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”
“There is much to admire in their gratifying approach to making music and the sumptuous vocals are born to absorb.”
“The Black Feathers could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings”
“Each number flows eloquently from the deep song writing well of Sian and Ray and possesses an acute sensitivity to capture an entrancing mood of inspirational elegance”
“...gorgeous close harmonies – two voices paired to perfection”
“What makes these self-penned songs so remarkable is that they feel almost like they’re old friends - heart-warming, familiar, comfortable”
“This fine debut EP should serve to bring a very talented duo to a wider audience. We can only hope that the wait for a full album’s worth of songs will not be a long one”
“...a masterclass in vocal harmony all hung on a well paced and beautifully crafted recording.”
“...stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings”
“It is so rare an opening act rival the main performance but that is exactly what the seamless harmony singing Black Feathers achieved”
“The pure emotion and subtle timing of their song delivery is as evident as the enjoyment radiating from their onstage chemistry”
Up for grabs, we have a copy of Muscle Shoals on DVD, our Strangers We Meet EP, the Maverick Festival 2013 Live CD (with live tracks from Grace and Tony, Rainbow Girls, The Hallelujah Trails, The Carrivick Sisters, and more), plus a whole load of other good stuff too!
All you have to do is LIKE The Black Feathers facebook page, and REBLOG this photo. Each REBLOG counts as an entry, and you can enter as many times as you like!
We’ll be picking a winner at random next week!
Good luck, and share, share, share!!
We got a very kind review in the Birmingham Evening Mail on Friday… Sandwiched between ’My Chemical Romance’ and Therapy? !
Here’s a session we did for the WBBC Under The Apple Tree :-)
Hope you like it :-)
Great night playing at the Maverick Festival press launch at The Gibson Showrooms… I don’t think Ray will be getting rid of his Waldens any time soon! ;-)
Looking forward to playing Helstock tonight. They even put our picture on the dressing room door! :-)
We’ve been told that Paul Sexton is hoping to play a track from our EP on BBC/Radio 2 this week as part of a documentary called Nashville in the UK.
We hope so too, because that would be AWESOME!!! :-)
Sorry we’ve been so quiet of late. We’ve been busy booking dates for our US tour. Really excited to be coming back!
Here are the dates so far:
May 17: The Pour House - Nashville, TN
June 1: The Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN
June 11: The Mill - North Charleston, SC
June 12: White Horse Black Mountain - Black Mountain, NC
June 15: The Urban Farmhouse - Midlothian, VA
June 18: Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
June 21: The Skinny Pancake - Burlington, VT
June 25: Tressler Barn - Easton, CT
June 27: Mocha Maya’s - Shelbourne Falls, MA
June 28: Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
July 3: The Cock n Bull - Galway, NY
July 11: 116 E Mobile - Florence, AL
We’ll be adding more shows in the next couple of weeks.
There will be some days off if anyone fancies hosting a house concert, or just chilling out and having a few drinks.
See y’all soon! X
1. Strangers We Meet
2. 10,000 Times
3. Open Book
4. You Will Be Mine
5. All Came Down
Black Feathers logo in white on black t-shirt
Limited edition t-shirt.
Black logo on high quality sand coloured t-shirt.
25mm Girl Logo Badge
150mm x 35mm Sticker