“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)
2014: The Deeper The Water, debut album
Recorded at Chamber Studios, Edinburgh, funded 100% through crowd-funding site Kickstarter. The Edinburgh album launch gig at 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.
- Reuben Tighe – vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Lucy Frankel – violin, vocals
- Sam Chapman – drums, vocals
- Sam Palmer – bass
- Josh Casali-Bell – keyboard, vocals
Former member: Jen Lamb-Usher – cello