Wildwood Kin, a family trio formed in Exeter, borrow heavily from early folk influences, but their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments. It boasts inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their sublime three-part harmonies.
Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on original songs, and joining forces on harmonies that have become their trademark, inviting comparisons with the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash and Fleetwood Mac.
“Making the album was a huge learning process,” says Emillie. “We had no idea what we were capable of and we constantly surprised ourselves. We went in to the studio not knowing where the boundaries were and discovered that, of course, there aren’t any. That’s what we found most exciting.”
‘Run’ is the anthemic and uplifting first single (impacting June 30th). With other highlights including the mesmerising opening track ‘The Author’, the hypnotic ‘Steady My Heart’, ‘Warrior Daughter’s’ driving drums, the sombre electronic ‘Dove’ and the rousing ‘Taking A Hold’, alongside the shape-shifting dreamy pop of the title track.
Being tipped by the likes of Jo Whiley, Mark Radcliffe, Steve Wright, Bob Harris and Jamie Cullum and having previously toured with Seth Lakeman and Ward Thomas, the band play several UK headline shows this autumn.
Before that the girls will play three shows at The Islington as part of a monthly residency alongside a huge festival line-up this summer, which includes both the Glastonbury Avalon and BBC Introducing Stages, plus BBC Radio 2’s ‘Festival In A Day’ in Hyde Park.
Wildwood Kin play the following headline shows:
Thurs 15thLONDON, The Islington
Thurs 6thLONDON, The Islington
Wed 2nd LONDON, The Islington
Weds 4thPORTSMOUTH, Square Tower
Thurs 5thBRISTOL, Louisiana
Sat 21stLIVERPOOL, Magnet
Weds 25thMANCHESTER, Night and Day
Thurs 26thGLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 29thLEEDS, Headrow House
Weds 1stBIRMINGHAM, Glee
Thurs 2ndCARDIFF, Glee
Fri 3rdBATH, Moles
Mon 6thLONDON, Borderline
Tues 7thBRIGHTON, Hope
Weds 8th NOTTINGHAM, Glee
Thurs 9thNORWICH, Waterfront
Fri 17thTRURO, Old Bakery
Sat 18thTAUNTON, Brewhouse
Tickets on sale Wed 21st June. Album bundles available from http://smarturl.it/WildwoodKin_D2C
‘Turning Tides tracklisting below:
1. The Author
4. Steady My Heart
6. Warrior Daughter
7. Hold On
8. Taking A Hold
9. On and On
10. The Valley
11. Turning Tides
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