New EP + Upcoming shows

Photo by Joni Nelson

Photo by Joni Nelson

Dear reader, 

I am writing to you from the lower cabin of 'Mimosa', a classic boat of nearly 100 years old which is moored in Dartmouth harbour. The boat rocks gently in the wake of the ferry as it passes by, the sound of seagulls and tourists drifts in from the open doorway and the kitchen is full of musical instruments.  
This boat has been our rehearsal space, cabin quarters, office and kitchen for the last few days whilst we have been recording in Ivy Lane studios here in the town. We laid down two new tracks and they are sounding fantastic!
Tonight we are playing a show in Kingsweir before heading back up to the midlands for a Friday show in Lichfield.

We are excited to announce that our next EP is in the final stages of production and we are having an exclusive launch party on 1st September in Lichfield at Brewhouse (more info to come soon).

Upcoming shows:

Friday 18th Aug
The Horse and Jockey

Sunday 20th Aug
Landed Festival
Verbal Melodies stage

Friday 1st Sept
EP Launch show
Brewhouse Bar & Kitchen

Sunday 10th Sept
The White Lion

We hope to see you there,

Your fan,


Upcoming shows, Ireland recap and House concerts

We have mostly been recovering from our tour of Ireland. The tour was a real adventure, be sure to check out the blog post here.

In other news, we are excited to announce that ADT are taking bookings for house concerts in July and August, click here to visit the page and check out the video below!

Upcoming shows:

15th July
Sofar Sounds, 

16th July
The Lexington

28th July
The Astor Theatre
(supporting The Sons of Pitches)

30th July
Y not festival
(Hog and Barrel stage)

Your fan,


Folk on the Water

Straight after our gig with Jonathan Byrd last week Alicia and I shot off to Glastonbury Festival where we have been building Yurts and Tipi's in a field. 

The work has been hard and very hot but the combination of good food, great company and all that sunshine and fresh air has done wonders for my soul. 
This morning we left the Tipi field for a quick shower before our show tonight at Folk on the Water festival in Warwickshire.

Catch us at The Cuttle Inn at 9.20pm this evening.

Here's a video from a session we did for the festival organisers last month:

Hope you enjoy the video, we would love for you to catch us at a gig soon!

Next public show :
23rd June
The Greyhound


Your fan, 


Tuesday gig with Jonathan Byrd (Birmingham)

What better way to spend a Tuesday?

Dear readers,

An americana legend is coming to Birmingham.

A Different Thread will be opening for Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys at the Kitchen Garden cafe and there are only a few tickets left!

They are on tour from North Carolina, I saw them last year at the South Carolina state fair: 
In-between the chaos of the rides and carnival food stalls, they created an oasis of calm and delivered a heart-wrenchingly superb performance (see video).  I just can't wait to hear those songs again and Isaac, Alicia and I are looking forward to trying out some of our new material (and instruments) at the show.


A video from last year Alicia was invited to sing onstage with the guys!

I hope you enjoy the videos,

See you there?

Your fan,



Our first gig in Cardiff

This wednesday (7th) we are performing at Gwdihw in Cardiff with Folk ensemble: Bonfire Radicals. They're from our neck of the woods and have emerged from the Birmingham folk/world scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. Check out the video below.

There are only a few tickets left so grab them while you can!

In other news, we are proud to be supporting Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys on the 13th of June at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham, CLICK HERE to check out Alicia's story of how we got the gig and her personal connection to these incredible artists in our most recent blog post.

Your fan, 


Tonight! Birmingham gig supporting Those Pretty Wrongs

at The Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath, Birmingham! 

This acoustic duo consist of Jody Stephens and Luther Russell. 
Stephens may be best known for his time as the drummer in the legendary act Big Star, and Russell was part of the early-90s indie-rock band the Freewheelers. Here they are doing a classic Big Star tune!

This is a great opportunity for us to make a good impression at this renowned local venue so come on out and show your support! 

Last weekend we were in Devon for Dart Music Fest
CLICK HERE to view the blog post about our adventures!

Photo by Sarah Howe

Photo by Sarah Howe

Your fan,


Blues Bomb! + May Tour Dates

On monday we played a show at Mr Wolf's in Bristol and we got 'blues bombed' by the Bristol Blues Dancers!

We were about to go on stage and there were only a handful of fans in the audience and then all of a sudden the room filled up with amazing dancers!

It was hard to keep my jaw from dropping.  
We're looking forward to playing a blues set for them on 12th June at Pata Negra.

Speaking of mouths, we are excited to be returning to Dartmouth this weekend to play during the Dart music festival and kick off our shows for May!

