Mit ihren perfekt zusammen passenden Stimmen erschaffen Sian Chandler und Ray Hughes mühelos ihren ganz eigenen Genre-übergreifende Stil, in dem sich Elemente aus Folk, Roots, Americana und Südstaaten Rock vereinen.
Sie sind zwei Jahre lang durch die UK und die US getourt und haben sich in dieser Zeit schon eine große Fangemeinde erobert. Ihre Debüt EP „Strangers we meet“ hat enthusiastische Kritiken geerntet: “…gorgeous close harmonies – two voices paired to perfection” (Fresh on the Net). Ein Jahr lang haben sie an ihrem absolut beeindruckenden Debütalbum “Soaked to the Bone” gearbeitet, mit dem ihnen ein neuer Riesen-Erfolg sicher ist.
The Black Feathers (Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes) are an award-winning duo from Gloucestershire in England. The perfectly paired voices of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler intertwine effortlessly to create a sound combining elements of folk, roots, alt-country and americana.
The Black Feathers have spent the last three years honing their skills as songwriters and performers, and have spent the last year working on and recording their impressive debut album ‘Soaked to the Bone’. They are a highly regarded and respected duo on the scene, and this long awaited debut album is going to catapult them to new heights.
A new release from the small but fine label Blue House Music: The single “Down by the river” is a perfect teaser for the keenly awaited debut album by one of the most promising folk duos in the UK: It’s an up tempo, country like tune that has a lovely toe tapping rhythm. As juxtaposition there are the gloomy lyrics about loss and desperation. Ray Hughes’ and Sian Chandler’s vocals match perfectly as on their debut EP “Strangers we meet”. Goosebumps guaranteed. The arrangement is wonderful. There is a beautiful a capella bit in between a well-rounded instrumentation of double bass (John Parker), mandolin (Russell Smith) and violin (Anna Jenkins). This song puts you into the right mood to listen on…can’t wait for the album release…
To me they are certainly one of the most exciting mixed duos around: The Black Feathers. The great thing about seeing them live is that they are courageous enough to sing their harmonies so close or so apart to each other’s notes that it could easily go wrong, yet it never does. I saw them play live in a row of three nights on their European “New Roots” tour and each night was another outstanding experience of exquisite songwriting, daring harmonies and varied guitar accompaniments. The audiences loved them. On Feb 7th at the Destille in Dollerup near Flensburg, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler didn’t have to win the audience of 120 people, because everyone was receptive and listening spot on. It seemd as if they had all checked this duo out before and sort of new what to expect and then were overwhelmed by the quality of their performance. They played songs from their critically acclaimed EP “Strangers we Meet”, several new songs that they hadn’t played in the UK before like the wonderfully dark “Blind” and some carefully chosen covers. The most enthusiastically received one probably being their fantastic delivery of “Spirit in the Sky” that they had done a great little video of just before they had started off their tour. They ended their night with the amazingly touching “You will be mine” which they played unplugged, again, a sign of taking any risk to entertain their audience to the utmost. No problem at all for those two accomplished and versatile singers with their incredibly well matching voices. Breathtaking: the a capella parts of their songs. One really can’t ask for more on a folk night out.