I'm absurdly happy to say to you that on Friday the 12th November Cath & Phil Tyler will be playing at the Trof NQ, a tiny venue with great sound, in Manchester. Their latest album, The Hind Wheels of Bad Luck, was amazingly gorgeous and has been of my favourite albums of this year, get it real cheap on No-Fi records.
Anyway tickets are £6 in adv from here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/88115.
And heres the bio.
2008 saw Anglo-American duo Cath & Phil Tyler release their debut album ‘Dumb Supper’ to great critical acclaim across all divides of the modern folk landscape – as Plan B rightly noted, “Dumb Supper is one of those rare modern folk albums that will find a home both in the longstanding ‘traditional’ music community and among those attracted to the form’s more experimental and lo-fi possibilities”.
And so it was that they were feted by a bewilderingly multilateral mix of critics from The Wire to Mike Harding to Brainwashed to Bob Harris (for whom they recorded a session too). Fiona Talkington of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction was especially ardent, even arranging their performance at the Royal Opera House, this similarly contrasting with their underground UK tour in the company of Finnish jouhikko player Pekko Kappi.
Cath & Phil released their second cd, ‘The Hind Wheels Of Bad Luck’ in March 2010 (released digitally December 2009), yet further enhancing their reputation for finding ancient jewels in treasure troves such as the Anne & Frank Warner Collection and the Sacred Harp songbook, adding their own accompaniment and creating new magic.
Their delivery is tantalisingly sparse, Cath’s earthen voice oft backed by little more than Phil’s virtuoso guitar or banjo playing, Cath occasionally replying with deft fiddle.
"Folk moves into a new era with Cath and Phil. Their combination of earthiness and grit, raw yet hearfelt and beautiful singing and immaculate playing makes this one of the most exciting and most moving albums I've heard in a long while." Fiona Talkington, ‘Late Junction’