“★★★★★ ” – Maverick
“Sonic bliss” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Haunting” – Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
Velvet & Stone’s female-fronted, indie-folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs, offering a fresh and original take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set on the festival circuit with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Larmer Tree Festival, among many others, they take their audience on a journey from stunning soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.
Led by Lara Snowdon’s vocals and songwriting; Kathryn Tremlett’s violin; and supported by their regular band of Paddy Blight (double bass), Kev Jackson (guitar) and Garry Kroll (drums), their music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes – creating a sound that is difficult to forget. The band weave traditional threads and combine them with folk-revival and contemporary flavours, producing a sound that has been likened to a twenty-first century Fairport Convention, and comparisons drawn with Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Seth Lakeman.
Velvet & Stone are set to release their self-titled debut album in June 2019. Two singles have been released to date including ‘By the Water‘ and ‘Oh Boy‘. Previous releases include the Live EP (October 2018); their single ‘High Tide‘ (July 2018) in aid of Cancer Research UK; ‘Raise Your Ghosts‘ (August 2017); The Embers EP (October 2017); and The Storm EP (April 2016). Their music has gained critical acclaim from across the music press, airtime on BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and is championed by BBC Introducing. The band regularly tour as both a duo and a full band and play at festivals across the UK.