For UK bookings and info conact Nick Gibbs:
50 The Banks
07795 200 445 (mob)
For German bookings and info please contact:
Wizard of Words
Michael & Julia Riedel
45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr
(+49) 208 - 4390873
Please find below links to biogs, hi res images and stage plans:
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Live poster (trio)
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Artistic poster (all)
Welcome to the world of FolkLaw!
Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping,
your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping!
Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven
with distinctive vocal harmonies, mandola and guitars, as FolkLaw
deliver a subtle reflective social commentary within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies.
FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics,
engaging on-stage banter, and an energized stage performance is guaranteed.
In the words of Banbury Folk Festival "One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage"!
"Smokey Joe" is FolkLaw’s third studio album, released in the Summer of 2016. Released on
Fiddle of 8 Records, "Smokey Joe" is lighter than FolkLaw's previous albums, with less anger at the world and a real passion for life in the lyrics. The social reflection is still there but much more subtle than previous releases
and it's a feel-good album through and through, being described as "Stylish passionate folk rock" by R2, "Outstanding and Evocative" by FATEA, and "a milestone of folk music" by FolkWords magazine.
"The Tales That They Tell" (2012) was FolkLaw's second studio album
- an ascerbic politically commentary which held no punches, and cutting fiddle riffs to match
leading fRoots to describe it as
"Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite". The album was well received in the Folk music press, being
described as "full of passion" (R2) and "a touch of magic" (Bright Young Folk).
"Nations Pride" (2010) was a debut solo album which launched the FolkLaw project.
of self-penned songs from Nick on fiddle, vocals and guitar, with Gaz backing on percussion.
Some of the tracks became well-loved FolkLaw favorites and have been
played at over 300 gigs in the past few years. The song Green Valleys (a commentary on the decline of Welsh industry) went on
to win awards including semi-finalist in the UK song-writing contest. A few Nations Pride CDs are
still available by mail order in the back-catalogue.
Since forming in 2009, FolkLaw have played over 300 concerts at arts centres, folk clubs and festivals, including the main stages of the Great British Folk Festival, Monmouth Festival, Lichfield Festival of Folk, Banbury Folk Festival and Swanage Folk Festival, supporting artists such as Seth Lakeman, Ade Edmondson, Hayseed Dixie and the Wurzels. In the 10 years prior to FolkLaw, Nick and Gaz performed with the Bleeding Hearts across Europe and North America, supporting folk legends such as Shane Macgowan, the Oysterband and the Levellers
CD review Quotes
"Premium quality folk rock" - FolkWords
"Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite...
...imagine Show of Hands with a new wave ethic!" - fRoots
"impressively wild fiddle.... full of passion" - R2
"A fine album" - Dai Jeffries - Folking.com
"Refreshingly different" - Stirrings
"Like an acoustic New Model Army" - FolkWorld.de (on Nation's Pride)
"Folk-rock with a dash of punk attitude!" - FolkWorld.de (on The Tales That They Tell)
"Fantastic!" - Stroud FM
"more relevant than a million love songs" - FolkCast radio
"heartfelt conviction, tight harmonies and well crafted arrangements" - ReadiFolk Radio
"new-age folk with guts and presence" - David Kidman - www.netrhythms.co.uk
"blistering musicianship... ...edgy and upbeat" - Severn FM
"packed full of energy and virtuosic playing"- Bright Young Folk
"That's got a bit of oomph! Lovely stuff!" - Genevieve Tudor - BBC Shropshire
"Brilliant band - reminds me of the Levellers" - Johnny Coppin - BBC Gloucester
"Proper folk!" – Gary Hazlehurst - Stafford FM Folk Show
Live review Quotes
"a mighty 'Wall Of Folk'... ...warm, sincere and engaging" - Square Roots Promotions
"One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage" - Banbury Folk Festival
"acrobatic fiddling!" - Lymm Festival
"Terrific! - Forest of Dean Folk Club
"A great show!" - Brownshill Festival
"an exciting and provoking up-beat Celtic style of folk!" - M@C festival
"one of the highlights of the festival... ...get along and enjoy this band when you can!" - Bob Ford, Wessex Folk Festival
Since it's release in September 2016 Smokey Joe has received radio play far and wide, across the UK, Europe and North America, including
BBC Radio Shropshire - Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk,
BBC Radio Gloucester - Johnny Coppin's show,
Dapper FM (Dave Chamberlains acoustic routes),
Nova FM with Gary Hazlehurst,
Blues and Roots Radio,
Severn FM (Alex Huskisson's Mystery Train),
West Norfolk Radio,
Triangle FM (Chris arscotts folk and acoustic show),
MacSlons Irish Pub Radio- (Germany),
Folk n Roots Radio - (Canada)
FolkLaw - contributors
Nick 'FolkLaw' Gibbs - Singer songwriter, Vocals and Fiddle
- Singer songwriter crazed acrobatic fiddler and the founder of FolkLaw. In the years before forming FolkLaw, Nick performed with the Bleeding Hearts
- a hard-edged folk rock outfit with great songs and mountains of energy. Those years took in tours across Canada, Austria,
Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and the Czech Republic, in front of major festival audiences, tv and radio, through to intimate
folk clubs and local music venues. "Every gig is special in its own way"... "sometimes it's the crowd,
sometimes the venue, sometimes even the pre-gig food or the scenery on the long drive to the gig. At the end of the
day it's about enjoying what you do and getting the music out there, to people who really appreciate it.". Nicks time
with the Hearts saw him supporting some great bands,
including The Levellers, Across the Border,
The Damned, Lack of Limits, The Darkness,
Shane Macgowan and The Popes
Before the Bleeding Hearts, Nick played with Nottingham ceilidh favorites Pigs in Clover, the infamous Irish outfit Green-side-up, Bristols own
Soulicit and also spent time entertaining the French restaurant circuit tinkling the ivories on the old Joanna. Top notch.
