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One to Watch: “Headback Home” – Ian Penn, 2014 (Single, Lilystars Records)

The thing about folk music is that many people seem to think that it’s hardly anything more than a thing from the past; a remnant of 1960s counter-culture.  But there is actually a young artist who has skilfully woven together old-school rhythms and poignant lyrics to show the world that folk music is definitely alive and well: Ian Penn.

His debut single Headback Home from Lilystars Records is reminiscent of folk greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Williams: a reedy, classically folksy voice telling the tale of a little girl lost.  It may not be to the taste of most people who would rather stick to formulaic pop sung by indifferently talented drones, but this kid’s music is the real deal: honest, lyrical, with a touch of wide-eyed innocence yet wary optimism of things to come.

Penn, I understand, writes his own material and this is, in itself, a window into the young artist’s soul: a look into the musings, dreams, and hopes of what I would consider an old soul seeing the world through youthful eyes.  Having gotten off to a respectable start with Headback Home, I look forward to hearing what else this rising talent has in his rucksack on his journey into musical maturity.

For more about Ian and his music, visit his website at




Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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