Four on the Floor: The Folk Spectrum

Written by Ali Killian | October 30, 2014

Folk music is typically considered the music of the people. Since groups of people vary from culture to culture, folk music, too, has adapted over the years. Occupying different spots on the folk spectrum, here are four bands who add their own twist to traditional, guitar-loaded folk.


DEMI LOUISE (Boronia AUSTRALIA)
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SXSW 2015 Artist: Demi Louise Demi Louise's sweet voice is a great match for the finger-picking folk-pop the Australian 20-year-old doles out. Demi's take on folk sounds the way a rainy Sunday morning feels: soft and pleasant.
RIYL: Nina Nesbitt, Joni Mitchell

SKINNY LISTER (London UK-ENGLAND)
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SXSW 2015 Artist: Skinny Lister Skinny Lister champions folk's rowdy side. The pub-song-slinging English quintet made a name for itself by touring and hopping around the festival circuit, released its debut album in 2013 and is slated to drop another one come spring 2015.
RIYL: Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys

EAST CAMERON FOLKCORE (Austin TX)
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SXSW 2015 Artist: East Cameron Folkcore More of a collective of artists than a straight-up band, East Cameron Folkcore dresses folky guitars and mandolin with sounds of woodwinds, a cello and rugged lead vocals. With the brash energy of an in-your-face punk band, this Austin group of 10+ musicians sits where punk and folk intersect.
RIYL: Ryan Adams, The Hundred Acre Woods

JARED AND THE MILL (Tempe AZ)
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SXSW 2015 Artist: Jared & the Mill Jared and The Mill play a thoroughly developed style of folk-rock, rich with solid vocal and instrumental delivery. The Tempe, Arizona six-piece has enjoyed a wildly successful couple of years, with no sign of slowing down. The band is set to drop an EP and a full-length in 2015.
RIYL: Alpha Rev, Mumford & Sons

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Photo credits:
Demi Louise photo courtesy of the artist
Skinny Lister photo courtesy of the artist
East Cameron Folkcore photo courtesy of the artist
Jared and the Mill photo courtesy of the artist