Genre: Alternative Folk
Band Members: Jeremy Millington (piano, voice), Lorraine Millington (guitar, voice) with supporting musicians Vincent Imbert (violin) and Kelly Jakubowski (violin)
Location: London, England
Discography: Kin (2006), Timescape (2008), The Blushing of a World in White (2010), Counterbalance (2012), Life in Sepia (2013) and Lions & Butterflies (2015)
Record Label: Sensory Pulse Records
The Portraits are an award-winning independent alternative folk band who will be launching their very good new studio album 'Lions & Butterflies' at Cecil Sharp House on the 24th September with a release on 2nd October. The heart of The Portraits are London based Anglo-Irish husband and wife songwriters Jeremy and Lorraine Millington originally from Galway and Bristol respectively. They reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single 'The Rest Of Time', championed by BBC Radio 2 and featuring the voices of 2000 people recorded across the UK during 2014, all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers.
A very busy 2015 so far saw The Portraits playing at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival amongst many other dates plus writing and recording their new studio album.Their sound is a warm fusion of folk, music theatre, jazz and classical styles with beautiful harmonies and their material is strongly influenced by their own experiences of travelling the world and encountering its forgotten corners.
The band has produced the album entirely by themselves, shunning studio time in favour of recording in vans, backstage at gigs and even on a ferry, laptops and iPhones. With the final mastering at London's Close to The Edge facility with renowned producer Jon Astley (Eric Clapton, Deborah Harry).
"Our music takes us on the road constantly" says Lorraine "so it makes sense for us to record our album on the move. Beautiful strings reverberate with the sounds of our lives, from the birds outside the window, to door bells - you have to listen closely, but they are there. The new album is a heartfelt musicial snapshot of who we are"
With a recurring theme of the dominance over individuals by greater powers beyond their control, the new album's lyrical content ranges from reflection on the legacy of the empirical actions of our ancestors to political oppression in Russia via a song about a personal battle with an anxiety disorder.