and now, the nominations for our artists in 2016.

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Posts are entered chronologically, with the most recent at the top.
January 2016
The year has started with two very strong album releases from Marina Florance- This, That & The Other, out January 16th and Bedlam by Kelly Oliver, out March 6th. Both albums are being actively promoted and are available for pre order from our bandcamp page
Both releases are gaining excellent reviews which are detailed in their bandcamp pages for the respective albums.

Marina Florance is the subject of a feature in SAGA online magazine which you can read if you click here

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On October 26th 2015 we were delighted to take part in the Time Out London ‘Rising Stars of Folk’ for which we have curated an opening showcase presenting Kelly Oliver and Minnie Birch to Time Out’s music hungry readers.

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“Come to The Electric Carousel located in the heart of Piccadilly on October 27 where we’ll be teaming up with Folkstock Records to bring you the very best new artists in Folk music for one night only.
This is going to be one big night of sweet, sweet music because we’re bringing you an awesome line-up of hot new folk acts for just £10!”

Other acts include Sam Kelly Trio, Jamie Doe ( The Magic Lantern), Samantha Whates and Roving Crows. All for £10 !!

4th and 11th November 201 – Two Emerging Talent dates as part of the second London Folk and Roots Festival.



Running from 30th October to 14th November this festival has various internationally renowned acts headlining and our special dates are headlined by Fred’s House ( 4th Nov) and Kelly Oliver (11th Nov).

This is a real honour for us – they are the only emerging talent nights in the whole festival and we were asked to curate them, so it would be great to have a lovely turn out at The Islington for these dates.

4th November – Fred’s House, Marina Florance, Kaity Rae and Ben Smith

11th November – Kelly Oliver, Zoe Wren, Daria Kulesh and Minnie Birch

All the female acts were on our much praised The F Spot Femmes Fatales album which gained 4* from The Telegraph,  a place in their top folk albums of 2015 and a review from The Sunday Times. This is what they had to say about us :

The album is from progressive British label Folkstock”.
Martin Chilton, The Telegraph. 04/04/15

“It may be a small operation, but British label Folkstock has become shop window for an impressive roster of youthful singer songwriters who roam far beyond the borders of the traditional repertoire. ….
Clive Davis, The Sunday Times 15/03/15


We ran other events during the year, which you can find under the ‘Events’ post on the home page, but these above were special one off events and we were delighted to be involved.


 **************AWARDS NEWS******************

* Instrumental Gold Star Award for ‘Music Empire’ for Folkstock Arts Foundation
* Kelly Oliver’s album This Land won FolkWords Best Album of 2014 for a female artist
(This Land was also shortlisted for the FATEA Debut Album of the Year award)

*FATEA awarded the Armistice Pals song and spoken word collection Best Single/EP of 2014
* Talkawhile, the Cropredy Folk Forum awarded the Armistice Pals track Best Traditional Cover for 2014.

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Gold Star Music Empire Award 2014 – The Folkstock Arts Foundation.

Helen Meissner is one of those quietly busy people who gets things done. She is the founder of The Folkstock Arts Foundation and is central to a number of musical initiatives whose ambitions seem to stretch way beyond resources and expectations. The main plank of Folkstock is the recording, mentoring and promotion of emergent folk talent from England and there is no shortage of that at the moment. On this site I’ve managed to write about Folkstock artist Zoe Wren whose Pandora’s Box EP is a good example of the quality that is there to match the quantity of reinvigorated English roots music. That energy is there to be shared according to Meissner’s philosophy and the Folkstock promoted Song Sisters tour featuring Fiona Bevan and Kai Lavelle combined performance with singing workshops. There’s a lot of this about at the moment, but it is an integral part of the Folkstock agenda that recognizes that community engagement is necessary in order to keep cultural enterprise relevant.

Meissner’s vision is important I think, because it recognizes the need for creative organisations that do not merely replace arts subsidy models or record label investment, neither of which provide platforms for self-perpetuating musical careers. Folkstock also enjoys the patronage of Mr David Swarbrick, a man whose long experience of the music industry can contribute usefully to the mentoring of young performers. It’s something of a coup for Folkstock not only because his reputation naturally precedes him, but because a fledgling third sector organization needs that level of credibility perhaps even more than it needs funding. So stand up Helen Meissner. I’ll bet it’s not the first time you’ve been awarded a gold star, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

To read the rest of the feature and wonderful musicians I am honoured to share the roll call with, please click here


Proud to have been nominated for these awards in 2013 

Finalist in Hertfordshire Business Personality of the Year

Finalist in Hertfordshire Best Community Organisation

Finalist in Best New Festival – UK Festival Awards



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Folkstock arts foundation are proud to be funded by Arts Council England to promote Paul Thompson’s milk float tour during the England dates.

