Southwest Music Awards ‘Best Folk Act’ finalists 2013, Devonbird, have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene (and beyond) in recent months.
Devonbird – Kath Bird (singer/songwriter), supported by Sophia Colkin (aka Squeak) on violin and Andy Clarke on guitar and bouzouki, show their wide and versatile range and their passion for folk music, both original and traditional.
The trio combine foot-stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs, often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect.
The band has recently been described as having a clarity and purity of sound, vocally and instrumentally, which is both profoundly soul touching and magical.
Devonbird have been touring local folk clubs, are being seen at folk festivals and have appeared on national and local radio.
For their first studio recorded album, “Hangman’s Daughter”, they teamed up with well known folk producer Mark Tucker. The album is a mixture of hard hitting original songs such as The Brae, combined with such haunting folk songs as My Purty Jane, sung in the Devonshire Dialect.
“This week I popped down to the town of Cardigan to enjoy the Quay Festival. The day promised to combine the vibrancy of live bands with the local beautiful scenery to create a very special bank holiday weekend. Opening the afternoon’s events was Devonshire band Devon Bird, a three-piece from the West Country, who definitely brought a touch of folk to the town. Putting music to well known Devonshire poetry and singing tracks from their new album Hangman’s Daughter the female strong band with exception of male guitarist certainly wowed the crowd with album titled track Hangman’s Daughter finishing their unique set.” ~ Carmathen Journal