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13th June 2015

Firewoodisland plus Laura Kindelan

Artist's websites: Firewoodisland / Laura Kindelan

"... Firewoodisland were spectacular – really do go and check them out,
not only were they incredible, they were also flippin nice people too."


"They sound festival-sized, delivering uplifting anthems that would fit as comfortably on the radio as around the campfire." Q Magazine

Their music fits perfectly into the indie festivals they no doubt are poised to dominate over the coming years.

Firewoodisland draw their inspiration from all that walk, crawl, fly, swim and slither. They are influenced by traditional folk music from Wales and Norway. With infectious vocal harmonies, marching beats, and a soundscape decorated with small organic details, they describe their sound in three words: Celtic Viking Music.

During the sleepy autumn months of 2010 Viking descendant, Stian Vedøy set sail in his longship to embark on the shores of Cardiff, South Wales. New lands and legends soon inspired him to begin his journey in a solo project.

With humble beginnings in local clubs around South Wales the music grew in popularity, and sound to become a group of dedicated musicians who relish the chance to play together.

In the past year they have travelled across the UK and Norway and have released their debut EP 'ILD' and the brand new single 'Molehills' which has drawn a global interest.

Expect uplifting tunes, joyful skipping, mesmerizing stories, enchanting anthems and an exciting fusion of unusual instruments. Creativity and artistry are the campfire they dance around.

~ BBC Radio Wales Artist of the Week February 2014

~ Amazing Radio Audition Winners September & October 2014


"I’ve got to admit that [their] explanation of their music was initially a bit lost on me…but when you read it while listening to the EP it somehow makes more sense. While there are definite traditional folk influences throughout these songs, they’re wrapped up in an accessible package of catchy vocals and pop-inspired melodies…and lead vocalist Stian Vedøy’s distinctive sounding voice just adds to the overall intrigue.

The songs have a kind of ‘cinematic’ feel to them…I can definitely imagine them being used in a movie soundtrack. I think ‘Just Human After All’ is my favourite track. The layering of textures and sounds across all the songs, and in fact the overall production of the EP is really very good. I’m curious now to see how they translate into a live set so I’ve added ‘go and see Firewoodisland’ to my to-do list. But for now I’m just enjoying what really is a standout EP. Amazing..." [Redwood Photography]

Laura Kindelan is a young, up and coming singer-song writer based in York. She has been gigging with her acoustic guitar since early 2013, and takes her musical influences from Ed Sheeran, guitar legend Jon Gomm and enjoys the sounds of London Grammar, Katie B and Tori Kelly.