Friday, June 1, 2018

Press Release: Greenrose Faire - Riders in the Night


For immediate release: June 1, 2018

Friendly Folk Records proudly presents Greenrose Faire, Riders in the Night, the fourth studio album of original works by Greenrose Faire. Album features new singles, Never Walk Alone, (2018) and Cold Winds Are Rising (2017).

You can order Riders in the Night on all worldwide digital platforms HERE!
Physical EP can be ordered via: My Music Matters-MT, Dutch Music Works
Naturally, you can order directly from the webshop of Greenrose Faire!

Riders in the Night, has all the well-orchestrated upbeat tempos and melodic ballads that we have come to expect from Greenrose Faire. What sets this album apart from their previous endeavors:   (Beggars and Thieves, Neverending Journey, My Home Is Where My Heart Is, Feed The Flames, and compilation-Decades of Songs and Stories) is the storyline interwoven from first track to last. With lyrics that stress value of friendship and solidarity in a troubled world:  “Riders in the night, my friends…I tell you that together we are so much stronger”; to lyrics that give hope and inspiration: “Imagine there's someone who's guiding your way, a wisdom as ancient as the sky. Who came before us have passed on the flame, and we are the children of that light.”  The music of Greenrose Faire brings a message of love and acceptance for all. Their unique style and sound crosses over genre borders to appeal to music lovers of all ages.

Greenrose Faire plays rousing Celtic folk rock with head-bobbing, toe-tapping rock feel. The Finnish sextet meshes mandolins and violin with rock drums and bass and symphonic synths, and spikes the rollicking attitude with the slightly ominous overtones of Finnish melancholy. Greenrose Faire sounds lively and modern but tugs at the nostalgia strings for the long-gone days of yore. The band has great fun on stage, and have played everywhere from corner pubs to concert halls; from intimate weddings to international festivals. The band have made European appearances in The Netherlands (2015, 2016, 2018) at Elfia Festival, and have performed at many festivals and stages in Finland. Greenrose Faire also host an annual Medieval Folk Festival in their hometown, Tampere, Finland.

Band Members: Salla Rimmi: vocals; Hanna Heinonen: violin; Niilo Sirola: bouzouki, backing vocals; Petri Hannuksela: keyboards; Mikko Kaipainen: bass; Tomi Hyttinen: drums, percussions, backing vocals


Contact Information:

Artist: Greenrose Faire (Finland)
Website:                      www.greenrosefaire.com
Artist Email:               niilo@greenrosefaire.com
  
Management/Press:   Kathy Keller (Netherlands)
Email:                        mymusicmattersmt@mail.com
Phone:                     +31 (0) 6 30094688
Website:                     www.mymusicmattersmt.com


Label:                         www.friendlyfolkrecords.org

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Greenrose Faire - Making of "Riders in the Night" album

The fourth studio album of Greenrose Faire will be released on 1/June/2018!
Enjoy the mini-documentary: Making of "Riders in the Night"

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Event: Friendly Folk Fest - Balfolk Editon

Naturally, while Max Bianco is in town for his first Friendly Folk Records tour, he needs to perform at one of our Friendly Folk Fests. Who would have imagined that he could adjust his songs to fit the happy feet of our Balfolk Dancers. In addition to co-headliner Andoorn, and support act Fiddle & Drum, Max was joined by My Music Matters-MT Artists, The Flask for a jam session finish!
Dutch details below.


Kaartjes:
€10 (pre-sale, reserveer via balfolk.nl)
€12 (aan de deur)

Tijdschema:
18:00-19:00 PICKNICK POTLUCK (breng dus gerust eten, borden en bestek mee!)
19:00-20:00 DANSINTRUCTIES
20:00-20:30 FIDDLE 'N DRUM
20:30-20:45 SET CHANGE
20:45-22:00 ANDOORN
22:00-22:30 SET CHANGE
22:30-23:15 MAX BIANCO (UK)
23:15 JAMSESSIE MET THE FLASK

Muziek: (bal)folk (ook friendly folk muziek) Het muziekgenre omvat van Balfolk Polka, up-tempo Celtic Folk, en zelfs een beetje country muziek.

