Track Premiere: The Far North “Branches”

The Far North are a UK based Americana band, focused on the more retrospective acoustic work of singer/songwriter Lee Wylding, who was previously the vocalist and songwriter in the UK Americana band The Fireflys.  The Far North recorded their debut album, ‘Songs for Gentle Souls’, in 2020 at Manchester’s Airtight Studios with storied producer Nigel Stonier, known for his work with the likes of Lindisfarne, Joan Baez, Robert Plant and Martha Wainwright.

Lee Wylding explained something of his approach to making music by going “back to a traditional way of crafting songs, where every lyric is wrought out, every drum beat and guitar line is played from the heart.  In turn making the songs meaningful and of value.  We wanted to make an album which can be played in full at once,  rather than just cherry picking the best songs and releasing 10 singles.  This approach isn’t something at the forefront of popular music in 2021.”


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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