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Diamonds Of A Horse Famine is a lyrically precise and freewheelin’ folk set, reviving a rediscovered notebook. Erotic Thistle contends for folk song of the year

ADAM STAFFORD, Song, By Toad’s rather excellent Falkirk folk guitarist, has just released the title track of his forthcoming LP Diamonds of a Horse Famine for your delectation. And a very fine and atmospheric, dreamstate rattlin’ blues it is. Cop a listen below. It’s another track culled from a notebook of half-finished ideas that Adam …

FALKIRK’S Adam Stafford is one of them; he’s good at stuff. Grrr. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and film-maker, who necessarily has used the purdah of lockdown to create; for what else are our culture’s guiding lights, the creatives, to do? For him it’s proved a creatively fruitful time that has helped him fashion up an entirely …

THE OCCULT poet, painter and writer Ithell Colqohoun advanced the premise in her book, The Living Stones of Cornwall, that your local geology births you as much as nurture and nature.  She felt that the granite of West Cornwall gave rise to a certain hardened, otherworldly, stoicism. And you can see a certain geology at …

YOU’LL never be able to accuse Kevin Allan, the creative force behind Scottish folk outfit Fair Mothers, of dashing off a quick, vapid pop hit for the lulz.  That isn’t to say he isn’t capable – the musicianship he presents is deep and adept; but whereas for some music is a career, for Kevin, it’s …

A TREMULOUS, held guitar note, fed through fuzz and vibrato, with the raw quality of a wire fence shuddering in the wind; a darkly delicate piano arpeggio, as if remembered from the end of sleep. The tune has the quality of a haunted fairground under brooding skies.  And so we’re into the dark world of …

We’ve already lamented the announcement last year that Edinburgh-based Song, By Toad Records was calling it a day. If this is its last release then it’s appropriate that its one of its signature split 12″s. (Although don’t be fooled, it’s a 12-song album.) The idea is simple and speaks to the heart of the label. …

A few days back Matthew Young who runs Song, By Toad Records let slip that he was calling it a day. While a decade of doing anything is a lot and it’s often better for everyone that people move on and do new stuff, Song, By Toad will be missed – not least by me. …

Oh bollocks. I lack the vocabulary to do justice to this record. Any knowledge of minimalism I have is, well, minimal. That BBC4 documentary a few weeks back was enough to whet the appetite and draw out the musical and historical threads between things instinctively liked over the years. From the more direct lines running …

Promo image of Siobhan Wilson for her UK tour

Siobhan Wilson will be embarking on a UK tour in March to showcase the divine songs from her latest album ‘There Are No Saints’. Siobhan Wilson secured her spot on many end-of-the-year lists for 2017, following the release of her acclaimed album – ‘There Are No Saints’ (via Song, By Toad) – back in July. …