Folk band is set to release debut LP

PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2015

The Model Folk. Picture by Neil Parker

The Model Folk. Picture by Neil Parker

Neil Parker

A Clevedon band are getting ready to unleash their ‘eclectic’ musical style on the public by releasing their first album on their own record label.

The Model Folk, whose members describe their music as ‘rumbustious Balkan-inspired folk’, will release the debut album with a launch party at Kenn Village Hall in Kenn Street on April 2.

The six-piece, formerly known as M.O.D, are calling the album The Great Pedants Revolt and are giving it some finishing touches before the release.

Rob Rowles, singer and songwriter, said: “It’s our first album so we’re rather excited.

“We hope that people will find more and more on repeated listens and that there’s something for everyone, given our somewhat eclectic approach.

“We have a couple of weeks to finish things off at the end of February at White House Recording Studio near Weston.”

The group are releasing the album on their own record label which they set up to give them more control over the music and the way it is released.

Rob, who also plays a number of instruments including the ukelele and washboard, said: “We set up Diabetic Horse Records as a way of making and releasing our own records.

“We have 100 per cent artistic control of our product and we can set our own timescales and release records when we are ready to do so.

“Any proceeds we make will be ploughed back into the next release.”

The band are particularly renowned for their live performances which often see them leaving the stage to play among the crowd or even from behind the bar.

Rob said: “We like to fully involve the audience, rather than hide on the stage - it should be fun after all.

“We like to break down those traditional barriers.

“We don’t want to be a band that just plays North Somerset so we will pretty much play anywhere that isn’t vertigo-inducing. We have played in sheds, boats and even butcher’s shops.

“We’d love to see more writing musicians get out there too so we hope we inspire more local people into getting out there too.”

Tickets for the Kenn Village Hall album launch can be bought by emailing the band at, by following the band on Facebook or on the door.

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