Let’s Get Serious

It’s been exactly seven months since Shut The Folk Up was born, seven months of awkward first steps and teething issues, seven months of slowly realising that my computer knowledge basically extends no further than point-and-click, seven months of joyfully watching my visitor stats slowly creep upwards day by day. During those seven months many things have happened and a lot of folk has been discovered, approved and downloaded. At some point during this great maelstrom of good music I managed to find the time to turn 21. This was particulary poignant considering that in my family there is an unwritten rule that the presents we give each other for birthdays and Christmases must never, ever suck (Christmas is like a thousand times more fun when it’s a competition).

This year my favourite older sister and brother-in-law unfailingly followed the Burns Family Principle of Awesome Gift-Giving and bought and designed what you probably by now have realised is a whole new website, beautiful, accessible and free from the constraints of Blogspot.

Today is the dawn of a new era for STFU, and it’s lovely to be able to share it with all of you.


You know what’s awesome? Joe Purdy is awesome. If you’d like some awesome evidence, I’m happy to provide:

This is the kind of folk you don’t have to be a snobby folkaholic like me to appreciate. It’s the kind of folk you’d quietly sneak into the playlist you made for your friend, secretly indoctrinating him with your acoustic lullabies so that by the time he realised he was a folky convert there would be nothing he could do. Joe Purdy is the California roll of the folk world:  fun, simple, but most importantly, likeable by almost everybody.

This was the logic I was pursuing up until about 24 hours ago, when undercover folk agent Paddy reminded me not only how awesome Joe Purdy is, but that he has just posted his new album This American for FREE online. This has resulted in two consequences.

Firstly, Joe Purdy has now, in my books at least, become cooler and more folk and just generally a better person.

Secondly, he has been upgraded from California roll status, to Complicated-Octupus-And-Worrying-Orange-Stuff-Wrapped-In-Seaweed status. Even though there’s nothing more here than a fella and an unplugged steel-string, his lyrics have become so deep they’re probably scribbled all over the Mariana Trench. It’s incredible how easy it is to break hearts with good lyrics and a touch of reverb, but this guy knows just how to do it.

Now Purdy ain’t no fool, and his album is only available throughout this December. Come 2011 and you’ll have to stay satisfied with your Californian rolls, so you’d better get downloading if you want to partake in this awesomeness.

Me? I’m going to go get some dinner. These extended metaphors are making me starving.

Download Joe Purdy’s Free Digital Album ‘This American’ Here!


Dec 2010

8 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. Courtney says:

    Congrats on your new website. Very exciting.

    I’m loving Joe Purdy. I can’t wait to get home and download the whole album. Thanks for the recommend.

  2. Karolina says:

    Thanks for the heads up and happy belated birthday!

  3. SM says:

    Yay, love the new page. Look forward to your musical musings. And happy belated 21st!

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