Newcastle-based four-piece Bridie Jackson and The Arbour are an eclectic group of folk musicians. They create hauntingly ethereal sounds, yet fused with dark shades of agony- and manage to inject contradictions galore – with their combination of bright melody and dark lyricism.
Sitting somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and the strangeness of Joanna Newsom, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour create songs that are interwoven with rich harmonies of melancholy joy, often skipping down paths of ecstatic dreams, before discovering that each journey is fraught with pain.
They now release their New Single – ‘We Talked Again’ from the forthcoming album. We had a listen:
Some of the sounds on this track are icy cold – others are strangled by a dark bindweed of strings.
The velvet voice shines as she climbs – wisping to excel above the sparking tails of suffering pinched stars. These are juxtaposed neatly against the nightmare of mourning cellos that fall beneath.
Then voices move in harmony – which is a lush and gentle thing – and they lay together like cradles of willow fronds bridging a threatening swamp. And with their grace, it turns out that this is the only safe way to cross.
– © Neil Mach March 2014 –
They celebrate the launch of the new album with a UK tour in April 2014
The Single ‘We Talked Again’ is released on 7th April 2014 and is available to download from iTunes and all good digital platforms.
Thu 3-Apr Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Fri 4-Apr The Brindley Runcorn
Sat 5-Apr The Stables Milton Keynes
Sun 6-Apr Farnham Maltings Farnham
Tue 8-Apr Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Wed 9-Apr St Pancras Old Church London
Thu 10-Apr Norden Farm Maidenhead
Fri 11-Apr The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol
Sat 12-Apr Pilton Village Hall Barnstaple
Sun 13-Apr Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Tue 15-Apr The Musician Leicester
Wed 16-Apr Artrix Bromsgrove
Thu 17-Apr Guildhall Theatre Derby
Fri 18-Apr High Forest Community Centre Sinderhope
Sat 19-Apr Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
Sun 20-Apr The Old Bridge Inn Aviemore
Thu 24-Apr The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal
Fri 25-Apr Band On The Wall Manchester
Sat 26-Apr Gateshead Old Town Hall Gateshead