The Black Feathers – new single

Black Feathers

Hailing from the Gloucestershire countryside, award winning Americana duo, The Black Feathers announce the release of a new single ‘Holy Water’, the first to be taken from their eagerly awaited second album, due for release in the spring of 2018; the band will also embark on a tour across the UK through September.

The ability to write songs that sound both ancient and modern is a rare thing; weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the very fabric of fresh creations. The Black Feathers, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. Americana, folk and acoustic sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of gorgeously seamless vocal harmonies often heard only in family bands.

New single, ‘Holy Water’, is probably the duo’s most personal and revealing song to date; written following a deeply powerful performance in the chapel of a rehab facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in Nashville TN during their recent US tour – the extraordinary experience being made all the more poignant as it fell on the same day as Ray celebrated six years of sobriety.

The music industry has a long and difficult history with addiction. What starts out as an exciting and liberating experience – creative, even – can all too easily become an obsession, leading to a downward spiral of self-destructive behaviour and isolation. And whilst some, like Ray, are lucky enough to realise that they’re falling, others simply don’t see the ground coming, and then struggle to come to terms with what has happened.

“Many turn to God or religion at such times, but not everyone has that choice,” Ray explains. “Holy Water tries to highlight the fact that you don’t need to be religious to be ‘saved’”.

‘Holy Water’ follows an incredible year for the band; their debut album Soaked To The Bone met with critical acclaim, breaking into the Top 10 iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. Lead single ‘Down By The River’ received an exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show; and the band headed on tour throughout the UK & US winning over audiences from The Bedford in Balham to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

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The Black Feathers announce debut album

The Black Feathers announce debut album

Hailing from the Gloucester countryside, award-winning Americana duo, The Black Feathers, are excited to release their eagerly awaited debut album Soaked To The Bone on February 26, 2016 on Blue House Music. The first single re-leased from the album, ‘Down By The River’, premiered on Folk Radio UK in late 2015, with the world exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show.

Soaked To The Bone, the first long player by the duo of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes, really has been a lifetime in the making. It’s the perfect consummation of the early promise shown by their 2014 EP Strangers We Meet, or the incisive and warm live performances that have won over audiences all the way from The Bedford in Balham to the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

They recorded the album in March 2015 and co-produced with Richard Neuberg (Viarosa), the result of which is a Black Feathers record with shadowy sensuality and charming melodicism in equal measure, from the poignant ‘Goodbye Tomorrow’ and ‘Homesick’ via the ominous ‘Blind’ and ‘Spider And The Fly’ to the sunny ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘All For You’.

They married in 2012, which also marked the beginning of their musical adventure as The Black Feathers. They designed the band logo on honeymoon and the music soon followed. This close collaboration became the backbone of The Black Feathers’ sound. Whether playing to a 1,500 strong audience at the Colston Hall in Bristol, or to 80 crammed in to the Green Note in London, The Black Feathers give an intimate performance that draws the listener in to a special, strong and unique bond between two people.

The band have wasted no time in getting their music heard in venues around the UK, playing a multitude of shows and festivals up and down the country. Within their first year they were awarded the ‘5 Valleys Folk Award’ and the following year also picked up the ‘Folkstock Arts Foundation’ award for best live performance. They have toured in Germany, Holland and in the USA including a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.

The duo will return to the US for another long engagement next May and June, but there are many road miles to cover at home first, fuelled by the exciting arrival of Soaked To The Bone, a debut album to be proud of.

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“…more than a match for the current Nu-Nashville boy-girl outfits”– Acoustic Magazine

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The Black Feathers – ‘Strangers We Meet’ video

Americana Folk duo The Black Feathers are excited to announce that their video
‘Strangers We Meet’ is now available to watch online. This follows the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP of the same name in February 2014, which gained plays on BBC Radio 2 and saw them appear in The Telegraph’s 51 Best Folk Albums of 2014 list, as well as feature in Sunday Times Culture.

The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, Americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go.

They have performed at festivals all over the country, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, Stroud Folk Festival, and Maverick. They were awarded the 5 Valleys Folk Award in September of 2013, and the Folkstock Arts Foundation award for Best Live Performance in February the following year.

In May of 2014, they embarked on a 7-week tour in the US, including shows at Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Red Clay Theatre, and a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

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