Friday, January 19, 2018

News Update: Friendly Folk Records 2018 Facelift!



Friendly Folk Records is an independent record label for Folk Artists. We have developed a new course of action for 2018 by fine-tuning our unique record label that works together with you, our Artists, providing services you need (via referral basis). New alliances with trusted professionals for production, promotion and distribution, we support your music career.

As with all businesses, the first six months were filled with growing pains and trial and error until we found like minded alliances. Happily we survived and landed on our feet and are heading the right direction. Sadly, our original website was crashed in October/2017, and with it all news. Friendly Folk Records was established May 15, 2017 on the exact date of 2-year anniversary of parent company, My Music Matters Management Triad (MMM-MT). The idea to create the folk record label was born from the frustration of our MMM-MT folk artists wanting to have the advantages that come with worldwide distribution of physical as well as digital music that are largely possible with a label. There were no folk genre labels in the Netherlands, and few in Western Europe, so Friendly Folk Records went from dream to reality. For the history of our label, you can find all posts, music releases, tours, festivals, photos, etc on our Facebook Page.

Artists ALWAYS retain their RIGHTS, we have ONE YEAR contracts with option for renewal; no hidden costs nor agendas, no pushy salesmen, - and our referral service partner affiliates are ALWAYS transparent with their pricing. You know upfront EXACTLY what you pay for, and you are in control of your budget choices for your music promotion and production. Btw, because we work on a per release basis and do not tie Artists hands, this allows Artists to join us for as much time as they need for their promotion needs as well. You will see that some Artists have released multiple singles/albums; others only one. The choice is up to Artist. We only require a one year minimum exclusivity on the tracks. 

Working in cooperation with our parent company, My Music Matters-MT for: Management, Promotion, English writing/editing services, and booking referral network; distribution service label, Dutch Music Works is our contracted service associate for worldwide digital and physical distribution services; A-Broad Studios are available for rehearsal rooms, recording, mixing, mastering and production support;  (we also have referrals to reputable production companies located in: EU, UK and USA for ordering CDs, Vinyls, and other merchandise.  

* Our Artists have complete freedom of choice for music production partners. Distribution exclusively provided by Friendly Folk Records.


We are Folk! We are Friendly! We are Friendly Folk! If you are ready to join our family, drop a demo today We welcome all Folk genres!

* Our parent company, My Music Matters-MT welcomes all genres for promotion and English writing services.


2018 OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

Friendly Folk Records (Label)
- Website: www.friendlyfolkrecords.org (Official Website & News)
- Email: FriendlyFolkRecords@gmail.com
- Facebook: Friendly Folk Records
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/FriendlyFolkFFR
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/friendlyfolkrecor...
- Phone: +31 0630094688 (Kathy Keller, Owner)

My Music Matters Management Triad (Parent Company):
- Website: www.mymusicmattersmt.com
- Email: mymusicmattersmt@mail.com
- Facebook: My Music Matters-MT
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/MMM-MTArtists
- Phone: +31 0630094688 (Kathy Keller, Owner)
In-house: Promotion, Management, English writing/editing
Referrals services: Production, Mixing, Mastering, Pressing, Distribution

As of January 1, 2018 we are no longer associated with any services provided by Indieplant nor Indieplant CD Perserij based in Netherlands.  Although they are obligated to delete all references to Friendly Folk Records from any/all Indieplant websites and promotions, it is taking much longer than anticipated to remove old Friendly Folk Records logo and brands from their systems. Please beware that Indieplant utilizes several automated ‘robot email addresses’ to send out spam advertisements on a weekly basis. If you receive any spam emails from these unauthorized robots, please disregard message as they are NOT on our behalf. Approved email addresses for Friendly Folk Records are: 
FriendlyFolkRecords@gmail.com, FFRBookings@gmail.com, mymusicmattersmt@mail.com


Service Partners: 
Management:       www.mymusicmattersmt.com (Management & Promotion)
Distribution:        Dutch Music Works (Physical & Digital music)
Studio:                 A-Broad Studios (Producing, Recording, Mixing, Mastering)
Phone:                 +31 (0) 6 3009 4688

Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands KvK Number):  64348369
VAT Number (Netherlands BTW Number)

Friendly Folk Records and My Music Matters-MT are international companies, registered in the Netherlands, as sole proprietorship of Kathy J. Keller. All Artists are under contract with both companies. Reproduction of images, music, name and branding of Artists and/or our company names of Friendly Folk Records and/or My Music Matters-MT require our written permission!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Press Release: Greenrose Faire - Decades of Songs and Stories


(Digital Single)


Friendly Folk Records proudly presents Greenrose Faire, Decade of Songs and Stories.  The Official CD release party will take place at Medieval Folk Fest VI, in Tampere, Finland on 27/July/2017.  Worldwide Digital Distribution of the new single, Cold Winds Are Rising, will be released on 21/July/2017 and will be available for download on all digital platforms. Get your digital copy HERE!

