When: 7.30pm on Friday 8 March 2013
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY
We’re proud to be taking one of this city’s finest bands across the Pennines to Leeds.
The Travelling Band are an alternative folk band from Manchester, famous for their vocal harmonies, honest song-writing and exciting live shows. Their shimmering blend of cosmic-country-pop and nu-folk has made them one of the most talked about artists to emerge from the city’s music scene.
A 2006 recording project in New York City led a collective of like-minded souls to record what was to become Under the Pavement, their first studio album. It was very well received by the British media, gaining BBC 6Music’s Album of the Day, BBC Radio 2?s Single of the week and a featured song in the Ian Dury biopic Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll.
The band have become firm favourites on festival scene: after winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, they have since performed at Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, End of the Road, Moseley Folk, Summer Sundae and Hop Farm festivals. In 2010 the band released a live album, Arrears not Careers, and their festival anthem Sundial. A limited edition 7? vinyl of The Horizon, Me and You was released on the Too Pure Singles Club. Last year the band released the album Screaming is Something, their debut release on Cooking Vinyl (home to American Music Club, Billy Bragg, Camper Van Beethoven and Cowboy Junkies).
This autumn’s ‘Hands Up’ tour will feature all the fan favourites and plenty of new songs from the soon-to-be-released album.
‘The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots. Marvellous music to savour and enjoy’ – Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
‘Sparkling harmonies and bright chirpy guitars pepper this album full of bright-eyed optimism’ – Jerome Blakeney, BBC 6Music
‘They produce an inventive brand of guitar-laden country folk pop with a cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage’ – Clash Magazine
‘If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant’ – Marc Riley, BBC
‘Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic’ – Q Magazine
Main support comes from Dancing Years, formerly Joseph & David. The expansive Leeds and Cardiff-based band will appeal to fans of James Vincent McMorrow, Dry The River and Beirut.
Opening the show is Thomas J Speight. 2010-2011 saw the digital release of his EP Willow Tree through Young & Lost Club (home of Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn), and support slots for Fionn Regan, Doves, Mumford & Sons and Stephen Fretwell. The EP has received widespread acclaim from a number of sources, including Ryan Adams, who acknowledged the sound as ‘so beautiful’.