• Velvet & Stone
  • VELVET & STONE are an indie-folk band from Devon. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar, bass riffs, keys and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre. Drawing upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, they create a serene and haunting sound that is difficult to forget. Founding band members Lara Snowdon (vocals and guitar), and Kathryn Tremlett (violin and piano), are joined by Roger Styles on guitar and vocals and Barry Muir on bass"

    Their debut record The Storm was released in April 2016 and has received critical acclaim and airplay across the UK and internationally. With glowing accolades for their live shows, the band have quickly built upon this success, playing at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Somersault Festival, and Balcony TV, and they regularly gig across venues in their native South West.

    Velvet & Stone, release their EP 'Embers' on 13th October 2017! The four-track EP, recorded at Cube Recording in Cornwall, is the second EP released by the band who will be celebrating the release at a launch party at the Bike Shed Theatre Cocktail Bar in Exeter on 13th October followed by a string of dates around the South West. The new EP also features acclaimed cellist Caroline Lavelle [Radiohead; Massive Attack; Muse; Loreena McKennit; Afro Celt Sound System], and producer/ engineer Gareth Young on percussion across all of the tracks.

    Lara, vocalist and writer, explains that, “We’ve had a really inspiring time over the past twelve months - working with new musicians, doing a lot of writing, and honing our sound. We draw on modern singer-songwriter influences such as Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Beth Orton, Lisa Hannigan, Sarah Jarosz, Martha Tilston, in addition to folk rock bands like Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, The Cranberries, and the classics - Fleetwood Mac, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Fairport Convention".

    Inspiration for these new tracks is drawn from the sea and natural landscapes, choosing to record at Cube Studios in Cornwall with acclaimed producer Gareth Young has been a natural progression.

    Velvet & Stone recorded a demo there last winter when Gareth – who has worked with many pop and folk artists – was immediately taken by the band and by Lara’s voice. “There aren’t many times when we just go - Blimey! Lara’s got one of those voices definitely. There's just a quality to it that's just really good, really stunning, and just easy to make sound good.”

    And what influence has he brought to the EP? “There’s more going on with a bit more of a ‘band’ sound than their first record. I think they've got a great EP, with some fantastic songs and some great lyrics."


    Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly is equally excited having heard the new material, “Velvet & Stone push the boundaries of genre by combining folk themes with catchy pop hooks and great songs, all lead by Lara's brilliant vocals. I would recommend this record to anyone!”

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