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“The new album is the most traditional-sounding of the lot – mandolin, page accordion and fiddle are present and correct – and yet it feels quirkier in concept than performance, doctor like a folk genre idea tackled with an indie band’s skillset”
Herald Scotland

“[Bugbears is] a window to a period closer in time and temperament to our own than we imagine. By happy accident it also offers respite from folk’s Cameron-endorsed sons and daughters of the manor, wrestling the people’s music out of their grasp and planting its roots firmly in the muddy fields of Essex.”
The Quietus

“is a loving and modern take on the chaotic Civil War period, with his Essex and London accent giving the songs greater authenticity.
Where the album works best is where the more modern sounds come through, such as the electric guitar on Hey Then Up We Go and The Contented as well the shuffling rhythm of Seven Months Married. The acoustic guitar work on the instrumental Owl also has a simple and modern feel to it and proves to be a real highpoint of the album.”
[8 / 10] Neon Filler

“These songs could have carried on all day as far as I was concerned: Bugbears is, in every way but superstitiously, utterly charming.”
For Folks Sake

“With Bugbears, Hayman stands apart.”
The Arts Desk

“the band have done a cracking job with the arrangements, and all the songs, featuring lute and violins alongside guitars, sound incredibly authentic. Of course this is a Darren Hayman album so the songs he has chosen tend to the darker side of life, but that’s what we love about Darren Hayman, right?”
Artrocker

“[Bugbears] may be olde-worlde in [its] original incarnation, but with a fresh approach Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament have breathed new life into these compositions and… have crossed that bridge from modern indiepop to historical tales, so that they no longer sound like musty relics but more an interesting and occasionally informative journey back in time that’s seen through modern eyes and is, on more than one occasion, really quite enchanting.”
SoundsXP

“Hayman may sing about impossibilities, but with Bugbears, he’s proved that it’s possible to turn the ancient into the contemporary and the fatalistic into the optimistic.”
Music OMH

“[Darren Hayman] has unearthed a fascinating treasure trove of folk songs and turned them in to a lovingly performed, effortlessly enjoyable collection of songs”
Penny Black Music

“‘Bugbears’ is distinctive album and an intriguing companion to The Violence. Hayman has reached back into the past and picked up a handful of gems.”
Drunken Werewolf

“The hearts of the songs have been treasured in their time-travelling.”
Kyeo

“‘Bugbears’ is a collection of lovingly crafted folk songs”
Norman Records

“‘The Owl’, ‘Bold Astrologer’ and others may be olde-worlde in their original incarnation, but with a fresh approach Darren Hayman & The Short Parliament have breathed new life into these compositions and with the likes of ‘The Contented’ and ‘Impossibilities’ have crossed that bridge from modern indiepop to historical tales, so that they no longer sound like musty relics but more an interesting and occasionally informative journey back in time that’s seen through modern eyes and is, on more than one occasion, really quite enchanting.”
The Sound Of Confusion

Interview/Feature in The Independent