It’s been a bittersweet rollercoaster year for The Travelling Band with not one, but two founding band members leaving suddenly either side of a 17-date UK tour celebrating ten years on the road together. Having quite literally regrouped, the widely respected Manchester based band are now ready to launch their new line up.
With the band now focussed around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, they have entered a new collaborative phase in the band’s lifespan. The introduction of AMA UK instrumentalist of year Chris ‘CJ’ Hillman (pedal steel and guitar), Harry Fausing Smith (sax, fiddle, guitar and clarinet) and newest recruit Sam Quinn (bass), the new live experience reveals an exciting new chapter for the band’s harmony drenched eclectic mix of Alt-folk, Rock and Americana.
With a formidable live reputation and a career of over 500+ shows spanning the globe and three studio albums behind them, 2016 started with a bang for The Travelling Band. Hand picked by American touring artist Lissie they began the year touring across the UK and Europe opening for and also and backing Lissie on her ‘My Wild West’ album campaign. Playing a mixture of older festival crowd pleasers like ‘Sundial’, ‘Only Waiting’ and ‘Passing Ships’ and as well as blooding new material, The Travelling Band made thousands of new fans and ended the spring with two sold out 300 cap shows in Manchester and London, before heading back to Scandinavia for the majority of the summer to perform and record with Lissie.
September saw the band head to the Americana Music Festival in Nashville before returning to the UK in October for the ‘Close your eyes and count to ten’ 17-date anniversary tour, with praise pouring through the roof of The Travelling Band’s new material and live shows. The tour coincided with the release of ‘Pinhole Sounds Volume One’, a collaborative project featuring bands on the Sideway Saloon Records roster including label buddy A. Dyjecinksi who also opened for them on the tour with members of TTB backing.
Their hotly anticipated fourth album is due for release in summer 2017.
“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots… Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” –
Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival
“They produce an inventive brand of guitar-laden cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” –
“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” –
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music
“Their harmonies are tight, guitar picking deft and tunes melodic” –
“It all here, passionate yet delicate vocals, deep forceful drumming, jangly guitar, fluctuating stings, everything you could ask for from a song that oozes summer” –
“Sparkling harmonies and bright chirpy guitars pepper this album full of bright-eyed optimism” –