Fiddle 'n Drum: (bal)folk
Andoorn: balfolk
Max Bianco: contemporary folk
The Flask: (bal)folk

Informatie voor de dansers:
Jullie spelen een belangrijke rol deze avond! Zonder dansers is het vanzelfsprekend niet zo leuk 😉 Trek lekker je favoriete dansoutfit aan en geniet van samen dineren en dansen! (Co-host Berit van der Jagt zal activiteiten blijven toevoegen aan het evenement. Hou een oogje open voor updates en voel je vrij suggesties in te sturen!) 

'Wat is Balfolk'?

Wikipedia's definitie mist de passie van de Folk community die vele blije uren spenderen in balfolk dansen en organiseren. Daarom zijn we gaan samenwerken met de liefdevolle en gepassioneerde Berit van der Jagt van Berit Balfolk. Hier is wat zij te zeggen heeft:

Nog niet bekend met balfolk? Dan zal ik eens even uitleggen wat balfolk is! Bij balfolk dans je oude volksdansen uit West-Europa die in groepen of duo’s gedanst worden. Doordat je bij sommige dansen van partner wisselt tijdens de dans, leer je snel nieuwe mensen kennen en kan je makkelijker contact maken met ze! Wees niet bang als je nog nooit aan balfolk hebt meegedaan! Er zijn altijd mensen die je willen helpen het te leren en in alle dansen zit veel herhaling. Als je eenmaal de basis kent, kun je variaties gaan proberen. Je hoeft geen speciale kledij aan, als het maar lekker zit en je er vrij in kunt bewegen!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Press Release: Max Bianco - 'Northeast Bay' & 'H-Town Blues'



Max Bianco signed with My Music Matters Management Triad (Netherlands) earlier this year and will release first singles via Friendly Folk Records May/2018 to kick off his Meet & Greet Spring/2018 Tour. 
Order 'Northeast Bay' on your favorite worldwide digital platform HERE!  
Order 'H-Town Blues on your favorite worldwide digital platform HERE!


About the Artists: 
Max Bianco is a singer-songwriter from Hartlepool, England (UK). Often compared to a modern day Woody Guthrie, he is a man of passion and spirit, which he shares in songs about life, loss and love.  Max is a member of The Jar Family (2010-2018), a collective of five front men singer-songwriters from the North East of England. Although the band has an impressive following, they have decided to take a hiatus for an undetermined time, which has allowed Max time and freedom to pursue his solo career. Max began a search for international management and a record label for support and within weeks was signed.

Max is a troubadour in every sense of the word; with nowhere to go or be. "Life isn't about standard, it’s about broken glass and cigarettes," Max quipped in an interview.  And so life has been for this rambler gambler traveller, who left home at the age of 14 with a guitar strapped on his back ready to take on the world. His adventures have always included making music and he has played in all kinds of bands with all kinds of musicians. Max creates modern contemporary folk music in true art form of folk legends: Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Harry Chapin, to name a few. With just enough kick of blues, funk and pop to make the sound appealing to multiple genres and very radio friendly.

Max Bianco is available for bookings via: My Music Matters Management Triad and Friendly Folk Records, or contact his personal manager, Kathy Keller.


On Tour: Max Bianco - Netherlands Meet & Greet Spring/2018



Max Bianco will launch release of his new singles in his first tour of Netherlands from 10/May - 23/May. 'Northeast Bay' & 'H-Town Blues', release May/2018 for worldwide distribution via Friendly Folk Records
Download the music HERE!

We are pleased to have Max Bianco as one of our International Artists under management at My Music Matters-MT and to be sponsors of his new career as singer-songwriter.

Max is best known as front-man of the highly acclaimed Industrial Folk band The Jar Family. During the hiatus of the band, Max is embarking on a long awaited solo career. He will release his new album via Netherlands based record label, Friendly Folk Records later this year. If you live in the UK, get out to see Max at one of his many shows. UK agenda follow here: Max Bianco!
You can also follow Max on his profile page:
www.mymusicmattersmt.com/max-bianco

In the poster below you will find all of the dates of Netherlands tour.
Join us in welcoming Max to our little 'kikkerland'!
* Note: Amsterdam dates might be subject to change
* Photo highlights of the tour can be found at Friendly Folk Records Facebook Page

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Event: Friendly Folk Fest - Elfia Pre-Party with Greenrose Faire



