The Seventeenth Century

The Seventeenth Century

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR

Passionate and intense modern indie-folk music from Glasgow, Scotland.


Hailing from Fife, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, the band formed in late 2009, after meeting through music college and mutual friends in Glasgow, Scotland, finding early common-ground in the belief that modern folk music can be powerful without being po-faced.

Common influences ranging from the sixties baroque influenced The Left Banke, to the experimental instrumentalism of Godspeed indicate an impressive awareness of a deeper landscape than their years allow for, and as noted by the Scotsman earlier this year, who described them as “...a band that writes illustrious music whilst their admirable naivety shines through,”.

Already playing to consistently large audiences in their hometown, with support slots including We Were Promised Jetpacks and Bombay Bicycle Club, the band have also played to a packed out T-Break tent at last summer’s T in the Park festival and to the 2000+ Club Noir crowd at Glasgow’s O2 Academy. In July 2011 the band played a triumphant sold out show at Glasgow’s legendary King Tut’s venue.

Despite the subtlety of their music their live performances fizz with power, with frontman Mark Brendan Farmer described by one blogger as “as intense a frontman as you`ll see this side of Nick Cave”, and with national radio play from the likes of Tom Robinson, Ally McCrae and Gideon Coe, a recent successful second tour of Holland (including a national radio session), and the release of two vinyl-only EPs it seems likely the Scottish kids won't be able to hold onto their little secret for much longer.

Expect detailed 4-part harmonies, slowly building over a thunderous rhythm, joined by multi-layered violin, cornet and guitar, and a refreshingly unpretentious take on the modern folk genre. Their two EPs precede a debut album in early 2012 and form an introduction to a band with a busy year ahead.


The Seventeenth Century (Part One) EP - Electra French Records - Jan '11

1. Young Francis
2. Amongst Other Things
3. Roses In The Park
4. Countryside

The Seventeenth Century (Part Two) EP - Electra French Records - May '11.

1. Banks Of Home
2. The Gregorian Calendar
3. Mid-October
4. Twelve Year's Truce