Folkfinds: Loran Otzer’s “Martello Tower” (Joined by SPRuNG!)

Loran Otzer

Loran Otzer is a talented though humble Italian sing-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist equally enamored of country, pop, folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. His quirky lo-fi productions frequently call all those to mind, but filtered through the immediacy of Gilberto Gil (whom Loran claims never to have heard) – just, well, Italian. … → read more

Folkfinds: Gratton’s “Winter’s Wisp”

Gratton

Kurt Plahna of Milwaukee records under the name Gratton and divides his efforts on Soundcloud between experimental music, remixes, and some of the prettiest fingerpicking compositions you’ll find. He owes a clear debt to Kottke, Fahey and others, but manages to sound unique on either 12 or 6 strings as … → read more

Folkfinds: Cadence and Nathan’s “Canmore”

Cadence and Nathan

Picking up from last week’s family act thread, folkfinds this week directs your attention to Edmonton, Canada brother-sister band Cadence & Nathan. Each writes and sings; their work has the intimacy you’d expect of a family band, balanced with a catchy folk-pop feel and enhanced by low-key acoustic full-band arrangements. … → read more

Folkfinds: Chris Okunbor’s “Jitterbug Swing”

Chris Okunbar

For our first blues post, we visit Chris Okunbor, fittingly from Australia’s Blue Mountains. Chris is a gifted songwriter, understated singer and wicked multi-instrumentalist with catholic tastes and a penchant for inspired and creative collaborations. While her musical DNA contemplates sean nos, country, British balladry and folk-rock, Chris’s forte and … → read more

Folkfinds: Fernando Gonzalo and John Eagle’s “1936”

Hailing from Barcelona, singer-songwriter Fernando Gonzalo is a long way from the US but fell in love early with American country-folk styles. His own recordings aim for a sound and imagery that is authentic both to the styles he loves and to himself. While Fernando, currently busy with his band … → read more

Folkfinds: John Delk’s “A Gallon At A Time”

John Delk

Tennesseean John Delk only began recording his songs within the past few years, but we’re lucky he did. The region around his home features heavily in his songs, but perhaps surprisingly he avoids any stereotypical regional musical categorizations, instead mining a quiet, moderately country-folk core. His minimal, strummed-guitar-based accompaniment and … → read more

Folkfinds: Johnny Minstrel’s “I Walked The Old Trade Route”

Johnny Minstrel

South African Pravinand Maharaj, aka Johnny Minstrel, is a pillar of the Soundcloud folk community, writing great songs and recording several of them in collaboration with other artists he meets there. As his name might suggest, his songs can have a bit of a hobo mystique, but he also blends … → read more

Folkfinds: Rob Clamp’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Allan”

Rob Clamp

We’ve visited the UK’s thriving old-time scene before, but for our first trip to Scotland we visit multi-instrumentalist Rob Clamp. Rob focuses his musical attentions on his Scottish and American heritage. His original ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Allan,’ written for his grandmother, is a lovely and straightforward waltz which … → read more

Folkfinds: Pepilune’s “Old Joe Clark Est Vraiment Vieux”

Pepilune

Continuing around the world for old time’s sake, Folkfinds visits northern France this week and the quirky band Pepilune. A grassroots outfit, Pepilune busks and shares their music with their community; they also construct and sell awesome handcrafted instruments – cigar box guitars, diddley bows, and banjos – made from … → read more

Folkfinds: Jack and Mark Laskey’s “Old Man Can Your Dog Catch A Rabbit”

Our old-timey trip around the world brings us back to the US. With Father’s Day coming up, a reminder that folk music frequently starts in the family comes to us from banjo player Jack Laskey and his dad Mark. Jack can be heard in & around Bloomington IN playing for … → read more