Show and Tell #25 - FolkLaw

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14 January 2018

FolkLaw are an energetic and entertaining acoustic folk-rock band from the Cotswolds, whose vibrant stage show and acrobatic fiddle playing has delighted audiences at festivals and venues across the UK. They will perform at our Live Lunch event on Saturday 10 March.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Taking our narrowboat out on the waterways with a real ale in one hand and Ernie asleep by our feet!

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
Injustice, equality, freedom, and the rights of the common man.

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?
The first thing we do is write it down in a notebook of song ideas.  The idea might be a lyric, or a phrase, a musical riff or chorus hook.  Many times a song will get stuck in development or we might not be able to find other lyrics which match up to the quality of the initial idea – and when that happens we leave the idea in the song book and then pick it up again a few years later!  We have 30 or so finished songs that we’re really happy with, but about 200 part-complete unfinished songs in the book!!

What’s your favourite film and why?
The Wicker Man (1973) – off the beaten track, compelling and chilling! Gaz and Nick watched the Wicker Man for the first time on tour in Germany back in 2003 when we played support act in a different band to the fantastic German folk act Across the Border.  Their lead singer Jochen was obsessed with the film, and had a Wicker Man effigy set up above the sofa in the room where we were sleeping. Very spooky!  Gaz was so freaked out he ended up sleeping in the van!

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Christy Moore – “Ordinary Man”
Across the Border – “Last Crusade”

What is your greatest extravagance?
Getting a cabin on the outbound ferry to Europe!  It seems crazy now, but in the old days we used to drive 12 hours through the night – madness!!

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Knowing that people love the music we create.  When someone sends us an email telling us about a track or album that they’re playing every day on their commute to work, or tell us about a track that’s seen them through a low time, it makes it all worthwhile.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Can you sing fewer words in that line?!”   (our producer Lyndon says this a lot, and he’s pretty much always right!)

Piece of equipment you can’t live without?
Bryn’s bodhran!

What is your final word?
“Knock knock!"

In some of the places we play in Germany people will knock on the table as they enter or leave, as a way of saying hello or goodbye to the whole room rather than each person individually.  On the last tour we saw one lady who was the worse for a few whiskies knock twice before she fell off her bar stool!  So it’s  “knock knock” from us! See you soon.