BIRD TO BEAST TO HEADLINE BBC’S “ROCK THE DOCK” AT MEDIA CITY, SALFORD

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Bird To Beast have rightly built themselves a reputation as a must-see live act, as their whistle-stop tour around the UK this summer has proven.

They’ve been asked to alight on the 31st July at Salford’s Media City – home of the BBC – by BBC 6 Music DJ and long-term supporter, Chris Hawkins. 

And, armed with a raft of wildly addictive, quirky folk-pop tunes and a captivating stage presence, they’re sure to win over the crowd of media professionals and music-loving public alike!

Praise for Bird To Beast:

“Elephant – we’ve been playing a lot and enjoying!” – Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” – STEVE LAMACQ, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!” – Elizabeth Alker, BBC RADIO6 MUSIC
“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture”- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

MUK RECORDS’ CLEAN SWEEP ON BBC INTRODUCING MANCHESTER!

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Yet more confirmation that the waves being made by Manchester’s MUK Records are having a bigger impact and wider reach; as four of their incredibly diverse signings were played on BBC Introducing Manchester by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.

Berlin BerlinMUK’s purveyors of euphoric, stadium-sized pop were also in the studio – talking extensively before playing a fabulously glossy live cover version of Furniture’s cult classic Brilliant Mind, which Elizabeth described as sounding “absolutely wonderful – spectacular!”

She was no less impressed by the other MUK artists on the playlist: identifying Red Sky Noise‘s eclectic and powerful sound as “dance-y, jazzy, soulful… an absolute joy… ones to keep an eye on!” – and favourably compared singer Mica’s vocals to Emili Sandé.

Meanwhile, MDNGHT‘s ability to deftly recreate the feel of a sultry summer night’s party in their music was spotted – “perfect for a Saturday night,” whilst Bird To Beast‘s growing musical renown was just as clear: “lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!”

  • BERLIN BERLIN’s Brilliant Mind cover is the B-side to their fabulous new single, Be Here – Impact Date 17th November.
  • MDNGHT will be performing at this year’s Manchester Pride.
  • Red Sky Noise‘s video for their huge, soulful Only You has soared to over 20,000 views on Youtube.
  • Bird To Beast are touring extensively all summer and have just released the poignant video to Catacombs.

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BIRD TO BEAST RELEASE POIGNANT AND HEARTWARMING VIDEO FOR “CATACOMBS”

Hannah and Sam Hird‘s story – they began making music after they got married – has always been woven inextricably with the music they make as Bird to Beast.

And their touching, life-affirming new video for their brilliant new single, Catacombs, makes explicit the journey we all take through life to love, hope and happiness.

The video is comprised of recently discovered video clips from Sam and Hannah’s childhood, cut to the music. They grew up in the same small town, but didn’t know each other until adulthood; the video takes on extra poignancy as it intertwines their separate childhoods.

It’s a touching reminder of the paths our lives take, and how one turn down the catacombs of life can change our world forever.

With video clips of their young selves in their hometown of Colne, as well as on holiday in Portmerion, it’s a perfect, emotionally off-kilter reminder of all that is so wonderful about Bird To Beast.

Bird to Beast are touring extensively this summer:

18th May Great North Run, Manchester
23rd May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
29th May Supporting Ren Harvieu, The Trades, Hebden Bridge
1st June Smoked & Uncut Festival, Hampshire
12th June Isle Of Wight Festival
17th June Topolski, Southbank, London
21st June Camden Crawl, London
22nd June Barnaby Festival, Cheshire
3rd July Ruth Barnes Presents @ The Finsbury, London
7th July Mad Ferret Festival, Preston
2nd Aug Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
3rd Aug Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn
8th Aug Strawberry Fields Festival, Leicestershire
30th Aug Bingley Festival, Bradford
19th Sept Ramsbottom Festival, Lancashire

BIRD TO BEAST RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “CATACOMBS” & GETS FIRST PLAY ON RADCLIFFE & MACONIE’S BBC 6 MUSIC SHOW

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SINGLE – Catacombs
IMPACT DATE –  June 2014
LABEL – MUK Records

Q: What links The Hollies’ Bobby Elliot and Bird to Beast’s Sam and Hannah Hird?
A: Bird to Beast‘s new single, Catacombs – and the Lancashire mill-town of Colne…

After a breakthrough start to 2014, Bird To Beast deliver another wonderfully infectious song, Catacombs. And it marks them as songwriters of real note, showcasing an ear for the enticingly odd and attractively dreamy.

