Are We Strangers Now? Presents Campfire Social / South Island Son / Altar Hanglands
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Llangollen / Chester-based 5 piece, Campfire Social, are a refuge from the wild woods all around. Their incandescent, melodic songs take the intimate heartbreak of Elliott Smith and embellish with golden harmonies borrowed from The Beach Boys. At times getting you up off your chairs in a passionate rage, at others just to dance but always filled with hope.
Campfire Social formed following the demise of the very highly regarded, and lamented, Shy & the Fight (Radio 1, 6Music airplay; multiple festival appearances; debut single on Popty Ping Records). Tom was that band’s chief songwriter. Campfire Social is an uplifting and incredibly beguiling refinement of his talents. Tom sums his songwriting philosophy up in typically unshowy fashion: “it’s about taking a personal subject that I think everyone can relate to and giving it life by adding a hopeful melody.”
Last year saw Campfire’s first release, ‘Nothing, Nowhere, Never, Now’, listed by Adam Walton (BBC Wales), Rock Current (podcast) and Drunk on Music (Blog) in their best of 2016 roundups.
This year began with that song being A-listed by BBC Wales resulting in continued airplay.
SOUTH ISLAND SON:
South Island: the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the birthplace and momentary home of frontman, Jonny Woodhead.
Collecting musicians along the journey from solo release to the completion of the line up, Tom Rothery, Ben Wiltshire and Dan Wiebe join Jonny to combine a love of well crafted songs with a hotchpotch of modern influences which ends up sounding somewhere between Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes and Villagers.
Launched in late 2016, the Manchester-based band have already undertaken a French and UK tour early this year following the release of their first single ‘One Year At Sea’.
Sculpting their own brand of tropical-folk-rock, the band are on course for a busy 2017.
Altar Hanglands is the work of Leeds based songwriter Harry Ridgway.
Launched at the start of 2016 after a long break from playing music gave way to a prolific few months of writing, the sombre and reflective music of Altar Hanglands has taken Harry on a sold out German tour opening for the acclaimed Bear’s Den as well as shows with the likes of Damien Jurado, Kiran Leonard, C Duncan and to festivals like Live at Leeds, Bluedot & Kendal Calling.
“His beautiful, dreamy reverb-filled vocals are rich and raspy, and his quivering vibrato gives the same chills that Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridewell does”. – Clash