Words by Ed King
Boat to Row are coming to the Hare & Hounds to celebrate the launch of their debut album, I Found You Here – released via local label/promoters, Nocturne Records, on Friday 20th November. Hence the shindig.
And with support from Leeds’ debut EP impending Dancing Years (Learn to Kiss – Feb ’16) and the Pilton funded precocity that is Declan McKenna, this is a pretty full bill for a tenner; some strong and promising voices. But, perhaps, more so if you like singer/songwriters and Folk. Think singer/songwriters and Folk. It’s going to be singer/songwriters and Folk.
Birmingham Review last saw Boat to Row at The Rainbow in May this year, with the melodious love-in leaving Ceri Black floating on a cloud of world piece for longer than normal. Certainly talented and confidently friends, the onstage ensemble won over our stalwart reporter; a trusted scribe who once surmised Hanson’s return to Birmingham by declaring ‘I wanted to hide my face and pretend none of it was happening.’
But she’s arguably not the only one, with Boat to Row earning a reputation for multi layered and considered compositions, driven by a campfire sealed narrative and winsome delivery. People like ‘em, in a nutshell. They’re, like, well cool.
And now with an LP to shout about, a ‘labour of love’ which was reportedly two years in the making, the Birmingham multi instrumentalists are out on the road with their fresh stocking filler suggestion – playing at the Hare & Hounds (20th Nov), before heading to London (The Finsbury – 22nd Nov) and Nottingham (The Bodega – 25th Nov).
So dip your finger in the sugar bowl and see what you think; try before you buy, watch the official video to ‘Turn the Page’ – taken from Boat to Row’s debut album, I Found You Here.
And if anyone can corroborate, the site of the ‘TESCO LIES’ in Stirchley, right…?
Boat to Row perform at the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) on 20th November, with support from Dancing Years, Declan McKenna + DJs from Goodnight Lenin. For direct gig info & tickets, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12541982
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