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Pennsylvania duo Native Harrow touring the UK, with new album Happier Now, from 23 August

Continuing our coverage of up and coming bands that we think you’ll also love, both down here in the South-West and across the UK, we had to draw your attention to the wonderful Native Harrow, starting their tour on the 23rd August, right through to  27th September.

The Pennsylvania duo’s month-long tour will include a slot at The Long Road festival, in-store performances at Rough Trade shops in London, Bristol and Nottingham, plus Jumbo Records in Leeds, as well as the Cavern in Exeter and then taking in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland along the trail.

Early praise for the forthcoming new album has been high, with Uncut’s description of Devin Tuel’s ‘wondrous’ voice as ‘evoking both Judee Sill and early Joni Mitchell at their most wistful’ and Americana-UK describing Happier Now as a ‘captivating, almost mesmeric album of the highest quality’. Premiering the album’s second single and title track, Folk Radio explained how ‘it’s hard to be utterly timeless and refreshingly original, but Native Harrow manages it with ease’.

Tour dates:

  • 23 Aug – LONDON Rough Trade West (6pm)
  • 24 Aug – HASSOCKS Mid Sussex Americana and Ale Festival
  • 25 Aug – LEWES Union Record Store (1pm)
  • 26 Aug – BRIGHTON Village
  • 28 Aug – EXETER Cavern
  • 29 Aug – BRISTOL Rough Trade (7.30pm)
  • 30 Aug – BRISTOL Golden Lion
  • 31 Aug – NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade (3pm)
  • 01 Sep – NOTTINGHAM Running Horse
  • 02 Sep – BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden
  • 04 Sep – LONDON Paper Dress Vintage*
  • 05 Sep – WINCHESTER Railway*
  • 06 Sep – CAMBRIDGE Blue Moon
  • 07 Sep – THE LONG ROAD FESTIVAL Leicestershire
  • 08 Sep – LIVERPOOL Leaf
  • 11 Sep – HALIFAX The Lantern
  • 12 Sep – SHEFFIELD Dorothy Pax (free entry)
  • 13 Sep – CARLISLE Spider & Fly
  • 14 Sep – LEEDS Jumbo Records (3.30pm)
  • 15 Sep – NEWCASTLE Bobik’s (3.30pm)
  • 16 Sep – GLASGOW Hug & Pint
  • 17 Sep – EDINBURGH Stramash
  • 27 Sep – PORTAFERRY Portico of Ards

*with Frankie Lee

The new album Happier Now takes in 9 songs, recorded and mixed by Alex Hall at Chicago’s Reliable Recorders. The album was co-produced by Hall, Tuel, and her bandmate, multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms.

Native Harrow cuts out clear and vibrant narratives on fear, love, the open road, ill-fated relationships, and coping with the state of the world, Tuel had this to say:

“I wanted to share that I made it out of my own thunderstorm. I had experienced the high peaks and very low valleys of my twenties. I saw more of the world on my own, got through challenges, revelled in true moments of triumph… but all the while the world around me was growing louder, wilder, and scarier. Music for me is a place to be soft. This album was my place to feel it all.”

She approached the sessions like a musicians’ workshop, each morning beginning with the songwriter presenting her collaborators with the day’s material. The trio rehearsed and documented each song live on the floor, tracking as a band through each take. No click tracks, scratch tracks, or even headphones; just three musicians in a small room, captured with Hall’s collection of vintage mics and some subtle retro production techniques. Overdubs, including vocal harmonies, B3 organ, Rhodes, and the rare lead guitar were added to decorate these live performances.

Catch them on tour over the next month and find out more: https://www.nativeharrow.com

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