Decade of Songs and Stories, is an album to commemorate Greenrose Faire anniversary.  What better way to celebrate ten years of success than to release a best-of-best compilation album, featuring the artists favorite tracks form their previous albums: Never Ending Journey, My Home Is Where My Heart Is, and Feed The Flames. Also featured is one new teaser song Cold Winds Are Rising, which is a glimpse of future album that is set to be released in 2018. You can order your copy of the album via the webstores of Greenrose Faire, My Music Matters-MT, and Dutch Music Works; or you can order at your local cd shop.

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 made their first European appearance in The Netherlands (2015) at the Elfia Festival in Arcen, and have performed at Häme Medieval Fair seven years consecutively. Greenrose Faire also host an annual two-day Medieval Folk Festival of their own in 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 and percussions, backing vocals
Kathy Keller  - Manager

Monday, January 1, 2018

News Flash! Celebrating the launch of our new friendly LOGO





My Music Matters-MT owner, Kathy Keller has been involved in the Folk music scene in the Netherlands since 2012, originally as a music journalist. When she realized how under-represented Folk scene was, she became an Artist manager for several international folk bands. My Music Matters-MT was officially registered as a international music management business May 15, 2015. 

Many of the Artists who joined My Music Matters-MT were ready for the next step of releasing music on a record label. Again, Ms. Keller was met with a challenge to find the Folk genre had very few designated record labels, and none in the Netherlands where she resided. The solution was clear, create a record label that could support and promote sales of all sub-genres of Folk music.

May 15, 2017 Friendly Folk Records was born! As with all new businesses, it takes a few months, or even a few years to work out the bugs. All folk genre artists of My Music Matters-MT took the leap of faith to start the label. 

We began with six folk artists, from five countries, including our top act, Greenrose Faire from Finland.  At that time we were working with a distribution and promotion service who offered a free website service, which we happily accepted. First learning lesson for the new record label: keep websites and emails in house, as distribution and promotion services can and probably will change over the years. Old website text was lost when the website was crashed by above mentioned service.  Our new blog, FriendlyFolkRecords.org and new official website, FriendlyFolk.webs.com were created 1/January/2018. To see all archive posts and history of our company, the only living record can be found on the Facebook Page, which has been around since day one of our company.

Please note that as of January 1, 2018 we are no longer associated with any services provided by Indieplant nor Indieplant CD Perserij.  Although they are obligated to delete all references to Friendly Folk Records from any/all Indieplant websites and promotions, it is taking much longer than anticipated for them to remove our old Friendly Folk Records logo and brands from their systems. Please beware that Indieplant utilizes several automated ‘robot email addresses’ to send out spam advertisements on a weekly basis. If you receive any spam emails from these unauthorized robots, please disregard the message as they are NOT on our behalf. The ONLY approved email addresses for Friendly Folk Records are: FriendlyFolkRecords@gmail.com, FFRBookings@gmail.com, and mymusicmattersmt@mail.com

Thank you for your support of our Friendly Folk Family!
We're Friendly! We're Folk! We're Friendly Folk Records!



NEW OFFICIAL LOGO
JANUARY/2018

ORIGINAL LOGO
MAY/2017-DEC/2017 

Please note: If you receive any solicitation from or come across posts from this old logo, please do not respond as it is NOT our company and links associated with it are not authorized by us!         


Friendly Folk Records: Mission Statement



Our mission is to help you as an artist to realize your dream. We provide support for your music with access to many amenities that maximize your potential during each phase of your career. Every artist is as unique as the music they produce, and that is why our services fit the needs of each individual and their situation. Working in cooperation with My Music Matters-MT for Artist management support, promotion and Bookings; and external distribution and production services, we provide a team of professionals with years of experience in the music business, who will eagerly assist in bringing you to the next level, whatever that next level happens to be for you.

We are a full service label, which means we deal with all aspects of the music business under one umbrella to insure consistency and personal attention to each artist. As a record label we can offer: worldwide distribution, management, recording studio, mixing & mastering, and promotion to all artists. 

Friendly Folk Bookings available  to signed artists of My Music Matters and Friendly Folk Records only. (also cover-bands).

Join our Friendly Folk Records family! Friendly Folk Records represents: 
Celtic Folk, Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Traditional Folk, Pagan Folk, Tribal Folk, Americana Folk and more! Take the first step today by sending your music to our demo drop at FriendlyFolkRecords@gmail.com

CONTACT US FOLKS
Email:                  FriendlyFolkRecords@gmail.com
Management:       www.mymusicmattersmt.com
Promotion:           mymusicmattersmt@mail.com
Bookings:            ffrbookings@gmail.com
Phone:                 +31 (0) 6 3009 4688

Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands KvK Number):  64348369