Catacombs is not only Bird To Beast’s most lovely and touching single yet, but it also features shuffling percussion from Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott.

The song got its first radio play on Radcliffe and Maconie‘s BBC 6 Music show – with Mark enthusing about the song – and was particularly impressed that Bobby was playing on the track.

Bobby lives in the same Lancashire town of Colne as Sam and Hannah, and after meeting the band – and being wooed by their inventive sound – got involved.

Catacombs is a fabulous single, drawing listeners in with sweetly cooing vocals on love and life, and a coiling, surprising melody, mixing a gorgeous lullaby with rumbustious excitement.

The single is backed with live favourite Posture and Pantomime as a B-side.

Its release follows a whirlwind few months for Bird To Beast, seeing them gaining wonderful UK radio support – including Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Chris Hawkins, Radcliffe & Maconie, Alex Lester, Tom Robinson, Michelle Hussey, Ruth Barnes, Sean McGinty, Emma Mac and Shell Zenners shows – as well as playing a bunch of well-received gigs, and will be gracing a whole array of festival stages in the coming months.

Bird to Beast live:

APRIL
10th – Sofar sessions – Winchester
11th – Sofar sessions, Cardif
12th – View 2 Gallery, Liverpool
13th – BT Square, Etihad Stadium

MAY
18th May Great North Run, Manchester
23rd May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
29th May Supporting Ren Harvieu, The Trades, Hebden Bridge

JUNE
1st June Smoked & Uncut Festival, Hampshire
12th June Isle Of Wight Festival
17th June Topolski, Southbank, London
21st June Camden Crawl, London St Michaels Church @ 3.30pm
22nd June Barnaby Festival, Cheshire

JULY
3rd July Ruth Barnes Presents @ The Finsbury, London
7th July Mad Ferret Festival, Preston

AUGUST
2nd Aug Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
3rd Aug Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn
8th Aug Strawberry Fields Festival, Leicestershire
30th Aug Bingley Festival, Bradford

Bird To Beast Studio Guests on Radcliffe & Maconie’s BBC 6 Music Show, PLUS Live Dates Announced

Breakthrough psyche-folk duo Bird to Beast – who have been enjoying plenty of radio play in the last few weeks – were invited into the studio for an interview on BBC 6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie’s daytime show on Monday 10th March.

It was all part of the BBC’s 6 Music Recommends day, and the band had a great chat with Mark and Stuart about Sam and Hannah’s background, how they met, and the time when Hannah ate bacon butties at Will and Kate’s royal wedding party with Ellie Goulding!

Their prominent interview is just the latest fillip as a result of their new double A-side single, Elephant/Winter Snow, which is out on the 24th March – and have a string of dates that precede a busy summer of festivals.

MARCH

10th  – Deaf Institute, Manchester with Kristyna Myles
13th  – Gullivers, Manchester with The Hosts
15th –  The Castle, Manchester with Ellen and the Escapades
24th –  In a lucky fans’ living room! (competition winner)

APRIL

10th – Sofar sessions – Winchester
11th – Sofar sessions, Cardiff
12th  – View 2 Gallery, Liverpool
13th – Nelsons, Hebden Bridge

MAY

2nd –  Velvet hour, Didsbury (Chris Hawkins’ event)
23rd  – Chorlton Arts Festival with Liam Frost

JUNE
2nd – Smoked and Uncut festival
21st – Camden Crawl, St Michaels Church @ 3.30pm

BRILLIANT NEW BIRD TO BEAST VIDEO, PLUS EVEN MORE NATIONAL RADIO PLAY!

IMPACT DATE: 24th March 2014

Bird To Beast are following their recent glut of national, repeated radio play from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, Chris Hawkins, Alex Lester, Ruth Barnes, Shell Zenner with this fantastic new video.

The video stars classically trained dancer Patrick Carroll-Fogg in a mesmerising turn as a drag artiste, who compliments the song’s offbeat lyrics perfectly in bewitching style.

