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

May

Fri 25th - New Roots, Headingley, UK
Sun 27th - The Woodside Hotel, Burntisland, UK
Thu 31st - Mediterranea, Stirling, UK

June

Fri 1st - Hunter Cafe, Glasgow, UK
Sat 2nd - Weem Inn, Aberfeldy, UK
Sat 9th - Axminster Town FC, Axminster, UK

July

Fri 13th - Live at the Cottage, Stowmarket, UK
Sat 14th - Ely Folk Festival, Ely, UK
Sun 15th - Ely Folk Festival, Ely, UK
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Bookings (UK/EU)

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

Other Enquiries

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

May

Fri 25th
New Roots, Headingley, UK
Sun 27th
The Woodside Hotel, Burntisland, UK
Thu 31st
Mediterranea, Stirling, UK

June

Fri 1st
Hunter Cafe, Glasgow, UK
Sat 2nd
Weem Inn, Aberfeldy, UK
Sat 9th
Axminster Town FC, Axminster, UK

July

Fri 13th
Live at the Cottage, Stowmarket, UK
Sat 14th
Ely Folk Festival, Ely, UK
Sun 15th
Ely Folk Festival, Ely, UK
Sat 21st
Upton Blues Festival, Worcester, UK
Mon 23rd
The Lexington, London, UK
with Hannah Aldridge,The Goat Roper Rodeo Band,Danni Nicholls,Robbie Cavanagh
Wed 25th
International Festival, Milton Keynes, UK
with Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

August

Sat 11th
Folkstage - WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL, USA
Fri 17th
Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Thu 23rd
Wake Forest Listening Room, Wake Forest, NC, USA
Fri 24th
White Horse, Black Mountain, NC, USA

September

Sat 29th
House Concert, Durham, NC, USA

October

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

November

Thu 1st
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, USA
Sat 3rd
Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, MA, USA
Sun 4th
House Concert, New Haven, CT, USA
Sat 10th
Eiland Arts Centre, Merchantville, NJ, USA
Sun 11th
Rosie's Cafe Concerts, Brick, NJ, USA
Tue 13th
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Fri 16th
Our Times Coffeehouse, Garden City, NY, USA
Sun 18th
Cozy Cabin House Concerts, Watchung, NJ, USA