“It’s no surprise King Eider appeal to radio programmers. They have a highly accessible sound, mixing contemporary and traditional sounds. Essentially a mix of folk and blues, with a bit of bite, it’s enthralling. The album The Deeper The Water captures the mood perfectly — and it’s an album that moves effortlessly from track to track.” – Jim Gellatly, Scottish Sun

A folk-blues five-piece hailing from Edinburgh, King Eider craft a modern sound rooted in stripped back musicianship and classic folk influences.

King Eider have gained a reputation for their energetic live performances, regularly filling venues in their hometown Edinburgh, as well as playing at established venues further afield such as King Tut’s in Glasgow or Koko in London. Live sessions have been performed on Tom Morton’s BBC Radio Scotland show, BBC Radio Scotland, London’s Resonance FM and twice on Gaby Roslin’s BBC Radio London show. Their Sofar Sounds video caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 producers who booked the band for the Edinburgh Festival 2014.

In July 2013, Gaby Roslin spotted the band warming up in a London park, while walking her children home from school. She was so impressed that she immediately invited them on to her radio show. Invited back in June 2014, she arranged live on air for the group to play at Koko at the Isle of Wight Reunion gig she was hosting.

Charlatans front-man Tim Burgess is also a fan. He liked King Eider so much, he invited them two years running to play at his Tim Peaks Stage at Festival Number 6 and Kendal Calling. Their 2013 Festival Number 6 show caught the attention of key festival organiser Meurig Jones, who said King Eider was:

“One of my favourite bands that’s ever played at Festival Number 6″.



“An intelligent band with impeccable musicianship” – John-Paul Mason, The Daily Record

“One of my favourite bands that’s ever played at Festival Number 6″ – Meurig Rees Jones, Festival Number 6 organiser

“It was the most amazing performance and the rhythm…it’s just extraordinary” – Mark Dolan

“It’s a weighty debut, all bar one of the tracks (Lucy Frankel’s Dave Kane) written by singer and guitarist Reuben Tighe having an entertaining diversity among them. Three shorter “interludes” might have been designed to make sure we have been paying attention to the quintet’s vocal and instrumental virtuosity. Tighe has a fine lyrical wit” – Keith Bruce, The Herald, reviewing The Deeper The Water

“…Set themselves apart from the increasingly cliché ridden genre of stompy pop/folk… A young and thirsty band, their onstage presence and synergy crackles” (tvbomb.co.uk)

2015: Coming soon

Four song EP, including the single ‘Fire’. Single to be launched in February 2015, EP to be launched in April 2015. Pre-order on bandcamp.

2014: The Deeper The Water, debut album

Recorded at Chamber Studios, Edinburgh, funded 100% through crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The Edinburgh album launch gig saw The Caves at full capacity.

Released on Monday 5th May 2014 as a digital download and limited edition CD. Available to buy on bandcamp.

2013: Drink Me Dry, debut single

Track Of The Week on Best of British Unsigned, with the band also featuring on their Best Of 2013 and Bands to Watch in 2014 transmissions.

Video filmed at Tyninghame Beach, East Lothian.

2012: King Eider EP

EP recorded by Soundreach at Iona Street Studios. Bainbridge Music. Listen on bandcamp.


The band
  • Reuben Tighe – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Lucy Frankel – violin, vocals
  • Sam Chapman – drums, vocals
  • Sam Palmer – bass
  • Josh Casali-Bell – keyboard, vocals

Former member: Jennifer Lamb Usher – cello

Vote for us – Best Band in Unsigned Music Awards

Best Band in Unsigned Music Awards? Make it us – vote by Sunday! We’ve been nominated, but it’s a numbers game. It’s quick, there’s no signing in, and we’ll love you forever. Vote at www.bestofbritishunsigned.com by Sunday 14th September – thank you!

And please share it with your friends too – some of the competition have 33k likes on facebook so we need all the help we can get…


King Eider booked for Isle of Wight Festival 2015


So having played to Koko’s fantastic crowd on Monday night for the Isle of Wight Reunion Gig in aid of Variety UK, we have been told that Isle of Wight Festival‘s very own John Giddings wants to book us! After hearing our soundcheck and set, John has confirmed he wants us on the Isle next year. Gaby Roslin and Caroline Monk deserve special thanks for making all of this happen! So very excited! Will tie in nicely with us playing at the Tim Peaks Diner there as well.

See you all there next June!

During our set at Koko on Monday 1st September

During our set at Koko on Monday 1st September

Koko here we come…

On Monday 1st September we’re at Koko Camden as the first band on stage. Come see us! We’re airing a brand new song, so new it doesn’t have a title yet.

It’s a busy night of ace bands who played at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival…

And hosted by Gaby Roslin, who wangled us the gig when we played on her show in June 2014, even though we weren’t actually at the Isle of Wight this year!

Tickets are £10, and it’s a fundraiser for Variety GB, the children’s charity. Tickets and more info here.


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Past Shows

07 Nov 2014 Kelburn Winter Warmer: John Langan Band + King Eider + DJs Edinburgh, UK Studio 24 Studio 24
31 Oct 2014 Ulverston, Cumbria ( UK ) The Mill The Mill
30 Oct 2014 Ed Prosek + King Eider + Deadly Rides Edinburgh, UK Sneaky Pete's Sneaky Pete's
11 Oct 2014 Edinburgh, UK Voodoo Rooms Voodoo Rooms
10 Sep 2014 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's Sneaky Pete's
01 Sep 2014 London, United Kingdom Koko London Koko London

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