The Travelling Band – Engineered With Such Finesse

6 Apr

In an age where folk music is getting only half of the praise that it deserves, The Travelling Band possess a tantalising talent that can truly inflict spine-tingling brilliance onto the human psyche.

Adam, Jo, Mugger, Spenny and Nick attribute to this group of five beardy, long-haired creatures that are currently blossoming under the northern skies of England.

Since charmingly concocting over four years ago, the band have gone from strength to strength with already achieving a debut album, ‘Under the Pavement’ which was released in 2008, and a Live album ‘Arrears not Careers’ which was released in 2010.

And it shall not be long for fans to wait for the second instalment of The Travelling Band’s latest supplement of new songs.

“Our next album, ‘Screaming is Something’, will be out before the summer,” says vocalist Adam Gorman.

“We’ve signed to a lovely independent London label ‘Cooking Vinyl’ for it. It’ll take a bit of pressure off in terms of its release and it’s a win-win situation for us actually because we can get this album out to a wider audience.

“We’re all really excited about getting this record out.”

They are also making an impression on many good people of the music industry. Marc Riley from 6 Music described them perfectly when he “If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron, try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant.”

In the past few months the band were featured on the ‘ten’ album in aid for Kosovo. This is with a number of brilliant Manchester-based acts like Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy and Doves – with a range of other well-known acts on there too.

“This has been a work in progress for Jo from the band over the last couple of years,” tells Gorman. “He’s been curating the album and arranging the release.

“We visited Kosovo about 2 years ago for the dedication of a peace park that was built out there. For the album itself, we did a launch show for the record on Monday in Manchester and we’re now heading to the Union Chapel in London on Thursday (7th April)  for the launch down there.”

“And on Monday, we backed Badly Drawn Boy for “Pissing in the Wind” and “Once Around the Block” – which was a bit of a ‘Jim’ll fix it’ moment for us!”

This album is a warming act of kindness, of which many including myself, has a lot of respect for.

The Travelling Band are a band to admire. Their songs are engineered with such finesse that it is difficult to fault their carnorous ability. Their upcoming album is surely going to be one to look out for.

By Chris Martin

The Manchester Aid to Kosovo (MaK) compilation ‘ten’ is out now to buy! http://www.makonline.org/ten/Index.html

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2 Responses to “The Travelling Band – Engineered With Such Finesse”

  1. barnsally April 6, 2011 at 7:05 PM #

    Love this. It’s well written and clear.

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