Broom, Briars, Torches From The Fire


Release Date: 14 June 2010
Format: CD Album
Label: Singaround Records


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1. Witches Book
2. Bushes and Briars
3. Voting With Your Feet
4. Lighthouse
5. Pencarrow Head
6. Fight For The Middle Ground
7. Automatic
8. Who Knows Where
9. Princess
10. Left Outside The Loop
11. Rag Doll
12. King William’s Lady


Juniper Leaf are a modern psyche-folk four-piece from London. The band formed when Chikinki frontman, Rupert Browne, met drummer George Bradley at a party in Stoke Newington in 2007. The pair were soon joined by Chikinki’s Boris Exton and, then Vanessa Marlowe. The foursome blends together their love of German 70s guitar rock, folk and their love of bands like Incredible String Band and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd to create something truly captivating and magical.

Broom, Briars, Torches From The Fire is the band’s debut album. During the writing of the album, Rupert discovered British folk music and started to frequent many of the traditional folk nights around the big city. Many of his main influences are some of the 1960s folk revivalists such as Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch. An ode to these 60s influences sees the band rework “Bushes and Briars” from the 1967 film version of Far From The Maddening Crowd. “King William’s Lady” also came from Martin Carthy.