Get ready for Elfia Haarzuilens with some great music and amazing folky family as we kick off festival season in style! As a headliner Friendly Folk Records brings you Greenrose Faire, all the way from Finland! This beautiful band, made up of beautiful souls, plays a style of folk music that is very much their own, while connecting with the best traditions in both Irish and Nordic folk, and easily hitting home with lovers of fantasy and pagan folk styles. If you haven't seen them before make sure to check them out at www.greenrosefaire.com and find their awesome (live)videos on Youtube!  
Get out to Elfia Fantasy Festival in Haarzuilen, Netherlands on 21 & 22 April to catch x2 days of Greenrose Faire! Finland is quite far, but we will try to get these friends over to Netherlands as often as possible. Keep an eye on our promotional website for upcoming shows of this great band!

Our Co-Headliners Harmony Glen, need very little introduction to fans in their homeland Netherlands! They will bring full force Celtic- Steampunk -Folk! 
Get out to see Harmony Glen on 6/April at their CD Release party! 

There will be a mini-market at the event where we will be joined by many of our folk festival vendors for all your Celtic shopping desires.

Press Release: Greenrose Faire - 'Never Walk Alone' (Single)



We are excited to announce the second Greenrose Faire digital release (Single) via Friendly Folk Records.... just in time for everyone to learn the song before the band arrives in Netherlands for their return to the kingdom of Elfia Fantasy Festival in Haarzuilens, Netherlands. Coincidentally, the theme this year at Elfia is: 'you'll never dream alone'. We love coincidences. 😊Download the music on your favorite digital platform HERE! And the beautiful lyrics are posted below.

Never Walk Alone
music: Tomi Hyttinen, lyrics: Tomi Hyttinen, Salla Rimmi & Niilo Sirola

Have you ever been lost in the night
Going in circles and looking for light
And then suddenly found your way home
Almost feeling like you weren't alone, after all

Have you taken your worries to bed
Questions spinning around in your head
And then woke up and knew what to do
Like the answer was given to you from above

Imagine there's someone who's guiding your way
A wisdom as ancient as the sky
Who came before us have passed on the flame
And we are the children of that light

It's when you trip but don't fall on the ground
Or when what you thought was missing gets found
When on the morning of your special day
It looks like rain, but the wind drives the clouds away

Imagine there's someone who's guiding your way
A wisdom as ancient as the sky
Who came before us have passed on the flame
And we are the children of that light
Sometimes there's storm in the air
But you're given shelter from the harm
So go step bravely towards the unknown
Remember you'll never walk alone

Friday, April 6, 2018

On Tour: Jyoti Verhoeff - 'Touches' Radio Tour



Jyoti Verhoeff will embark on her Touches Radio-Livestream Tour 11/April and continue to bring you more of these interview/live music shows at least once per month right up to day of full album release, scheduled for 27/September/2018. Follow Jyoti Verhoeff on her website via her newsletter, or on Facebook for updates and/or time changes that might occur to the schedule above. 

Note: In addition to the release of the full album, 'Touches' - I speak with my mouth shut, we are excited to announce that Friendly Folk Records will also release one digital single track from this highly anticipated album titled: 'An Ocean To Still Me'. It will be accompanied by a video and it is only single with worldwide digital distribution release via Friendly Folk Records  27/June/2018.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Press Release: Jyoti Verhoeff - 'Touches' - (Singles)




Touches – ‘I Speak With My Mouth Shut’, the highly anticipated album from Jyoti Verhoeff will be officially released September/2018 via Friendly Folk Records. Preceding the album release, there will be a series of digital Single track releases that are available via the Artist's website only. The first track, Human and Machines, will be released 27/March/2018, followed by one track each month April-August: Rides, Sharing Dreams, An Ocean To Still Me, At Night We Dance, and Shards.  Each track on Touches is a neo-classical experiment in delicate symbiosis with modern techniques. A carefully balanced search for pure acoustic sound where one note can grow up into many worlds.

'An Ocean To Still Me will be accompanied by a video and it is only track with worldwide digital distribution release via Friendly Folk Records  27/June/2018.

