The band is made up of guitarist Ray Hughes and singer/songwriter 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.
"This duo just stopped everyone in their tracks" -via Songs From the Shed.
"Two words, beautiful Harmonies. These two are such a great duo, I highly recommend you catch one of their gigs" - Fox Beard Music
"What a find this contemporary Folk duo has been! Amazing! Stunning! Just beautiful" - Band Of Banjo Playing Badgers
"The Black Feathers paint emotional landscapes with solid vocals and musical dynamics that span the spectrum" - A Little More Vodka, A Little Less Milk
"A tremendous acoustic performance, the more I hear from this amazing duo the more impressed I am" - Bearly Rambling
"Beautiful harmonies, fine songwriting" -Paul Moss, BBC Intoducing
"Nice sound" - Charlie Peacock, producer (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow)
"Deep, dark, moody sonnets" -Youth, producer (Dido, The Orb)