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.
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.
King Street Live Masterton
Glover Park stage near Radioactive 2.45 - 3.30 (In keeping with the Americana show) ~ Free!
Eb & Sparrow have the great honour of playing in-house at ROUGH PEEL RECORDS Cuba Street for RECORD STORE DAY
Adam McGrath 11am, Eb & Sparrow (trio) 1:30pm, Eastern Bloc DJ set, Long live the Independents!
6PM Doors / 7.30PM Music
Tickets $20 ~ available from Raumati Social Club 34 Poplar Ave, Raumati South
Tel: 04-212 5250
Sat 18 July Thistle Inn Thorndon Wellington
Sun 19 July St Peters Hall Paekakariki
All Tickets here
Check out our other video In the Harbour
Get a CD - Hardcopy - All Independent Record Stores Across NZ / JB Hi-Fi / The Wharehouse / Vic Books Wellington / Distributed by Southbound Records.
By a CD in the Post - www.southbound.co.nz
Buy as digital download - iTunes
'The Hearts Arrow / Lightyears' Double EP available from these independent record stores.
Death Ray Records, 3 Wilson Street Newtown
Slowboat Records 183 Cuba Street Wellington
Eb & Sparrow live on National Radio with Simon Mercep, Friday 26 September 2014.
'As a fellow Wellingtonian, I've been fortunate to catch nu-folk/Americana outfit Eb & Sparrow open for Rodriguez, Beth Orton and Tami Neilson. Ebony Lamb's smoky alto just seems to float over the Arizona dry desert tones of her ballads. Her aching loneliness rolls like soft thunder through dark clouds of foreboding grooves. So the cover image on their self-titled debut perfectly encapsulates the pioneer themes of nature, longing and loneliness – like a Geoff Murphy film or a CK Stead novel. Perhaps it's Kerrie Hughes’ 17th Century botanical panels, their choice to record in a broken port town or the haunting anthems of loves lost and reclaimed that make this five piece's take on Americana seem so unique and so personal.'
Rip It Up 4th September 2014 - Link to full article
"In these post-modern 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.
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, backing vocals, harmonica, tamborine! - www.mrwinter.com