May 12 Fri
Newbold Methodist Chapel

May 13 Sat
The Seale Arms 1.30pm
The Floating Bridge 6pm

May 14 Sun
The Cherub Inn 1pm
The Ship Inn 6pm

May 18 Thu
Apples & Pears Bar

May 20 Sat
Lichfield Kitchen Fest

May 21 Sun
Kitchen Garden Cafe
(Supporting Those Pretty Wrongs)

May 25 Thu
The George Tavern

May 26 Fri
Amersham Arms

May 29 Mon
George IV 2pm
Lichfield Fringe Fest 3pm
(Beacon Park) Lichfield

May 30 Tue
The Marr's Bar
(supporting Lisbee Stainton)

For more info on shows visit our website at 

Your fan,


We're on the radio tonight @ 8pm!


Live session and interview on David Roberts' show at 8pm tonight on Meridian FM

Tune into 107 FM if you are listening in the following areas:

East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood, Crawley Down, Copthorne, Dormansland, Domewood, Felbridge, Forest Row, Lingfield, Newchapel, Sharpthorne, Turners Hill, and West Hoathly.

or listen online here


your fan, 


A Different Thread

Vote for us to play the Isle of Wight Festival!

I remember my dad showing me the DVD 'Isle of Wight' fest from 1970 for the first time and it really blowing me away. I watched artists like Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, The Who and Free performing to the thousands upon thousands of people and thinking "I want to do that".

Well now we might just have a chance!

This management website has launched a competition to feature a new band on the 'New Blood' stage at the 2017 Isle of Wight festival and we need your vote!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW! (you will need a facebook account to vote)

Please spread the word by sharing the link on social media if you can.

Your fan,

A Different Thread

The Fantastic Light Ship!

Photo by Emilie Barbier

Photo by Emilie Barbier

The VIP party on the John Sebastian was a corker of a night!

The 130 year boat is a magical venue, it smells like old wood and teak oil, and you can hear the harbour water lapping at its sides.  Maybe it was the booze, or the dancing, or some combination of both, but we all had our sea-legs on as the boat rocked with us all night.

'Moody Will and the Roll' kicked off the evening with some great tunes, and we are looking forward to them playing with us again this Saturday for the EP launch gig at the Lansdown in Clifton, Bristol! (get tickets here)

Part way through the evening Alicia Best joined us on violin and vocals (we are exploring our sound as a trio,) and as one person wrote; your voices blend like milk and honey.

We set up a typewriter on our merchandise table so that our crowd-funding campaign donors (and other VIP guests) could type anonymous feedback about the evening's events.  We will continue to use the typewriter at gigs for our email list and general feedback (perhaps some of you signed up for these emails via typewriter!)

In Dartmouth between shows and some busking, we hiked out by the coves and filmed this live video on the seaside cliffs.

Our gig on Tuesday in Birmingham marked five shows as a trio, in as many days.


Our Bristol EP Launch Show

We would love to see you at our EP launch gig in Bristol on Sat April 15th at The Lansdown in Clifton. We are excited to be featuring The globe trotting songstress, all the way from the USA - Alicia Best! Hosted by the tremendously talented - Larkham and Hall AND featuring The Young and Rambling Bristol duo - Moody Will and the Roll.

All live in person for one night only! An intimate evening of Folk, Blues, Americana.

Oh and maybe a Murder Ballad or two...

Tickets are £7 each and the money from the tickets gets shared between all the performers.

The atmosphere is cosy and we maxed out our last show here so get your tickets on while they last! 




Weekend recap

Friday's show was a blast!


We had a great time on Friday at the George IV in our hometown and as a result, have been offered a slot at The Lichfield Folk Festival this October! 

Photo by Baz Scoular  


We used a similar set list for last nights show in Notting Hill at Mau Mau bar, which we thoroughly enjoyed despite the fact that Robert didn't have his harmonicas!

We will be back at Mau Mau bar this summer. 

We even had time to squeeze in a bit of browsing at the famous Portobello Market.

For info on our upcoming shows, visit

For info on our upcoming shows, visit

Big Crane music Video out Tomorrow!


It's a cool night in Antigua , Guatemala. The volcano, Fuego, is erupting softly in the distance and the cobbled streets are almost empty. 

The stage is set


I conceal my dictaphone in my coat, I can hear the bells at the Merced church begin to ring and the familiar opening riff of the song comes drifting out of my inside pocket...

"Big Crane heard my shout, Big Crane gonna lift my doubts"

The video for "Big Crane" is coming Tomorrow!

Make sure you pre-order our EP "Home from Home" on iTunes or where you get the single download straight away!