In a few years time, I’m pretty sure that 2009 will be remembered as the year that folk music became popular. Bands like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes have appeared on music blogs, websites and magazines from all over the world. Hell, Bon Iver is even appearing on the New Moon soundtrack(vomits). Hopefully this sudden interest in folk music will lead to some of the lesser known bands and artists getting the attention that they deserve.
I’ve been meaning to write about Scottish singer-songwriter Beerjacket for ages, but I kept getting distracted by promo emails, old punk bands coming to Australia and lots and lots of schoolwork.
Beerjacket is Scottish singer-songwriter Peter Kelly. In a genre that contains a ridiculous amount of artists doing the same kind of thing, he stands out from the pack by creating seemingly simple songs by often using nothing expect his wispery voice and an acoustic guitar. He is often compared to Elliot Smith and it is very easy to see why.
Today I’ve posted his beautiful cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, and I also recommend giving his original stuff a listen. I perosnally garuntee that you will enjoy it.
He also has a bunch of mp3s avaliable on his last fm page.