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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 19 May 2011
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re excited to be teaming up with one of Manchester’s finest bands for a hometown album launch show.

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 Last year saw the release 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 in August.

In 2011 the band are preparing for an intense year of global touring with a host of gigs and festivals appearances to promote their highly anticipated new album Screaming is Something, which will be their debut release on Cooking Vinyl (home to American Music Club, Billy Bragg, Camper Van Beethoven and Cowboy Junkies) on 30 May.

‘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

The Travelling Band’s special guests for this show are Rook and the Ravens, who have recently worked with producer Andy Macpherson (Teenage Fanclub, The Who) at Revolution Studios (Clapton, Doves, Deborah Harry, Corey Hart).

‘Rook and The Ravens impress with versatility reminiscent of The Byrds and Traffic‘ – The Independent

Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Seetickets.comWeGotTickets.com and on 0871 220 0260.

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The Travelling Band also play the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on Friday 10 June – click for more information.

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