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.

It's been an incredible couple of years 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, as well as an Irish tour supporting Eddi Reader, have kept Sian and Ray busy. They could easily rest on their laurels, but instead have been spending their downtime working on new material to be released in 2018.


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

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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

UPCOMING SHOWS

September

Sat 29th - House Concert, Durham, US
Sun 30th - The Pour House, Raleigh, US

October

Thu 4th - Cameo Art House Theatre, Fayetteville, US
Fri 5th - The Roosters Wife, Aberdeen, US
Sat 6th - Music on Malphrus, Bluffton, US
Fri 12th - Drum n Strum , Warrenton, US
Sat 13th - Coopers House Concert, Columbia, US
Sun 14th - Sevareid House Concert, Alexandria, US
Fri 19th - Folkus, Syracuse, US
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ContactContact

Bookings (UK)

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

Bookings (EU)

Publicist (US)

Beatrice Kimmel @ EMPKT PR

Other Enquiries

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

September

Sat 29th
House Concert, Durham, NC, US
Sun 30th
The Pour House, Raleigh, NC, US
with Nashville Non Prophets

October

Thu 4th
Cameo Art House Theatre, Fayetteville, NC, US
Fri 5th
The Roosters Wife, Aberdeen, NC, US
Sat 6th
Music on Malphrus, Bluffton, SC, US
Fri 12th
Drum n Strum , Warrenton, VA, US
Sat 13th
Coopers House Concert, Columbia, MD, US
Sun 14th
Sevareid House Concert, Alexandria, VA, US
Fri 19th
Folkus, Syracuse, NY, US
Sat 20th
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY, US
Sun 21st
Cot and Crackers House Concert, Schuyler Lake, NY, US
Thu 25th
House Concert, Huntington, VT, US
Sat 27th
6 On The Square, Oxford, NY, US
Sun 28th
Trinity Music Series, Portland, CT, US

November

Fri 2nd
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, US
Sat 3rd
Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, MA, US
Sun 4th
House Concert, New Haven, CT, US
Sat 10th
Eiland Arts Centre, Merchantville, NJ, US
Sun 11th
Rosie's Cafe Concerts, Brick, NJ, US
Tue 13th
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY, US
Fri 16th
Our Times Coffeehouse, Garden City, NY, US
Sun 18th
Cozy Cabin House Concerts, Watchung, NJ, US

December

Fri 7th
The Bingham Hall, Gloucestershire, UK
Sat 8th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford, UK

January

Fri 25th
Tradfest, Dublin, IE
with The Once

February

Wed 6th
Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham, UK
Thu 7th
The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK
Fri 8th
Heaven's Gate, Liverpool, UK
Sat 9th
The Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK

April

Sun 14th
A Small Town Music Walk, Hoorn, NL