Creation of composer Jyoti Verhoeff and producer and sound engineer Fieke van den Hurk, this album has taken progressive rock and folk genres to an entirely new level.  Touches is a concept album that dares the listener to question the process of communication; the value we place on written and spoken words. Over time we have traded the magic of reading the truth in someone’s eyes, observing body language, and following our intuition, in exchange for empty and often meaningless words. Touches is an instrumental album that carries with each note the strong message of conscious silence. Focus on each title, feel the vibration and energy as you receive the unspoken words of Touches – ‘I speak with my mouth shut’. 

Recorded at the inspiring studio, The Church, where a variety of key instruments were available (spinet, celesta, clavier-accordion, etc.), the composition’s primary instrument is a grand piano. Although each track was recorded on an acoustic keyboard instrument, there was room allowed for distortion of the sound by exploring the grand piano with drumsticks, horse hair, tapping the strings, and using metal on the strings for special sound effects. In addition, unique microphone settings and a touch of modern technology changed the acoustic sound into an electronic feel. The album will be accompanied with a notebook containing scores for piano, including extra songs: Field of Night, Elisa’s Laughter and Stones. Touches-'I speak with my mouth shut' is an instrumental masterpiece that touches the heart and soul.

About the Artist: 
The music of Jyoti Verhoeff is both intriguing and enchanting, almost cinematic in nature – with its many layers, endless amount of subtleties, and organic structures. The artist was born with a visual impairment and grew up listening to the world. As a result, she developed a heightened sense of hearing that brings detailed accuracy of every note to life. Perhaps this is why the music of Jyoti is always authentic and extraordinary.  Balancing on the edge of the unknown, where nothing is predictable, yet everything is recognizable Touches will deliver dark, dreamy sounds that lure you into the deep, and welcome you into the artist’s land of imagination. Her music crosses over to many progressive genres, from Neo-Progressive Rock to Neo-Classic Cinematic Fantasy Folk though she is most often placed alongside similar artists such as: Phillip Glass, Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Yann Tiersen, Agnes Obel, Enya, and Eivor to name a few.


Previous Accomplishments: 
Since the release of her debut EP, Phoenix (2012) Jyoti had a strong presence, selling out the debut show in the Melkweg, Amsterdam venue, and making it to the finals of Grote Prijs van Nederland competition (2013). With release of her album Riven – Full Moon, Dark Moon, (2014) the artist had found her place in both the alternative rock and progressive folk genre scenes. Many accomplishments surrounded this double album, which was recorded at Wisseloord Studio (Hilversum, Netherlands), and mastered by Grammy Award winner, Darcy Proper. The CD Release was performed to a sold out Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands) where Jyoti was accompanied by her cellist, the Symphony Orchestra Middle Holland, and a full choir, under the direction of Ghislain Bellefroid. Jyoti and with her cellist (Maya Fridman) toured with folk icons FAUN, and several songs from the album were used for film: ‘De Nieuwe Wildernis - In Dialoog met de Natuur’ (narrated by astronaut, André Kuipers, who received first copy of Riven-Full Moon, Dark Moon). Jyoti’s second album Bare (2016) was met with enthusiasm at sold out venues across Europe. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Event: Friendly Folk Fest – Celtic Edition with The Royal Spuds + The Flask


Friendly Folk Records presents:
St. Patrick’s Day with The Royal Spuds + support The Flask!
17/March/2018

Entrée
€8 (Pre-sale)
€12 (Door)

Doors Open - 19:00

LIVE MUSIC
20:00-23:00 (or a bit later 😊)

Support Act: The Flask
HEADLINERS: The Royal Spuds

Irish Beer & Whiskey Specials all night long!

Sponsored by:
www.friendlyfolkrecords.org, www.mymusicmattersmt.com, www.musicon.nl


Event Theme:
Luck of the Irish! GREEN! Irish Whiskey! BEER!

Event Overview-musicians:
Demo-drop: Friendly Folk Records represents all genres of Folk music. We have several Celtic Folk Rock bands on our record label, but there is room for more! We are also interested in Folk Singer-Songwriters to warm up the crowd. Would you like to join our ever growing Friendly Folk Family? If so, send sample of your music to: friendlyfolkrecords@gmail.com. 

Winner of folk competition was The Flask, Celtic Folk Rock band from Delft. They will receive x1-year free membership at My Music Matters-MT (€180 value), and they will open the evening as support act to The Royal Spuds. 

