THIS WEEK: THE FOLK
The Folk are a 3 piece all girl acoustic pop group from Hertfordshire.
After hearing them on FOTN I approached a lovely lady called Helen on Twitter who I thought was the bands PR person.I was genuinely impressed with her honest,open & friendly approach to promoting the band.Turns out Helen was one of The Folk’s Mum!(Though I still don’t know which one). And though they are now moving onto new management she has done a great job in singing their praises without ramming it down people’s throats.
I haven’t in the past seen too many all teenage girl groups making what might loosely be called folk music and I certainly haven’t seen many girl groups who have such engaging songs as The Folk ;with chorus’s that stick in your head like those soft sticky jelly like toys stick to a wall (I like the monkey ones though other animals are available).
Great voices,great melodies and a gentle blend of acoustic pop and folk music is what you get from The Folk and I think when they reach the heights of the chorus of When it rain’s (below) they showcase very big potential indeed.
I think they will split opinions if they haven’t already just by being so young ,with their band name and by making music that does tap into the traditional genre that is ‘folk’.For my penny’s worth I think they are smashing,fun,relevant to their peer group & have arrived at just the right time to tap into folk music’s latest flirtation with pop music and vice versa.Though they are bringing their own flavour they put me in mind of Kate Nash when she first appeared with ‘Merry Happy’
We on Fresh on the net are all about championing fresh new music and this is very fresh & very new so give The Folk your ears for a few minutes and see how you get on together.
They are barely out of school and they already have a live schedule in place-being hard working, enthusiastic & talented bodes well for the future.If they can maintain their organic earthy feel I expect to hear them blaring out of radios for a long time to come.From Fresh on the net we say good luck girls.
The Folk – When it Rains ( as submitted to Tom Robinsons’ Freshnet page) by The Folk
1. What are you up to at the moment?
We are having a ball at the festivals – being based in the south east we have been able to get onto festivals in Hertfordshire ( where we live ) and neighbouring Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Proper stages too, with cool lighting and great sound. We have had our share of muffled vocals and whole instruments missing from the mix, and I am sure that will happen again, but for now, we are enjoying the better festivals locally :) In terms of our plans, we have been approached by a few people regarding management. Proper industry representation is a real possibility with a manager who is working with one other breaking female artist who you can’t avoid on radio or tv, so that’s very exciting. If that works out we will be recording another demo with producers he knows, getting some new pics, get a tour under way and then he will approach his industry contacts, so fingers crossed !
2. Favourite childhood memory?
Lucy being chased by chickens, while naked, and then being cornered and being pecked on the bum !
Lauren, my top of the bunk bed was very close to the ceiling and one day I and my friends decided that drawing on the ceiling in crayons would be a great idea. And I managed to reach further than everyone with my scribbles ! This one makes me smile, apparently my mum told me off for writing on some furniture, which I completely denied. Then she showed me the evidence.. I had only gone and written my own name… !! ( and spelt it wrong as I am ‘special’ ! ), still to this day I often mix up the u and a in my name and often forget the u completely !
5. What/who makes you laugh?
6. Describe what you do?
7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
8. Best musical experience to date?
9. What artist inspires you?
10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?