It’s a mad wind that fills our sails of late

Warm and heavy like the thunderstorms above us

It has been, by far, the busiest two weeks of touring we have ever had in the UK and we still have so many shows to look forward to

Flashes of the country go by in the blink of an eye as we travel up and down the length of Old Blighty, Scotland and Wales

The sound of the van wheels rolling beneath us, harmonising with our whirring minds and our thumping hearts

Astounded by the beauty and diversity of the landscape

Ever touched by the sincerity, generosity and honesty of the people who listen, dance and connect with our music

Impressed by the hospitality of those who welcome us into their homes

Looking over our shoulders at the world’s news as it bites at our heels

Trying not to let it weigh too heavy

Asking, as ever, what can we do to evoke positive change

For now we write this from a sanctuary in Oswestry, working up new songs in an old chapel

A quiet place to soothe our aches and recharge


yet so grateful to be here

still here 

living our passion

and finding time to stop and smell the roses

...or taste the raspberries

or swim wild

if you’re reading this, then we miss you

and we look forward to seeing you

and remember,

we always have a spare seat in our van

Your fan,


Upcoming dates


The Greystones

Sheffield, UK



Wickham Festival 2019

Wickham, UK


Isis Farmhouse

Oxford, UK



Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Bristol, UK



The Jericho

Oxford, UK



St Mary's Lichfield

Lichfield, UK




Bristol, UK


The Kraken

Chapel Hill, NC, US



The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC, US



Isis Restaurant & Music Hall

Asheville, NC, US


Connecting The Threads

July is off to a great start with our gigs in Bristol, London and Brighton.

Although all the travelling can be exhausting (especially when we have to catch the bus) this living off the road introduces us to so many great multi-national people. And when a bunch of them turned up for our show at the Green Note in Camden, we were delighted to get to re-connect with friends that we met in Guatemala, Paris Ireland and the USA.

It’s a small world when you start to connect the threads.

Tonight we play in Hay-on-Wye and tomorrow in Hereford.

upcoming shows:

(for tickets and details visit

FRI 12 - The Globe at Hay


SAT 13 - (2pm) The Hereford Left Bank


SUN 14 - Lichfield Fuse Festival


MON 15 - The Board Room

(Blues Dance)


TUE 16 - The Bell Inn


Thu 18 - The Drake Bar


SAT 20 - Summertyne Festival


Sat 20 - The Tin Hut Sessions


Sun 21 - The Winning Post


Tue 23 - The Whiskey Jar open mic


Wed 31 - The Greystones



Northern tour with Banjo Jen

Firstly welcome (fáilte) to all our new subscribers who we met in Ireland, we had a deadly time on the Emerald Isle and look forward to seeing some of you on our next trip.


As we turn our sails to the UK, we are excited to be heading to Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester for a string of shows with Yorkshire’s own bad ass banjo picking lass, Banjo Jen!

Dates include  

Wed 5 June,

@ Kitchen Garden Café,

Kings heath, Birmingham



Thu 6 June, 

@ Cafe  #9,

Nether Edge, Sheffield



Fri 7 June, 

@Dulcimer Bar

Chorlton, Manchester


We met Jen at Maverick Americana festival in Suffolk last year and we’re blown away by her act, so be sure to get tickets before they sell out! 

for more upcoming shows



Your fan, 



From Mexico to Ireland

As I shake the last bit of Caribbean sand from my guitar case and change my guitar strings, all rusty from the the salty air, I glance over at Alicia who is ‘in the zone’ busy booking shows for the autumn. As usual, coffee going cold in the window as she types fervently.


When you look at the calendar and see “family holiday” it’s easy to forget how easily “days off” fill up.

Life might be what happens to you while you’re making other plans, but so are taxes, and MOT, family health scares, and needing new brake callipers. (We did the work ourselves in the car park of a friendly bar tender, Andy, who brought us tea and coffee) And Molly Lee (the van) is right as rain to drive around Ireland now!


It’s enough to make a DIY musician wonder why exactly they do this!

But then we work up a new song, dip our toes in the cold Irish Sea, and are grateful for every step of the way, every crowded pub and sofa bed, every good busking spot and cafe with fast WiFi...

Our tour of Ireland is in full swing, we’ll be playing shows all around the Emerald Isle, and up in Northern Ireland to finish off the tour in Belfast and Bangor.

It’s a little different to the Mexican Caribbean, but the overcast rainy day has the locals remarking how “nice” the weather is, so we’ll take it.


We just released a new video for The Prickly Bush, check it out!

We all need the record store

We have set a goal this summer to get our vinyls into some record stores in the UK, so that our music will be accessible here while we are in the USA and beyond.  We are putting together a database of independent record stores so if you have any to suggest please let us know!

My father has an extensive vinyl collection, from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Cab Calloway, from Queen to Laurie Anderson, to National Lampoon’s Radio Dinner, and everything in between.

