“Bridie and her Arbour are a midnight dark yet airily bright breath of fresh folkish air” – Clash
Alternative folk band, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, unveiled their new track, Far From The Tree, in a live session for Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2 in February.
The pulsing strings and percussion in Far From The Tree interweave under Jackson’s powerful yet haunting lead vocal, building tension until the track resolves into a warm and beautiful coda, which utilises the band’s trademark vocal harmonies and rich string lines. In contrast, the single’s b-side, Final Lullaby, is a very sparse, plaintive arrangement of a song that Jackson originally composed for massed choirs to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.
Recently announced as recipients of a Women Make Music grant from the PRS for Music Foundation, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour are using the funds to support the creation, recording and touring of their new material. The award adds to a growing collection of accolades bestowed on the Newcastle four-piece, who, as well as being 2013’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winners, have also received awards from Arts Council England, Help Musician’s UK and City Music Foundation.
Songwriter, Bridie Jackson says “The Women Make Music grant has allowed us to really focus on developing our new material, which is something we love doing but can sometimes struggle to find time for.”
“Refreshing unpretentious and movingly soulful” – The Telegraph
“Beautiful yet haunting” – The Guardian
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