THE BLACK FEATHERS
Genre: Americana, Folk, Country
Band: Ray Hughes & Sian Chandler
Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Discography: Strangers We Meet EP (2014) Soaked To The Bone (2015)
Record Label: Bird in the Hand Records (Independent)
The Black Feathers are an award winning duo from Gloucestershire in England. The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 4 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go.
They married in 2012, which also marked the beginning of their musical adventure as The Black Feathers. They designed the band logo on honeymoon and the music soon followed. This close collaboration became the backbone of The Black Feathers’ sound. Whether playing to a 1,500 strong audience at the Colston Hall in Bristol, or to 80 crammed into the Green Note in London, The Black Feathers give an intimate performance that draws the listener in to a special, strong and unique bond between two people.
They have performed at festivals all over the country, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, Stroud Folk Festival, and Maverick. They were awarded the 5 Valleys Folk Award in September of 2013, and the Folkstock Arts Foundation award for Best Live Performance in February the following year.
In May of 2014, they embarked on a 7 week tour in the US, including shows at Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Red Clay Theatre, and a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
2014 also saw the release of 'Strangers We Meet', the duo's debut 5 track EP, garnering national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as regional play across the country and warm reviews from the music press, including The Telegraph, fRoots Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine.
With a fantastic debut album 'Soaked To the Bone' released in 2015 and multiple tours of the USA, the future is looking very bright for Ray and Sian. There is even a promise of a live album to come, all of us at LCM HQ can't wait to listen to it.