As heard on BBC Radio Norwich, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC York and BBC Tees. As well as KLFM ( Kings Lynn) and Radio Teesdale.

At 3hrs 18mins, you can hear Paul Thompson talking to John Foster on BBC Tees about his tour so far

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BBC norfolk send off edp feature Paul Thompson poster r V2 - Milk Float Tour unsigned guide feature
You can read the feature in Unsigned Guide here


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This project offers full recording, production, mixing, mastering and manufacture to take you from conception to creation in the most seamless, professional manner with the most affordable deals available.

Combining the proven award winning success of music producer Lauren Deakin Davies and the professional media production of Mighty Media Discs, this new collaboration is offering the best in high end CD solutions with the most competitive pricing. The team behind The CD Solution are aiming to provide a level playing field to support and encourage the creation of great new music and remove barriers to entry which limit the earning potential of the artists themselves.
It is hoping that this will enable more musicians to be able to sell professionally produced cds at gigs and further promote their career and chances of getting the recognition they deserve.

Recording takes place at the North Hertfordshire studios and manufacturing from Ware based Mighty Media Discs is conducted in Bedfordshire.
There are three main packages to support singer songwriters at every stage of their journey. These can be tailored further to meet the artist’s needs more closely.
Artwork is the responsibility of the artist.
Although this offer is being provided by Folkstock Records producer, Lauren Deakin Davies, there should be no automatic assumption that the recordings produced in this way will be released on the label.
This is a limited offer and decisions about who we work with rest entirely with the team. Each project will be considered on its own merit.
To discuss your recording and cd production needs, please message us via this page.
Or email
We look forward to helping you bring your dreams to life.

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Click here to read the feature about Peggy Seeger being announced as one of our Patrons !

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The F Spot Femmes Fatales compilation cd DIY promotion and plugging achieves play on
BBC Radio2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and multiple plays on our network of over 50 radio shows around the country and a few international stations. Plus a review in The Sunday Times, a mention in the Daily Express and a 4* review in R2 Magazine.


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To read more about this album, listen to the songs or browse the activity this generated, please click here



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Super coverage in the R2 Magazine

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Head to, upload your music and you could have your tracks broadcast on BBC Radio
Click here to read all about the project in this super article which includes an interview with Damian Liptrot, by Malcolm Wyatt originally published in the Lancashire Evening Post



Click here to read all about Folk Radio UK choosing our song for Song of the Day


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The physical cd will feature four tracks, including the single, Where Have all the Flowers Gone. There’s also a bonus track called Emerald Green, as well as Peggy’s rendition of the famous World War 1 poem, I have a rendezvous with Death. This poem was written by her uncle, Alan Seeger, who did indeed have the rendezvous during the war, and about whom Peggy shares some insights into her uncle’s life and death.

TA DA ! we are delighted to be able to share the single on a video which shows who’s singing where on the song :)


* To record a song which Pete Seeger loved, in honour of his memory, in the year of his passing

* To release an anti war song which involves a cross section of the musicians immersed in the folk world, all singing the same song, in this commemorative year

* To raise money for charities who support peace and peaceful solutions to conflict

* To achieve radio play across the BBC Network and the community radio stations across the country/internet and hopefully be played/ play listed on BBC Radio Two

* To ignite the interest of the general public regarding their local folk scene, to enable more people to enjoy a communal singing experience and encourage them to express themselves through song.

44 mins in, a discussion on Radio Dacorum about how the Armistice Pals track came to be made – plus interview and live tracks from Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver, Helen Meissner and world premieres with Radio Dacorum’s Sarah Lowther (Oct 5 2014) by Sarah Lowther on Mixcloud


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Click here to go to the Armistice Pals website



Click here to go to Bob Harris’s website

On May 9th Kelly Oliver travelled to meet Bob Harris and his son Miles Myerscough Harris to record a session for their Under the Apple tree radio show, which is broadcast as part of the Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company’s schedule ( ).
Kelly was recorded singing Far From Home, Keilan are you Coming and her cover of Beyonce’s track ‘ If I were a Boy’ which they loved ! Kelly was also interviewed by Bob, so we can’t wait to see the videos.
Big thanks to Rodeo Whiter who did the visuals and Miles who sorted the sound – all in all a tremendous experience.

Here’s some pics
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Bob Harris taking a pic of Kelly Oliver in sessionThis is the pic of Bob taking the pic which is beautifully edited ( by Bob !)

