Steve Folk – Urban Fox

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Urban Fox is the new single from Steve Folk (AKA Steve Thompson of Blabbermouth), a song which travels the senses and emotions whilst transporting them on a peaceful stroll through descriptive warm embraces. The track like its author’s lifestyle, he and his wife travelling the waterways on their roaming canal boat, is a picturesque and passionate narrative with a simplicity which seduces and plays with the affections.

With a trio of albums behind him, two via Hobgoblin Records and the third a self-release on his own Blabbermouth Records, Folk has graced countless festivals such as the Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Crawley Folk Festival, and Wadebridge Folk Festival, played across the UK as well as performed in the US and many European countries, and supported artists such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Carter, The Magic Numbers, and Show of Hands to name a few. He is also a renowned busker only playing his own material which on the evidence of Urban Folk will be a pleasing attention stealer for all encountering him on the streets.

The single celebrates city life and the need for a retreat, its gentle and infectious descriptive waltz upon the ear painting a beauty which one suspects a great many are blind to these days. Then again that is what people like Steve Folk are here for as well as to excite and ignite the emotions. The song sways with a smiling energy whilst the guitar crafts its own visual paint box of emotive colours for the listener to casts their own individual imagery from the lyrical palette box offered. It is a lovely little embrace which becomes more contagious with each inspiring hug.

Accompanying the song is a track called Home, a sequel to the lead track which takes the story on with a returning walk to the beginnings of the release, the sultry strings providing a tempting sunset to the guitar and vocals of the artists and its predecessor. The single as a whole is like a day in the smouldering arms of summer, the first song offering the first spring of day moving through its heated afternoon whilst the second brings a closing evening reflection of what came before and appreciation of what the day and narrator has in his heart.

Urban Fox is a great release which will deservedly find a place in the affections of most given the chance.


RingMaster 28/04/2013


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Rodney Branigan: Muddy Jesus

When first reading of the unique guitar style of Rodney Branigan, and especially his ability to play two guitars at the same time or guitar and piano simultaneously, one has to wonder how much is show and gimmick. Upon listening to his new single Muddy Jesus though you just know there is an abundance of imaginative substance to his songwriting and play, the song an absorbing and inviting piece of musical storytelling to dispel any of those rogue thoughts.

Raised in Texas and now based in London, Branigan since making his debut at Hampton Court Palace in 2007 has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg and Jethro Tull, toured with double award winning Show of Hands, and collaborating with Seth Lakeman and Steve Knightley at Glastonbury, to name a few of his highlights. Alongside his music Branigan also spends time and focus on encouraging young people through his part of the Access to Music ‘Band Factory’ team, a project encouraging children to learn directly from the professionals themselves and discover ‘how to be in a band’. His distinct musicianship and skill as well as impressively crafted songs though, has continually drawn growing attention and strong acclaim his way which the new single can only increase.

Muddy Jesus starts with a pulsating bass sound and simple inciteful beats, both aspects resonating within the senses immediately, waking them up fully for the following excellent voice of Branigan. Expressive and openly inviting, his tones bring a flavour and emotive edge to the strong lyrical content, the words easily evoking thoughts and imagery. His guitar play like his vocals, drifts through the ear with firmness and instant engagement, and all these stirring warm steely elements together just makes for a song as a whole a grooved treat to savour. It is a blues/folk delight which with its acoustic atmosphere and warm breath one can only invite deeply inside.

Taken from his forthcoming album, Muddy Jesus is a delicious piece of provocative and finely imagined rock n roll which perfectly shows why Rodney Branigan has become the growing whisper on the lips of so many.

RingMaster 15/09/2012

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