You might have noticed that folk has had something of renaissance of late. You may be thinking that adding a folk ‘flavour’ to your music might require a sizeable investment. Well, you’d be wrong.
If you fancy adding a touch of folk to your band without blowing your life savings, you could pickup the entire acoustic folk set-up below for less than £500. This leaves plenty for flat caps and tweed jackets…
You’ll need some appropriate percussion for your new folk outfit, so why not start with this Natal Cajon. This deceptively simple drum is fitted with an internal snare, which makes it capable of a wide range sounds, from deep kick drum-like sounds, to sharp snappy snare-like sounds. In practice, it sounds like a kit played with brushes. If you’re a fan of the Cajon, it’s also definitely worth checking out the new Roland EC-10 Electric Cajon – yes it’s out of our budget, but it’s pretty cool!
For adding an extra percussive element to your folk sound, this Stagg tambourine is perfect. With 16 jingles, it cuts through most mixes, and a convenient handle makes it easy to play, too.
The Banjo is a key element of the modern folk sound. Trying it within your band doesn’t mean spending a small fortune, however. This Epiphone 5-string model is a bit of a bargain. A compact, open-backed design, it’s pretty portable to boot.
If you haven’t already got an acoustic guitar, the Redwood AG-1 is a great, affordable option. Perfect for taking along to festivals or BBQ jam sessions (when the dry weather returns…), this is also a great way of trying out an acoustic sound in an inexpensive.
If you need the classic, folk flavour, then a violin is the key. Evocative of both traditional folk music, and modern, pop-folk too, a violin adds immensely to any acoustic folk project.
This is a complete, full sized model with case and bow for under £130.
If your intended folk sound leans more towards blues, then a harmonica is a must. The Blues Harp is a bit of a classic design, and at this price, you can’t really go wrong. They’re available in a wide range of keys, so finding something that is pitched to suit your music shouldn’t be a problem.
Should want all of the above, it will cost just *£457.47 at current prices. Folk has never been so affordable…
*Tweed jacket, cider, and waistcoats sold seperately.