CULTURE NOTES-Folkie Supergroup

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CULTURE NOTES-Folkie Supergroup


Rankin, Ian, The Spectator


The Fence Collective is a loose association of singers, musicians and songwriters, at least a few of whom live in and around Anstruther in Fife. Anstruther is a fishing village and not the first place you'd go looking for a revolution, but the Fence Collective has other ideas. It hosts events and festivals and even has its own record company. I was brought up in Fife, so when I heard about Fence I was curious. Soon thereafter I was part of the congregation and singing its praises. Some Fence alumni you may have heard of: KT Tunstall, James Yorkston, King Creosote. Others you may not.

They always produce interesting, left-field indie sounds, usually folk-tinged but also encompassing electronica and dance.

When I heard that King Creosote formed part of a 'folkie supergroup' - the Burns Unit - I knew I had to buy the album. …

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