Short Bio – scroll down for non-English versions

Russell Joslin brings the tradition of the folk singer-songwriter into the 21st century with a new stridency; representing the new breed of socially engaged wordsmiths with the DIY ethics of punk and the musical elements of folk. He seeks grassroots connections though a desire to create unique and confrontational music using old methods – thereby placing a ragged flag in the ground of UK music. Currently touring accompanied by the darkened vocals of Australian soulmate Sarah McCaig, forming a haunting and turbulent live duet – ‘the musical charge they generated together was truly electrifying’ – Musicboxfolk.com

‘…living proof of how fresh, vigorous and abrasive an acoustic songwriter can and should be in the 21st Century.’ – BBC 6 Music

‘Explosive, hard hitting folk … a much needed gust of fresh air into the British folk scene.’ – Subba-cultcha.com

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Quotes

‘…living proof of how fresh, vigorous and abrasive an acoustic songwriter can and should be in the 21st Century.’ Tom Robinson – BBC 6music

“He reframes folk%s storytelling tradition and brings it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and is – without doubt – one of the most versatile and riveting young talents on the scene.”  – Clickmusic.com – Live review

‘edgy and dangerous…extreme folk at its best.’ – Folkwords.com – Harlequins album review

‘an album of eloquent beauty’ – ThisisfakeDIY.com – Dream Token album review

‘Explosive, hard hitting folk from a newcomer that will have all other singer songwriters running for cover from his poetic wrath … a much needed gust of fresh air into the British folk scene.’Subba-cultcha.com – Dream Token Album Review

This is folk music refracted through the prism of Velvet Underground, Husker Du and The Sisters of Mercy. Don’t expect dicreet and decorous folk; rather Joslin empties his heart with honesty, vitality and passionate abandon – 4/5 – Rock n Reel – Harlequins album review

His episodic songs were rendered in an utterly captivating manner by his spiky yet precise guitar playing: quicksilver shifts in tempo and some audaciously soft dynamics elevate his material over other folk singer-songwriters that I’ve encountered in similar venues, as does his voice. Yearning and striving seem built into his instrument, which the songs stretch to their breaking point of passion. When joined for various numbers by Sarah McCaig she was able to match him strife for strife, longing for longing, and the musical charge they generated together was truly electrifying – Musicboxfolk.com blog

‘In all Dream token is an album of such intensity and heart felt cathartic gut spilling that you should beg, steal or borrow a copy now. Brooding…raucous…strained…grating… a sonic wonderment – 4/5’ – Clickmusic.com – Dream Token Album Review

This inner sanctum is initially brought to its knees by unsigned troubadour Russell Joslin, an artist with songs so raw and powerful they induce both goose bumps and a temporary state of mild paralysis as the minute crowd are captivated, mesmerised and spellbound all at the same timeClickmusic.com

Links

2016 interview
Herefordshire Live

Harlequins
Rock n Reel (R2)
Folkwords

Jet Black And White
For Folks Sake
Uncut

Live
Clickmusic.com
Clickmusic.com (2)

German Bio

Der Brite Russell Joslin spielt Folk Musik. Er fĂŒhlt Folk Musik, er wacht mit ihr auf, sie durchdringt ihn. Wenn er schwitzt, schwitzt er Folk Musik. Aber hier geht’s nicht nur um die Schönheit der Natur und fröhlich zwitschernde Vögelchen. In Russells bluesgetrĂ€nkter Variante wird gejodelt, mit elektrischer Gitarre rumgezerrt und die AbgrĂŒnde des Daseins eröffnet. Seine Harmonien tun weh. In ihrer Schönheit, in ihrer Kargheit. Russell Joslin fĂŒhlt das Leben. In all seiner Schwierigkeit. Und teilt dies. Schön ist das. Momentan tourt er mit Sarah McCaig (AUS).

Dutch Bio

Dit is volksmuziek gebroken door het prisma van Velvet Undergraound, HĂŒsker DĂŒ en The Sisters of Mercy. Joslin leegt zijn hart met eerlijkheid, vitaliteit en gepassioneerd.  Troubadour Russell Joslin, is een kunstenaar met liedjes zo rauw en krachtig dat ze boeien, fascineren en betoveren.

De Britse singer-songwriter Russell Joslin is al jaren een graag geziene gast in de Londense folk-scene. Een akoestische zanger die weet wat er van een moderne artiest gevraagd wordt. Met inmiddels drie albums op zijn naam heeft Joslin de juiste vorm gevonden. Een harde, rauwe folk sound die hem al airplay op BBC Radio en XFM opleverde. Samen met zijn Australische soulmate Sarah McCaig heeft hij een zeldzame perfectie bereikt. De prachtige stem van de Australische gecombineerd met het rauwe en pure van Joslin maakt dit ‘extreme folk’ duo absoluut uniek.

Dutch press
Folk Forum (live)
Johhny’s Garden
Rootstime
The Next Gig 

Finnish Bio

Russell Joslin, itÀlontoolainen singer-songwriter, saapuu Suomen kiertueelle ensimmÀistÀ kertaa, keikkailtuaan viime vuodet ahkerasti ympÀri Eurooppaa. Suomen kiertueen keikat soitetaan Muonion ja Helsingin vÀlimaastossa.

Kolme soololevyÀ julkaissut Russell Joslin on osoittanut olevansa englantilaisen uuden aallon folkin mielenkiintoisimpia tyyppejÀ. Arvosteluissa hÀnen musiikkiaan on kuvailtu mm. nÀin:

‘…living proof of how fresh, vigorous and abrasive an acoustic songwriter can and should be in the 21st Century.’ – Tom Robinson – BBC 6music

‘This is folk music refracted through the prism of Velvet Underground, HĂŒsker DĂŒ and The Sisters of Mercy. Don’t expect dicreet and decorous folk; rather Joslin empties his heart with honesty, vitality and passionate abandon’ – Rock n Reel – Harlequins album review

Uusimman levyn “Harlequins” (2015) myötĂ€ Russellin keikoilla duetoi Melbournesta kotoisin oleva laulajatar Sarah McCaig. Kiertueen keikkojen lĂ€mmittelijĂ€nĂ€ esiintyy melankolista folkia soittava oululaislĂ€htöinen Tuuli Jartti. HĂ€n on tuttu mm. aikaisempien aikojen Tuomaksen Jeesuksen Kristuksen BĂ€ndistĂ€. Tuuli vierailee myös Russellin ja Sarahin keikalla viulun kanssa.

Finnish Press
Finnish tour 2015 interview

RUSSELL JOSLIN www.russelljoslinmusic.co.uk