Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for best duo (2015), much of their music is characterised by lush chamber ensemble orchestrations and what sets them apart is the combination of Josienne’s divinely nuanced, emotionally affecting voice and Ben’s intricately expressive guitar technique. They cite Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Nic Jones and Pierre Bensusan as respective influences, but theirs is a captivating sound that’s all their own.
The elegance and sophistication of their music comes from their own discipline, rigour and craft. The way they inhabit songs that are sometimes centuries old, making them personal and present again, while also pricking the heart with their own tales of everyday love and loss makes their music a rare and precious thing.
“Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker specialise in melancholy, and the move to a new record label hasn’t altered their approach. They constantly change styles on a set that’s dominated by songs about dusk, the night and dawn, and the mood remains the same as they switch from Elizabethan balladry to country, jazz and ’60s pop.” The Guardian