A bevy of Folkstock's female talent has been invited to showcase at the Southbank Centre in London on Friday evening this week. The taster concert will be staged in the Front Room of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a 5.30 sharp start, running for 45 mins.
The booking of 'Folkstock Presents' represents a massive vote of confidence from the programmers at the Southbank for the new champions of emerging folk roots and acoustic music and a nod towards the talent which is coming through the ranks from their new label stable.
No strangers to glowing accolades from our own reviewers for their individual releases, Kelly Oliver, Minnie Birch, Daria Kulesh and Kaity Rae have also all been on the recent compilations released by the boutique label Folkstock Records, as well as our downloadable showcases and the latest Folkstock album is being launched tomorrow, that of a selection of seasonal songs which have the potential to become classics of the future.
'The Christmas Present' includes original offerings from Kaity Rae ( who is on our current 'Attractions' showcase) Zoe Wren ( who was featured on 'Connections' the season before ) Minnie Birch(on last year's 'Watercolours'), John Fardon ( ft Dave Swarbrick) and Daria Kulesh ( also on 'Attractions' with her band KARA). There are a couple of covers/ traditional songs on the album provided by Kelly Oliver, who recently gained BBC Radio 2 play for the track also on the current downloadable showcase, and the release is set to reset the bar with regard to authentic, non cheesy songs to bring cheer this Christmas. Other tracks include a raucous anthem from Garry Smith, a sweet a capella carol from Said the Maiden and the warm rich voice of 'new boy' on the Folkstock horizon, Pete Guy.
The four Hertfordshire musicians are performing from 5.30 - 6.15pm ahead of a female focussed seminar in The Purcell Room at the venue as part of the Southbank's Web We Want Festival.
Entry is free to this special showcase, and it is part of Mastercard 's 'Just the Tonic' series held every Friday at the Southbank.
I hope they get a lot of support from the music loving community as 'Folk' music being presented to a mainstream audience at a respected venue such as The Southbank is surely A GOOD THING !
More information from www.folkstockartsfoundation.com
Here is the link to the event on the Southbank website http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/folkstock-presents-1000711
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