“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 on 1st September 2014. Impressed by their soundcheck that night, John Giddings booked them for Isle of Wight 2015, for the Garden Stage.

Charlatans front-man Tim Burgess is also a fan. He likes King Eider so much, he has invited them three 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″.

 

Reviews

“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)

Recordings
2015: EP – The Beast With Two Backs

Four song EP, including the single ‘Fire‘, launched in February 2015. Fire video filmed in West Argyll.

EP launched on 1st May 2015 with gig at The Caves, Edinburgh. 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, guitar

Former member: Jennifer Lamb Usher – cello

Supporting Broken Records in Edinburgh

broken-records-press-shotThis is pretty cool. We’ve liked Broken Records for ages, and now we’re supporting them at Edinburgh’s best new old venue, La Belle Angele. They’re rocky indie folky stuff, not a million miles off us. They’ve toured the UK, Europe and the USA, played Glastonbury and Latitude and toured with The National, Editors and The Black Keys. And for their September 19th hometown gig, we get to share a stage (and a drum kit) with them. 

Here’s the vid of their latest single, I Won’t Leave You In The Dark. And here’s the gig info for 19th September. Incidentally Dave from 2nd support band Hagana recorded our latest EP. And we played at La Belle Angele a couple of months ago, and the sound is a proper treat – and it’s a great space. Should be a cracking gig.

 

June’s EP tour! Edinburgh to Isle of Wight…

2015 BWTB EP Tour photo2

Yup, we’re off on tour! Starting at home in Edinburgh, ending at the mighty Isle of Wight Festival… Tell all your friends! Share the tour’s Facebook event too.
It’s all to promote our new 4-track EP, The Beast With Two Backs.

EDINBURGH – Sun 7th
Meadows Festival 4pm – FREE
Just before Eliza Carthy!
Red Dog (main) Stage
https://www.facebook.com/meadowsfestival

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND – Mon 8th
2pm live on Iain Anderson show – part of BBC Music at the Quay
92-95FM in Scotland or online http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland/about_us/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hkv

MANCHESTER – Mon 8th
Apotheca Bar, 7pm – FREE
17 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1FS http://www.apothecabar.co.uk/gallery_events.asp
Also playing: Ben Williams, Ashley O’Toole, Richard Lomax
https://www.facebook.com/acousticamcr

LONDON – Tues 9th
The KPH, 7pm
139 Ladbroke Grove W10 6HJ
£5 tickets: http://thekph.com/king-eider/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435478496771936/

BRIGHTON – Wed 10th
Latest Music Bar, downstairs, 7:30pm
Lonely Mountain Music presents: Whiskey for the Wounded + King Eider + Post Heather
14 – 17 Manchester Street BN2 1TF
Tickets £5 on the door
http://thelatest.co.uk/musicbar/ 01273 687171
https://www.facebook.com/events/560175477456224/

BRISTOL – Thurs 11th
The Greenbank Pub, 9pm
57 Bellevue Road, Easton BS5 6DP
T: 0117 939 3771
http://thegreenbankbristol.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greenbank-Pub-Easton/578466965577290

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL – Sun 14th
Hard Rock Stage 4:30pm
http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/

Yup, we’re playing on the Hard Rock Stage, one of the three main stages at this 58,000-capacity festival. John Giddings himself has been in touch to confirm we’ll be playing on the weekend, and we can’t wait.

How did this happen? It’s thanks to a few people, starting with…
…GABY ROSLIN
We were playing on a London street corner in a residential area, warming up for a gig having been thrown out of the park. A certain radio presenter stopped to listen, on her way back from school with her daughters. She invited us on her show, and liked us enough to invite us back a second time. Then live on air, she persuaded her friend…
…MONKEY (Caroline Monk)
to let us play at Koko, at the Isle of Wight Reunion Gig she was to host on 1st September 2014. She did, we did, and it was ace. During sound check we met…
…JOHN GIDDINGS
The man behind IoW was standing in the wings whilst we were sound-checking. He liked our sound and invited us to play at Official Isle of Wight Festival 2015.

Wish us luck…

EP: The Beast With Two Backs! Launch gig 1st May with Black Diamond Express & Delighted Peoples…

King Eider The Beast With Two Backs Edinburgh band

Yes, it’s here! Our EP, The Beast With Two Backs is out on 1st May 2015 on New Pupil Music. You can get your limited edition CD here. To celebrate, we’re having a big gig at The Caves in Edinburgh, with fantastic support from Black Diamond Express, (web & Facebook) a blues / folk 8-piece who are bloody amazing live. Check this out for starters – Every Night Around This Time. The night kicks off with doors at 7:00, then Delighted Peoples open with their soul-infused trip-hop.