Bird to Beast are playing a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February between 12-2pm, and are playing with The Hosts in Manchester on Thursday 13th March at Gullivers.

Bird To Beast pick up national attention and high praise for Elephant & Winter Snow

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It’s been a fantastic few weeks for psyche-folk duo Bird To Beast, who have begun to pick up widespread praise and national radio play for their new double-A single, Elephant/Winter Snow.

 

Elephant has now had multiple spins on BBC 6 Music from early supporter Steve Lamacq, as well as Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie and Chris Hawkins – plus additional key tastemaker support from Alex Lester at BBC Radio 2, Ruth Barnes and Shell Zenner at Amazing Radio, Michelle Hussey at BBC Radio Manchester and Sean McGinty at BBC Radio Lancashire.

As well as this whirl of radio play, the band played a unique show last week at Manchester’s wonderful Royal Exchange Theatre – to a crowd who were thrilled by a brilliant show in a wonderful setting.

Londoners can catch them soon, too, when they play a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February, before playing in Manchester again on Thursday 13th March in Gullivers.

There is a brilliant video for Elephant to follow, before the eagerly-awaited physical release of their debut LP, Bird to Beast on the 17th February.

Bird To Beast Release New Double-A Single – Elephant & Winter Snow

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ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 24th March 2014
LABEL: MUK Records

Bird To Beast – AKA recently married couple Sam and Hannah Hird – continue to bewitch listeners with two more gorgeous, off-kilter psyche-folk pop songs – Elephant and Winter Snow – on their new double A-side release.

 

Elephant is an example of their uncanny ability to spin magic from the sounds of yesteryear and to create fresh, unique and infectious songs, twisting doo-wop into a sprightly folk song.

Winter Snow, on the other hand, is a beautiful, crystal-pure, frosted-over love song that slowly glows and warms as it comes in from the cold.

They recently played gigs in London and Manchester, hooking attention with sheer force of talent – cramming one gloriously unique moment after another into each of their folk-pop songs.

Armed with an album brimming with songs full of love and wonder, Bird To Beast‘s songs wheedle their way into the memory; rewarding more with every listen.

“Suggesting Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and Rufus Wainwright at his most beautifully opulent, theirs is a flowing psych-pop folk hybrid that overflows with prettiness, engulfing the listener in rapture” – MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

“I love this – so I’m going to play an album track from Bird to Beasts’ debut album” – STEVE LAMACQ, BBC6 MUSIC

“Daniel’s melody and lyrics are beautiful, and the phrase “Daniel get out of love” has stuck with me ever since” – ALBUM OF THE WEEK, 1883 MAGAZINE

Who are Bird To Beast?

Bird to Beast is the brainchild of Sam and Hannah Hird. The duo both grew up in the Lancashire mill town of Colne, and met at the town’s annual Blues festival.

They fell in love through music, before deciding to start writing together and formed Bird To Beast.

Sam is an ex-sheep farmer who immersed himself in classical music from a tender age. Hannah has sung backing vocals for Ellie Goulding and at William and Kate’s Royal Wedding reception.

Their self-titled debut album was released via MUK Records on October 14th 2013.

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BIRD TO BEAST TO RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE “TO LIPS FROM LUNGS”

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New psych-folk duo Bird To Beast have pulled themselves together from the most opposing of starting points. Sam is an ex-sheep farmer who immersed himself in classical music from a tender age. Hannah has sung backing vocals for Ellie Goulding and at William and Kate’s Royal Wedding reception.

As you may imagine, such an unusual combination has resulted in truly curious, infectious songs full of love, wonder and joy.

 

Their beautiful, wistful, accordion-led debut single To Lips From Lungs is out on September 8th, with a free teaser downloadPosture and Pantomime available for exclusive free download when their new website launches on Monday 22nd July.

They’re hosting an album listening session at Manchester’s Whisky Jar on 5th September, followed by a live performance at The Soup Kitchen later that evening.

 

Who are Bird To Beast?

Bird to Beast is the brainchild of a recently married couple, Sam and Hannah Hird. The duo both grew up in the Lancashire mill town of Colne, and met at the town’s annual Blues festival.

Their self-titled debut album is released on MUK Records on October 14th.

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