The Drystones are set to take their impressive multi-instrumental live show on tour this autumn, bringing their new album APPARITIONS to life for audiences at Sticklebarn Sessions in Sticklebarn, Cumbria on Friday, 4 October.
Known for their fiddle, guitar and whistle music and songs, and with two music degrees between them, Alex Garden and Ford Collier play an array of musical instruments on their third album, which they will bring to the live shows this October.
The tour takes in a handful of dates in venues, from Sheffield to Bristol, and will see the duo add to their previous performances, showcasing their exceptional musical talent through a wealth of instruments including the Kalabash, glockenspiel, bass pedal keyboard, and an array of assorted percussion.
The Drystones are two young musicians who come from Priddy, a tiny village in Somerset, but don’t be fooled by that – they have eight years of playing experience which includes prestigious festivals like Glastonbury, Sidmouth Folk Week, Larmer Tree, and have played up and down the country from the Isle of Wight to the Isle Of Arran.
Alex and Ford have an easy stage manner that has won over audiences of all ages and tastes. Their joy in what they are doing is infectious and people always leave with a smile on their face.
Alex and Ford said: “This album is our most ambitious yet and we wanted to compose a live show to match it, one which takes in the various instruments we have used in the studio to create a truly memorable live performance for audiences.
“We have packed a mountain of instruments and equipment to take on tour with us, as well as our own dedicated sound technician so we can promise a live show that lives up to the album. We can’t wait to let audiences hear it this October.”
Alex Garden and Ford Collier started their musical partnership at secondary school and have since developed an almost telepathic communication. Mike Harding has described them as ‘indecently talented’ and last year they were nominated for the BBC2 Radio 2 Young Folk Award. They have also won the Larmer Tree Break Through Music Award and were Steve Lamacq’s recommendation of the day at Glastonbury.
Still only 22 years old, The Drystones released their third album APPARITIONS on 12th April. This album is their most progressive yet (described as “a moment of folk glory” – Liverpool Sound & Vision”). They have played festivals all over the UK and beyond and supported Ray Davis, Steeleye Span, Seth Lakeman, Elephant Sessions, and Martin and Eliza Carthy at Cecil Sharp House.
Catch The Drystones touring the album this October. You can find out more at their website www.thedrystones.co.uk.