PAVEY ARK are a fast-rising alternative folk band from East Yorkshire. Atmospheric vocals and violins glide over finger-picked guitar, melodic bass and complex percussion. The result is a lush folk-inspired sound that has established the band as one of the must see acts in their region. They have played major UK festivals including Glastonbury and supported This Is The Kit, Badly Drawn Boy and Steve Mason. The Unsigned Guide included the band in their ‘Ones To Watch’ list with just seven other UK acts. With recent BBC 6 music airplay under their belt and a stunning debut album, 2020 is set to be very exciting year for the band. Influences such as Nick Drake, Radiohead, Rodriguez have inspired Pavey Ark’s album due for release in March 2020.
“Well isn’t that just beautiful, it really is just stunning”– BBC Lancashire folk show, Emma Sweeney
“Absolutely wonderful” – Amazing Radio, Frankie Francis
“Everything they have release has been absolute gold” – BBC Introducing
With support from MERCY.
“It comes with no warning, mercy, space or time.” sings the young Fiona Lee in her soon to be released EP track ‘Youth’.
Mercy is the name she works under. Mercy’s song-writing envelops her unique view on teenage relationships, mental health and observing the everyday difficulties we face.
Growing up in Howden/York a tomboy by nature, Mercy discovered her guitar at 14 when she figured out the chords to ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by “Foster the People”. Writing songs in her bedroom, she played open mic nights around York and Hull where she was discovered by Warren Records (A youth project helping local artists get industry engagement).
Mercy’s planned release of two back to back EPs will feature 8 songs that sonically reference PJ Harvey, Fleetwood Mac and Jeff Buckley. “Perfect Place” will be the first release.
Growing up, Mercy was fed on a diet of Genesis, Pink Floyd and U2. Vocally, she is often compared with Tracey Chapman, Beth Orton and Suzanna Vega. Having supported the lovely Ben Ottewell (Gomez) on his solo tour in November & December 1n 2019, this year kicks off with a 4x night weekly residency at London’s Bedford (Balham) venue, which has paid host to many great young artists over the years