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A chance to get up close and personal with two jaw droppingly good singer songwriters who were embarking on a double headline tour. Ahead of each gig was a FREE ENTRY songwriting masterclass for female songwriters, from 4 -6pm at the same venue.

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Click here to read the full feature in Feminist Times

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SONG SISTERS, AS SEEN IN THE DAILY MIRROR !! Daily Mirror - Kal Lavelle & Fiona Bevan -

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A very warm welcome to this page about the exciting new collaboration between two magnificent, successful female singer songwriters and Folkstock Arts Foundation, champions of emerging music. We are also delighted to have the support of PRS for Music who will have a presence at the Masterclasses.


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Few emerging singer songwriters can say that they co wrote a global hit for one of the most popular bands in world ( Little Things released by Ed Sheeran. And even fewer have been asked to support top acts such as Ed Sheeran on tour, notching up a staggering 50,000 views on just one of her songs published on respected indie internet video channel, Ont Sofa. By having their songs registered on PRS both artists have been able to benefit from the support and revenue collection available from registering with PRS for Music, which in turn has allowed them to pursue full time careers as musicians.

However, despite all of this, they are not household names. You might not have heard of them. Yet. But that is set to change. And this is your chance to meet and hear them perform before they hit the big time !

These two extraordinarily talented acts, Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle are embarking on an exciting double headline tour called Song Sisters, across the UK during July and August. Both are spell binding female performers in their own right. Nothing unusual about that, you could be forgiven for thinking. However, as the recent Women in Music conference in London revealed, “Only 13% of the songwriters registered on PRS for Music are women”.

Shocked to hear this startling statistic at the South Bank conference earlier this year, successful soulful-folk-pop singer-songwriters Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle decided to do something about it. Teaming up with Helen Meissner from Folkstock Arts Foundation, a community interest company which mentors, records and promotes up and coming independent artists, Kal and Fiona are setting off on a national double headline tour this summer.

But this is no ordinary tour. The girls are committed to making a difference and improving the statistics. Rather than sitting back and being smug that they are in the 13%, they want to encourage other female songwriters to get their songs finished and registered and by way of practical support, they are offering FREE ENTRY Masterclasses for women only, on the afternoon of every date on the tour. Deliberately planned to coincide with the summer holidays, to encourage as many singer songwriters as possible, the sessions will run from 4 – 6pm and incorporate a song surgery as well as tips and advice and a question and answer element with both Fiona and Kal on hand to help.

We are delighted to announce that there will also be representation available from PRS for Music at the events and information about how to register plus tips on making a career out of music “With so many emerging acts choosing a full or part DIY approach, its essential that music creators have an understanding of today’s music industry; how it works and how best to make it work for them. PRS for Music is very much at the heart of that industry, paying royalties to songwriters and composers when their music is performed, played or copied. I’m very happy to be involved with the Song Sisters initiative; a rare opportunity for aspiring songwriters and composers to hear first hand how successful songwriters write successful songs and how those songs can go on to form the backbone of a successful career.” Andy Ellis, Education & Outreach Manager

This exciting tour has already attracted some top level support from respected industry names.

BBC 2’s Whispering Bob Harris is recording a special video session and interview with Kal and Fiona via his independent TV company WBBC. Having recently interviewed Fiona for his music show on Vintage TV and remarked “absolutely mesmerising” after seeing her perform he is keen to support the cause and the tour.

Gaby Roslin, champion of the live music scene across London via her BBC London Sunday afternoon show has invited Kal and Fiona back into her show to perform and promote the tour at the end of June.

Ruth Barnes, darling of the female indie music scene, regular music commentator on Sky News and respected presenter on Amazing Radio, is having Kal and Fiona in for a session and chat about the tour which will be broadcast on her Sunday evening show, The Other Woman, early July. “Kal Lavelle and Fiona Bevan are two of the most impressive songwriters I’ve come across in recent years. They’re like a comedy double act too so can’t wait to see them in action for these masterclasses!” Ruth Barnes – The Other Woman/Amazing Radio’

We couldn’t agree more with this write up in the Mail on Sunday about Fiona Bevan “…a stunning debut album…it’s time for this dreamy, off beat beauty, and her halo of blonde curls, to take centre stage” or this in the Guardian “Startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush, spine-tinglingly joined”

The Daily Mirror featured Kal Lavelle as “One to Watch” and Perez Hilton exclaimed “Exquisitely beautiful & raw, it’s as if she’s talking directly to you!”

Innovative, unique and accessible, the Song Sisters tour is where it’s at this summer ! Come and find us, get involved.


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