About

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The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.

2016 has been an incredible year for the The Black Feathers. Their debut album was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. A live album recorded at The Convent in Stroud has also just been released and very well received.

Tours in the UK and the USA, as well as an Irish tour supporting Eddi Reader, have kept Sian and Ray busy throughout the year. They could easily rest on their laurels, but instead have been spending their downtime working on new material to be released in 2017.


CD Reviews

Soaked to the Bone

Soaked to the Bone

"Absolutely Wonderful"
 Whispering Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)

"Mesmerising and stunning in equal measure...
An artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent."
 FATEA

"Draws you in for a brilliant, effervescent ride from the moment you press play"
 Maverick ★★★★

"Sheer poetic beauty both lyrically and musically."
 Cryptic Rock ★★★★★

"Positively sparkles with energy and joy.
Magical ballads that would encourage the rowdiest of crowds to fall silent."
 For the Country Record

"an impressive and diverse debut that grabs the attention from the off and doesn’t let go."
 Rhythm & Booze

"an exciting album packed full of great tunes, sumptuous harmonies and a writing style that aches with heartfelt sincerity."
 Three Chords and the Truth


Strangers We Meet

Strangers We Meet EP

“The Black Feathers could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings”
 Flying Shoes
“...gorgeous close harmonies – two voices paired to perfection”
 Folkwords
“...their blend of English folk influences and Americana is a tasty concoction indeed”
 R2 Magazine
“The Black Feathers are acoustic, but with enough power and force to drive a sledgehammer.”
 fRoots Magazine
“Their five-song debut EP, Strangers We Meet, is full of nice touches and sweet harmonies”
 The Telegraph

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Live Reviews

“...stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings”
 No Depression
“It is so rare an opening act rival the main performance but that is exactly what the seamless harmony singing Black Feathers achieved”
 Jumpin' Hot Club
“The pure emotion and subtle timing of their song delivery is as evident as the enjoyment radiating from their onstage chemistry”
 3 Chords and the Truth

Sponsors

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LATEST REVIEWS

"Absolutely Wonderful"
 Whispering Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) Read More

"Mesmerising and stunning in equal measure...
An artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent."
 FATEA Read More

"Draws you in for a brilliant, effervescent ride from the moment you press play"
 Maverick ★★★★ Read More

"Sheer poetic beauty both lyrically and musically."
 Cryptic Rock ★★★★★ Read More

NEWSLETTER


UPCOMING SHOWS

March

Fri 31st - Rodersham Village Hall, Sittingbourne, UK

April

Thu 13th - The Rec, Kingsbury Episcopi, South Petherton, UK
Fri 21st - Downend Folk Club, Bristol, UK
Sun 23rd - Green Note, Camden, UK

May

Sat 6th - Village Hall, Bisley, UK
Sat 20th - The Curzon, Clevedon, UK

June

Fri 2nd - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, UK
Fri 2nd - Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham, UK
Sun 11th - Nunney Acoustic Cafe, Frome, UK
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ContactContact

Bookings (UK/EU)

James Partridge @ Blue House Music
email: james@bhmusic.co.uk
phone: +44 (0)7753 859222

Management

Zoe Ashfield @ Zed Music Management
email: zoe@zedmusicmanagement.co.uk
phone: +44 (0)7917 752012

Other Enquiries

email: info@theblackfeathers.com
phone: +1 615 823-2140

March

Fri 31st
Rodersham Village Hall, Sittingbourne, UK

April

Thu 13th
The Rec, Kingsbury Episcopi, South Petherton, UK
Fri 21st
Downend Folk Club, Bristol, UK
Sun 23rd
Green Note, Camden, UK

May

Sat 6th
Village Hall, Bisley, UK
Sat 20th
The Curzon, Clevedon, UK

June

Fri 2nd
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, UK
Fri 2nd
Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham, UK
Sun 11th
Nunney Acoustic Cafe, Frome, UK
Fri 30th
Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge, UK

July

Fri 7th
The Ram Folk Club, Thames Ditton, UK
Sat 8th
Between the Trees, Caerphilly, UK
Sun 9th
The Sun Inn, Dedham, UK
Sat 22nd
Upton Blues Festival, Upton upon Severn, UK