This page runs chronologically, so highlights about our releases are included with the first post from November 2013 at the bottom of the page. It runs from our first release, Kelly Oliver’s Far From Home debut EP, which was also producer Lauren Deakin Davies’ debut to Kaity Rae’s debut EP Spark which came out on November 5th 2014.
News about Kelly Oliver is primarily on the page dedicated to her, which you can find by clicking on her image on our Home page.
We are proud to have released Kaity Rae’s debut EP, Spark on November 5th. You can sample it here
ARMISTICE PALS CHARITY SINGLE -BBC RADIO 2 PLAY ON THE FOLK SHOW AND GOOD MORNING SUNDAY
Armistice Pals has now been played on Good Morning Sunday as well as The Folk Show on Wednesday evening and joins Kelly Oliver’s Diamond Girl in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of releases which have been featured on BBC Radio 2. Diamond Girl was played on The Folk Show as well as Bob Harris’ Sunday Show on Radio 2.
You can hear the four track charity EP here – and buy if you feel so moved
OUR FIRST COMPILATION CD – THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
WHICH WENT ON TO GAIN AN ‘ESSENTIAL NEW RELEASES’ REVIEW IN THE SUNDAY TIMES
“As someone wholly dedicated to both the spirit and season of Christmas in all its atmosphere and substance, the words ‘Christmas album’ often fill me with a desperate foreboding. They usually herald another collection of pointless, sugary-sweet pop-pap or a turgid regurgitation of ancient songs better consigned to history. That means I treat every Christmas compilation with a massive degree of suspicion. However, the latest Christmas offering to come my way is ‘The Christmas Present’, a sparkling compilation from Folkstock Records. And with the unerring certainty of recordings received from Folkstock, this is an album definitely worth its turkey and trimmings. No socks, bath salts and hankies here – this is a feast you’ll want to savour. However you take your Christmas, traditional or contemporary, secular or sacred, this album will touch some part of you. And you’ll feel all the better for it. Folkstock launches ‘The Christmas Present’ at The Southbank Centre on Friday 28 November 2014”. To read the full review from Tim Carroll at Folkwords, click here
“If you want something that’s just that little bit different to listen to or give as a stocking filler this Christmas then it’s well worth having a listen to this collection of fairly new artists who are in the Folkstock stable”. Who’s “strong and emotive voice brings a genuine warm feeling to the sad song which wouldn’t be out of place as the John Lewis Christmas ad for next year”? Whose child like voice evokes this image ? “you can almost see the steam from this gentle and breathy voice dissipating in the cold festive air” Which Someone “is well on her way to being one of the most sought after performers on the folk circuit” Who might this be ? “It has just that hint of mischief and bawdiness and is one of those songs which should be brought out when everyone has been fed and has sunk more than a couple of sherries with Aunt Maggie.” Which track has “The absolutely wonderful opening of the dulcimer which evokes visions of the individual snowflakes falling, is the silver sixpence in the Christmas pudding….” which is embellished by a “refined and cut glass crystal voice which is a pure delight who provides us with “a really thought-provoking ballad that does have a feel of a hybrid between a carol and a traditional music hall song”. There might be a clue here “have a wonderful set of voices which harmonise like they were triplets.” and finally, whose voice did Danny feel could have done with any accompaniment ? “he could have sung this gentle and undulating traditional hymn a cappella and it would have been just as good if not better”. “Among all the festive compilations and rehashed Christmas songs, if you want something different, that little bit alternative and which has been given a little more thought then you could do a lot worse than The Christmas Present which, once unwrapped, has some traditional tunes song by some fresh and delightful voices.”Danny Farragher To read the full review from Danny Farragher, click here
We had a blast at The Southbank at the end of November when were invited to showcase some of our artists on The Christmas Present. Here’s some pics and a preview write up MINNIE BIRCH
KAITY RAE AT SOUND CHECK
KELLY OLIVER OPENING THE SHOW
KAITY RAE ON STAGE
A TRIUMPHANT DARIA KULESH
We released a compilation of all female artists in the Summer of 2014, which garnered a great reaction ” A glimpse of the future perhaps ?” R2 Magazine “You have to give it to Folkstock Records it knows how to cram talent onto a disc with this 10 track offering from nine thoroughly impressive female artists. The album is a superb and strong line-up from some of the most enjoyable and captivating female voices on the folk circuit” Danny Farragher, Folkall blogspot. “Folkstock steadily toils away through the folk world, breaking boundaries, refusing to pause and importantly, taking the work of lesser-known artists to a widening audience” Tim Carroll “While the leading lights get extensive column inches elsewhere, it is with great pleasure to present a collection of songwriters pursuing the endeavour of catching the glare of the radar. FEMMES FATALES OF FOLK contains ten tracks from nine artists and manages to capture a wide reaching flavour of what this cohort of talented ladies are capable of. Under the guidance of the developing Folkstock Records team, each track makes its mark whether original or not and leaves a lasting impression with a desire to check out the artist. As you would expect in a diverse offering, different styles are accommodated to suit whether your desires are for a soothing, edgy, wispy, haunting, classical or impassioned sound. In some tracks the voice surpasses the song and vice a versa in others but whatever the merit, each artist deserves the spotlight they are getting through this release. Apart from showcasing some excellent talent, the entity of FEMME FATALES OF FOLK is the redeeming feature and presenting opportunity in a format that has the potential to engage across the roots spectrum. Try before you buy will whet your appetite but cherry pick only when further pursuing artists after adding the whole of FEMMES FATALES OF FOLK to your collection”. David Hughes, Three Chords and the Truth
(THIS ALBUM IS AVAILABLE for £7 IF YOU MESSAGE ME via firstname.lastname@example.org)
KELLY OLIVER’S DEBUT ALBUM THIS LAND WAS RELEASED OCTOBER 2014.
MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON HER DEDICATED PAGE ON OUR SITE
ZOE WREN RECORDED AND RELEASED HER DEBUT EP WITH US – PANDORA’S BOX
PASSING THE BATON FEATURED OUR PATRON DAVE SWARBRICK ACCCOMPANYING FOUR LUCKY ACTS
OUR FIRST RELEASE WAS KELLY OLIVER’S DEBUT EP THIS LAND
“The finished article sounds like perfection” Rob Powell, Band of Badgers Presents. “Surprisingly, “Far From Home” is both Kelly Oliver and Folkstock Records’ debut release, though from the moment your hear the first chord, you know better bigger things await both of them as this very accomplished release shows.The clear and crisp production ensures that the delivery is about as pure as you’d want it to be without it being sterile, i.e. you can hear the personality of the artist bursting forth in the song and you can’t ask any more of an artist than that.
Neil King, Fatea Magazine “All the elements are tied together and balanced beautifully by the other youthful individual involved in this recording, producer-engineer Lauren Deakin Davies” Noel Cowley Reviews 28/10/14