I came across The Lowly knights at Open House Festival, Belfast…it was over a post festival night beer, the best meetings always are. They handed me their new EP, An Even Keel, the title struck a chord…I connected with the design and printed lyrics…Yep….design is not dead, I like to think that we still love something tangible to relate to music in a visual way.
I actually managed to play it when I got back to my hotel which was no mean feat…Listening to music after a great night out and in the quiet twilight hours is both a sobering and peaceful place to be in. I’m giving this EP the late night/sunrise award….
It was a real pleasure, therefore, to be approached by them with this new video for Burning Powder. The video was not what I was expecting. Hands up in praise to The Lowly knights and the direction and production of Phil Harrison for putting this together.
So it is, with very great pleasure, I introduce you to The Lowly knights…get the EP (link below).
*NEW RELEASE – EXCLUSIVE TO FOLK RADIO UK THIS WEEKEND*
This is the new video for the opening track from forthcoming Lowly Knights EP ‘Even Keel’. Film written and directed by Phil Harrison, all parts played by members of the band. For more info on the band (and to buy an EP!) check out lowlyknights.com – for more info on Phil Harrison films email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (new short film coming out very soon).
Championing a sound which combines grand-voiced exuberance with a ramshackle folk edge, The Lowly Knights have more than earned their place in Belfast’s strong tradition of literate, folk pop. Gorgeous harmonies, soaring orchestral arrangements, and the kind of melodies that keep you humming for weeks have hooked the hearts of gig-goers and critics alike.
An energetic live performance with hearty group vocals and musicians switching between an ever-expanding array of instruments makes a night with the Knights a truly memorable affair. Their adventure thus far has brought The Lowly Knights to share the stage with The Divine Comedy, Mumford & Sons, Duke Special, Iain Archer, Frightened Rabbit, and on a number of dates as support for Snow Patrol on their recent UK arena tour where they proved themselves as comfortable and spontaneous on the big stage as they are busking in the sun. The Knights started with lowly aspirations. A one-off performance back in 2006 led to other hometown gigs, packed out venues, songs on the roof of a shopping mall, and sellout shows in Belfast’s 500+ capacity venues Stiff Kitten and Spring & Airbrake. Live sessions on BBC Radio Ulster and U105, airplay on BBC Radio One among several other stations, and glowing reviews in local and Irish national press have thrust The Lowly Knights into the public eye. Music magazine Alternative Ulster voted “Devotion” one of their top 50 Northern Irish songs of the last 5 years. The Knights’ first two recordings, “The Rifles EP” and “The Hollow EP” have been critically acclaimed and sold like hotcakes. Their third and highly anticipated release, “The Even Keel EP”, promises to be bigger and bolder, more than capturing the energy they are known for as a live band. It is released on 25th October 2010.
Get the EP here: lowlyknights.bandcamp.com