Cunning Folk is a musician, storyteller & music promoter & also runs the South East London Folklore society.
Cunning Folk has performed supports for Alasdair Roberts, Stick In The Wheel, Martin Carthy & other supports of good folk keep rolling in.
A new album, “Constant Companion” is out now. It 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.”
You can follow this link to buy it.
The 2017 album, “Ritual Land, Uncommon Ground” has been 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
Cunning Folk has previously performed as GentleFolk, whose 2015 album, “Into the Greenwood” was described as
“Charming & mesmeric” Guardian
“Engagingly idiosyncratic” Prog
“One of the most intelligently written & interesting albums of 2015” Liverpool Sound & Vision
“Genuinely & gently joyeous” Fatea Records
“Calls to mind the Incredible String Band” R2
“Perfectly epitomises folk music in principle & execution” Sonic Bandwagon
Cunning Folk puts on regular folk & roots music & spoken word events & talks in interesting places in a mission to bring wonderful interesting music, storytelling,history & poetry to like minded souls. In 2014 CF put on events in Tudor houses, old barges & magical bookshops. In 2015 CF put on events in woodlands, edgelands & forgotten corners & organised the Bermondsey Folk Festival. In 2016 & 2017 & 2019 CF organised the Bermondsey Folk Festival. The 2019 Bermondsey folk festival is coming on dandy.
Cunning Folk organises the South East London Folklore Society a monthly pub meeting with speakers talking on subjects ranging from Wicca to Shakespeare, from Robin Hood to The Transports.
Cunning Folk tells stories for adults & children at festivals in schools & all sorts of events. (Up to date DBS etc.)
He plays 80s hits on a banjo when he thinks no-one is looking.