The F SpoT

by Friends of Folkstock

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Thanks to Neil King from FATEA for this lovely review :
"Folkstock Records are fast getting a reputation for the quality of their compilation cds. What’s really nice is that they are built around themes, the predecessor to this cut, “Passing The Baton” featured the foundation’s patron, Dave Swarbrick, sharing his internationally renowned fiddle playing with a number of rising bands, whilst “The F Spot” pulls together acts that were involved in the run up to last year’s Folkstock Festival.

“The F Spot” kicks off with a track that sees Zoe Wren step up to the microphone and really deliver. “Pandora’s Box” immediately identifies her as an artist that I want to hear more from. Well the song is delicate, it also has a real strength to it, one that sets a high standard for the following artists and one that has a haunting and hypnotic quality to it.

Luke Jackson is an artist that needs no introduction, not a bad achievement for a lad that has yet to turn twenty and already has two highly respected albums behind him. “Mary May” is a slice of social history turned into a five minute song. Jackson conjures up great images in his songs and this one feels like a black and white, art-house short and as with all the recordings on this release, it’s an original track.

Minnie Birch is another artist that is really starting to spread her wings and come into her own. Her folk oriented songs are rich with pop sensibilities that in years gone by would have seen her gaining late night slots on shows like “Whistle Test” and whilst those opportunities to perform may have gone, songs like “Castle” show that the talent is still out there.

“Butterfly” comes from the pen and vocal chords of Roxanne de Bastion whose debut album last year was incredibly well received across the blogosphere and internet radio. It would seem that the time Roxanne has spent supporting “The Real Thing” has honed her skills with “Butterfly” catching both the mood of the subject and the nature of the insect that inspired it.

Both Marina Florance and Ben Smith have solo releases behind them, but I believe that this is the first time they’ve put out a song together, having previously performed live. “Getting Away” is a highly emotive song, one that brings a lump to the throat and moisture to your eyes as it takes you through the destruction of a relationship and the need to escape the clutter, to find the important things.

“The F Spot” runs quality all the way through it and is definitely worth checking out as there is so much to discover and react to. It’s a great EP full of songs, thoughtfully produced by young producer, Lauren Deakin Davies" Neil King, Fatea.

This distinguished selection of musicians have allowed their original tracks to be compiled for this first special EP from ' Friends of Folkstock' which is released on Folkstock Records. Tracks by Zoe Wren, Luke Jackson, Minnie Birch, Roxanne de Bastion and a duet between Marina Florance and Ben Smith on Marina's song written with Fox Allen.

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released June 25, 2014

Special thanks to Luke Jackson's label Pipe Records for allowing us to include this track on our release. The track was recorded exclusively for us by our producer Lauren Deakin Davies and is not available on any other recordings.

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Folkstock Records UK

Boutique label releasing handpicked singer songwriters from the Folkstock fold.
Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
Except Bright Season by Bright Season - released 31st May 2014
The F Spot by Friends of Folkstock - release date 17th May 2014
Passing the Baton - Swarb and Folkstock friends - 5th April 2014
Debut EP release from Kelly Oliver on 26.11.13. Far From Home
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Track Name: Luke Jackson - Mary May
Well her name was Mary May, she worked till 9 on Friday evenings.
And she’d meet me on the corner to tell me all of her dreams.
Her hair black as a raven, on her shoulders tumbling free.
She said you won’t know what love is boy, til you lose a girl like me.

She, she led me to believe that things were changing
She had my heart wrapped up in her chains
She, would lie to keep me happy
But she left me anyway

Well December rain was falling, and I was waiting on the street
And the days were slowly passing, and I watched those days turn into weeks
She had said, working all day long had left her aching with the need
To pack everything she owned, jump in a car and leave

She, she led me to believe that things were changing
She had my heart wrapped up in her chains
She, would lie to keep me happy
But she left me anyway, left me anyway

I’m tired of shouting at the walls, so tired of spitting in the wind.
Well only, I know how I am feeling
So Ill try forget her name, just try to forget her name
Mary May

Well her name was Mary, she worked till 9 on Friday evenings
And I’m still waiting on this corner, still sat alone with all her dreams
She said, you won’t know what love is boy, till you lose a girl like me.

She told me, you never knew what love was boy
Till you lost a girl like me.
Track Name: Minnie Birch - Castles
We leave you alone, to pick over the bones of an empire
As you self-implode, after nights spent un-weaving your own gold
And she is furious. She wanted to be your undoing
And she is furious. Because you always get there first.

Just look around, who knew they’d build castles here?
And just let it out that your princes fall for thimbles now.
And we are furious. We wanted to be your undoing.
And we are furious. Because you always get there first.

And I will work your fingers to the bone for this one
Because when morning comes you wont be able to guess
That if you set alight to one then they’ll just all burn.
I can promise.


Who knew they’d build castles here?
Who knew they’d build castles here?
You’ll watch your Princes fall for thimbles.
Track Name: Roxanne de Bastion - Butterfly
Butterfly – lyrics
Roxanne de Bastion


To make a Butterfly land on me
It always passes by, flies freely

How can she not know I'd take care?
How can she not know I'd be good for her?

I tried to win your love, but it did go to waste
We get along so well, you must not like my face...

How can she not know I'd take care?
How can she not know I'd be good for her?

With every word I wrote I gave a piece of me
They now stick in my throat, you spat them back at me

How can she not know I'd take care?
How can she not know I'd be good for her?
Track Name: Marina Florance and Ben Smith - Getting Away
We leave you alone, to pick over the bones of an empire
As you self-implode, after nights spent un-weaving your own gold
And she is furious. She wanted to be your undoing
And she is furious. Because you always get there first.

Just look around, who knew they’d build castles here?
And just let it out that your princes fall for thimbles now.
And we are furious. We wanted to be your undoing.
And we are furious. Because you always get there first.

And I will work your fingers to the bone for this one
Because when morning comes you wont be able to guess
That if you set alight to one then they’ll just all burn.
I can promise.


Who knew they’d build castles here?
Who knew they’d build castles here?
You’ll watch your Princes fall for thimbles.