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Friday 29 June 2018

Songs Of The Lost & Found: Brighton-Based Hatful of Rain Fuse Tradition With Comment On The Ills Of The Modern World

Fusing powerful song-writing with musical flare, Brighton-based Hatful of Rain combine their English, Celtic and American inspirations to great effect on their new album. 

Titled Songs of the Lost and Found the band's third album is full of original songs that speak of "today"; responding to the modern world's experiences of loss, redemption, migration, identity and austerity.

Musically the four-piece band blend seamlessly with a cast of additional musicians using their familiar line-up of voice, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass. 

There's also a sad story which resulted in Chloe and Phil Jones from Hatful of Rain writing the song Devil's Dyke. 

It is a song from a lover left behind after the horrific WW1 loss of over 1,500 men from the 11th, 12th and 13th Sussex Battalions. For the full tragic story CLICK HERE

Formed in 2011, Hatful of Rain were quickly signed to the Folk/Americana label Union Music Store, in Lewes, East Sussex. 

The band's first album Way Up On The Hill, led to a session on the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris Saturday show. 

A second album, The Morning Key followed in 2014 and was warmly received by the roots music world with the Hatfuls nominated to perform at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville and as Best Group in the Spiral Earth Awards. 

In 2016 the band set about exploring the music that had influenced them in their early musical careers. 

Released on their own label Long Way Home Music their EP brought together new arrangements of traditional UK and US songs.

Hatful of Rain will be on tour in June and July, and will visit The Old Market, in Hove, in support of the release of Songs of The Lost and Found

The band excel at live performance and have developed the blue grass harmonising style using one microphone for all four voices to create an intimate and engaging atmosphere.

Hatful Of Rain play The Old Market, Hove, on Friday 13th July 2018. CLICK HERE for more info. New album 'Songs Of The Lost & Found' is out on Sunday 1st July.

by: Mike Cobley


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