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An award-winning, earthy blend of English folk and American roots,
with tight-as-blood harmony flowing through its veins...

The Black Feathers - Photo

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.

Sponsors

Walden Guitars DR Strings

Special Thanks

Emilijan - Original Logo Photography
Gerry Lane - Photography
Kyle Kelly @ Villain Place - Background Artwork

April

Fri 18th
Cult Cafe, Ipswich, UK
Thu 24th
Broadmayne Village Hall, Broadmayne, UK
Fri 25th
Cheese and Grain, Frome, UK
Sat 26th
House Concert, Cheltenham, UK

May

Sat 3rd
St George's Bristol, Bristol, UK
Sat 10th
The Red Lion, Manningtree, UK
Wed 14th
Cecil's, London, UK
Fri 23rd
Red Clay Theatre, Duluth, US
Tue 27th
The Pour House, Nashville, US
Wed 28th
Kimbro's Cafe, Franklin, US
Thu 29th
House Concert, Loretto, US

June

Sun 1st
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, US
Tue 3rd
The Camphouse, Chattanooga, US
Fri 6th
Blue Plate Special WDVX, Knoxville, US
Wed 11th
The Mill, North Charleston, US
Thu 12th
White Horse Black Mountain, Black Mountain, US
Sun 15th
Urban Farmhouse, Midlothian, US
Wed 18th
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, US
Sat 21st
The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, US
Wed 25th
Tressler Barn, Easton, US
Fri 27th
Mocha Maya's, Shelburne Falls, US
Sat 28th
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, US

July

Thu 3rd
The Cock n Bull, Galway, US
Sat 5th
House Concert, Huntington, US
Sun 6th
The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, US
Fri 11th
116 E Mobile St, Florence, US
Sat 19th
Memorial Hall, Upton upon Severn, UK
Sun 27th
The Black Book Cafe, Stroud, UK

August

Sun 3rd
The Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK
Sat 30th
York House Concerts, York, UK
Sun 31st
The Cluny 2, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

September

Tue 2nd
The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, UK
Thu 4th
Railway Hotel, Southend-on-sea, UK
Sat 6th
Little Rabbit Barn, Essex, UK
Tue 9th
Roses Theatre Bar, Tewkesbury, UK
Thu 18th
Poole Museum, Poole, UK
Thu 25th
Evergreen Hall, Coleford, UK
Fri 26th
Fiddlers Club, Bristol, UK

October

Fri 10th
St Edith Hall, Sevenoaks, UK
Sun 12th
The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, UK

November

Sat 8th
Dove Cottage, Debenham, UK
Fri 14th
Grayshott Folk Club, Grayshott, UK

December

Sat 13th
Square Tower, Portsmouth, UK

Reviews

Strangers We Meet EP

“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.”

Live

“...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”

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Today we hit 100,000 Soundcloud plays! Thank you all for lending us your ears. :-D

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theblackfeathers:

Competition Time!

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!! 

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…hmmmm I wonder what we’re doing?

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We got a very kind review in the Birmingham Evening Mail on Friday… Sandwiched between ’My Chemical Romance’ and Therapy

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theblackfeathers:

Here’s a session we did for the WBBC Under The Apple Tree :-)

Hope you like it :-)

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We made it on to the Maverick Festival 2013 CD! :-)

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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! ;-)

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Look where we’re playing tonight…. (Not the BT tower) :-)

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Our stage for the night in Oxford. #soundchecking

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Looking forward to playing Helstock tonight. They even put our picture on the dressing room door! :-)

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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!!! :-)

https://www.facebook.com/theblackfeathers

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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

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Then and now…
#throwbackthursday #tbt

Strangers We Meet CD

Strangers We Meet CD

1. Strangers We Meet
2. 10,000 Times
3. Open Book
4. You Will Be Mine
5. All Came Down

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Strangers We Meet CD

Strangers We Meet
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1. Strangers We Meet
2. 10,000 Times
3. Open Book
4. You Will Be Mine
5. All Came Down

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James Partridge at Blue House Music
Email: james@bhmusic.co.uk
Phone: 07753 859222

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