Performing: The Black Feathers
Doors Open: 7:00PM
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We were very lucky to secure The Black Feathers as support for My Darling Clementine back in January. Our audience was absolutely taken aback by their talent: their songs, playing and harmonies, and we were determined to bring them back for a show of their own, so here they are.
The band is made up of singer/songwriters Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler. Having played together for many years in various projects, they decided to break away and collaborate as a duo, writing and performing their own material.
Inspired by advice given to them by Youth [Martin Glover, producer of Dido and the Orb], they set off in search of ancient melodies as a base to build a sound that later became The Black Feathers, drawing their influences from a number of high-quality wells; Americana rubbing shoulders with folk, and edgy rock sensibilities peeking through the tight-as-blood harmonies.
Since their debut show in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been busy touring the country, enticing and captivating audiences as they go. During the summer of 2013, they played over 18 festivals, including well-received slots at the Maverick Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. With an ever-growing online fan base developing in the US, they also fitted in an eight-date tour in and around Nashville, Tennessee.
After 18 months as The Black Feathers and receiving sponsorship from Walden Guitars and DR strings, Ray and Sian were awarded The 5 Valleys Folk Award 2013, and played the main support slot for headline act Spiers and Boden [Bellowhead] at Stroud Folk Festival.
The duo have just finished their first studio EP recording, working with James Towler at Wincraft Studios, Richard Neuberg at Strawhouse Studios, and John Dent at Loud Mastering. Their debut EP will be released in December, followed by a tour in the UK and Europe. There are also plans for a US tour in 2014.
‘Their five-song debut EP, Strangers We Meet, is full of nice touches and sweet harmonies’ – The Telegraph
‘There is much to admire in their gratifying approach to making music and the sumptuous vocals are born to absorb.’ - FATEA Magazine
‘The Black Feathers could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings’ - Flying Shoes