'Fleetwood Mac meets Oh Wonder'
Formed in the summer of 2022 in the forest; Sylvan Weekends brings together Matthew (folk), Freya (instrumental-electro) & Daniel (rock). Unified vocals from co-writers Matthew & Freya lend a nostalgic feel - one octave up resonates at twice the frequency & both voices together cut through with emotional resonance. The addition of synths & clever percussion drive the songs & make you move.
Assigning a genre is tricky - but getting a tune stuck in your head won’t be.
Matthew fronts successful folk band Keston Cobblers Club with whom he has built an illustrious live career, including an arena support tour with Paul Heaton & Jaqui Abbot of Beautiful South, Bellowhead, selling out Union Chapel as KCC & playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival & Wilderness. His songwriting has earned raucous praise from BBC Legends such as Bob Harris, Dermot O’Leary (“Every song is an absolute killer...They’re terrific”) & Steve Lamacq (“One of the best new discoveries I’ve made”).
Freya has earned a reputation for instrumental music under Freya Lily (“absolutely astounding, a melodic masterclass”) & folk music alike (“like Laura Marling meets Jade Bird”). She’s had regular podcast features on BBC Sounds, & through work as a session vocalist with LCV has performed with legends including Basement Jaxx, The Staves, Imogen Heap, Jools Holland, & more, in a host of epic venues such as The Southbank Centre, EartH Hackney & Barbican.
Daniel has completed 3 studio albums, and 7 European tours as part of folk band Stables (with Matthew), and played festivals across Europe including Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, during which he’s the king of multi-tasking - falsetto harmonies, ukulele and drums all at the same time.
The trio released their debut single in September 2022 to critical acclaim, with their debut EP slated for release on the 5th May 2023, with a supporting UK tour in the Spring & European tour soon to be announced for the Autumn.
“Young and Freewheeling”
‘Nostalgia meets innovation in uplifting folk-pop’ Young and Freewheeling, the next single from new alt folk-pop trio Sylvan Weekends is out on 15th February 2023. It’s a trip down memory lane, an invitation to remember the joy of pelting down the road full tilt, in a world before adult worries became real.
It’s an invitation to return to that carefree way of being. There’s a music video to accompany the single and to make it, the trio returned to… well, being children.
Freya, Matthew & Daniel spent a chilly January day in freezing Dungeness, messing about with bicycle trailers, double speed singing, and working out who was light enough to ride in the kid’s trailer filming and who was strong enough to pull the others along. Unlisted video: here There’s also a live session - due to be released later in February, recorded in a one-shot take in Patcham Memorial Hall, Brighton. This showcases the trio’s ability to switch from emotive indie-folk to more energetic folk-pop. Unlisted video: here
'Beautifully ebullient, heartfelt alt-folk-pop.'
'From delicate beauty, to rousing anthems, all in 30 minutes.'
Spring tour dates so far:
05 May - London - St Pancras Old Church Music
07 May - Birmingham - Kitchen Garden
10 May - Brighton - The Folklore Rooms
11 May - Liverpool - The Jacaranda Club
12 May - Newcastle - The Globe
14 May - Bristol - Zed Alley