We’ll be playing the tracks from the EP, as well as all sorts of treats you’ve not heard before. And maybe the odd song you might recognise from last year’s album The Deeper The Water. After our set, it’s still party time til late with DJs to keep us all dancing.

The Facebook event is here and you can buy your tickets here – £6 adv. See you there!

The making of FIRE… the cameraman speaks

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Since people seem have been commenting a lot on the cinematography of our new video for FIRE (which has had 1,300 youtube views in 5 days, 50 shares on Facebook), here’s more about how it was made. Mike Simpson of MJS Collective – www.mjscollective.com – was the man behind the camera. He says…

“The camera we used was the new Arri Amira with Cooke Mini s4i lenses. We used only natural light, so nothing artificial. The fire scene on the beach pushed the camera to its limit – it was seeing into the dark past what the human eye can see, which for lesser cameras can become too ‘noisy’. This is the term we use when the cameras sensor sensitivity is pushed high and creates a kind of fuzz on the image and looses sharpness like old film grain but not as aesthetically pleasing. But this camera was very good due to Arri’s R&D on their sensors. We’re really pleased with the results.”

King Eider - behind the scenes filming FIRE

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Past Shows

31 Jan 2016 Supporting Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) - Acoustic All-Dayer Bristol The Fleece The Fleece
28 Jan 2016 King Eider + Matt Norris and the Moon + Unkeepable Edinburgh, Midlothian ( United Kingdom ) La Belle Angele La Belle Angele
04 Dec 2015 Aberdeen Lemon Tree Lemon Tree
16 Nov 2015 Leeds Oporto Bar Oporto Bar
15 Nov 2015 Cardiff 10 Feet Tall 10 Feet Tall
14 Nov 2015 Bristol
14 Nov 2015 Private party Near Bristol
11 Nov 2015 Brighton Marwood's Cafe Marwood's Cafe
10 Nov 2015 London The Bedroom Bar The Bedroom Bar
19 Sep 2015 Broken Records + Hagana + King Eider Edinburgh La Belle Angèle La Belle Angèle
13 Sep 2015 King Eider + Pronto Mama Edinburgh, UK Teviot, Underground Teviot, Underground
05 Sep 2015 Festival No. 6 Portmeirion TimPeaks Diner TimPeaks Diner
25 Aug 2015 BBC at Edinburgh Festivals Edinburgh BBC Pink Tent, Potterrow BBC Pink Tent, Potterrow
24 Jul 2015 The Wickerman Festival East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan The Acoustic Stage The Acoustic Stage
23 Jul 2015 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Edinburgh, UK La Belle Angele La Belle Angele
18 Jul 2015 Audio Soup Festival Duns, Scottish Borders Main stage Main stage
04 Jul 2015 Kelburn Garden Party Largs, UK Kelburn Garden Party Kelburn Garden Party
20 Jun 2015 King Eider | Alex Cornish Edinburgh Leith Theatre Leith Theatre
14 Jun 2015 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL Isle of Wight Festival 4:30pm - The Hard Rock Stage 4:30pm - The Hard Rock Stage
10 Jun 2015 Lonely Mountain Music presents: Whiskey for the Wounded + King Eider + Post Heather Brighton Latest Music Bar - downstairs Latest Music Bar - downstairs
09 Jun 2015 KPH London KPH, 139 Ladbroke Grove KPH, 139 Ladbroke Grove
08 Jun 2015 Acoustica Manchester Apotheca Bar Apotheca Bar
08 Jun 2015 Live on Iain Anderson's BBC Music at the Quay BBC Radio Scotland BBC Scotland BBC Scotland
07 Jun 2015 MEADOWS FESTIVAL Edinburgh The Meadows The Meadows
29 May 2015 HIDDEN DOOR FESTIVAL: Woodenbox | King Eider | Lo Bird | Pumajaw | Hailey Beavis| +Theatre+ Cinema Edinburgh Hidden Door Hidden Door
23 May 2015 MHOR Festival 2015 Balquhidder, Lochearnhead Monachyle Mhor Hotel Monachyle Mhor Hotel
01 May 2015 EP LAUNCH: King Eider & Black Diamond Express & Delighted Peoples Edinburgh The Caves The Caves
23 Feb 2015 King Eider Edinburgh Live stream at 7ahead.com Live stream at 7ahead.com
21 Feb 2015 King Eider Edinburgh Golden Rule Golden Rule
18 Feb 2015 The Red Kites + King Eider Glasgow The Attic The Attic
29 Jan 2015 King Eider + Matt Norris and the Moon + Dead Broke and Dirty Edinburgh Electric Circus Electric Circus
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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