Formed in 2009, it has taken Dry the River three years to release their debut album, March's Shallow Bed. Not that they haven't been busy. As first the Fleet Foxes and then Mumford & Sons swept folk back into the mainstream, the London-based five-piece have been following those elite forebears with a hectic live schedule, a clutch of EPs and no little acclaim.
Dry the River followed an incredibly busy summer of festivals in 2011, playing Glastonbury, the Great Escape, iTunes Festival, Latitude, Summer Sundae, Green Man, Bestival and Reading and Leeds (deep breath), before finding a place on the long list of the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.
While Emeli Sandé and co battled it out for Poll bragging rights, Peter Liddle and his band set about recording that debut record (in the US). The run of three EP releases finally ended with Shallow Bed's issue on 5th March. Dry the River are currently touring the new record, with a spring jaunt that continues tonight in Cardiff and runs until May. Another summer of festival slots beckons before the new tour, which kicks off in October.
The autumn 2012 tour takes in dates in Cambridge, Portsmouth, Preston, York and more, before the final gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday 1st November. We have tickets for the current tour on sale now with some autumn dates already available. The rest go on sale at 9am on Friday 20th April. Prices are generally under £10, although Shepherd's Bush will set you back £12.