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.
Soaked to the Bone
Whispering Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)
"Mesmerising and stunning in equal measure...
An artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent."
"Draws you in for a brilliant, effervescent ride from the moment you press play"
"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 EP
“The Black Feathers could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings”
“...gorgeous close harmonies – two voices paired to perfection”
“...their blend of English folk influences and Americana is a tasty concoction indeed”
“The Black Feathers are acoustic, but with enough power and force to drive a sledgehammer.”
“Their five-song debut EP, Strangers We Meet, is full of nice touches and sweet harmonies”
“...stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings”
“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
3 Chords and the Truth