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McNeill & Heys' most recent album was produced by Calum Malcolm (LAU) and is available by order from http://www.transition-records.com/ and on iTunes.
Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys return with their new album Any Other Morning, a collection of songs and music forge from fresh sounds, stories and exciting new instrumental textures. Come on a journey from the deepest Lakeland valley to the places buzzards soar and foxes creep through the city dawn.
McNeill & Heys
"Gorgeous" The Telegraph
"A work of profound and mysterious beauty" Folk Radio UK
"Just the right grit under the fingernails" **** UNCUT
"Adds a rare sparkle to traditional hues" Q Magazine
"The album draws deep from folk and classical music, coupled with a distinct vision and ambition" **** Songlines
Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ well – known idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around. Writing songs that seem to grow out of the ground and tunes that tell stories in their own right, Jack and Charlie’s original music strings together the past and present of folk music, inspired by the tradition and with a passion to create relevant new folk music. Their first two albums on Fellside Recordings, Light Up all the Beacons and The Northern Road followed them as finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and were met with critical acclaim; their fresh and compelling sound inspiring audiences up and down the country and being described in The Sunday Times as:
“real folk – not nu-folk, folktronica, or some other apologetically named subgenre – and it doesn’t seem to need reinventing.”
All the music and songs take inspiration from ever-changing landscapes, people and common traditions of hope, fear, love and home. Still feeling inspired and at the start of a growing musical career their enthusiasm resonates with an audience hungry for something new and exciting. For their third album Two Fine Days, the duo were joined by Hannah Phillips on Scottish harp (TMSA Young Trad Award Finalist), Sean Law on Double Bass and the renowned percussionist Tom Chapman (The Old Dance School, The Urban Folk Quartet, Chris While and Julie Matthews).
On their most recent album Any Other Morning (2014) the duo have expanded their musical language, instrumentation and are experimenting with their contemporary classical influences. Creating beautiful and memorable textures while cooking up an instrumental, breaking storm, Jack and Charlie have come a long way since the folk awards. The critically acclaimed Any Other Morning, produced by Calum Malcolm (LAU) is now available.
You can read about up-coming gigs, reviews, releases, watch videos, listen to tracks from the new album, join the mailing list and get in touch with Jack and Charlie here: www.mcneillandheys.com