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What’s Hot: Steve Folk, Cat Rescue Hero, 21st Century Donovan

September 15, 2013 in Great British Brands
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Steve Folk, Modern Day Troubadour

Steve Folk, a modern day troubadour. Portrait By Jo Monck

Music is as important to me as breathing. I like my music to hijack my heart and make me yearn to play the same songs over and over again, until they are hard wired to my brain.
Steve Folk is that man. One day in May, I listened to Folk’s rich, ethereal, beautifully crafted album Ramble, and I felt like Alice. Suddenly, I had tumbled down the rabbit hole into a lush, lovely, kaleidoscopic world where the urban fox, city slickers, net curtains and yellow tractors all jostle for attention. Folk is like a Beat Poet. What he has to stay lingers and makes you think. He’s a protest singer in the finest tradition; but he does it with such elegance, gentleness and charm.

Watch My Interview with Steve Folk for Ethical Hedonist TV Here:

 

 

Steve Folk on his narrowboat, in conversation with Alison Jane

Steve Folk on his narrowboat, in conversation with Alison Jane. Picture Jo Monck

The wistful, heartbreaking beauty of Steve Folk’s songs reminds me of the sixties singer songwriter, Donovan. In fact, I danced around the house, which is absolutely de rigueur, when music is this good. Folk is a 21st Century wandering troubadour, and let me tell you this man is going to make folk music hip again, along with the whole Mumford and Sons back to the sixties phenomenon.
But this isn’t folk music lost in the mists of time and tradition. This is music that takes dead aim at the world of 2013 and then delivers an intoxicating escape route. Folk, who used to be called Blabbermouth, because he is not shy of admitting he is a ‘Crazy man with too many thoughts to hide’ – loves London, but equally, he likes to sing songs that have that rare ability to distil the fragile beauty of nature and make us question our commitment to taking care of it. What makes this album truly great is that he has a beguiling foothold in both world’s – the city and the countryside.

Steve Folks, making magical music afloat... Picture Jo Monck.

Steve Folk plays a track from his album -Ramble – where the city magically intertwines with the countryside. .Picture Jo Monck.

On Old Grey London, one of the standout tracks, he compares the city to a lover who has lost her beauty and her charm. It’s heartbreaking stuff. Then, on another track, he catalogues the chickens, the fat cat and the cabbage patch on The Farm We Will Never Have. The album also contains one of the best songs I have ever heard about the allure of the seaside, with Littlehampton – an ode to the place he grew up – all shades of ‘ grey, green, beige and brown’ and where he ‘got laid and paid and will never let the memories fade’. While his song 360 captures the joy of climbing a hill and doing a 360. To me the song reminds us in the sweetest way to be good to ourselves, to stop, and savour the miracle of being alive.
Folk’s songs are like exquisitely crafted poems, and they are by turns – wistful, funny, frank and honest. It all adds up to musical stardust – and I am glad Steve that you changed your name to Folk – You may be a blabbermouth – but I think you are more of a Prince of Folk.

 

Steve captures the push and pull between city life and country life in his beautifully conceived songs. Picture Jo Monck.

Steve captures the push and pull between city life and country life in his beautifully conceived songs. Picture Jo Monck.

 

You can buy Steve Folk’s wonderful, life-affirming album here

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Thans to Jo Monck for taking the atmospheric portraits of Steve – www.jo-monck-photography.co.uk

Watch Steve Playing His Song 360 On EH TV Here:

 

 

Thans to Jo Monck for taking the atmospheric portraits of Steve – www.jo-monck-photography.co.uk

 

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about the author

Alison Jane Reid

Alison Jane Reid - Journalist, Editor & Emerald Princess of Slow, Sustainable Luxury Living - 18 year track record interviewing real icons for: The Times, The Lady, You, The Mirror and Country Life. Now leading her alluring fairtrade, emerald revolution - Don’t Miss Out - Have you joined The Ethical Hedonist set?



One response to “What’s Hot: Steve Folk, Cat Rescue Hero, 21st Century Donovan”

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