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. 2016 has been an incredible year for The Black Feathers. Their debut album was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. A live album recorded at The Convent in Stroud was released in late 2016. Tours in the UK and the USA, as well as an Irish tour supporting Eddi Reader kept Sian and Ray busy in 2016. They could easily rest on their laurels, but have instead been spending their downtime working on new material to be released in 2017.
“…stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings” – No Depression
“It is so rare an opening act rival the main performance but that is exactly what the seamless harmony singing Black Feathers achieved” – Jumpin’ Hot Club
“The pure emotion and subtle timing of their song delivery is as evident as the enjoyment radiating from their onstage chemistry” – 3 Chords and the Truth