PREVIEW: Folks @ Hare & Hounds, Feb 5th


Kicking off our February resurgence, Manchester born blues rock six piece – or Folks as they preferred to be called, are coming to the Hare & Hounds on Feb 5th.

In actual fact, they’re coming back – to Birmingham at least, having supported Band of Skulls at the Institute last December.

But this time Folks are on their first headline tour of the UK, kicking off in Leeds yesterday (Jan 30th), following with Liverpool tonight (Jan 31st), and playing venues from London to Sowery Bridge until mid Feb.

Likened to The Black Crows, The Stones, and even ‘a touch of Ocean Colour Scene’, Folks mainly deliver a raw, retrospective, blues/indie rock reportage. Although personally their second single, ‘Say Something’, reminds me of Jellyfish; with its predecessor, ‘Skull & Bones’, heavily reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age.

Folks have been heralded as ‘up and coming’, ‘hotly tipped’ and ‘emerging’ by much of the music press, but the BBC introduced them online in 2005 – citing ‘a cover of The Bee Gees track ‘On Time’ for the album ‘Ten From Ten’, released on Concrete Recordings.’

Their debut album, ‘I See Cathedrals’, was released in October last year – having been recorded in both London and L.A., with Folk’s first two singles set sail on the run up.

But, after an initial Internet search, there’s not much more on Folks. Their website biog is just a list of band members, with even less information on their MySpace page; leaving only a few online interviews to fill in the blanks.

Imagine it, a band without a detailed homepage, YouTube channel or extensive Twitter account… this must be how musicians lived in the dark ages. Or early 90’s.

But signed to Ignition Records, the recently launched label from Ignition Management – the team managing most of the Gallagher’s group and solo personas, Folks have some pretty heavy weight support behind them.

And having already opened for High Flying Bird’s, Miles Kane and We Are Augustines, Folk’s are unlikely to be stage shy as the headline across the UK; with Birmingham getting it’s chance to find out first hand on Feb 5th.

Folks play the Hare & Hounds on Feb 5th – with support from Cat Chinn & The Van Cortlandt Rangers.

For info/tickets on this, and other gigs from Birmingham Promoters, visit

For (kind of, sort of) more on Folks, visit