Community and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do here at Folklore Sessions, so we were thrilled to participate in a takeover swap with Brazil’s biggest folk website FolkdaWorld on Instagram last week. For seven days we sent the sounds of our favourite UK artists straight to the ears of FolkdaWorlds followers and in return, we were lucky enough to be introduced to some of the finest folk artists from Brazil and Portugal. From the prolific to the hidden gems- we've definitely found some new favourites amongst them.
This Brazilian artist left his hometown in 2015 for a season in Dublin, to immerse himself in its famous music scene. It wasn’t long before he won an invitation to record at Coffee Hill Studios, a performance at The National College of Art and Design and began building a loyal following. For fans of Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and all things authentically contemporary folk. Check him out now and learn more about his work.
Brazilian artist Phillip Longman takes inspiration from Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Damien Rice and Bon Dylan. With several records under his belt since 2011 there are some incredible tracks to pick from, including ‘Grace’ which has surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Learn more about him via his socials and add this incredible artist to your catalogue. A wonderful new find for us here at Folklore HQ.
Marinho's debut single ‘Ghost Notes’ is a statement of intent that slowly reveals itself to be her own emotionally intense take on modern day romance and making amends with past and future loves. Having released her debut album ‘~’ earlier this year it takes you through an Americana and indie folk journey with leanings towards Jess Williamson and Lucy Dacus. A wonderful talent that deserves your attention - follow her on her journey now.
An artist that hasn’t been prolific with releases, but those that are out are stunning folk tracks that definitely want us leaving more. Benjamin Existe's most popular release to date is ‘Spark’ with a voice which in places reminiscent of Jonsi and production that wouldn’t be out of place on a Damien Rice record, and the promise of new material on the way, we strongly encourage you to check out his work.
Horses and Joy
Comprised of Beatriz Tucci and Felipe Duarte, Horses and Joy take influence from The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and The Milk Carton Kids. With their truly authentic late 60s/early 70s sound it’s clear to see why as they strive to preserve the nostalgic and, for many, life-changing sound of the great ones that came before us. A truly special duo that demand your attention.
At only 19 years old, the Portuguese songstress is already writing work far surpassing her years. ‘I Don’t Like Tea’ immediately had us hooked with beautiful melodies twisting around each other as the vocal lead soothes you with an almost eerie undertone. Ethereal and dreamy, Mathilda is definitely an artist to watch out for in 2020.
Daniel Kemish is a British-born, Portuguese artist. Daniel has covered over 100,000km in touring recently, performing a full UK tour as well as shows across the US. His Americana/folk sound immediately draws you in with a vocal that hits straight to your core, we eagerly await new material, with ‘Trouble Girl’ being our pick of his tracks so far due to its particularly luscious electric guitar. Check him out now on his socials and follow his journey.
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