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British Bands Handed Government Grants For Overseas Tours


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A group of rising British music acts including Metronomy, Band of Skulls and Smoke Fairies will receive U.K. government funding to help them perform overseas.

Britain's Trade Minister Lord Livingstone has selected 14 acts to receive grants of up to $80,000 (£50,000) as part of the government's Music Export Growth Scheme, with the aim of emulating the global success of acts such as Mumford & Sons and Bastille.

The bands submitted a detailed proposal for how funding would be used, and they were chosen from 200 hopeful applicants by Livingstone and a panel of music industry experts.

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Summertyne Americana Festival 2014 Line Up Announced The Jayhawks, Bettye Lavette Plus Many More

Posted on 10 April 2014

Summertyne Americana Festival 2014 Line Up Announced The Jayhawks, Bettye Lavette Plus Many More

Smoke Fairies Release Ghosts, A Collection Of A-Sides, B-Sides And An Ep From The Recent Past

Posted on 11 September 2013

Smoke Fairies Release Ghosts, A Collection Of A-sides, B-sides And An Ep From The Recent Past

Smoke Fairies Announce Intimate Uk Tour, Double Cd This Autumn. Plus Unreleased Track To Stream!

Posted on 11 July 2013

Smoke Fairies Announce Intimate UK Tour, Double Cd This Autumn. Plus Unreleased Track To Stream!

Perform Live At TMN Ao Vivo

Smoke Fairies and Ao Vivo Monday 22nd October 2012 perform live at TMN ao Vivo

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Smoke Fairies and Ao Vivo
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Smoke Fairies and Ao Vivo
Smoke Fairies and Ao Vivo

Smoke Fairies, Blood Speaks Album Review


Smoke Fairies new album 'Blood Speaks' is the result of a 'more confident', 'bolder' band 'pushing (their) boundaries' and incorporating 'broader influences'. Having caught the ear of such respected and influential musicians as Richard Hawley and Jack White (the latter having recorded, released and gigged with the duo), Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies may have found themselves in a position of implied pressure to follow up their very favourably received debut album, 'Through Low Light And Trees'. Upping sticks from the tranquillity and peace of Sussex and eschewing their previous Cornwall haunt in favour of the suburban chaos of London's Ladbrook Grove to record their new album has undoubtedly helped the pair toughen up both musically and individually. In Katherine's own words, she says, 'We've made peace with the city' whereas previously she felt like she was trapped by it. The result is an album, Smoke Fairies, say, which is, in the most part, 'Inspired by London and travelling.'

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