74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 7, featuring a collaboration on “The Water”

You may have previously come upon the knowledge that the London-based folksters Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, and Mumford & Sons are all very well acquainted. (it should be noted, that curiously enough, they collectively abhor being called the founding fathers of a new-born folk “scene”. Hipsters.) But back on topic.

As with most well acquainted music enthusiasts, collaborations abound.

Thus, we thought it fit to get your opinion on a much debated issue: A few years hence, Johnny Flynn released a song called “The Water” on his album, ‘Been Listening’.

The song features the ghostly beauty of Laura Marling’s harmonies, setting the song off quite well. MadaLin prefers the Marling-Flynn collab. (She says the mixed vocals are the ticket.)

But wait! A collaboration was done by Mumford and Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford that I (Nicole) find to be ever-so-slightly superior.  (Perhaps due to Mr. Mumford’s mandolin abilities?)

So what do you think, dear reader?


We give you a truce- Here Laura Marling collaborates with Mumford & Sons to bring you a totally boss cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. I personally think that Winston OWNS the steel guitar with the best of them:

And last but not least, may I present to you what may possibly be the most awesome thing ever to be captured on film:


74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 6, featuring Johnny Flynn

We bring to your attention this week a young folkster by name of Johnny Flynn. Actor, poet, singer songwriter. Had he lived in the time of the Tudors, I must believe that he would have been an itinerant bard…like a pied piper, but without all the death. He is an old soul, with a young face. Like the Doctor. Fiddler, guitarist, banjo player. Complete rennaissance man. Genius, as well? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

“Barnacled Warship”

“Tickle me pink”, featuring his sister on guest vocals.

“Brown Trout Blues” (I almost neglected to mention that he was British. Though I suppose the fact that he played a gig in muddy “wellies” made that rather obvious?)

BONUS: Eyeless in Holloway (the first to name the familiar face playing back-up guitar gets a piece of candy! Additionally, I apologize for the poor quality. What would we do without bootlegs, though?)