“Simply vocal heaven” – The Sunday Times
Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes have joined forces for the first time to create an album of original material together under the name ARCADE, which they will tour this Spring.
Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents. Their UK tour comes as they release their debut duo album ‘Face The Fall’ on vinyl, digital and CD. Produced by Arcade and Cameron Malcolm, with additional production by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), it features ten tracks, nine of the ten written by Adam and Heidi and a song written by folk noir singer songwriter Rachel Sermanni.
The record evokes the restless and classic feeling of Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, whilst keeping its feet planted in the present day in its rich electronic textures and allegoric content. Adam said: “We wanted to try and create a sound that felt different to anything we have previously worked on. We decided to do as much of it as we could at home to buy ourselves more time. It ended up being a few months of finding sounds at mines on the MacBook and chipping away at the overall bones of it.
“Then we got our friend Cameron to set up Heidi’s garage as a studio and spent a few weeks there having various people come in and play. It was the only way we could have created this record. Some of the sessions were really tough and long. Everyone involved felt ambitious to see how far we could push it.”
Tom Gibbs, Jennifer Austin and Euan Burton also feature on the record alongside Phil Cunningham who reads poetry on the last track, ‘All We Ever Are’. Heidi and Adam will be joined by pianist Tom Gibbs on tour.
Heidi said: “Adam and I have been touring together in different bands over the last few years. We really love singing together and started writing songs over the last year. As the songs progressed, we decided to make an album.
“It became obvious very quickly that the songs we enjoyed writing together weren’t necessarily folk songs. We both believe in going wherever the song feels good to go and not feel like we need to stay in the confines of what we’ve created before. The outcome is not really a folk record, it’s more pop, but it’s still us and not a completely alien sound. A little different to what either of us has created before but we’ve put our hearts into this music. We hope people enjoy it.
“We appreciate each and every single person who supports us by listening to our music or coming along to a show and we’re looking forward to performing these songs live and setting them free into the world!”
Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Edinburgh. With a background like that, it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient.
She has shared the stage and recorded with Mark Knopfler, Graham Coxon (Blur), Eddi Reader, Idlewild, Matt Rollings, King Creosote and Tim O’Brien. Heidi has been nominated for multiple BBC Radio 2 folk awards, Irish Music Awards and Scottish Traditional music awards.
Edinburgh based singer songwriter Adam Holmes with his band The Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.
Adam’s musical education began in the infamous folk clubs of Edinburgh taken along by his mother, a huge fan of UK folk music. He witnessed the legendary live sessions that took place. His father’s influence was equally strong, a love of classic American singer songwriters (notably Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt) which he passed onto to his son, now evident in the transatlantic quality to Adam’s music.
SPRING UK TOUR:
16th – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
17th – The Platform, Morecambe
19th – Irish Cultural Centre, London
22nd – South St. Arts Centre, Bristol
23rd – The David Hall, South Petherton
24th – The Atkinson, Southport
25th – The Witham, Barnard Castle
26th – Arts Centre, Paisley
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