(Prog) Wolf People are one of the brightest rising stars in the world of folk-prog, but they started out as a hip hop band, says frontman Jack Sharp. Then he encountered the music of Pentangle, and everything changed.
The four-piece released second album Fain in April, soaked in English and Scottish folk tunes with a definite psychedelic twist. Sharp tells the Guardian: "I'd had a copy of Pentangle's first album for years, which I'd picked up for sampling – and one day it just clicked.
"I realised my mum used to sing Let No Man Steal Your Thyme to me when I was a kid, so there was already a deep emotional connection. That was a gateway drug to folk for me.
"What draws me to traditional music is that the songs are there to do a job, to tell a story, to make work easier. There's no pomposity, celebrity or ego." What else inspired him?