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Customer Reviews

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I saw Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker at LotusFest 2016 on their first US tour. This duo is impressive. Josienne writes beautiful, melancholic songs that made me happy, such as "The Waning Crescent", and she delivers them with a touch of classical vocal training and with gracefulness. Ben's guitar playing and his arrangements cast her songs in a perfect bouquet. The duo officially scored the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo in 2015. In terms of British Folk, Clarke & Walker channel Sandy Denny & The Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, Nick Drake, Ralph McTell & John Martyn. Songs you must hear from their back catalog include "Homemade Heartache," "Every Tear Means Change," "Silverline," "It Would Not Be A Rose," "Done," and this brand new collection. Buy it. Discover this vital new sound in British Folk! I want to see them again and soon when they come back to the US.

About Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

British folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker began their musical partnership in 2010 with the release of Our Light Is Gone, a delicately arranged and deeply melancholic set that recalled folk icons like Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Joni Mitchell. Though that album was credited to Clarke alone, it served to introduce Walker as her collaborator, arranger, and accompanist. With 2012's Homemade Heartache EP, the now evenly billed duo established themselves in the U.K. folk scene, drawing critical praise and earning the Isambard Folk Award and the FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Fire & Fortune, their debut album, arrived in 2013, followed by more accolades for their mix of originals and traditional fare that also mixed in tones of Americana and classical. Arriving in 2014, the chamber folk offering Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour shone further light on Walker's rich arrangements and Clarke's sweet, bell-like vocals. In 2016, the duo signed with Rough Trade, which quickly issued Through the Clouds, an EP that introduced subtle textures into the duo's sound. The EP also acted as a teaser for their fourth LP, Overnight, which appeared in October of that year. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2012

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