Sunday, June 17, 2012

Musical Guests: Rapunzel & Sedayne, Ewan D. Rodgers

Following a successful call for papers we're currently sifting through proposals and finalising the running order for the day - conference programme and booking form available soon! In the meantime, we're very excited to be able to announce the musical guests who will be performing, and in conversation, on the day. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors, Folk Police Recordings, we're thrilled to be showcasing the extraordinary talents of acclaimed artists Rapunzel & Sedayne and Ewan D. Rodgers.

Rapunzel & Sedayne's Songs from the Barley Temple, released last year, received raved reviews and ended up at number 14 on the fRoots 2011 Critics Poll. Perhaps the best introduction to the album, though, comes courtesy of FolkWords: "awe-inspiring." There are plenty of equally glowing reviews on their Folk Police page. Below, to whet your appetite, here's an in-progress version of "The Wagoner's Lad" (from their Soundcloud page):

Ewan D. Rodger's debut From Hull, Halifax and Hell was equally lauded, and ranked in Maverick Magazine’s top 10 albums of 2010: "This is an album which captivated from the first second." His new album, Tomorrow Might Be Monday, is released this month by Folk Police's sister-label, The Northwestern Series. From that album, here's Ewan's version of "East Virginia Blues":

We couldn't be more excited that these incredible musicians are going to be performing songs from the Anthology and talking about its ongoing significance on September 15th. Huge thanks are due to Folk Police, purveyors of some of the most exciting music around, for sponsoring this portion of the day. Hurry to their website and order a copy of their latest release, Weirdlore: Notes from the Folk Underground - guaranteed enjoyment for anyone interested in the Old, Weird America or the New, Weird Britain.