We are thrilled that our three full length compilation cds have been reviewed in The Sunday Times, and The F Spot Femmes Fatales gained a 4* review from The Telegraph and a place in their top Folk Albums of 2015.
There are three sections of coverage to this post – the most recent release DOWNTOWN is the first one, followed by The F Spot which was released March 8th 2015 and finally The Christmas Present, which was released in December 2014.
Each release was linked to an event – the Downtown cd was presented with the acts at our two London Folk and Roots Showcases in November 2015, The F Spot Femmes Fatales was presented at Dame Kelly Holmes’ special brunch at Cafe 1809 Hildenborough and The Christmas Present was showcased at The South Bank.
REVIEW JUST IN FROM KATY DAVIS FOR BOTH SIDES NOW MAGAZINE FROM 11TH NOVEMBER FEMALE ONLY PERFORMER LONDON FOLK AND ROOTS SHOWCASE
Zoe Wren : enchanting vocals and cheery interaction with the audience
Daria Kulesh glided through her set and transported the audience to a mystical zone of mesmerising lyrics and far-away lands
Raw, honest and mesmerising. Minnie Birch drew me in and refused to let my thoughts wander away from her soft voice,
closed-eyed intensity and delicate guitar playing
I first saw Kelly Oliver perform at Larmer Tree Festival this summer and was arrested by her engaging lyrics, unique voice and communication with the crowd To read the review in Both Sides Now Magazine by Katy Davis please click here
I decided the best way to market the album was to create marketing opportunities for each artist featured, so please click here to see some of the promotion and press we gained for the album
Seems our release is popular with SAGA UK followers
4th November – Fred’s House, Marina Florance, Kaity Rae and Ben Smith
11th November – Kelly Oliver, Zoe Wren, Daria Kulesh and Minnie Birch
Thank you to Lauren Deakin Davies for the artwork.
THE F SPOT FEMMES FATALES
We’ve made it to the other side of the world ! Green Left Magazine in Australia were very impressed by Marina Florance’s protest song in their best new 10 Political Albums selection
Delighted with this, as you can imagine !
“Folkstock is a label to hang your hat on. Helmed by Helen Meissner, they approach everything with a DIY ethos that is admirable and, also, successful. More importantly, Helen has a great ear for music and an obvious passion which comes out in everything they do. This is as much a showcase for them as it is for the acts featured. A well conceived, beautifully produced and vitally important record that couldn’t be coming out at a better time”. Spiral Earth reviewing The F Spot Femmes Fatales, which was released on 8th March”.
“Any absurd pre-conceived notion about the idea of ‘female singer/songwriter’ being a genre in and of itself is quite resoundly crushed by the 10 women on this record, from free thinking pioneer Peggy Seeger’s jazz-flecked torch-song opener You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are, to the hugely exciting Kelly Oliver’s chugging folk-rock inspired Keilan Are You Coming.” Harry Harris, Spiral Earth.
“ a label that is nurturing some of our most promising folk talent” Clive Davis Sunday Times
Tom Robinson kindly made a feature of International Women’s Day on his Now Playing @ 6 show on BBC 6 Music and credited me with the idea ! He also played Peggy Seeger’s track on both his weekend shows and here’s what he had to say :
“as promised, the latest release from Folkstock Records features nine exclusive songs by female songwriters associated with the label plus the tune we are about to hear….it begins with this belter from Peggy Seeger …it’s there to bang the drum a bit, because women are massively under represented in the music industry.. it’s quite hard.. there is a big glass ceiling so Helen Meissner from Folkstock, bless her, is doing something about it and she suggested that we should celebrate International Women’s Day when her record comes out and I think that’s a great idea, so that’s is exactly what we are going to do.
So you, dear listener, get to choose the tracks we play on our all female Now Playing at 6 on 8th march…. label. “ Peggy Seeger’s You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are is the opening track on a new compilation from the boutique label Folkstock Records..label boss Helen Meissner says she wants to champion female songwriters with this release and bang the drum a bit especially as we have a female producer Lauren Deakin Davies who has produced all the other tracks on this fine compilation of grass roots female artists. And many thanks to Helen for pointing out to me in good time that todays show falls in International Women’s Day, which is why the whole show celebrates women;, women’s achievement, women’s pride and womens’ struggle.” Tom Robinson, live on BBC 6 Music.
BBC RADIO 2 PLAYED MAZ O’CONNOR’S TRACK FROM OUR ALBUM ON RELEASE DAY 8TH MARCH !
Thank you to Sean McGhee for this lovely feature in R2 MAGAZINE