Folk trio make it into award finals

22:47, Jan 26 2011
INVENTIVE: Devonport trio Forbidden Joe are Folk Tui Award finalists for best folk album. From left Frances Dickinson, Emily Giles and Alex Borwick.

Devonport folk trio Forbidden Joe are making waves in the traditional music scene.

They are Folk Tui Award finalists for NZ Best Folk Album 2010.

Band members Alex Borwick, Frances Dickinson and Emily Giles formed at the end of 2007. They met through the Devonport Folk Club on Mount Victoria.

Alex says they came together over a desire to take traditional folk music and give it a contemporary sound.
They have a really strange instrumentation of concertina, cello, banjo, trombone and voices, he says.

``There are no guitars in sight so our sound is reasonably sparse and quirky.''

They each have quite different backgrounds in music.

``Emily was practically born into the folk scene, while Frances discovered it in her teens and myself only recently,'' he says.


Alex says one of the best things about the folk scene is its inclusiveness and lack of egos.

``Folkies gather to enjoy good music, he says.

``There is a definite interest in the history and heritage of the music whilst also looking to the future.''

He says the folk scene is definitely a niche market and it is bigger for younger acts.

``They're usually thinking outside the folk ``square'' so appeal to a broader audience,'' he says.

Forbidden Joe received funding from CreativeNZ to record In Mourning For The Pride Of Petravore based on the success of their debut EP Oh What a Queer Sensation.

The Tui Award will be presented at the Auckland Folk Festival during the final concert on  January 30.

North Shore Times