Various - What the Folk Volume 2 (3 stars)

What the Folk Volume 2

(Butterfly Recordings)


Following up Butterfly’s acoustic-only debut compilation of 2006, 15 funky folksters set about proving that it’s not just musty fiddling men and wizened warbling dames who can cut the folky mustard. At times, the jumpers do get a bit woolly, the garlands appear overly unkempt and the stench of parsley is virtually overpowering but then some modernistic saviours come along.

So, praise be to Nic Dawson Kelly with his wailing Devendra-isms of ‘Come Around, My Dear’, Indigo Moss with their mournfully melodic ‘A Hill Far, Far Away’, the pagan improv of The Dillletentes’ ‘Everytime is the First Time’ and Chapel of Dreams with ‘Always Tomorrow’ which wouldn’t be an ill-fitting addition to any David Lynch soundtrack.

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