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Adam Barnes & Chris Ayer - 10th October 2015

Artist's website: Adam Barnes / Chris Ayer

Adam Barnes is a 23 year old bearded troubadour residing in the countryside of Oxfordshire. He is a folk artist; a haunting songwriter and an honest performer waiting for you to take a step back and listen in. Having released his debut album last May, Adam has followed it up with a 5 week headline European tour and received the support of youtube blogger Zoella. Adam is celebrating the release of a brand new E.P with his biggest headline tour to date.

'Adam Barnes is a rising star on the folk scene with a enviable beard and even more impressive voice' - Gigwise

"The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath is an exceptional piece of work, navigating songs so sparse and fragile that a whisper could break them, into glorious crescendos of noise with tracks such as ‘Virginia’ – a track so supremely written and performed that it is only understandable to repeat it three or four times before you carry on listening to the rest of the album.

‘Kuroshio Sea’ is a seven minute extravagance of supreme exquisiteness, a song in which seven minutes don’t feel long enough – a feat not easily mastered for tracks extending past the five minute mark. Pseudo-opener (there is an opening track, but it is more an introduction than a song) ‘Howling’ is destined to be a fan-favourite as Adam Barnes evokes both Keaton Henson and Elliott Smith’s more up-tempo songs.

All in all, The Land, The Sea and Everything Lost Beneath may be the best album I’ve reviewed this year, and is certainly up there with the likes of Beck’s Morning Phase as best album for the first half of 2014." [album review July 2014]

Chris Ayer is a singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles CA. Growing up in Virginia, he got his start singing along to tapes of Paul Simon and Elvis (wether his family liked it or not!) In the last few years, Ayer has played over 1000 shows in the US, UK & Europe, including a sold out headlining tour of the Netherlands in November 2013. Beyond strictly folk music, elements of pop, rock, roots & soul influence his sound. In 2013 he released his third album -- the first he produced -- called "The Noise", and is busy writing songs for his fourth.