UK folk act Patch & The Giant have their debut album set for February 2017 but to tide you over until then here is their take on the old Mud classic 'Lonely This Christmas' coupled with b-side 'Auld Lang Syne'. Both tracks are available for free download if you pre-order the upcoming album. More about Patch & The Giant follows including the video for 'Lonely This Christmas' and tour dates for early 2017:
This December Patch & The Giant deliver a little Christmas gift, in the shape of their new Christmas single, their take on the Mud classic ‘Lonely This Christmas.’ The single also comes with a B-side cover of Robert Burn’s New Year favourite ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – both available from December 2nd.
‘Lonely This Christmas’ also features the voice of the band's producer, Nick Trepka, whose cavernous tones tenderly portray the pastiche of the song.
These Christmas covers come just before the band drop their long awaited debut album, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’, out 10th February 2017. Both Christmas tracks come free with all album pre-orders.
Produced by Nick Trepka, whose credits include Emmy The Great and Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’ is a polished and accomplished debut. Showcasing Patch & The Giant’s eclectic take on folk music, the album effectively harnesses elements of indie, rock and blues and fuses them with inviting story-telling, courtesy of lead singer Luke Owen’s rich and tender vocals, and a unique instrumentation ‘Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk' says Folk Radio UK.
Highlights include the bold aggression of opening track, ‘The Beggar’s Song’ to the more traditional shanty sounds of tracks like ‘A Local Man’ and ‘The Sleeping Boat’. The mournful melody of ‘The Day You Went To Sea’ is a great contrast to upbeat songs like ‘Another Day’ - a conventional break up song, but with trumpets and the glorious ‘America’ - a song about how we measure success. But it’s the album’s quieter moments that are some it’s best. There’s the delicate ‘Love And War,’ about letting go of something that you hold dear, the sweet simplicity of ‘Are You Listening?’ and the stunning single, ‘Flowers’, released in September. The track made Apple Music’s ‘Hot Tracks’ Playlist and the accompanying video hit 5-figure plays overnight helping the band to win the public vote for Amazing Radio’s Audition Poll. Finally don’t miss the quiet beauty of closing title track ‘All That We had We Stole’, about balancing art and life and the bare but pained hidden track ‘The Walk And The Weight.’
Patch & The Giant are a dynamic troupe of musicians who have fast become a genuine force within the UK alt-folk scene, since releasing their debut EP The Boatswain’s Refuge on Folkroom Records in 2013 (produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker). National radio support has come from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio, they’ve had loyal support from the blog community and have recorded live sessions for the BBC’s legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, Bandstand Busking, Songs From The Shed, Sofar Sounds and many more.
They’ve also been winning over crowds on the festival circuit, playing everywhere from Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and Larmer Tree Festival, to Wilderness, Deershed, BoomTown Fair and Standon Calling. They’ve supported artists including The Twilight Sad, Roo Panes, Matthew&TheAtlas, John Spiers (Bellowhead), To Kill A King, Elephant Revival and Keston Cobblers’ Club and they’ve played their own headline tours around the country alongside performances at some of London’s most iconic venues, including Cecil Sharp House, Bush Hall and Scala. The band have also just announced a full UK tour to support the album kicking off with the album launch party in London, full dates below.
‘Lonely This Christmas’/’Auld Lang Syne’ are available from December 2nd.
‘All That We Had, We Stole’ is out 10th February 2017.
UK ALBUM TOUR:
10th Feb // LONDON – The Brewhouse (ALBUM LAUNCH)
11th Feb // BIRMINGHAM – The Victoria
13th Feb // MANCHESTER – The Castle
15th Feb // YORK - The Basement
16th Feb // SHREWSBURY - Hole In The Wall
17th Feb // CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Folk Club
18th Feb // IPSWICH – Cult Café
19th Feb // SURBITON – The Lamb
Patch & The Giant are:
Luke Owen - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Angie Rance - backing vocals, accordion, trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, harmonica, mandolin
Gabriel Merryfield - violin
Derek Yau - cello, double bass
Nick Harris - backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo
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