“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″.



“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: EP – 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, guitar

Former member: Jennifer Lamb Usher – cello

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

Official FIRE video – now live

Ahead of releasing Fire on 23rd February, the single’s official video is now live on youtube. Watch it! Like it, share it, show your friends. It was shot on the west coast of Scotland in windswept rural Argyll in October 2014.

Artistic Director: Aaron Bevan-Bailey
Editor: Robin Tyrone Pigott
Production: MJS

Fire will be released on 23rd of February 2015 via New Pupil Records. Preorder Fire on bandcamp.

King Eider, Edinburgh band music blues folk

King Eider with a new darker sound for 2015

Isle of Wight 2015 – confirmed for Garden Stage!

King Eider at Isle of Wight Festival 2015

Yup, we’re playing on the Garden 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. Join our Facebook event.

How did this happen? It’s thanks to a few people, starting with Gaby Roslin. We were thrown out of in a park in London and a certain radio presenter stopped to listen, with her daughters. She invited us on her show, and liked us enough to invite us back a second time. 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. She did, we did, and it was ace. During sound check, the man behind IoW said yes. And we’ve just had email confirmation too. So 13th or 14th June it is…



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Upcoming Shows

13 Jun 2015 Date TBC - 13th or 14th June Isle of Wight Festival The Garden Stage The Garden Stage

Past Shows

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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