The Travelling Band

The Travelling Band

 Manchester, England, GBR

Winners of the Glastonbury New Talent 2008, The Travelling Band's live show is a feel-good tour-de-force. Swapping instruments, inspiring audience participation whilst shifting effortlessly from hearfelt ballads to classic pop tunes, their's are shows where no-one leaves unconverted.


Led by the gifted song-writing, impeccable playing, and honeyed harmonies of vocalists/guitarists Adam Gorman and Jo Dudderidge, The Travelling Band’s shimmering blend of cosmic-country-pop-folk has made them one of the most talked about artists to emerge from the Manchester music scene in many a year.

The Travelling Band’s story starts not in this rainy city though, but, oddly enough in South America, Brazil to be precise where guitarist Steve was on holiday and playing some songs in his hotel room, when, in a simple twist of fate, he was overheard in the next room by a New Yorker called Richard Ross. Rich was so impressed by what he had heard that he arranged and paid for Steve and his musical buddies from Manchester to come to New York and record their music with some producers he knew. Little did the band know though, that waiting for them at the studio would be legendary producers Eric ‘Roscoe’ Amble and Tim Hatfield, responsible in their time for albums by the likes of Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and Regina Spektor.

It was here that debut album, Under The Pavement, was created. Amble and Hatfield’s considered, subtle production is accessible enough to prick up the ears of the mainstream but bows to no trends. Shimmering, twang-pop melodies and gorgeous harmonies bask in a gentle psychedelia which lends the album an otherworldly glow. Utilising the rich talents of three separate songwriters tracks such as Biding My Time, Desolate Icicle and forthcoming single Only Waiting, whilst rooted in the earth reach for the stars, the group realising Gram Parsons' "Cosmic music" aesthetic in its truest sense, not bad for a bunch of mid-twenties limeys…

Having returned from recording the album in New York, they began to create waves locally. Starting their own night (Sideways Saloon) at Manchester’s latest hip venue Deaf Institute, The Travelling Band installed themselves as the house band, bemusing before finally winning round the city’s cognoscenti, inviting like-minded artists from home and abroad to play, mixing up Appalachian folk songs, The Beach Boys and Devandra Bernhart on the decks whilst stretching their songs out to Focus-esque lengths on stage. Because, like any folk-country band worth their salt, The Travelling Band are most at home on stage, so it’s no wonder then that the band were this years winners of the Glastonbury New Talent 2008. Whittled down from countless original entrants to a final twelve, they impressed a panel, including Glastonbury's Michael and Emily Eavis, Q editor Paul Rees and Radio One's Huw Stephens to claim a slot opening the Other Stage at this year’s festival. It was all in a days work for TTB, as whether they’re playing a show to a few thousand revellers or to a bunch of locals at The Railway in Ramsbottom, their winning brand of wistful harmony-laden tunes will melt the coldest of hearts.


Debut Album "Under The Pavement" released on 10th November 2008

From the Debut Album, 'Only Waiting' was single of the week on Radio 2's Radcliffe and Maconie's Evening show in October 2008. It has also received airplay on Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show, Marc Riley's 6Music show and the band recently played a live version of the song on Clive Anderson's Radio 4 show. 'Under The Pavement' was also album of the day on Radio 6 on 12th November.

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