Luke Daniels formed The Cobhers (pronounced Covers) in 2019 to attract new audiences to folk and traditional music. As well as playing superbly evocative original folk tunes, they also throw in a bevy of unexpected covers, translated and transduced convincingly into their own idiom, the likes of ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees or ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ by The Average White Band. These could be gimmicky and fatuous if done badly, but they rise above pastiche or parody to give convincing interpretations of these 70s disco classics.
Luke Daniels & The Cobhers album was produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai and Paulo Nutini) and are also working with The Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new Netflix styled tune archive learning materials for schools across Scotland. They have performed at Wickham, Broadstairs and Costa Del Folk Festivals.
The band champions young and emerging performers from the UK folk scene including previous BBC Young Traditional Musicians of the Year winners and students from Newcastle Uni and Royal Conservatoire Scotland’s folk music degree courses. Their music represents the very best of cutting-edge folk yet is designed to engage audiences with a unique store of pop covers that are known to all.
Artist’s website: www.lukedanielsmusic.com
‘Banjo Breakdown’ – live: