Reviews

Blossom & Fruit (2017)

“Delivered with sparkling invention coupled to a reverence for the subject…. another landmark for Tim Jones and the Dark Lanterns, and for English folk”

– FolkWords

The Oyster Girl (2016)

“The Oyster Girl is like a distillation of perfect summer evenings, full of tall tales, friendships and a few drinks. For great storytelling with real heart, catchy songs and all-round love of life, it’s hard to beat. A must-see band at this summer’s festivals, for sure.”

Bright Young Folk

“At times reminiscent of Nic Jones, at others Tim Laycock, The Oyster Girl is an EP that doesn’t disappoint on any level, Tim Jones and the band have produced four excellent contemporary songs in a traditional folk style that will reward repeated listening. This CD has been on more or less continuous play in my car since it landed on the doormat & I still haven’t tired of listening to it. The Oyster Girl is a great example of quality over quantity and if you like great stories well told then this EP is for you.”

FATEA

‘A Distance To Be Travelled’ echoes the passing of company, setting off on travels and aching for the parting … an incredibly moving song.

– Folkwords

St Giles Bowl (2014)

“Evocative of an era when groups called Flibbertigibbet, Spriguns of Tolgus and Brandywine Bridge walked the earth, and with an historical songwriting style not dissimilar to present-day Fairport, this should appeal to English folk-rock fans young and old”

– fROOTS

“St Giles’ Bowl is an extremely solid debut album from Tim and his Lanterns. Fans of folk-rock would really enjoy the often Steeleye-like arrangements, and fans of Bellamy would appreciate the fine song writing and singing. A very good album.”

Bright Young Folk

“You have to keep reminding yourself this is folk music written in these years not folk trawled from the mists of time. Waves of soft acoustic echoes couple with pulses of folk rock touches and together place ‘St Giles Bowl’ finely into today’s English folk legacy.”

– FolkWords

“A wonderful CD”

11islouderthan10

“After listening to the album a few times I’ve just managed to read the accompanying press release! It candidly states that “the album was recorded and mixed in a week at a studio on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire with the aim of capturing something of the spontaneous and rough feel of an English Basement Tapes, or early Fairport Convention recordings”, and I can hear exactly what the writer means by the first of those comparisons – it feels just like that, and I love it” 

FATEA