Sunday, December 27, 2015

Folks We Oughta Know – The December Version

     On a semi-regular basis, a post is dedicated to the Indie Folk genre. It’s been more than two months since the last Folk post, so this one is overdue. Welcome to the December installment of the series. To qualify for this post, the song only needs to have a Folk feel. 
     Woodlock is a trio based in Yarawonga, Australia. The members are Ezekiel Walters (guitar, vocals) Zechariah Walters (guitar, vocals) and Bowen Purcell (percussion). "Sirens" is the title track of their EP. 
      "Sirens" by Woodlock

     “Running Away” by The Royal Foundry starts as if it’s the background music of a video game – perhaps with a frog trying to cross a busy street. But then the vocals carry us to a more worthwhile endeavor. The Royal Foundry is the wife-and-husband team of Jared and Bethany Salte of Sherman Park in Alberto, Canada.
     “Running Away” by The Royal Foundry (currently a free download)

      The vocals of Jack and the Bear are unconventional, but that’s the way we like ‘em.
Question: "Who's Jack and who's the Bear?"
Answer: “Jack is a cocker spaniel owned by the lead trumpet player (Christina) and Bear is an acronymn representing the first four original members of the outfit. (B:Brandon, E:Evan, A:Adam, R:Ryan (Reggie).
     "Riddles in the Dark” by Jack and the Bear (from Bolles Harbor, Michigan)

     “Straight Lines” may not be Folk, technically. It is has that Folk feel that qualifies the song for this post. The band is East Love from New York. Members are Robbie Fink, Lukas Effman, Alex Goldstein, Alex Utay, Andy Koehler and David Berliner.
       “Straight Lines” by East Love (it's the second half of the song that is infectious)

     Found Audio is indeed the name of the band. They are John Bragg (vocals, guitar), Denny Kennedy (drums), Peter Omalyev (bass, vocals), Joe Bouchard (keys/synth, vocals) and Brendan O'Brien (banjo, vocals). Found Audio is based in Allston/Boston, Massachusetts.  
      “Carnival” by Found Audio

     A banjo and a horn – that’s the combination!  Albatross is the performance name of Adam Stockdale of Nashville, Tennessee.
     “Game of Love" by Albatross

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