EP Release: ahab, kmvt
Release date: October 3 2011
“ahab is the real deal....top-notch UK Americana featuring tight four-part harmonies.” - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“I loved ahab’s terrific performance at Cropredy festival. They are blistering live....alt-country edge and sheer class.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Following the release of their 2009 CD a.h.a.b., the duo of Callum Adamson and Dave Burn were invited to play a residency at the famous ‘Tootsies Orchid Lounge’ during Nashville’s Country Music Awards week-long festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Recruiting Seebs Llewellyn and Luke Price into their ranks they subsequently spent the entire week playing two shows a day to packed houses, and were also given an invite to record at Warner Studios in the city.
The newly christened ahab returned to London and decided to make their expanded line-up permanent, spending the next two months busking in east London and honing their sound: four-part harmonies to embellish extremely accomplished songwriting. While busking, the band created such a stir on the streets that they were warned by the local constabulary to cease performing in the vicinity of local markets as the crowds that gathered were blocking the streets. It was time to look further afield....
In August 2010 ahab were invited to play Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival on the strength of a YouTube video of one of their busking performances. Bob Harris watched them storm the 15,000 strong crowd from the side of the stage and invited them on the spot to record a session for his Saturday night BBC Radio 2 programme.
At this point the group had no studio material recorded for their rapidly growing fanbase to take home after shows, so that autumn they went into Snap Studios in North London to record a 5 track EP of self-penned songs. Impressed by the results, Bob Harris offered to host their EP launch at the BBC Club, following which the word really started to get out.
The legendary producer John Leckie attended one of the early ahab shows and offered to return to Snap Studios to record Lucy, a download only single. To promote it, they played their first national tour in early 2011 comprising of more than 20 shows with most of the dates selling out in advance.
They then recorded the latest EP at Real World Studios just before the summer festival season, with John Leckie once again at the helm.
Having played a number of festivals in the UK and around mainland Europe during the summer, and with an October tour lined up to coincide with the release of new EP kmvt, ahab have also been invited by leading folk big-band Bellowhead to be the special guests on their 18 date UK tour in November 2011. See http://ahabofficial.com/tour/ for tour dates.
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