Gradually working their way up from being support on Richard Hawley's UK tour last year to headliners in their own right, Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies aka Smoke Fairies have started to garner the attention of the press with their dark Delta blues and folk, championed by Hawley, Jack White and music mags such as Mojo alike. They have recently released their debut album entitled "Through Low Light and Trees", packed full of eerie stories and a top-notch production - a far cry from earlier material.
As well as a new video for album-track "Hotel Room" being released on You Tube (which you can see by clicking above - 7" is out today!), the girls have announced the first few dates of their 2011 UK tour, starting with Tunbridge Wells on 16th January and followed by a sizeable chunk of gigs in Brighton, Portsmouth, Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter and Bristol, the last date on 2nd February. Tickets are a bit of a bargain, averaging around £7-£8 plus fees.
In addition to their own tour, Smoke Fairies will be performing at The Halloween Music Fair in London on 31st October, starting in Primrose Hill and proceeding as a disguised procession with minstrels (English dancers, not the chocs!), wild Indian dancers, hand-crafted gifts and food and an evening of music - which is where the duo come in top of the bill. Tickets for the day cost £15.50 for adults, £6 for 8 to 16 year olds and free for under 8s - available from www.wheelwheelwheel.co.uk . The whole thing starts at 2pm and ends at 11pm with the music (with an emphasis on psych-folk) taking place at Cecil Sharp House (in Regent's Park Road) from late afternoon after the procession.