Hi, I hope you are good. I’m good. I make music inspired by folklore and magic.
The Cunning Folk album, A Casual Invocation is out now. Here is a link to hear it on streaming services or order on CD. Songlines Magazine liked it so much they put it in their Essential 10 list for folk albums.
I am a musician, folklorist, storyteller, folk artist, magical ritualist,live bassist with Stick in the Wheel.
I’m inspired by folklore & magic.
I have played bass guitar in bands including Circulus, Erland & the Carnival & Gay Dad. I currently play live bass with Stick In The Wheel. I have played & sung with the Freelance Hellraiser, Freeform Five & I am a member of Cage & Aviary & a member of Maurice & Charles
I work closely with London Dreamtime on magical storytelling events in hidden locations in London. These events are amazing.
I have recorded albums under the previous artist names; Nigel Of Bermondsey & Gentlefolk.
My last album was “Constant Companion’; Follow this link to hear it
Here is a track from the album as played on the Radio 2 Folk Show
Kathryn Tickell said it was “a real earworm” which is ace.
Constant Companion was Folk Radio UK’s Album Of The Month: for December 2018 “It is rare for an album of predominantly traditional material to sound fresh and inspired all the way through. It is even less common for such an album to feel both thrillingly contemporary and utterly timeless. With Constant Companion Hoyle somehow managed it. As Cunning Folk, he is making some of the finest acoustic music to come out of this country in years.”
The 2017 Cunning Folk album, “Ritual Land, Uncommon Ground” came out & was described as
“a quietly huge endeavour, a labour of love, full of valuable knowledge, surprising stylistic breadth and exquisite songwriting.” Folk Radio UK
“beautifully-rendered pastoral and Pagan acoustic folk-pop.” fRoots
” a record that manages to demonstrate integrity without affectation. A breath of fresh air.” Shindig