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Stick In The Wheel are doing special things in the world of folk music.

Their new album, Follow Them True,  is due on 26 January and naturally, we’ll have our review up ahead of release. They’re also out on tour in February/March/April – tour dates are at the bottom of the page and we’ll certainly be reporting back from one of the dates.

For now, they’re providing one last teaser befor the album appears,  with a video of the track that closes the album. It’s an extraordinary piece. Taking the traditional and stereotypical folk theme of roving out on fine May mornings, they’re turned the notion on it’s head, decontructed and rebuild something that once again provides a challenge to the folk tradition. It’s a track that sees Stick In The Wheel striking a blow against what they call the “nostalgia and fetishisation of the past in folk music which is mostly at odds with our approach.”

Watch the video for  As I Roved Out here:

The story behind the song is that the album sessions were done when Nicola Kearey  pressed record on her phone and this came out in one long five-minute story. Sent straight to bandmate Ian Carter, the deconstructed is reconstructed, chopped up to make a different story, a new form with samples and rhythms.

Speaking of the track Kearey says: “I’d say that that trope is one you come across readily in folk songbooks. It’s one which I personally feel is difficult to connect with, not least because they usually follow with a description of a pretty lady met along the way, then the objectification thereof. I can’t relate to that. Plus “roving” – like its equivalent personality the “flaneur” by and large have the leisure time to rove. Me and my ancestors don’t/didn’t. We got up in the dark and went directly to work, toiled all day then came home again, exhausted.”

Tour dates:

8 Feb – London @ Borderline

20 Jan – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections: Oran Mor

2 Feb – Doncaster @ Roots

3 Feb – Kendal @ Brewery Arts Centre

9 Feb – Basingstoke @ The Forge: The Anvil

2 Mar – Edinburgh

3 Mar – Sheffield @ Greystones

4 Mar – Liverpool @ Philharmonic Hall

10 Mar – Bury @ The Met

11 Mar – Halifax @ Square Chapel

24 Mar – Widcombe Bath @ Wharf Room

29 Mar – Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre

6 Apr – Sevenoaks @ St Ediths Hall

7 Apr – Aldershot @ West End Centre


The Stick In The Wheel website is here

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Feature  by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive. He can be found on Facebook and his website is




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