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Lo'fi, acoustic, folk tinged, experimental bliss from the North east coast of england and beyond
THE WOVEN PROJECT presently are
Brian Batey (Vocals/Classical Guitar)
Brian Barnes (Accordian, Harmonium, Melodica, Glokenspiel)
Daniel D'Arcy (Acoustic Guitar)
David Pratt (Percussion/Drums/Electronic Beats)
Nigel Crinson (Cello/Guitar/Bass)
Liz Vandervelden (Additional Vocals)
Joss Elliott (Double Bass)
Ed Leighton (Ukulele)
In mid March 2009 two friends got together to make some music. Sick of the traditional rock band format and weary of the egocentric arguments and feuds that it can breed they decided to write, play and get back to the simple pleasure of creating songs. They decided that a collective vibe was needed. They would play and if people wanted to join in and add something to the mix then so much the better. With that The Woven Project was born. and are a set of moving folk tinged songs began to take shape. They were invited to play at a local deli/bar and went down a storm in the packed intimate venue.
Comparisons as varied as Radiohead, Tom McCrae and The Unbelievable Truth were made and the two friends realised that they were on the right track. High profile gigs in the region swiftly followed including the Cosmos stage at Middlesbrough Music Live of which they graced the same stage with bands like the Goldheart Assembly, Beth Jeans Houghton and Mike Heron and really felt they held thier own and deserved to be there.
Since then they have travelled further a field with gigs in Leeds, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester, Durham and London, also securing support gigs with Jesca Hoop and King Creosote, Grand Archives, Goldheart Assembly, Stornoway, The Unthanks and even busier this summer with some great festivals including, Middlesborugh Music Live, Stockton Riverside Fringe, Tall Ships Festival in Hartlepool and Willowman in North Yorkshire and Solfest in Cumbria. Chilled in the Field, Waterside Festival, Todstock etc And have notched up over 95 gigs in 20 months by September 2010. We now boast members from Essex, Richmond (North Yorks), Leeds, Hartlepool and London, but primarily based in the North East.
The Woven Project finished 12th from 658 bands in last years Greenman Festival Poll, for a DIY band that has no financial backing, corporate sponsorhip, management or record company, we did pretty well, considering most of the bands who finished in the top ten, had all those things to support them.
The collective set up of The Woven Project means that when they play live it can be as a two, three, four or even seven piece ensemble, which gives them a unique flexibility, can play completely unplugged and acoustic or full on electric. This means that the songs are always changing and developing, The set mutates as different people add their parts and leave their mark sonically on the music.
As well as their gigs THe Woven Project have built up a healthy online presence, and are featured on all the leading social and music networking sets, collectively having almost 15000 friends and fans.
We have been Introduced by Mr Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music in March 2011 with our exclusive track 'Whatever'.
What some other people have been saying about us:
"Itís a mixture of their folk-tinged acoustic sound coupled with the quasi-improvised nature of the line-up that gives them a certain warm appeal, and with comparisons as varied as Radiohead, Tom McCrae and The Unbelievable Truth, the inability to define them rigidly is refreshing."
Narinda Purba - NARC Magazine
"'first for the warm-up, The Woven Project lads are a real force in their own right. The Hartlepool troop cluster ukulele, harmonium, accordion and acoustic guitars around thier singer to wrap around his vocals, a warm, soothing, melodic treat' "
Robert Nichols - NARC Magazine
"Throughout the set the audience show their approval and by the time Georgia takes centre stage for a tear jerking rendition of 'Bird' it would take a hard-heartened soul no to be drawn in."
Eddie Rees - Hartlepool Mail
"This lo-fi collective play acoustic melody-enriched music while a wheezing, creaking harmonium adds to the atmophere. "
Rob Nichols - Evening Gazzette
"the Woven Project occupy an aural landscape delicately detailed in windswept noir passages that are filtered by the overcast shading of creaking bruised hollows. Intimate and hurting these four cuts silently bound you amid a forlorn and solemn shackling...."
The Sunday Experience Blog - Lost Today
"Self penned songs 'Souls' and 'Breathe' stood out with help from Brian Barnes' subtle keys and Andy Rowes' percussion. The ever-improving act are worth checking out.
Ian Monaghan - Hartlepool Mail
"Lo Fi, acoustic, experimental bliss"
Tobias McTabb - Hartlepool Herald
"I Love your sound" Neil Clark (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions)
"Tunes are sounding great" Goldheart Assembly
"I'm lovin your music..quite captivating really" Myspace Friend
"It's a beautiful atmosphere here and very lovely arrangements!" Myspace Friend
"You have lush arrangements" Myspace Friend
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