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When Heather Ferrier spoke of assembling a band back in our April issue, the natural assumption was that she’d set her eyes on adapting the electronically-tinged alt. folk of debut EP From The Ashes for the live stage. In the event, the trio she’s concocted is an altogether more exciting proposition. Complementing the warmth and lustre of Heather’s trademark accordion are guitarist Alasdair Paul (Pons Aelius) and drummer Adam Stapleford (Taupe, Yes Grasshopper); a line-up whose dynamism opens ever more novel and contemporary doors, all while remaining true to Heather’s instinctive aptitude for rhythm and complex musical harmony. This alchemy was vividly highlighted last month by new single 5 Minute Walk, a considerable sonic and compositional leap which promises great things ahead of their live debut at Newcastle’s Cobalt Studios on Thursday 8th December.

Support on the evening comes from London-based fiddle and guitar duo Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell. Previously known for their work with Cosmo Sheldrake and Sam Sweeney, the pair arrive hot on the heels of debut album You, Golden, another striking, emotive display of modern folk expertly pitting their own fresh material alongside a clutch of remodelled traditional tunes.

As with all of Cobalt’s Fresh Thursdays, a tenner buys you buys you some fabulous live music plus a hearty plant-based dinner, with £7 tickets also available for the gig only. We’d nudge you towards the former – but either way, this show comes highly recommended!

Heather Ferrier Trio and Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell play Cobalt Studios, Newcastle on Thursday 8th December.


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