Durham University in Northern England is an actual castle. Built as a fortress in 1072, King Henry VIII (the one who killed off a lot of his wives) had a vision for a university on the site already in the 1500s, but it wasn’t until 1832 that the university was finally founded. Fast forward a couple of hundred years when a dashing sociology student from London enters as a mere mortal, and exits as the glam-folk regent King Charles of West London. King Charles was part of the original wave of nu-folk that for a few short years made a small watering hole in Fulham (the now closed Bosun’s Locker) the centre of the music universe, often sharing the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Noah and The Whale. An accident in 2009 sidelined a career in a steep vertical ascent but like a Dali-esque vision of a Regency dandy, he is back with his brand new (self-described) Mood Moment Memory music; a hot eclectic mix of folk psychedelia, frazzled pop beats and even a bit of bluegrass and country. I love his originality. The image is a debonaire time traveller who just recently discovered electric guitars and Hendrix, the lyrics are full of witty observations on love and the sound is infectious and unique . He does not fit a mould, his eyes are like two pools of dark velvety chocolate, and above all, he made me smile today. Here’s me paying it forward. Enjoy.