Alden Patterson and Dashwood are a Norwich based folk trio comprising of Christina Alden (vocals/guitar), Alex Patterson (fiddle/vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro/vocals). Following the success of their critically acclaimed album ‘By The Night’ and award winning debut album ‘Call Me Home’ the band are set to release their third album this spring.
The album is named after the old-time song ’Waterbound’ and it was recorded live and mixed in just ten hours on a wintry day in December 2019. It is beautifully presented in hand made printed card cases; each stamped and designed by the band and it has been entirely self-funded through touring.
“Over the last couple of years, we have played over two hundred shows in five countries and travelled more than 50,000 miles. We wanted to make an album that went some way to representing our live show so although it was recorded in a studio it was all recorded live. We played all the tracks just twice and we chose the first take for all but one track, we added no overdubs and because we played and sang together in one room there has been no editing”
The title track ‘Seven Years’ takes inspiration from English folk traditions and is based around an old English folk song ‘The Rambling Sailor’. The contemporary ’Winter Came’ evokes the positivity of freedom of movement and was inspired after observing three trapped House Buntings trying to escape through a glass window during a trip to North Africa in January 2019. ‘The Broads In December’ was written about the bands homeland of the Norfolk Broads, but at a time of year when it is quiet and still and all the holiday-makers are gone. The album also draws on traditional songs learnt through friends, material discovered in old books re-spun with new melodies as well as two fiery instrumentals.
Christina, Alex and Noel played their first gig together in early 2016 and with the unexpected critical success of their debut they haven’t stopped. Notable achievements include; over 800,000 streams on Spotify, winning fRoots editors choice Album Of The Year, 5000 physical albums sold, nearly 300 gigs played, a 23 date concert hall tour with Show Of Hands, multiple shows at Celtic Connections including at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, multiple airplay on BBC Radio 2/BBC Radio 6/BBC Radio 4, playing across the UK, France, Belgium and Norway including main stage shows at prestigious folk festivals; Sidmouth, Towersey and Cambridge.
“It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
2020 sees the band set for another successful year with over seventy dates at theatres, folk clubs and festivals across the UK and Europe.
Tour dates as follows:
21/02 Burton Folk Club, Staffordshire – firstname.lastname@example.org
22/02 The Globe At Hay, Wales – 01497 821 762
23/02 The Hive, Shrewsbury – 01743 234970
24/02 The Bridge Folk Club, Newcastle – email@example.com
25/02 The Hoy At Anchor Folk Club, Essex – Steve Ramm: 07913 632956
26/02 Redbourn Folk Club, St Albans – Jenny: 01582 793164
28/02 Mansfield Palace Theatre, Nottinghamshire – 01623 633133
29/02 Tuppenny Barn, Portsmouth – Claire: 07981 914232
04/03 Willows Folk Club, Lancashire – firstname.lastname@example.org
06/03 Acorn Theatre, Penzance – 01736 363545
07/03 Pebbles Tavern, Somerset – 01984 634737
08/03 Barny’s Live Music, Stroud – 01453 886879
11/03 Dorking Folk Club, Surrey – 01372 729333
13/03 The Blaxhall Sessions, Suffolk – www.wegottickets.com/folkeast
14/03 Flitcham Social Club, Kings Lynn – 01485 600703
15/03 Bowes Park Folk Club, London – 07774 147296
20/03 Penarth Acoustic Club, Cardiff – 029 2070 9982 / 029 2070 6455
21/03 Aberystwyth Folk Club, Wales – 01970 880855
26/03 Uxbridge Folk Club, London – 07985 018317
27/03 Roots Music Club, Doncaster – 07803 904766
18/04 – Hands Across The Sea, Wingfield Barns Suffolk (duo) – 01379 384505
19/04 – Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge (duo) – email@example.com
21/04 – The Harrison, London (duo) – 020 7278 3966
27-28/04 – Costa Del Folk Ibiza – 01254 445050
For more information visit http://www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com