Sitting somewhere between ‘the lushness of Norah Jones and the quirkiness of Joanna Newsom’, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour make music that is simultaneously beautiful, ethereal, dark and powerful. Bridie’s remarkable voice is fragile yet haunting and the instrumentation and harmonies weaving around her are gentle, making their music even more moving.
Winners of the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, they are the kind of beguiling, affable folk band whose sound feels so natural and inviting you wonder why your first listen wasn’t so much sooner.
They released their début album in January 2012, with a sold out show at The Sage Gateshead, and have since gained national recognition, with radio play on BBC 1, 2, 3, and 6 Music and live sessions for Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, and Radio 4’s Loose Ends. With their sparse instrumentation, intriguing vocal harmonies, and influences as diverse as gospel, Baroque and flamenco; the Newcastle-based quartet are frequently proclaimed to be completely unique. Enchanting, spellbinding, electrifying and magical, their live shows are not to be missed.
‘The band sounds striking on record but has an extra dimension live; a tension born of fragility and an authority seated in sheer skill… These girls must tire of people saying how good they are yet I struggle to name a finer and more original act on the acoustic/folk circuit today.’ Consequence of Sound