folk

No ordinary folk album

In their four years working together, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have received plenty of recognition and yet are still arguably one of the best-kept secrets in the field of contemporary folk music. Helen G has a listen to the recently released Fire and Fortune and is impressed with the duo's articulate lyrics and breaking down of musical boundaries ...

Stone cold talent

Cazz Blase listens to Valerie June's debut studio album, Pushin' Against a Stone and finds a maturity and ease of style that suggests longevity ...

The thrill of the chase

The Mediaeval Baebe's new album, The Huntress is themed around "female energy". A mix of the classical and traditional folk song, Michelle Drury welcomes it as a return to form for the "choir and band" ...

¿Which Side Are You On?: Ani DiFranco keeps things political

Feminist icon Ani DiFranco has released 17 studio albums over the last three decades and, with Righteous Babe Records in 1990, became one of the first independent artists to launch her own label. Ruth Rosselson listens to her first album to be released in over three years and finds that DiFranco is still not afraid of tackling thought-provoking issues while making us smile and sing along ...