Bryn Williams - Vocals, guitars, mando, and bohdran
Bryn provides the driving guitar, low BVs in the FolkLaw sound, adds traditional songs into the mix
and brings a bit of charm in the rhythm section.
He's also known to get himself into the odd pickle now and again,
which keeps life interesting and provides
a good selection of stories for the road.
He also runs the FolkLaw FaceBook
and FolkLaw Twitter,
and is the man behind the UK music promotions company
BWM Promo. He also runs BWM Promo Stage and Sound
which comes in useful no doubt , but we don't mind singing acoustic round a campfire.
Prior to FolkLaw, Bryn was the singer and guitarist in
the Gloucester folk outfit Miss Fiddler.
Gaz Hunt - Percussion, and BVs
Gaz drums like an express train carrying the first class mail on the Flying Scotsman
for the queen and sings harmonies octaves higher than a young Aled Jones mingled in with the occassional Gillan scream.
When Gaz is on stage
you're guaranteed a few more songs in the set and watch fingers blur before your eyes as Gaz
powers through the set in search of a Guiness. Before joining FolkLaw, Gaz was for 15 years the percussive power house
behind UK Folk Rockers the Bleeding Hearts, the very band where Nick first met Gaz way back in 1999.
Before those heady days Gaz used to drum with Wurzel
from metal legends MotorHead and has more claims to fame than we can recount
including being asked to bite the head off a bat during an
audition for a well known Goth Metal band. Luckily some of those experiences have scared him in to playing acoustic folk and we're glad he's
come through his metal days unscathed.
Martin Vogwell - Bass, Madolin, Guitars and BVs
The exceptionally talented guitarist that is Martin Vogwell completes the line-up for the big stage gigs. A
talent beyond compare, his driving bass and intricate guitar work lock in with Gaz to bring the songs alive.
It's fair to say that Gaz and Martin have a lot in common,
a strong belief in local produce, keep their own chickens and have a thoughtful outlook on life. They're the sort of quiet and unassuming
characters that it takes many a year
to really get to know, and as the folklaw rhythm section they're the perfect antidote to the sometimes exuberant front-of-stage shenanigans.
In past lives you may have seen Martin touring the UK with the Blues Brothers Reloaded, and more recently you'll find him
hanging out at the folk festivals with his duo
Lyndon Webb - Guitars and Sound
Joining us for the big headline gigs on mandolin and guitars and seen frequently lurking
behind the sound desk is the man Lyndon Webb. Lyndon adds a finesse to the FolkLaw sound
and is a phenomenal all-round musician for whom instruments sparkle and jump into life
at his touch. Lyndon engineered for us at monmouth festival and
the forest of dean folk club among many others
and is the main man in the studio behind the recording and mixing
of Smokey Joe and the Tales That They Tell at Victoria Est Studios. In other guises Lyndon plays with Stuart Earl in the
My Name Is Earl duo, the fabulous Jigantics
and at least 6 other bands, which is why you only see him on stage with us on those special occassions!
And some other fantastic people....
Many people have helped us along the way, support us, champion our cause, pick us up when we're down and help to make FolkLaw
what it is today. Just some of those people
are Marty Fitzgibbon, Adam Benyon and Tom Dunkley on percussion, Jon Dowling on bass,
some fantastic photographers including Cello, Steve Fearn, Ned Gibbons, Martin Bailey Reynolds and of course
including Katie Thomas of CC Photography who succeeded in getting the
FolkLaw union jack fiddle
into Peppers Art Gallery. There's also many promotors of real music who've helped us along the way including Michael and Julia from Germany,
our good friend Jan,
Pete Watkins of Hook Norton,
Scotty Gordon of Oxford,
Mark Cole of Gloucester,
Sian Phillips of Bloxham,
Alfie Kingston of Bristol, Bob Ford of Wessex Folk Festival, Derek and Mary of Banbury Folk Club and many many more, plus all the other fantastic Festival and Folk club organisers
all of whom devote their time to the music scene and help us to live our dreams