Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Pretty Peggy reviewed

  • October 9, 2017

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys - Pretty Peggy

Wow, the reception for Pretty Peggy, the new album from Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys has been exceptional with stunning reviews across the board. You can read some of the highlights below.

If you’ve not heard the new album yet, you can check out some the videos for Greenland Whale, Angeline the Baker and Chasing Shadows here. The album is available now on, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes and you local record shop.

“If this album doesn’t pick up several Folk Award nominations there’s something seriously wrong – it’s as damn near perfect as you can get”Mike Harding

“Amazing, thrilling music”Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radios 2 & 6

“Folk hasn’t rocked this hard since Fairport’s heyday – this album thrillingly captures their live verve, muscle and electricity”Morning Star

“If there’s a better folk album released in 2017 I look forward to hearing it”Folk Monthly

“Eclectic, bold and intriguing – the darkly mystical Shining Ship teeters on Pink Floyd territory. Kelly’s a risk taker but a calculated one – he ticks so many boxes it’s hard to see how he couldn’t appeal to most people”Colin Irwin, fRoots

“Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys are hot property. It’s difficult to think I will hear a better album this year”Shire Folk Magazine

“There are some records that just make me very happy and this is one of them. There are fresh delights at every turn. Sam and his have made one of the albums of the year” ★★★★★ – RnR Magazine

“An excellent album. Dynamic, energetic folk rock – boldly modernised trad songs and originals”Songlines

“Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys have produced one of the folk albums of the year. They breathe new life and vigour into traditional songs and add their own to create a perfect mix of folk with a modern edge”Get Ready To Rock

“It’s clear from Pretty Peggy that Sam Kelly and his merry band seem set to challenge the paradigm that young music fans seeking to be cool would never be seen at the same gig as their parents. His is a talent set to shine brighter” ★★★★ – Spiral Earth

“He’s nurtured the band he always wanted and achieved goals he once considered unimaginable – and it feels like he’s only just getting started”

“Sam Kelly has unquestionably blazed a trail in the folk field and you get the feeling Pretty Peggy is another seed sown on a significant pathway . The notion of the tricky second album gets blown out of the water”Louder Than War

“Proving that big party bands are no longer the exclusive domain of the Scottish and Irish music scenes , Pretty Peggy has infectious rhythms, soul stirring vocal arrangements, masterful instrumentation and invention – it is easily one of the best albums to come from the ever growing world of youthful folk music”Folk

“Kelly stakes a claim for a Best Album nomination in next year’s Radio 2 Folk Awards”

Jon Boden – Painted Lady Reviewed

  • October 6, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted Lady (10Read some of the highlights from the reviews for Painted Lady, the 10th anniversary re-issue of Jon Boden’s debut solo album.

(Almost) entirely self-penned, ‘Painted Lady’ is a work of considerable ambition and originality that will surprise those expecting a version of Bellowhead’s full-on, euphoric energy. The album features 12 songs written by Boden and is especially notable for its dazzling array of instrumentation, including fiddle, octave fiddle, concertina, banjo, guitars, double bass, Indian harmonium, glockenspiel, electric piano, and perhaps more unusually for a folk artist, Moog synthesiser and drum machine – all of which are played by Jon Boden. The re-issue features three newly recorded bonus tracks including low-fi interpretation of a Whitney Houston classic, ‘I Wanna Dance (with Somebody)’.

“Boden’s schooling in musical theatre is evident throughout Painted Lady – both in the structures of the songs and in the dramatic, bordering-on-histrionic vocal style later honed to maximum effect in the all-conquering context of Bellowhead. The youthful love songs are sweetly delivered, whilst his cast of wanton, dissolute and tragic female characters are storied with compassion rather than cruelty”Folk Radio

“This album may be ten years old but sounds as fresh and exciting as when it was first released”Bright Young Folk

“A handy reminder of the debut solo album from Jon Boden… The re-issue has the added attraction of a couple of extra songs including seeing what he’s done with Whitney’s ‘I Want To Dance With Somebody’”Louder Than War

“a welcome return for the album and a fine reminder of the man’s talents.”Blabber ‘n’ Smoke


Songs of Separation Reviewed

  • January 29, 2016

Songs of SeparationWith the new album out today, we thought it’d be a good time to share some of the stunning reviews that have been coming in for the Songs of Separation album.

You can read some highlights for the online reviews and click site name to be taken to the full review or read the print reviews below (click the images to enlarge).

The Songs of Separation album is available now on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from all good record stores.

“a superlative and essential record, from its initial concept through to the final result; it’s a huge accomplishment by anybody’s standards and all involved have every right to feel justifiably proud of their achievement.”
Folk Radio

“As an introduction to the breadth of female folk talent in England and Scotland you can’t get much better than this album.”

“It’s a wonderful album, soaked in history and tradition but bang up to date… The singers and players excel themselves”
Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

“The harmonies are gorgeous and the lyrics thought-provoking.”
The Telegraph


Songs of Separation – Peer Reviews

  • January 13, 2016

Songs of Separation

The reviews for the upcoming Songs of Separation album have began to come in with some great ones already featured on Folk Radio UK, Fatea and Bright Young Folk. Alongside these, the collective were interested in what their musician pals and peers had to say about the album… so they sent it off to a few people, and have been posting their reviews on the Songs of Separation Facebook page, you can read a selection of the peer reviews below.

Moulettes – Constellations reviewed

  • June 3, 2014

The reviews for the new Moulettes album ‘Constellations’ have started flooding in with Folk Radio describing it as “one hell of a record and one that defies easy comparison.” You can read a selection of the online and print reviews below (click the images to view the larger versions).

“Constellations is one hell of a record and one that defies easy comparison… it’s also playful, fun and immensely enjoyable to listen to.” – Folk Radio UK

“Constellations is a punchy, bolshy creature, replete with a dense polyphony of sound and harmony.” – For Folk Sake