Folk-rock is seeing a boom at the moment and Manchester five-piece The Travelling Band are a group with a lot of colourful charm and a signature sound that slots right into the current wave. Quirky, original and a typical Northern slant on the vocal make them both classic and yet totally new.
Their new EP Hands Up was released just yesterday after they spent the majority of last year writing and playing a series of UK and European festivals. After releasing two albums Under The Pavement in 2008 and Screaming Is Something in 2011, they have successfully funded a third album through Pledge Music. The new record is entitled The Big Defreeze, produced by platinum-winning Iestyn Polson, and will be released this year.
Clearly, they have gone on to achieve a very loyal fanbase. Indeed, last night they appeared on BBC 6Music with Marc Riley, an early championer of them and performed a live set. 2013 will see them touring the UK in aid of the new album. Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said of The Travelling Band:
“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots. Marvellous music to savour and enjoy.”
Very big compliments from someone who obviously listens to a lot of folk bands! Indeed, their sound is something a little bit different and even if folk isn’t normally your thing, I think you might fall a little bit in love with them. Upbeat, approachable and incredibly likeable, listen to their tracks on their bandcamp page.