Event Overview-Beer and Whiskey:
You can't have a truly IRISH celebration without a wee drop of the drink! Musicon will offer Irish specialty drink card for €15.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Press Release: The Royal Spuds - 'A Man'



March/2018 The Royal Spuds released their new single, 'A Man' on Friendly Folk Records. It has been a busy and occasionally turbulent year for the band and management partner, My Music Matters-MT, as band direction shifts began near the end of 2017 with internal changes regarding delegation of tasks. 

It is with heavy heart we announce the end of management for our very first ever Folk band, The Royal Spuds. All of our artists at Friendly Folk Records and My Music Matters-MT are on a 1-year contract, as promotional and management needs of artists are always in a state of flux and progression. Time was right for the Spuds to try a new path. We wish them all the best! The Royal Spuds will perform the three festivals they are booked at via FFR Bookings, and as of 31/March the band will give self management a try. 

* Note: The Royal Spuds single, ‘A Man’ will remain in exclusive distribution via Friendly Folk Records for one year. This digital version assigned to FFR Catalog Number remains permanent property of Friendly Folk Records, however, from 28/February/2019 it is no longer exclusive and can be re-released by the band in any fashion they choose with a new catalog number. 
Download 'A Man' by The Royal Spuds, HERE!

Manager's note: Thank you gentlemen for the lifetime of memories that we managed to create together in the past five years. We have had a very full and Spud’riffic ride. Until our paths cross again, wishing you much love, happiness, and success. Naturally, this isn't goodbye on personal level, I am only leaving the work of being your manager. Looking forward to seeing your next show as your number one Spud-nut fan. xKat


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Press Release: Drusuna - "Kaytos Kom" (EP)




Summer 2017, Drusuna-Pagan Ritual Folk received international attention resulting in management at My Music Matters Management Triad. March/2018 found the release of Kaytos Kom (EP) via Friendly Folk Records

You can order from your favorite worldwide digital platform HERE!
Physical EP can be ordered via: My Music Matters-MTDutch Music Works

Drusuna is a Pagan Folk Band from Gallaecia (Northern Portugal). The roots of Drusuna project began in 2009 by Sephirus and brother Alvahagal (who is longer with the project, but his inspiration remains).  The initial idea was to create primitive sounds with only organic ethnic musical instruments made from wood, stones, and other natural elements. The main idea was to build something directly from the roots of the earth, because the call of nature was the driving force behind the project. Torano joined the project (2011) introducing wind instruments like bagpipes and whistles. The original compositions were created deep in the forest, away from people, just playing rhythms and melodies and enjoying nature. By 2014 Waili (didgeridoo) and Kluto (guitar) joined in and Drusuna became an official band.  After two years of productive rehearsals came the concept of their debut album, “Kaytos Kom” (2016). This is an introspective conceptual work that takes a deep journey through ancient time and space; an era where humankind was connected with nature and ancestral roots were strong a pure. Drusuna left the forest and hit the stage in 2016 at Oestrymnis folk festival, Ponte da Barcacelt folk festival and other stages throughout Portugal. 

Band Members: Torano, Sephirus Oakborn, Waili, Kluto, Sim

Sunday, February 11, 2018

News Update: Friendly Folk Records New Format

WELCOME!

Happy to announce that the construction phase of our 2018 face lift here at Friendly Folk Records is completed. Special thank you to my artistic friend Niilo Sirola of Greenrose Faire for his technical fine tuning of our new logo and FB banner. We're friendly! We're folk! We're Friendly Folk records! Always looking for new, talented artists. Send your demo drop to: friendlyfolkrecords@gmail.com

We decided to use the blog format for our Artist/Label News, as let's face it, how often do people go directly to the record label for anything other than news. With so many diverse social media platforms, Blogs are the most informative way to keep fans updated. The posts will be shared on all platforms.

We will also issue a Quarterly Newsletter. March - June - September - December
The Newsletter will give updates and highlights of each season. 

We find it important to have the beginning roots of our company incorporated here in the new format for archive purpose and reflection as the years past. So, please find 2017 archive on our Facebook Page!

Notice the links on right margin, you will find our parent company, My Music Matters Management Triad.
When you click here, it will take you to our Artist Profile Pages and our Official Friendly Folk Webstore.

We hope you find our new logo lovely and new website easy to navigate. 
We are friendly! We are folk! We are Friendly Folk! Welcome!