Meanwhile, beyond the glitz and glamour of awards ceremonies, the excellently named West Country folk band Sound of the Sirens have released their new album This Time today. In February the following albums will also be available for your listening pleasure:
Cherry Glazerr, Stuffed & Ready, 1 February Gemma Ray, Blossom Crawls, 15 February Lily & Madeleine, Canterbury Girls, 22 February Julia Jacklin, Crushing, 22 February Susanna & The Brotherhood of Our Lady, Garden of Earthly Delights, 22 February
Artist touring schedules continue apace, with the following people touring in February:
Pop goddess Maggie Rogers, and up and coming electro pop artiste Georgia. The slyly subversive Self Esteem, the new project of Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor, will also be on tour in March. All three would be my personal top picks to see live in February and March. My other top pick, but alas only for London-based folk, would be an intriguing new songwriter, Gazel, who has a showcase gig at London St Pancras Church on 27 February. If you’d like a taste, do check out her track ‘Mina’s Hymn’ on YouTube.
Looking ahead to the summer, Lauryn Hill has two UK festival dates planned, one in June, one in July. She will perform at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Friday 21 June as part of the Nocturne Live concert series. Also on the bill will be Laura Mvula and Mahalia. She will then be headlining the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Glynde, East Sussex on Sunday 7 July.