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Joyce The Librarian to release LP, 'They May Put Land Between Us', on 3 December

Album release:  They May Put Land Between Us by Joyce The Librarian
Release date: 3 December 2012
Label: Folkwit Records
Listen: on Bandcamp

“Lovely” Lauren Laverne
“We’ve been excited about JTL’s twinkly folk for sometime now…” For Folk’s Sake
“A really, really good record…” Gideon Coe
“Joyce The Librarian are awesome.” Simon Raymonde (Bella Union)
“jaunty folk picking, it leaves a sweet aftertaste” - Clash 

Over 30 BBC Radio 6, BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 2 plays in October / November.

Joyce The Librarian are a cultured group of varied heritage based in Bristol, England. None of them are called Joyce, nor do they work in libraries. 

Pigeonholed loosely between folk and indie, they have caused a genuine stir on the acoustic scene, winning fans from a variety of key underground sources and in 2012, they’re set to win a lot more. The enthusiastic and wonderfully eclectic Jen Long played material from their debut EP, and from simply sending out a few records themselves, the likes of For Folk’s Sake, Thank Folk For That and Subba Cultcha also wrote kind words on these, their earliest efforts. 

From here and despite their unsigned status at the time, Euros Child, the oddball songsmith previously of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, took the band on their first UK tour at the end of 2011. That successful tour was swiftly followed by a series of months holed away and working on their debut full length, They May Put Land Between Us. The album, a mix of old and new material, will be released nationwide on Folkwit Records this November. These stripped back recordings have a warm, organic feel about them that comes from taking on most of the production duties themselves and is only enhanced by the mix and master work done by Ali Chant (M Ward, PJ Harvey, Gruff Rhys, Perfume Genius).

The first single from this record, Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You, sums up Joyce The Librarian’s songwriting. Showcasing honest, personal and acutely melodic songwriting, there is no pretence or allusions to passing trends. There are traditional elements while alluding to the new; “Seven Swans”-era Sufjan Stevens, the afformentioned M Ward and Simon and Garfunkel inform the group’s sound but ultimately theirs is entirely one of their own.

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Dead Belgian - Love and Death: The Songs of Jacques Brel

Album Release: Love and Death: The Songs of Jacques Brel by Dead Belgian
Release date: 2 July
Label: Limefield Records

Otherworldly and wonderful. Alternating between French and English, singer Fionnuala Dorrity sings the songs as Brel did - coquettish during ‘Madeleine’, passionate in ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ and tortured in ‘Au Suivant’.  Highlight of the set though was the concluding ‘Le Moribond’, a rousing and upbeat version which will cast out memories of Terry Jacks and Westlife forever.” - The Word

Dead Belgian blew us away with a stunning performance of power, beauty and finesse” - For Folk’s Sake

Dead Belgian are a Liverpool-based band playing the music of Jacques Brel. They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s music with all who would listen. Each member brought their own influences to the band, from European folk to progressive rock, stripping the songs to their bare bones and fattening them up again using a ramshackle drum kit, ukulele, guitar, accordion, saxophone, mandolin, clarinet and flute. Dead Belgian have developed a playful and inventive sound that meshes dense melodic patterns, demonic waves of intensity and passages of sparse frailty with vocals that have drawn comparison to Edith Piaf, Anthony Hegarty and Nico. 

It is a sound unique to themselves while still capturing the beauty, passion and humour of the original work, a rousing and rowdy back-porch reinvention of Jacques Brel’s honest and poetic stories. 

Andy Delamere - percussion, vocals
Fionnuala Dorrity - vocals, guitar, ukulele
Simon James - saxophone, flute, clarinet, mandolin, vocals
Matthew Wood - accordion, vocals

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