The songs of Golden Suits are oddly familiar. It’s something to do with the way he threads classic pop with bare-all folk yarns and rustic beats. Then the penny drops: Golden Suits, aka Fred Nicolaus, is one half of Department of Eagles alongside Daniel Rossen. We spend 30 seconds with Fred - a self-confessed 'less-attractive alternative to Mumford & Sons' - to find out why he used to be addicted to sampling Salman Rushdie.
Blair Dunlop has authentic folk blood running through his veins. As the son of legendary songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention, The Albion Band) he has grown up around traditional acoustic music, picking up all the tools he needs to turn out his own graceful ballads. We caught up with him after soundcheck at the London Folkfest 2013 to record him play Blight & Blossom.