Laura J Martin
Recently recieving rave reviews from the likes of Uncut, Q, The Sunday Times, and The Independent We would say that Laura J Martin is a pretty unique young artist. It is a grand statement, we agree, but certainly weve yet to come across another flute wielding, piano playing, mandolin toting singer-songwriter. Not only does she compose and play all the parts of her music, but also produces the songs too she is indeed a one-lady-band for the 21st century.
She is haunted by, and slightly obsessed with; Lalo Schifrin, Japanese folklore, Jethro Tull and Woodie Guthrire, and counts Madlib, Neil Young, Devendra Banhart, Wu Tang Clan and David Bowie among her influences. Her music displays an ingenuity and passion for appealing, yet intricate composition, encompassing aspects of traditional folk with a more up to date electronic twist. All in evidence, when she takes to the stage armed with trusty flute, mandolin, microphone, a loop station and no small amount of talent! Laura released her debut 7 Doki Doki in 2008 and has been steadily crafting her own space in the UK music scene ever since. Look out for her incredible live show at this years festivals and more releases coming soon.
ROB DA BANK: Laura J Martin is one of the freshest dudes out there....musically gifted, addictive and sodding brave please make sure you buy her records and most importantly see her live!'
"Laura J Martin just upped the ante in the lady flautist stakes. When she first came into my studio with Jonny (Euros Childs and Norman Blake) I expected her contribution to be some attractive pleasant brass flourishes. How wrong can one be? She looked like she was trying to wrestle the thing to the floor. She's no flautist - she's a FLUTE WRANGLER! Nothing short of brilliant. More Tull than Galway for sure... and she can sing like an angel and play the Mandolin too... that's why I don't like her. In fact I HATE her. I HATE LAURA J MARTIN... YOU HEAR ME!?"
"Martin was a revelation: captivating oozing talent and looking genuinely thrilled to be playing...prodigiously accomplished on the flute mandolin and piano...with a firecracker stage presence and an affable personality, her set was a showcase for an artist in bloom. Martin's future looks very bright indeed."
"Hangman Tree is a charming alt. slow-jam for a weird and lazy summer's day. Kind of like Architecture in Helsinki injected with good old-fashioned English eccentricity." Paul Rafferty, Hot Club De Paris
"From a strange planet far far away Laura J Martin travelled with her magical
voice and flute - luckily for our Earth ears she chose to make our planet
her home, sharing her fantastic cosmic sounds with us all." The Simonsound
"Watching her on stage, wielding her flute with the swiftness and precision of a warrior using a samurai sword, you cant quite believe that something so light and delicate can beat its wings so fast. But she does, and we can only stand in awe." Amelias Magazine
"She's quite brilliant trilling and looping her voice and various instruments (such as mandolin, xylophone and flute) into an intriguing, delicately layered sound that may be unique; despite clear influence from Jethro Tull and Kate Bush, Ive not seen a performer quite like her." For Folks Sake
"Telling tales of heartbreak and wonderment, this gent takes you on a journey with dark, whimsical lyrics and delicate melodies that rise and fall with a deceptive power. Andrew Butler will lead you through his world, intelligently bearing all and holding nothing back." - We Write Lists
"This fellow writes exquisite, intricate, romantic songs that swoop and soar about the place with a deceptive power" - For Folk's Sake
Growing up reading the lyrics and liner notes of dusty old records have left Andy Oliveri nothing but a storyteller. Echoing the spirit of Neil Young and Bonnie Prince Billy, he writes simple folk songs with his heart on his sleeve and words from a bared soul. Evident in the stripped back arrangements of tracks such as My Fathers Son and What Im Told, the fragility in his voice and guitar allow the songs to breathe, with no overblown arrangements to mask the sentiment.
After a succesful run of shows to close the year and a single due through istartedthefire Records in the Spring, Oliveri looks set to be a great force within UK folk in 2012.
Check out a rough 'bedroom' demo of 'Balance Upon a Rope' above and keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date info.
Francis and Boyd
Bursting onto the London scene with songs about Greek mythology and WaterShip Down, Francis & Boyd are bringing something new and fresh to your ears. This seven piece folk outfit from Chichester use a parade of instruments ranging from banjo to
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Date: 10th Apr 2012 7:30pm
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