Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Live footage from our Holland tour with Thomas Dybdahl

You may remember in March, Paul and I embarked on a four-date tour with Thomas Dybdahl in the Netherlands. We had a great time, made a lot of new friends and played in amazing, sold-out venues. We chose a couple of tracks from some of the live footage of the tour to post up on our YouTube page. Liberation Theology, the lead track from our critically-acclaimed album Liberation, from the packed out show in Amsterdam at the incredible De Duif and a brand new song called Old Glory from the Den Bosch gig. Hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Interview on Radio Cardiff with Rhys Phillips

On Easter Monday morning, cycling through the rain, I got a call from Radio Cardiff DJ Rhys Phillips. Rhys played Liberation Theology and South America from our album, Liberation, and we did an interview about the band, the songs and what we've been up to over the last few months. You can listen back to it by clicking here and fast forwarding on the player to about one hour 30 minutes into the show.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thank you for a wonderful album launch!

Big love and many thanks to everyone who came to the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen last night to help celebrate the launch of our critically-acclaimed album Liberation. We were honestly blown away to see so many friendly faces, old and new, in the crowd and the vibe was just amazing. We felt blessed to have such great support and hope you all enjoyed the night as much as we did. It was a great honour to have Cyrus Shahrad (Hiatus) back on keys for the show - our first gig as a four piece since last summer. Cyrus and I have been working on a Hiatus featuring Smoke Feathers release, which is due very soon. You can download the B side to our Change Up EP here. Stay tuned for more news on that release. Much respect to Will Rees and Joe Kelpie from Pull Up The Roots for staging the launch night in Hoxton. Will, who is now putting on some of the finest and most intimate folk and roots shows in London, gave me some of my first gigs in this city back in the day so it was a really great privilege to be able to bring it full circle. A huge shout out also to the wonderful Gary Nock who opened the night for us with his beautiful, lilting songs and to the mighty John Blood & The Highlys for producing another knock out set - they are a truly mesmerising band that you need to see. John also crept on stage to help us out with We Will Maintain. Please check those two acts out if you haven't heard them yet - they both have music up on iTunes. If you missed the show and want to come and see us play another time, here is a list of upcoming gigs:

Roots & Culture
Friday, April 27 - w/John Blood & The Highlys, Charlie Wright's, Old Street, London

Driftwood Sessions
Wednesday, May 2 - The Elgin, Notting Hill, London

Bristol Folk Festival
Saturday, May 5 - Colston Hall, Bristol

Sunday, May 6 - Woodbridge, Suffolk

Saturday, May 19 - Near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Entertainment Focus: Liberation is a "remarkable first record"

Entertainment Focus editor Pip Ellwood has given our debut album Liberation a cracking four-star review this weekend, ahead of our album launch on Tuesday, saying it is a "remarkable first record" and an album "that not only engages but affects you". You can read the full article by clicking here. Our album launch is on Tuesday, April 10 at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. We are on stage at 9.30pm, with support from John Blood & The Highlys and Gary Nock.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Maverick runs Smoke Feathers interview in May/June issue

Last month, I did a really enjoyable interview with Nick Dent-Robinson from Maverick, Britain's leading independent country and roots music magazine. The article features in the May/June edition which is available in stores now. Maverick also gave our album Liberation a great 4* review this year. Big thanks to Nick and the Maverick crew for all their support in the run up to our album launch at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Tuesday, April 10.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Chris Hawkins says Liberation Theology is "absolute class", plugs our album launch

For those of you who may have missed it this morning, BBC 6 Music DJ Chris Hawkins played Liberation Theology again on his early show, saying the tune was "very special" and "absolute class". Chris also very kindly plugged the night we are holding at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Tuesday, April 10 to celebrate the launch of our critically-acclaimed album, Liberation. You can listen back by heading to about 25 minutes into the show via this link. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Chris for all the support ahead of the launch. You can buy Liberation Theology and the rest of our album from iTunes by clicking on this link. Tickets for the album launch, with support from the excellent John Blood & The Highlys and Gary Nock, can be bought here.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Another Chris Hawkins play on 6 Music

BBC 6 Music DJ Chris Hawkins will be playing Smoke Feathers on his show tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 3). Last week, Chris played Liberation Theology, the lead track from our critically-acclaimed album Liberation. Big love to Chris for supporting our music. You can tune in to his show between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on 6 Music by clicking here. Don't forget we have our album launch at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on April 10. You can buy tickets in advance by clicking here and you can buy our Liberation by clicking here.