The Changing Room’s debut EP A River Runs Between has created quite a stir. Released at the end of September, it’s already attracted Radio 2 airplay, positive reviews calling for ‘more’, and a queue of willing guest performers wanting to get involved in the forthcoming debut album.
At the front of that queue was Fisherman’s Friends frontman Jon Cleave who joined the band in the studio in Truro, Cornwall in October to add guest vocals to two of the album tracks.
The Changing Room is a joint project between singer/songwriter Tanya Brittain and musician/vocalist Sam Kelly, and promises to be one of the most exciting new folk collaborations of 2014. Tanya manages to weave deeply evocative narrative around enchanting and addictive melodies, and Sam has one of the best young male voices in British roots music. Together they conjure up magic.
The Changing Room was featured on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show on 15th October. The show finished with ‘A River Runs Between’ … nestled between Bellowhead live in the studio, and the U2 sessions at Maida Vale.
Other guest performers on the album will include Kevin McGuire, Jamie Francis, Polperro Fishermen’s Choir, Jennifer Crook, and Falmouth-based shanty group The Oggymen. Adding to an already impressive line-up, The Changing Room’s first album will be produced by Boo Hewerdine and mixed by Jon Kelly.
Sam and Tanya are working hard to complete the album (which they hope to release in late December/early January) so that they can share more of their original music with their growing band of followers.
Artists’ website: www.thechangingroommusic.com
“This record just isn’t long enough and I’m relieved to read that a full length album is on the way.” Folking.com
“From the first track ‘A River Runs Between’, I knew that I was in for a treat. The only issue I have with The Changing Room’s EP is that I want to hear more of their music – three tracks is a great taster, and I look forward to the main course when the full album is released.” Alan Morley, UK Folk Music
“It feels like a little musical magic happened.” Dai Jeffries
“It does my heart good to hear a project that’s speak to Cornwall, from Cornwall and about Cornwall. It pushes all the right buttons in evoking a soundscape that reflects the sea, the sky and the people of the West … hats off to all involved.” Sam Lakeman