EDGELARKS ‘FEATHER’ ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR: MAY/JUNE 2019

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Edgelarks began their musical journey together living in a small caravan in the hills near Exmouth, Devon. Phil had returned, Chaturangui in tow, from studying slide guitar in India with the master musician Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Hannah had grown up playing fiddle at traditional folk sessions. The pair met when they were both recruited to alt-roots outfit The Roots Union, travelling from festival to festival, tent to tent, wandering the highways, byways, and old forgotten pathways of these islands. When the band folded, Phil and Hannah formed a duo. They followed in the footsteps of the ancient troubadour tradition, picking up tunes, songs and stories along the way. Spotted busking on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Festival by champion of independent music Steve Knightley, they soon found themselves touring nationally, supporting the likes of Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, and eventually winning the prestigious Best Duo award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.

“Really sophisticated, quite brilliant.”- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 & 6

Extensive international touring followed, from Japan to South Africa, Canada to Australia. Collaborations saw them team up with Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) to form the Gigspanner Big Band; and join Show of Hands as part of their Wake the Union band for a very special show at the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Sunday 2017. As part of the all star lineup for folk-disco project The Band Of Love, they performed to a crowd of 50,000 and broadcast around the world alongside Kylie Minogue and the Manic Street Preachers, for BBC Radio 2’s Hyde Park Festival in a Day.

From recording their first album, Singing the Bones, at home in their living room in the dead of night, they have gone on to produce four more records, each time refining the process and honing their production skills – Mynd, Live in Calstock, and Watershed (which garnered them a second nomination for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016). With the fourth album, Edgelarks, came another Folk Award nomination, and the decision to adopt the band name (they previously performed under their own names).

Feather – released May 2019 – will mark another step in Edgelarks’ journey. In April 2018, they retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their many instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. Tired of the navelgazing tendencies of sad songwriting, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.

Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo’s penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

“This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma
that merits a slot on much bigger stages”

John L. Walters, The Guardian

Feather is released on the Dragonfly Roots label on May 17 and distributed by Proper Music Distribution.
It will be showcased on an extensive 18-date UK tour starting May 16 at Bath’s Chapel Arts Centre with a special album launch party at West Town Farm, near Exeter on Saturday, June 15.

‘Feather’ Album Launch Tour dates as follows:

Date Venue City Tickets Notes
16/05 Chapel Arts Centre Bath 01225 463362 www.wegottickets.com/event/450311
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17/05 The Painswick Centre Stroud 07596 823881 cantonacrepromotions@gmail.com
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22/05 Otley Courthouse Yorkshire 01943 467466 www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/otley/otley-courthouse-arts-centre/edgelarks-phillip-henry-and-hannah-martin/2019-05-22/20:00
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23/05 Peak Concerts @ Matlock Town Football Club Matlock, Derbyshire 01246 860022 www.peak-concerts.co.uk/edgelarks
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24/05 Artrix Arts Centre Bromsgrove 01527 577330 boxoffice@artrix.co.uk
www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/edgelarks
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25/05 The Ropewalk Barton Upon Humber 01652 660380 www.wegottickets.com
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30/05 Cecil Sharp House London 0207 485 2206 www.uk.patronbase.com/_CecilSharpHouse/Productions
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31/05 Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre Walton-On-Thames 01932 253354 www.riverhousebarn.co.uk/ 
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01/06 The Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth 01803 839530 www.theflavel.org.uk
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04/06 The Wardrobe Theatre Bristol 01179020344 www.thewardrobetheatre.com
www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-06-04&event_id=51310
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07/06 The Beehive Honiton 01404 384050 www.beehivehoniton.co.uk
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08/06 The Acorn Theatre Penzance 01736 363545 www.theacornpenzance.com/
info@theacornpenzance.co.uk
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14/06 ACE Space Newbury 07905 590214 www.wegottickets.com/event/454495
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15/06 Feather Launch Party at West Town Farm Ide, nr Exeter www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/exeter/west-town-farm/edgelarks-album-launch-party
Come celebrate the launch of our new album, Feather, with this unique party in a beautiful rural setting!
16/06 Gower Folk Festival Wales www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
20/06 Anteros Arts Foundation Norwich 01603 766129 www.anterosfoundation.com
www.anterosfoundation.com/product-page/thursday-20th-june-edgelarks
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21/06 Saffron Hall Saffron Walden 0845 5487650 www.saffronhall.com/calendar/foyer-folk-3/
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22/06 Shutlanger Village Hall Shutlanger, nr Towcester, Northamptonshire 07941 368958 Feather Album Launch tour.

For more information visit  http://www.edgelarks.co.uk/