Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Devon Indie folk band Velvet & Stone release new video Lay Her Down, vote for Raise Your Ghosts in UK Country Awards

Devon Exeter Indie folk band Velvet & Stone have released 
their new video Lay Her Down
Velvet & Stones’ 'Raise Your Ghosts' song eligible for’s Listeners’ Club Song Award 2018

“Lay Her Down” was recorded live at Momentum Studios (Website; Old Newnham Farm, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 5BL) in March 2018. Josiah Manning and Jake Galvin filmed it. The video was produced and edited by Paddy Blight.
Audio credits: Vocals - Lara Snowdon (Vocals), Kathryn Tremlett (Violin), Kev Jackson (Acoustic guitar), Paddy Blight (Double bass), Garry Kroll (Drums) and Josiah Manning (Recording)

Watch, share and enjoy!

The band’s new single, ‘Lay Her Down’, opens with atmospheric acoustic guitar and a bowed double bass laying a frosty bed for vocalist Lara Snowdon to delicately tread upon. Almost immediately upon the introduction of drums and violin I’m reminded of much the missed Brother & Bones because the of the intensity of the aural atmosphere created by these musicians. ….Much as Sound of the Sirens and Wildwood Kin emerged from the Exeter scene to make a splash further afield, I fully expect Velvet & Stone to be next in line. Review Listen With Monger

★★★★★” – Maverick 
“Haunting” – Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
“Brilliant” – Sam Kelly, BBC R2 Folk Award Winner

The band do more than just support her voice though, and these songs soar” - Fatea Records
One of our favourite records of the year. Trust me on this one. Velvet & Stone are superb”. (James Santer, BBC Introducing In Devon | Soundcloud)

Velvet & Stone’s brand of indie-folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs – giving an original and beautiful take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Somersault, they take their audiences on a journey from stunning melodies to foot-stomping folk-rock.

Led by the ethereal combination of Lara Snowdon’s vocals, and Kathryn Tremlett’s violin, Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, creating a sound that is difficult to forget. Their music has flavours of singer-songwriter influences such as Ben Howard and Beth Orton, and a raw appeal from influences such as Seth Lakeman, The Cranberries and The Levellers.

The band released their single ‘Raise Your Ghosts‘ in August 2017, followed by the The Embers EP in October 2017. Their music has gained plaudits from across the music press, airtime on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales and is championed by their local BBC Introducing team! (Same Old Record Live in session for BBC Introducing in Devon)

“What Raise Your Ghosts (iTunes; tagged Singer-Songwriter/Folk) and Embers shows is that the band have become a little more polished, a little less raw, but just as enthralling. Their folk roots are still very much on display, but it is mixed with a fantastic indie sound. Lara's vocals have always been a focal point, and they are just as gorgeous and filled with warmth as always. Listeners’ Club Song Award 2018

The Listeners' Club Song Award is for a song by a UK country artist or writer, promoted through last year.

Velvet & Stones’ Raise Your Ghosts song is  eligible for the Award this year Sponsored by - award-winning acts
Watch the Official Video filmed by Gareth Young in Devon, UK:

First-round voting continues until the end of May (midnight on Thursday 31st May) after which the Finalists in each category will be announced.

Velvet & Stone, released their EP 'EMBERS' on 13th October 2017! The four-track EP, recorded at Cube Recording in Cornwall, is the second EP released by the band who celebrated the release at a launch party at the Bike Shed Theatre Cocktail Bar in Exeter on 13th October 2017 followed by a string of dates around the South West. 

The new EP features acclaimed cellist Caroline Lavelle [Radiohead; Massive Attack; Muse; Loreena McKennit; Afro Celt Sound System], and producer/ engineer Gareth Young on percussion across all of the tracks.

FREE DOWNLOAD: You can download Ragged Wood until 30th April courtesy of Fatea Magazine here

Velvet & Stone Live Dates   
Thurs 12 April 2018 - Thomas Tripp Christchurch 10 Wick Lane, BH23 1HX Christchurch, Dorset with support Jinder & Lee and Rasdall Dove
Friday 13 April 2018 - Royston Folk Club, Royston (Facebook; 56 High Street, SG8 9AW Cambridgeshire)
Market Yard,
Weds 18 April 2018 - Roots Sessions at the Grain Cafe Bar, Frome (BA11 1BE, Somerset)
Sat 28 April 2018 – St James Church Hall, Exeter: (Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH) £11 Event with Ben Morgan-Brown
Friday 25 May 2018 – How The Light Gets In Festival, Globe at Hay (Website; HR3 5BG Hereford, Herefordshire)
Saturday 9th June 2018 – Bradninch Music Festival – time and stage TBC – Facebook 
Sunday 10 June 2018 - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Dorset Website
Saturday 16th June 2018 – Petherton Folk Festival – The David Hall, South Petherton – Website 
Friday 29th June 2018 The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge, Devon (Website, The Quay, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1JZ) (duo) – 
Sunday 1st July 2018 – Exeter Respect Festival – time and stage TBC – Website
Friday 10 August 2018 – Sunset Sessions @ YHA Treyarnon Bay, Padstow

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