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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 25 November 2023
Where: Hallé at St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5DG

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets for this show have already gone! Watch this space for information about future Smoke Fairies shows.

We’re delighted to welcome Smoke Fairies back to Manchester!

Following on from the release of their highly-praised 2020 LP Darkness Brings Wonders Home, which was applauded by the likes of Mojo, Clash Magazine, Q and many more, alt-folk duo Smoke Fairies return once again to announce the details behind their sixth studio album Carried In Sound, previewed by the wondrous new single Vanishing Line.

Continuing to pursue more of that warm and ethereal aesthetic the pair have cultivated since their earliest beginnings, Vanishing Line makes for a wonderfully warm and emotive introduction to their next full-length release. Accompanied by a cinematic video, the new offering tackles the difficult and intimate feelings loss and grief can have on a person and those around them.

A sense of inner strength dominates the new record. In keeping with the times that bore it, Carried In Sound isn’t afraid to discuss darkness – but everywhere there is a longing for light. ‘Although the album has themes of sadness on there, it’s looking at those things from a place of strength,’ says Jessica. ‘We’re really excited to announce a new record, carefully home crafted to represent our core sound, with notes of reflection, grief and joy, we hope you find it an emotive, rewarding experience to listen to.’

To celebrate the release of Carried In Sound, Smoke Fairies will also embark on an intimate five-date tour across the UK taking in spectacular churches and ruins.

Special guest is Poppy Holmes. At her core, Poppy Holmes is a storyteller, her theatrical background and voracious appetite for literature allows her to peek into other worlds and tell familiar stories in a moving and unique manner. She is known for her surprising lyrics, hummable tunes and ability to explore a broad range of emotional, profound topics in an unpretentious style.

Poppy Holmes takes inspiration from an eclectic mix of artists such as: Fiona Apple, Julia Jacklin, Paul Simon and The Divine Comedy. This broad range of influences amalgamates into the ambiguously vintage yet often timeless, tongue-in-cheek sound you hear today. She has opened for bands such as The Breath, Moulettes and Kyla La Grange.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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