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.

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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!

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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.

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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 www.adifferentthread.com/tour

 

Your fan, 

ADT

Life's too long to stay young

“It’s plucky, it’s haunting, and it never hits a false note. Rosa Rosa is one of those rare folk songs that has the capacity to live past its time. “ - Two Story Melody Read the full article here

Check out the live video that we shot with Zanni Productions at the HQ for Illegal Mezcal in New York City!

We know some of you have been waiting for the album to come out on vinyl and we are excited to announce they are almost ready! If you haven’t done so already, place your vinyl pre-order now!

Leaving New York was bitter sweet (although, we won’t miss the bitter cold) seeing family and friends, and traversing new parts of the world ( inc. Niagara Falls, for one!) has been an incredible experience. this Autumn has been one for the books, Hurricanes and all.

It was mid-day when we arrived in Guatemala city and haggled for a taxi ride over the mountain to Antigua. The warm air welcomed us through open windows. Motor oil and gasoline mixing with the sweet smells of flower blossoms and tortillas cooking on open fires

Between local gigs here we are setting time aside to work on new material, we have lots of new songs in the works and there is plenty of inspiration down here in this vibrant country. We are also booking our 2019 UK tour (so if you’re thinking of booking us for a house concert or garden party between mid June and mid September, now is a good time to get in touch!)

Thank you for joining us on this journey,

Your fan,

ADT

Potter's Field

“I was first introduced (to what a Potter's Field is) at a museum, as a kid. I was struck by the tragedy of it: to be buried without a name, I thought of the families who wouldn’t know whether to mourn or not” 
(see full press article).

Potter’s field is the first single from our debut album, we made this music video with the help of (Lichfield based) Wild Fire Media, during our tour in the Netherlands last February and for those of you who haven’t already seen it, check out the link below:

The wind has been snapping at our heels in NC.  The first to hit was Hurricane Florence, she stole our thunder; the “official Album Release” show, scheduled for the Back Room at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, was a literal wash out.  We escaped northward for the brunt of the storm.  When we returned to NC we thought we were in the clear, and then Hurricane Michael chased us down on highway 40, all the way to a radio gig in Statesville.  We saw trees come down across the highway, we saw roads washed out, and floodplains rushing like new born rivers.  The wind against the side of the Volvo as we rerouted again and again.

Despite the hard blows from the hurricanes “On A Whim” has been garnering some good reviews online which is helping us reach a wider audience, and some of our hard work seems to be paying off!

Snapshot from our show at ISIS Music Hall, Asheville

Snapshot from our show at ISIS Music Hall, Asheville

Sometimes it’s hard to see the woods for the trees, especially when the trees are crashing down, and the rivers are rising, but we are working on keeping ourselves above the water (metaphorically and otherwise)!  The music scene in NC is vibrant, and resilient, and we are inspired by our followers and fellow musicians alike.  We are so grateful to have you along for the ride. 


Upcoming shows:
OCT 19 FRI
Fermental Beer & Wine
Wilmington, NC, United States

OCT 20 SAT
Flytrap Brewing
Wilmington, NC, United States

OCT 21 SUN
Haw River Ballroom
Saxapahaw, NC, United States

OCT 27 SAT
Haw River Ballroom
Saxapahaw, NC, United States

(Supporting Jonathan Byrd for his record release show)

OCT 31 WED
House Concert
Philadelphia, PA, United States

NOV 5 MON
Silvana
New York, NY, United States

NOV 12 MON
ShrineNew York, NY, United States

NOV 15 THU
SidewalkNew York, NY, United States

Your fan,

ADT

Album Launched

Our debut album ‘On A Whim’ is now available worldwide and we are so excited to finally be able to share this with you all!

A Different Thread

A lot of blood, sweat, tears, mud, rain, laughter and beers went into this record to get it to this point and all but one track was cut back to back in just ten days straight.

It rained for 8 of those days.


Jeff Crawford did an outstanding job as producer, engineer, mixer and part time therapist, let alone playing a host of instruments on this record and we highly recommend his studio in Chapel Hill, NC.

Check out Arbor Ridge Studios website here

We have so many thank you’s to the people who were involved and although we aren’t going to list names here, you all know who you are! Thank you!


CD’s and Vinyl can be purchased through BandCamp and of course, at our live shows.

People in Lichfield can buy the CD from S&J Music shop on Bird Street.

Some of you may be aware of the incoming 'Hurricane Florence’ which is headed for the Carolinas this evening.  Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel tonight's record launch show at Cat’s Cradle in Carborro, however, we have plenty of NC tour dates coming up, see the tour page on our website.


Please take a moment to share the record on social media or with someone whom you think might like it!

To find the album, search ‘A Different Thread’ in iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Soundcloud now!

Your fan,

ADT

ALBUM PRE-ORDER

Our debut full length album 'On A Whim' is due for official release next month, however, as of RIGHT NOW you can pre-order a copy and get three new tracks to download immediately!

Pre-ordering is a great way to guarantee you get your hands on a copy of our new album in the form that you want!
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Order the DIGITAL ALBUM: receive three digital tracks right away and the full album on the September 13th!

Order the PHYSICAL CD: receive three digital tracks right away, the full digital album on September 13th and signed copy of our CD in the mail!

Order the LIMITED EDITION 12” VINYL: receive three digital tracks right away, the full digital album on September 13th AND then, at long last, the signed vinyl will be sent on it’s way to you by mid November. (We know this is a while to wait, but we decided to add the vinyl as a pre-order anyways because it is a limited run, first come first served!)
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So many people have breathed life into this album from so many places; from the rolling hills of Staffordshire to the Appalachian mountains, to the 'deep south' of France! We are constantly inspired and humbled by our followers and community! Thank you for donating to our Kickstarter, for reading our emails, for bringing food to us when we were in the studio and letting us crash on your sofas! Thank you for coming to our shows again and again and for spreading the word about our journey. We are so grateful to have you along for the ride!
A million times thank you!
See you farther down the road!

Musically,
ADT

In the blink of an eye

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The summer so far has been full to bursting with sunshine, gigs, festivals, songwriting, cups of tea, narrow boats, and reconnecting with friends up and down (and crosswise) the U.K. August is going to be our busiest month of festivals yet! (And then we're off to the states mid September, so catch us while you can! USA tour dates for fall 2018 to announce soon!)

August 5 Magic Garden - London

August 7 The Bell Inn - Bath

August 8 The Kitchen Garden Cafe - Birmingham
Get tickets here
(looking forward to seeing some Lichfield folks out there, as it's the closest thing to a "hometown" gig that we've got before we leave!)

August 10 Farmer Phils Festival - Shrewsbury
Tickets available here  

August 17 Weyfest - Tilford
Tickets available here  

August 18-19 Just So Festival - Scholar Green
Tickets available here

August 24-25 Shrewsbury Folk Festival - Shrewsbury Tickets available here
(We're super excited to be returning after our competition win there last summer!)

and...

September 1 Luna Bar - London
(throwing it in there because it is Alicia's birthday and our last U.K. show before we leave to tour our new album in the US!)

More info at www.adifferentthread.com/tour

Your fan,

ADT

Tying up the loose ends

After 10 intense days in the studio in North Carolina, we have a record!

The tracks are in the post production phase now, we think they are already sounding great!

Our target release date is August 2018, just in time for our performance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

We are now touring in the UK until September and we would love to see you at a show!

We will be sending out more info about the album as it comes together so stay tuned!

Your fan, 
ADT


Upcoming shows: