Manchester-based singer, songwriter and producer Nancy Elizabeth first sprung up during the last great folk revival around seven years ago, armed with a glut of beautifully poetic songs and heart-wrenching vocal harmonies. Her evocative songwriting and virtuoso vocal timbre has been captured across three celebrated albums for The Leaf Label, the latest of which, Dancing, was released this May. The album saw Nancy combine an array of acoustic instruments with electronic computer-based production for the first time.
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.