I feel I am heading into another folky period and so how timely to (finally) stumble across a new home grown voice. Roo Panes, whose musical maturity belies his scandalously young twenty three years has obviously achieved some traction with a couple of EP’s, some radio exposure and helpful support slots for the likes of Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
Roo Panes has one of those voices, rich and distinctive, enough edge to keep you listening properly, a wonderful tonal quality that fits perfectly with the carefully crafted and structured songs. Coming clearly from the deep English folk tradition there is nothing backward looking here, all is thoughtful and intelligent.
His first EP, Once, is still available through his Bandcamp page and his second, Weight of Your World can be got through iTunes or if a hard copy is more your style, then go to his label, CRC Music for a CD or download. Mr Panes writes, sings and plays mandolin, 6 and 12 string guitars, while Georgie Harris delivers viola, Joanne Sy cello,Sean Hatton drums and presumably his sister Deborah adds extra vocals.
Enticing and enveloping music from an obvious talent, a new EP is planned for early summer so if this is up your street, then there is more to come soon.