On 19th April we welcomed Bristol five-piece Young Waters to the Music Hall to launch their debut album. And launch it in style they did! With their harmonized vocals, tight playing and haunting music they left the audience in no doubt that they are a force to be reckoned with on the UK folk scene.
Having been around in a previous carnation (Snufkin) since 2015, the band have quietly been making a name for themselves the last few years through festival appearances and gigs, and it’s obvious to see why. Their down to earth demeanour belied their powerful, stirring music which captivated the audience throughout the evening and sounded perfectly placed within the atmospheric surroundings of St Marys Church.
Have a listen to their track Jessica Hoop, recorded live at St Mary's Music Hall.
The voices of lead singer Theo Passingham and vocalist and percussion player Kerry Ann Jangles entwined beautifully throughout, and at times when they were singing unaccompanied you could have heard a pin drop. With a repertoire of tracks covering a range of topics, including a personal song about mental health, their music at times verged on melancholic. But when an electric guitar was produced for use on one of the tracks Passingham joked with the audience asking them not to throw tomatoes at the band. Luckily we were all out of them at the time.
Having recorded the album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios after winning Bath Folk Festival’s ‘New Shoots’ award the band turned to crowdfunding to raise the rest of the money needed to produce the album properly. And we're delighted they did. We wish them the best of luck with the rest of the tour and look forward to seeing their star continue rising.