London, England, GBR

One of the most exciting bands to emerge out of the UK alt-folk scene. Currently making an album with producer Steve Osborne (Elbow, Doves, KT Tunstall) for release in 2011, they have a publishing deal with RealWorld and have performed at Glastonbury and Womad. 'Terrifically atmospheric' Telegraph


‘Sweepingly memorable…one to watch’ Metro Newspaper
‘Bristish breakthrough talent’ Music Week
'Terrifically atmospheric' Telegraph Newspaper

Urusen are one of the most exciting bands to emerge out of the UK alt-folk scene and are currently working on an album with producer Steve Osborne who has produced albums for Elbow, Doves, KT Tunstall, PJ Harvey. They have a publishing deal with Realworld and in 2010 performed at numerous festivals across the UK including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and 2000 Trees. Among their plaudits they have been selected as a highlight pick by the The Independent in their top ten gigs of the week and also described as 'Sweepingly memorable' by Metro and as 'Terrifically atmospheric' by the Telegraph.

Their music has been used for a national television advertising campaign, for national television and they were picked out by BBC Introducing (Bristol) as one of the highlights of the 2010 festival season.

Urusen was formed in the South West of England by cousins Peter Beatty (vocals and guitars) and Ben Please (vocals and guitar), who were then joined in London by Nick Ullmann (cello), Jay Darwish (bass) and Kieran Houston (drums). Since 2008 they have risen from grass roots into the UK indie folk scene and they hope to release a new album in 2011.

As well as acoustic and electric guitars, drums, cello and double bass, and an eclectic array of instruments such as harmonium, mbira, banjo and charango, rousing harmonies are woven into the band's modern folk-tinged pop arrangements. With a lyrical, story-telling signature, and a stirring delivery, you’ll be an eager companion on a captivating journey, wistful at times, undoubtedly spirited, but one you'll want to join them on again and again.


One day in June (2007)

Nosediving (single/video - 2008)
Now that she has flown (2007)

Set List

Typical set list - 40 minutes long, 8 or 9 songs. All original material:

In search of the Delta
The Islander
The Woodsman
Step off the train
Wake up John
From this country