The Black Feathers, an award-winning duo from Gloucestershire, England, will come a long way to make their Sundilla debut on Friday, April 17. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; advance tickets are just $15 and can be found at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee, and online at sundillamusic.com. Admission at the door will be $20. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, and attendees are welcome to bring their own favorite food or beverage.
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing, the product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.
The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.
Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draw the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted.
Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences.
Everywhere they go, they leave a trail of accolades trailing behind. “The Black Feathers could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling;” “...gorgeous close harmonies – two voices paired to perfection;” “...their blend of English folk influences and Americana is a tasty concoction indeed;” “The Black Feathers are acoustic, but with enough power and force to drive a sledgehammer.” That is sure to be the case when they play at Sundilla on April 17.