9 January 2015, 15 January 2016


GentleFolk formed in 2014 from singers & players who met at our Singarounds . They play pastoral folk songs about the woodland, and tell tales of London too.

They are:

George (previously Nigel) Hoyle on guitar and voice, Elizabeth Forrester on shruti and voice, Sarah Lloyd on fiddle and voice and Ian Kennedy on cello, giant tin whistle, flute, bodhran & voice.

Gentlefolk have played in a variety of woodland settings, several cemeteries, at a reservoir, the bar at Cecil Sharp House, the Golden Hinde, RSPB nature reserves, strawberry picking farms, & in numerous folk clubs & pubs.

Stick in The Wheel have described them as “a psychedelic folk Steely Dan” and Rory from New Roots promotions says they are “as if Mercury Rev were an English folk band.” Meanwhile, comedian Stewart Lee describes them as “Good” 😀

Gentlefolk’s  first album, Into The Greenwood, is out now, and gaining excellent reviews!

“Charming and mesmeric” –  The Guardian

“Engagingly idiosyncratic” – Prog

“Genuinely and gently joyous” – Fatea Records

“Calls to mind the Incredible String Band” – R2

“Perfectly epitomises folk music in principle and execution” – Sonic Bandwagon

“Begrudge not their joy” – fRoots  (we like that one 😀 )

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