Friday, December 30, 2011
We are very excited to announce that we will be appearing on the excellent Robert Elms BBC Radio London show on Tuesday, January 3rd. Tune in from 2pm to 94.9FM on Tuesday or listen online here to hear us play a song live in session and then have a chat with Robert. We've been listening to Robert for years and discovering all kinds of great new music on his shows, so it's a real honour to be invited along to take part in one. Hope you can take a few minutes out from what you are doing to listen in. We will also be most grateful if you could text or email the show if you enjoy our live session.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The hearty crew at GreenGab PR and Hear This! have come on board the good ship Feathers to promote the launch of our Liberation LP early next year. GreenGab has worked with the pick of the best up and coming singer-songwriters such as Jon Allen, Megan Henwood (BBC Young Folk Award winner 2009) and Ruarri Joseph, as well as household names like Ruby Turner and the late, great Solomon Burke. Hear This! brings a world of experience to the deck, counting Jill Scott, Black Country Communion, Soweto Kinch, Bootsy Collins and Herbie Hancock among the artists they have promoted to radio. We are really looking forward to what the next few months have in store for us working with Gaby, Jay and Chris and we'd like to say a big, big thank you to them for getting involved and believing in our music. We will shortly be announcing details of our album release plans.
Monday, December 19, 2011
We have more details on the show we are doing for Chris Hawkins from BBC 6 Music on Thursday, February 2nd at the Old Queen's Head in Angel. It's shaping up to be an amazing night and we are most grateful to Chris for asking us to take part. Chris will be hosting the evening which includes sets from us, The Tricks, Coastal Cities and Louise Golbey. The Tricks are signed to Johnny Depp's Unison Music label and have been listed in the Red Pages Hot 100 2012 and Louise has been getting airplay from Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 1Xtra and recently supported jazz guitar legend George Benson, so we are in pretty good company. Doors open at 7pm and the whole night is free entry. It's a great chance to see some of 2012's hotly-tipped acts without breaking the bank. The Old Queen's Head is one of our favourite small venues in London. It's always got a great vibe and we've never seen a bad night of music there. Get it in your diaries and we hope to see you there.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Dodgy have very kindly given us a special guest spot on their 2011 advent calendar today, with a link to three free downloads and our mailing list. We have supported Dodgy on their recent autumn/winter UK tour and are hoping to get back out on the road with them next year in support of their stunning new album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place. Our advent gift includes a free link to download Liberation Theology, our cover of Big Star's epic The Ballad Of El Goodo and Tropical Rain, a live favourite we recently recorded for Miles Hunt's excellent Shared project. To enjoy the treats of Dodgy's advent calendar, which includes other free music and giveaways in aid of Cancer Research, simply go here and sign up for the updates. Keep an eye out for our very own Christmas present to you, coming very soon to a blog near you. To help get you in the festive mood, here's a free song and a link to our mailing list so you can keep up to date with all the latest Smoke Feathers news.
Monday, December 12, 2011
We have confirmed our first show of the new year with the excellent singer-songwriter Tom Moriarty at Camden's Green Note on Wednesday, January 18th. Tom is a fascinating artist who gave up a career working in the City of London to become a protest singer. His music reflects the times we are living in and we are proud to be sharing the same stage with him. Tom's latest single, Smile If You Wanna Get High, has just been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, so you may already be familiar with his work. The Green Note is one of the finest, small music venues in London and a great place to relax and check out new music. Here's the event page on Green Note's website and you can buy tickets for £6 pounds in advance from this link. Doors open at 7pm and the music kicks off at around 9pm. Hope you can make it down.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Our last full band show of the year is going to be a headline slot at the Camden Barfly on Wednesday, December 7. Please come down and help us celebrate what has been a truly blessed year for us. Playing six times at Glastonbury, getting championed by Radio 2's Janice Long, hitting the road with Dodgy, touring the Virgin Islands with the incredible John Blood, getting two tracks on Miles Hunt's Shared 2 compilation and finally finishing our album Liberation at the wonderful Vale Studios, ready for official release early next year... It's been one to remember. We are now in full flow getting everything ready for our album launch and a whole load of shows next year, with some very exciting plans in the pipeline which we will be revealing in the coming days and weeks. Tickets for the Barfly show are five pounds in advance and can be bought here. Hope to see you there, with feathers on. We are on stage at 10pm.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
We will be supporting Dodgy on Friday night at The Horn in St Albans - our second support slot with them in the last few weeks. Our bass player Stu has been playing with Dodgy across the UK throughout the autumn and winter as they showcase material from their new album Stand Upright In A Cool Place and wheel out some of their older hits such Good Enough and Staying Out For The Summer. It's been great getting the chance to meet Nigel, Math and Andy - they really are a lovely bunch and it's so exciting to see them back with a new record. Their new material is more than worth the wait. Cracking songwriting and a beautiful sound. Take our advice and get to one of these shows for a full, live preview before their album is released next year. Needless to say, we are stoked to be opening the night for them again. We will be playing tracks from our own forthcoming album, Liberation, in our first gig on home soil since the Virgin Islands tour, so come down and join us if you are in the area. Tickets cost 15 pounds and can be bought here.