Introducing ‘Foskett’s Folk Factory’ – Foskett’s Folk Factory is the brainchild of musician, awarded songwriter and veteran (multi genre) music producer Charley Foskett – www.foskettsfolkfactory.com is a new music and video production company – dedicated to providing creative services and a platform to promote acoustic, folk and roots based music.
After many decades in the music business as a successful record producer, arranger and touring session musician, Charley Foskett was forced to take time out – five years to be precise to battle two lots of bowel and rectal cancer – after a string of massive invasive surgeries and several body parts lighter he decided to return to music as a bit of a distraction – this wonderful distraction culminated into a rather exciting project indeed – here is his website introduction :-
‘When I was a young boy of 4 years of age I remember my grandfather’s one stringed fiddle hanging on the wall at one side of the old cast iron Victorian fire place – at the other side hung his bagpipes. With a deep baritone voice he used to bellow out Scottish and Geordie folk songs, he scared the living daylights out of any cat wandering down our backyard walls.
I have been away a long time from these musical borders – in the middle of the 1960’s I originally drifted into the Northumbrian folk scene – I learned the basics on a guitar, took up bass, eventually travelled the world as a rock musician, played on lots of records, and became a music producer with an office in EMI Records and getting to almost live semi permanently in Abbey Road studios.
With this endless music life obsession, this coming back to folk music, coming back to the fold, it definitely feels like a homecoming for me’.
With the recent feature of Richard Thompson’s new acoustic album on this website it only seems appropriate to mention and segue into the following :-
Foskett always remembers one recording session in particular – it wasn’t so much about working with Elvis Costello whom he produced but a particular song that Elvis picked to record – it was ‘Nothing at the End of the Rainbow’ written by Richard Thompson – the song has a dark and miserable lyric and received quite a lot of positive reactions in the press such as ‘A Song to Slit your Wrists to’ – and being a sucker for a dark and miserable lyric, this was this song that Foskett decided to record first for his debut folk album ‘Bugles and Bagpipes’ which can be located on the music page of www.foskettsfolkfactory.com
Sharing this new home ‘Foskett’s Folk Factory’ are two other iconic established folk artists – namely Britain’s First Lady of Folk Song, Julie Felix, for whom Foskett has not only recorded and produced, but also filmed both a music video and a short interview video at Julie’s UK home – her new single is a Peter Knight composition entitled ‘From a Lullaby Kiss’ – bringing us to Peter Knight himself – a huge name on the British folk scene having been a main stay with Steeleye Span for over 43 years and now endlessly touring the UK with his own magnificent ‘Gigspanner’.
Julie Felix and Charley Foskett rehearsal – www.foskettsfolkfactory.com
Peter was thrilled to be asked to take part in not only playing on Julie’s version of his song but also playing on Charley Foskett’s debut album too. His simple approach to ‘Nothing at The End of The Rainbow’ cry’s out in pure sympathy to Richard Thompson’s lyrical content. His beautiful fiddle on Foskett’s own songs such as ‘Jimmy Gray’s Granny’s Eye’ dances and brings magic to the proceedings alongside New Lawton’s whistle and Uilleann Pipes.
Julie can also be found in cameo on Foskett’s cheesy farce song ‘Mexican Lassy’ which also features a duet with singer songwriter Lauren Field, a Mariachi and Dixieland horn section and various other delights into the mix!
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Much more to follow!
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