Welcome to Folkroom Records! We’re a sparkling new boutique digital record label looking to fill your ears with the music the makes us happiest. Or saddest, but in a good way. Over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot more from us as we release beautiful EPs, host special one-off gigs, and generally be the welcome face of the London folk universe.
Folkroom Records is a boutique digital record label run by writer and promoter Stephen Thomas, and musician and producer Ben Walker. After attracting the finest of the city’s burgeoning folk scene to the trio’s ‘Folkroom’ gigs, the step to develop a label seemed like a simple decision. Combining their individual skills and shared love of folk music, Stephen and Ben are excited to be bringing some of their very favourite acts to a larger audience.
The label is, like any record label should be, the result of a passion for and dedication to great music. Ben is a renowned guitarist and producer with two albums under his belt and a natural ear for drawing the best from the many musicians he works with. Stephen is the mind behind We Write Lists, a blog selected this year to judge Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, who has written for The Guardian and has been fine picking the best of the UK’s folk crop to play his London gigs since he first moved to the city a little over a year ago.
It was, in fact, these gigs in which the duo first met. The ‘Folkroom’, a fortnightly gig in King’s Cross, started as a way for Stephen to showcase the many talented folk acts he came across through his blog. As it grew and developed, the Folkroom took on a life of its own and became something of a community for the singers and bands passing through.
The aim was to create a place where everyone could feel welcome – the musicians, the crowd, the extensive collection of photographers and designers who were every bit as vital to the Folkroom as the acts that played it. The next logical step was to find a way to share the Folkroom sound with a wider audience, and with both the internet and wealth of abilities at hand, Folkroom Records came to being. Eager to make sure that they always keep their original principles in mind whilst running the label, the boys forged for themselves a manifesto, which can be seen here.
Folkroom Records released their first album in December 2011 – a compilation featuring twelve of the finest bands currently playing the London scene. Since then, the label has released a stack of EPs/albums and a second Anthology. Everything the label has released is available to download now from folkroomrecords.bandcamp.com, where they will also host their other releases.
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