Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Beautiful & fierce contemporary folk with a strong Americana/country blues influence
Most recent release, Blood Speaks (2012)
If Loreena McKennitt and 16 Horsepower had children that formed a country/blues folk duo heavily influenced by Mazzy Star
Smoke Fairies are Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies, a blues/folk/country/Americana duo that have been singing together since high school, and their gorgeous harmonies feel as instinctive as that. Both singers have lovely, powerful, expressive voices, perfect for their heavily melancholic sound. Since the instant I first heard "Living with Ghosts," a song off their first single, I have been obsessed with this band, listening to them frequently and avidly collecting their releases. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I heard them on their U.S. tour when they were opening for Rasputina, and they were brilliant. It gave me chills to hear those voices live. The renditions of their songs were very like the recorded versions but well worth hearing. They were subdued and not very talkative on-stage, so the music was the focus, as well it should be. They are so impressive. (08/11, Neile)
Recommended first album:
Their vinyl/download-only EP compilation Ghosts would be the best starting place, though Through Low Light and Trees is their first widely available & full-length CD release
2010—453 Music (U.S. only; vinyl & digital only)—453-001
U.S. or or from the Smoke Fairies's site
Katherine Blamire—vocals, guitar
This compiles Smoke Fairies's ep and single releases to date (with the exception of the Third Man Records 7" single, "Gastown"): the 2-track "Living With Ghosts" single (Music for Hereoes HEROES801), the 5-track "Frozen Heart" EP (HEROES901) and the 2-track "Sunshine" single (HEROES901).
Through Low Light and Trees (2010/2011)
2010—V2/Cooperative Music—SF001CDX (U.K.); (2011—Year Seven Records— YR7001CDx (U.S.)
U.K. and U.S.
Katherine Blamire—guitar, vocals, percussion, piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes
Noel Walsh—viola (1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9)
Gorgeous harmonies, and again a type of music (country/Americana) that I don't normally care for but I love this. Their vocals and songwriting are irresistible. This is their first official full-length album and it's wonderful, moody, affecting. Give it a chance and it will grow grow GROW on you.
Smoke Fairies contribute a cover of "Alabama" to Harvest revisited: Neil Young's classic album re-recorded exclusively for Mojo [the U.K. music magazine].
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