Hallo from Berlin! I'm trapped in a friend's apartment as I don't have a key, so I thought I'd write a blog :o) I'm quite hyper because this week I got a job at Lounge on the Farm and saw a fantastic Less Than Jake show in Amsterdam...also I'm going to Hurricane festival tomorrow - reviews up next week. Here's a shortlist of great folk concerts this summer:
- Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe are performing together in London and Edinburgh. Ry is my all-time favourite mandolinist, and not too shabby at the slide guitar either. Unfortunately the accordion player Flaco Jimenez had to pull out for health reasons. I wish I could see this but don't really have fifty to ninety pounds (!) for tickets.
- Alela Diane, a singer-songwriter from Portland, OR, is back in the UK in July and September after the success of a small number of shows here with William Elliott Whitmore in March.
- I'm really excited for A Hawk and a Hacksaw, who are started a tour this week with their accordion-y, pirate-y music. They are also at Lounge on the Farm (yay!)
- on 19th July, Emmy the Great and Aidan Moffet at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre.
- the brilliant Green Note, a vegetarian cafe/tiny venue in Camden, hosts Bob Davenport on 15th July.
- Neil Young at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park next Saturday. A lot of his music isn't technically folk, escpecially the Crazy Horse era, but the new generation of indie-folk is represented by Fleet Foxes, Johnny Flynn and Mumford & Sons. Plus there's the popular Seasick Steve and other brilliant bands like Magic Numbers.
The best folk festivals, in my opinion, are probably Cambridge Folk Festival and Frome Festival, which includes The Imagined Village and Adrian Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds.
p.s. I wouldn't want to leave out Joan Baez. Even though she's not playing here this summer, there's a few concerts in October promoting her new album, which is out in September.