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Folks fly high with Noel Gallagher

Guitar band Folks have hailed Noel Gallagher as a "great man".

The six-piece from Manchester supported the ex-Oasis star on his European tour.

"We did his whole European tour, back in March. And he asked us again to play in Edinburgh," guitarist and songwriter Michael Beasley said.

"Noel's been around a long time now, but he still goes out to check out bands he thinks he might like, and if he does like you, he might well offer you a gig.

"There are so many people in the industry in his position, but not many are as helpful or generous. He's a great man."

The band recorded their album in just 17 days in Los Angeles.

We couldn't afford the place we had used before, Toe Rag Studios in London, so we ended up going to LA," Michael said.

"We had been working with a producer called Luther Russell, who is like LA musical royalty. He was in a band with Bob Dylan's son Jakob, grew up with Clint Eastwood's kids, and Stephen Stills's kids.

"He's a real Beatles enthusiast like we are, and loves four-track tape recorders too. His mate had a studio we could use, so yeah, it was cheaper to go to Beverly Hills and make a record than it was to go to London."

:: The band are on tour in the UK throughout July and August, with their biggest show to date at Edinburgh Castle on July 17, supporting Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. For more information, visit www.wearefolks.

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