Preview: Bear’s Den at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

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Back in the UK for a second tour of their second album, Bear’s Den continue to defy everything expected of a folk-rock band in the 21st century.

Their debut album Islands had genre-mainstays such as banjo riffs and soaring choruses, though it also experimented with synth and brass with the result being a completely new style of folk music. Its follow up Red Earth & Pouring Rain is an even bigger departure, incorporating electronic soundscapes that evoke the sounds of the 70s and 80s whilst staying true to their modern-folk roots; a testament indeed to their musical ability.

Though down to a duo from a trio after the departure of Joey Haynes last year, Bear’s Den have expanded as a touring outfit with band members Andrew Davie and Kev Jones now joined by four session musicians on banjo, drums, bass, and horns and synth. This development of their sound means that album tracks old and new are not just recreated on stage, but are sonically improved upon. Their ever-evolving live show is not to be missed.

Bear’s Den play Southampton’s O2 Guildhall on 3rd April, and will also be visiting UK cities including Oxford, Leeds and London.

Tickets for Bear’s Den’s upcoming tour are available here.

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