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Eb & Sparrow is a genre-defying, five-piece folk band that has been gaining attention across the country from city bars to folk clubs, festivals to house concerts. They have supported Rodriguez, Pokey LaFarge, Beth Orton, Wagons, Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams, The Warratahs, Anika Moa, Tami Neilson, and Aldous Harding.
Eb & Sparrow’s new debut album, released through Home Alone Music, is self-titled and self-assured.The 10 song collection is built on - but far exceeds - their three preceding EPs as it takes the band's paradoxically woven nature to new heights. These songs are proudly soaring and grounded, dark and bright, dreamy and direct, country and Spanish, 1850s and 1950s, delicate and propulsive, all the while lamenting and laughing.
"We cast aching crescendoes of a time long gone, into a modern landscape" says singer and songwriter Ebony Lamb. Her impressionistic lyrics are imbued with a simple strength that comes from both heart and heartache. Her voice is unique - a cross between Cat Power and Gillian Welch and seems to resurrect an old-time soul into the here and now.
Eb & Sparrow will be released in September 2014, with the band criss-crossing the country for the rest of the year to bring the album to the people.
Lamb has worked tirelessly at her craft with a band that has grown organically around her. Lap-steel, trumpet and electric guitars swirl colourfully above solid and sensitive rhythm playing, moving effortlessly between a country shuffle, a Tex-Mex croon, and a hazy hooning workout.
Eb & Sparrow was recorded by award-winning Lyttelton producer and sound genius Ben Edwards (The Eastern, Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams, Doprah, The Tiny Lies, Aldous Harding, The Unfaithful Ways, Luckless) at The Sitting Room studios.
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"In these post-modem times, it’s easy to be suspicious of throwback folk music with vaudeville era aesthetics, after all, in countries like New Zealand, that was pretty much the worst time in history to be Maori, and we should judge a nation on how it treats all the people, not just some colonials with faux aires and graces.
Under this light, sonically range-roving Wellington quartet Eb & Sparrow get a pass, as even a quick cursory listen to their EP Not For Light Years suggests not a yearning for an imagined brighter past, but a desire to participate in a simpler, more humanistic way of life than the world of updates, comments and instagram images we’re up to our eyeballs in.
With singer Ebony Lamb directing proceedings with her velveteen voice and impressionistic storytelling, the rest of the band add guitar, lapsteel, bass, percussion, harmonica, drums and backing vocals to the mix, fleshing things out in a countrysidic small-town (but not small minded) fashion.
The result is an easy engaging listen, one worth checking out live, and based on their past opening slots, The Unfaithful Ways and Delaney Davidson agree."
Vanguard Red Magazine - April 4th 2012 by Martyn Pepperell
Here's a great write up from the Wairarapa Times Age.
"Eb & Sparrow are one of the more impressive acts I have seen at the WBS for quite some time. The group were entirely un-amplified, using the full acoustics of the venue to its true potential. Adding to this were the very tasteful, respectful and solid rhythm section - Eb & Sparrow rocked… It would be fitting for Eb & Sparrow to feature at one of NZ's major Folk Festivals.” Andrew Bicknell - President, Wellington Bluegrass Society.
“Another impressive act new to me was Miss Ebony Lamb from Wellington who opened for Delaney (Davidson) and Marlon (Williams) at Aratoi. A singer-songwriter in the Gillian Welch mould, she presented an impressive original set.” Karl du Fresne - Freelance Journalist, Thursday 30th August 2012.
Ebony Lamb - song writer, lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Bryn Heveldt - lapsteel, guitars
Nick Brown - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jason Johnson - bass, guitar, backing vocals
Chris Winter - trumpet, guitar, percussion - www.mrwinter.com