Jon Wilks

In late 2016, Wilks set up a blog called 'Grizzly Folk', intending to explore traditional folk songs via their storylines (hence the tagline, 'Folk songs explored one story at a time'). His interest in traditional British folk music came via the discovery that his grandparents had met and courted at Cecil Sharp House.

Initially wary of trying to explain a genre he didn't fully understand, he decided to use his journalistic experience to interview a series of prominent folk singers, performers and scholars, hoping that by doing so he might be able to communicate their passion for the genre to his audience. Interviewees included Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden, Paul Sartin, Martin Simpson and many more.

By the end of 2017, he had interviewed and documented conversations with over 25 folk luminaries.

The project also saw Wilks explore some of the traditional songs that he discovered, nine of which ended up on an accompanying album, Songs From The Attic. A follow-up album, using the same concept but focusing on traditional, music hall and industrial folk songs from Birmingham, was released in 2018 under the title Midlife.

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Top SongsAlbum
Oh, It Was My Cruel Parents Who Did Me First TrepanOh, It Was My Cruel Parents Who Did Me First Trepan3:00
Abraham, Martin and JohnWar and Peace4:23
When First I Came to CaledoniaSongs from the Attic5:02
There Was an Old Man Came Over the SeaMidlife5:51
Buffoon (feat. The Grizzly Folk)Midlife3:17
Bandy-Legged LettMidlife3:30
John HobbsMidlife3:13
Ye Mariners All (A Jug of This)Songs from the Attic2:57
Birmingham SallyMidlife2:56
Aye for Saturday Night (My Bloke's a Peaky)Midlife2:33
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