Indie-folk quartet Darlingside, Artist of the Year at 2016’s Folk Alliance International, release their critically acclaimed album ‘Birds Say’ (Thirty Tigers) in the UK on July 15 and play their first UK tour in July and August (details below).
Frequently compared to The Byrds, Fleet Foxes, Simon and Garfunkel and CSN&Y, Darlingside’s adventurous sonic landscape, group vocals and wry intelligent lyrics defy easy categorisation.
Last year they revealed their video for The God of Loss, a song which opens to Auyon Mukharji, Dave Senft, and Harris Paseltiner singing in unison. A song that laments the inevitable clash of the narrator’s familial, cultural, and romantic loyalties. Auyon’s somber fiddle and the unadorned arrangement recall the isolated wail of an old Appalachian folk song, transplanted into a bed of churning guitars…
When bassist Dave Senft, guitarist and banjo player Don Mitchell, classical violinist and folk mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist and guitar picker Harris Paseltiner gather around a single microphone and let their richly-textured voices loose, they splash their melodies with a sunny melancholy that brings their lyrics to vibrant life.
UK Tour Dates
Saturday 30 July – Cambridge Folk Festival
Monday 01 August – Bristol, The Tunnels
Tuesday 02 August – Sheffield, Greystones
Wednesday 03 August – Manchester, Gullivers
Thursday 04 August – London, Slaughtered Lamb