Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel in London.
Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, Steam at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later. Beyond Brushes (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC's Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, BBC Legend Bob Harris and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, quickly embarking on 6 headline European tours over the next 2 years, playing numerous major festivals including Glastonbury, Broadstairs Mainstage, Underneath the Stars and Cambridge Folk and performing over 200 concerts across the continent.
Stables put emphasis on energy when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; 'I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage'.
As well as Stables, Matthew regularly tours with his band Keston Cobblers Club. Supporting the likes of Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman and Paul Heaton on UK their tours, as well as performing at many of Europe's notable festivals, such as Cambridge, Broadstairs, Sidmouth and Folk by the Oak amongst many others.
'Cracking Stuff!' - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music
'Brilliant' - Bob Harris, Legend & BBC Radio 2
'Personal favourite' - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
'Gorgeous tracks' - Abbie McCarthy, BBC Radio 1 and Kent
'It's really quite beautiful, very charming indeed' - Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
'Made me almost cry and made me so happy. An absolute pleasure' - Salma El Wardany, BBC Radio London
'A fabulous album, it's great' - BBC Radio Leeds
'A Joy' - BBC Three Counties