Friday 23rd August 2019
Firewoodisland is the alias of Norwegian/Welsh multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri. With dynamic vocal harmonies and a mix of digital and acoustic instruments, they create a sound that is atmospheric yet striking.
Their career started with two EPs (2014 and 2016) that quickly picked up streams on Spotify and radio interest on UK stations such as BBC introducing, BBC 6 music and BBC 2. After the debut album "Chaos Is The State Of Heart" in 2018 they gained even more interest, with praise in magazines like Clash, Atwood Mag and The 405, music synchronisation in TV series such as Netflix's Shadowhunters, Norway’s Unge Lovende and MTV's Teen Mom, as well as additional radio spins from BBC 6 music and Norway’s NRK P3 to name a few, they are developing an exciting name to follow. Firewoodisland has also been seen on stages such as Latitude Festival, Farmfest, Vikedal Roots Music Festival Norway, support for Bear's Den on Record Store Day as well as a handful of UK tours, with their distinct multi-instrumentalist setup and guest musicians.
2019 is a new chapter for Firewoodisland. With a new and unique set-up, two newly released singles and much more in the pipeline, we can expect exciting things to come. Mark Radcliffe from BBC 6 Music says about the band: “That's fantastically gorgeous. Bit Bon Iver for sure, but absolutely wonderful. "
Meet Jack Howard, the 19-year-old Brighton new comer who is quickly proving his talent. Having moved to Brighton 2 years ago, rekindling his love for funk and soul in his first year of Uni, ‘Jack Howard’ was born. Joined by his twin brother on stage, the unique dynamic that they have created is truly something.
Having released his debut single, ‘Yesterday’ in October 2018, he showed the world just how talented he is in his rhythmic hooks and dreamy yet raspy vocals that are the echo of summer vibes. With that in mind, his latest single, out Friday 17th May, is aptly named ‘Sunlight’. It boasts a level of production and quality that is not often heard from newcomers, alongside the impossibly catchy vocals that are nothing short of brilliance in their ability to consume and captivate your attention. Between the ethereal symbols, jazz saxophone solo and the varying percussion used, Jack perfectly brings elements of funk, soul, and jazz into a contemporary and refreshing sound. Speaking on the track, Jack says ‘this song is a place of happiness when I wasn’t feeling too great. It’s about waking up and feeling like everything is just a little bit better and not waiting for life to bring you back and doing it yourself’.
Guy is a solo, acoustic, singer-songwriter who plays a mix of upbeat blues, psychedelia influenced acoustic rock, and mellow folk originals. He released his first EP - Riding The River Road Back Home - in October last year. His lyrics draw on psychedelic as well as folk influences, inspired by the psyche, cognition and psychology, he uses nature and its elements as a metaphor to explore the behaviours of the mind.
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