British / American duo – A Different Thread, deliver an intoxicating blend of Beatlesque folk-rock meets Gillian Welch dark country.
It’s not every day that you meet someone in the street and decide to tour the world with them, yet, ‘A Different Thread’ has done just that. Robert Jackson and Alicia Best first sang together in 2016 while busking in the streets of Galway, Ireland. From that chance meeting, the couple started writing and recording together while touring around the UK, USA and Europe and even down to Guatemala, Mexico, and back. Their original songs are inspired by the music that has criss-crossed the Atlantic over the generations in true folk fashion. Pulling from their respective roots they weave together a unique blend of folk, country and blues, or as they call it 'british americana'.
In August 2017, A Different Thread won first prize in a competition at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, seeing the duo return for an official performance in 2018 to a packed audience. On their recent US tour, they were featured on NPR’s: The State of Things with Frank Stasio (WUNC) with an interview and live session. The show was followed by a sell out concert at ISIS music hall, Asheville. Live shows have been described as “Intriguing and fascinating” (Three Chords and the Truth) with “Beautifully evocative harmonies” (American roots UK) and with the two playing over 6 instruments between them (including a suitcase drum kit), their sum is very much more than their parts. Last year they even caught the attention of Steve Earle at Shakori Hills Grassroots festival where they shared the bill together: “Sounds great”.
Following the self-release of their debut album 'On A Whim', (produced by Jeff Crawford (Mandolin Orange, Mipso)) last summer, A Different Thread continue their vigorous live touring schedule: from Latin America on to Ireland and the UK while working on a follow up record to be released at the end of the year.
“A strong, new independent sound” - Folk Radio UK
“Sublime” - Penny Black Music