The Folk U series of singer-songwriter shindigs is the brainchild of siblings Khavn and Ledh de la Cruz, collectively known as Fando & Lis. The idea behind Folk U being to weed out the unsung singer-songwriters in the country and give them a platform to showcase their work and at the same time, take established performers out of their comfort zones.
Essentially, it’s the same thrust as .MOV making it a perfect fit for this year’s 4th .MOV Film Music and Literature Festival. And this year’s .MOV being a tribute to Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, the Folk U gig ithat happened during this year’s .MOV was dubbed Folk U Alexis & Nika 2 and featured performances from Ace Cada (of Bagetsafonik), Enrique De Dios, Aldus Santos, TOI, Hannah & Gabi, Vin Dancel and Ely Buendia, among others.
Held last September 3 at the Podium, the special Folk U gig was also the launching of the .MOV CD ,Songs From The End of the World, which features live performances from some of Folk U’s stalwarts, including Kat Lopez, Kate Torralba, Dan Gil and Joey Ayala.
The .MOV jury, comprised of Chris Fujiwara and Joel Shepard, also announced during the night the year’s Silvershorts Grand Prize winner, Jon Lazam’s moody, mysterious Hindi Atin Ang Buwan (The Moon Is Not Ours).
And lastly, .MOV paid tribute to Ryan Cayabyab, arguably the quintessential Filipino singer-songwriter if you go by the way his body of work has seeped into the fabric of our pop consciousness and the ease with which he moves from one genre to the other, not to mention his upholding of local music, being one of the, if not the, prime architects of OPM.
For more on the .MOV festival, go here.