On a Saturday afternoon you’d find him in the front room sitting in his red leather chair listening to records, his feet up, his eyes closed.  I was the only kid quiet enough (sometimes) or maybe even interested enough, to sit in there with him, drawing in the corner, letting the music sweep over me.

I loved it.

Aside from the numerous Christmas records that Robert’s dad has, and more Jazz/Classical, our fathers’ record collections have a lot of crossover.  We talk about how The Who, The Zombies, and other classic rock has had its own influence on us.

Growing up I thought for a long time that my mom wasn’t into music, she couldn’t even tell you what was Pink Floyd and what was Prince.  I think it was through selling her pottery at local music festivals that she started getting into music.  Local music. Buying the CD from the artists themselves, talking with them after their set.  she had more than just a connection to the music, she had a connection to the musicians themselves.  Human to human, heart to heart.

Robert’s mother will often say she’s “not that into music” and “The Beatles sing from their noses” and “I’m not bothered” but there have been nights where we sit and listen to music as a family, sharing songs back and forth, and I’ve seen her singing along.  And when the song is an upbeat one, she’s up dancing, and I can’t help but join in.

Our music libraries grew from childhood.  Expanding in directions separate from our parents’ interests.  Introducing new music to them, and vice versa.

As a teenager you could find me at Schoolkids Records on Franklin Street in Chapel hill (though I was homeschooled myself, and it was, admittedly CDs I was after) more often than not in search of a local music, The B-Sides (later they changed to The Never), Shannon O’Connor, Stranger Spirits, Midtown Dickens, The Future King’s of Nowhere, Mandolin Orange, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, there was so much good music coming out of North Carolina, heck there still is!  And Schoolkids is still there, in Chapel Hill and Raleigh (the Durham branch closed a while back).  We need stores like these!m, yet more and more are closing!

Today is National Record Store day, go out and show your local record stores some loving!  Not just today, but whenever you are able!  Shop local, support local music!

Oh and you can buy our very own vinyl record online here! (We’ll let you know when and where it is available in stores!)

As independent musicians working to promote ourselves and produce our own music, record stores like these are essential. You can follow us on Spotify, subscribe to our YouTube, or add us to your library on Apple Music, etc. but more than that, we make these albums as physical forms, art and music, something to cherish.  So when you like a local band, buy their music, talk to them after the show, and if the music takes you, then dance!


Simple, familiar and Pure

It’s the coldest week of the year here in Antigua, Guatemala.  We rushed back from the hot and humid Pacific coast just in time, as if we couldn’t wait to wear jackets again, and dove straight into a weekend of gigs.

(When we say “coldest” it seems important to point out that jacket wearing is seldom needed during the day...and this time last year we were in the Netherlands, so maybe we should call this ‘a bit chilly’.  For those of you in colder climates, we are sending you the warmest regards!).

“Your music at Doozy Koala?” Our friend Sarah had remarked the afternoon before our final show of the weekend, “but that’s just a hostel full of partying Ozzies!!”

However, hours later, amid candles and Christmas lights (that screeched “Frosty the Snowman” on high-pitched synthetic bells from hell if you pushed the button one time too many), we played an intimate show to a crowd of avid listeners.  The hostel guests, (still hungover from the weekend), seemed grateful for a change of pace.  We brought folks out too, not only were there some fellow travellers who we met by lake Atitlán last month, but several other people who had seen one (or two) of our shows earlier that weekend, AND last but not least; Norm and Mimi.


Norm and Mimi are regular winter-in-Antigua characters, Mimi was first drawn to Antigua as a chocolatier, and it wasn’t long before Norm brought his cornet down.  When you don’t find him in his captain’s hat reciting old poetry at the bar in Café No Sé (to a few engaged tourists hanging on his every word) you’ll find him sitting in with musicians all across town, playing tastefully, in such a way that it lifts  up the whole vibe.  He joined us for the last few songs, and what a treat!


It’s not just Norm and Mimi, it’s not just us, so many people come back again and again. There is something magnetic about Guatemala and Antigua in particular. The smoke from Volcán Fuego is equal parts terrifying and beautiful, the cobblestone streets are straight out of a storybook, and maybe it is “something in the water” (although we highly recommend filtering it before you drink it) but whatever is, we keep coming back for more.

After the show at the Doozy Koala (they’ve asked us back to play again) we watched the lunar eclipse from the courtyard at our own hostel. The moon went gracefully from brilliant silver, to the darkest grey, and finally the deepest red.


And so are we, ever in flux, finding our place here in the vibrant tapestry of colliding cultures, and music, and oh the food!  Well, at least for a few weeks, and then on to the next (But we’ll be back)

Back in November, in New York City, we recorded this live video for our song ‘On A Whim’, now it’s ready for you to enjoy!

If you’re in Antigua, check out our upcoming shows at


Your fan,