Manchester’s The Travelling Band have announced their forthcoming album, SAILS, due 25th August 2017 via Sideways Saloon Records/Kartel. The first taste of SAILS comes in the shape of the single, ‘Into The Water, which serves as an introduction to a new, more expansive approach from the Manchester five-piece.

Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot. ‘Mopping Forwards’ draws on their time spent in East Nashville and the almost Satie-like melancholic ballad ‘Loser’ belies the darker turn that Jo and Adam’s lyrics have taken.

The Travelling Band Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch a performance of ‘Into The Water’ below:

Plus support from BEN CALVERT & THE SWIFTS

While making experimental theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben picked up a guitar and started writing his own songs immediately. Influenced by British folk, early 90’s indie and US psychedelia, listeners have been charmed by his understated lo-fi post-folk sound that has melodic, narrative, songwriting at the core. Signed to indie label Bearos, he toured solo and with a band of ever changing line-ups and his songs gained airplay on John Peel’s Radio 1 show.

“Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. Ben’s voice has a quirky edge that is reminiscent of a male Vashti Bunyan. The orchestral sounding magic rests with his band who have a rich full sound. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.” – **** Folk Radio UK

“Captures gritty scenarios and balls them up into tunes of semi-surreal indie-folk.” – The Fly

Ben Calvert & The Swifts Links: Bandcamp | Facebook

Watch the video for ‘The Sea, The Sea’ below:

Plus support from JESSIE REID

Jessie Reid is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from Shropshire. She combines finger style and percussive guitar techniques with emotive, fragile and soulful vocal melodies to create a unique style of playing.

Her innovative, folk-influenced songwriting has been said to enchant audiences, drawing comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, Lucy Rose and guitarist Andy McKee. Jess has featured regularly at Sofar Sounds sessions in the UK and South America and is currently working on the release her debut EP, set to be released in the Autumn of 2017. She will be performing upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s on 22nd August as part of Ruby Sings showcase for emerging UK artists.

Jessie Reid Links: Facebook

Listen to ‘Locomotion’ below: