The Black Feathers (Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler)
June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The Black Feathers, a UK-based husband and wife duo, are the featured artists during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s virtual First Saturday Concert on June 5. The show will stream live from the duo’s home in Wales from 7-8:15 p.m. via FMSH’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FMSHLongIsland) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnJ9zJQXl2ml128-TIPRFLg/about).
“Unlike our live concerts, there is no admission fee for this online one,” says Michael Kornfeld, FMSH’s board president. “However, like other performing artists, The Black Feathers had most of their gigs cancelled, have been unable to tour due to the ongoing pandemic, and would appreciate donations via their online tip jar while you are viewing the concert.”
About the Artists
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. It’s the product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.
Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects. They joined forces to become The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.
“Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when The Black Feathers perform live”
– Black Mountain News, North Carolina
Americana, folk and acoustic indie rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in the duo’s musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. The duo’s sound has been likened to that of The Civil Wars and Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings. It’s 2016 debut album, Soaked to the Bone, reached the top 10 on the UK Americana Chart. Although The Black Feathers’ music quickly drew the interest of listeners, it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted.
Having already built up a loyal following on the other side of the pond, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the U.S. The duo has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and impressed Long Island audiences in 2019. The Black Feathers also had coveted official showcases at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) conferences.
With a new single and a live album in the pipeline, these are exciting times for what the British music publication FATEA refers to as “a duo of undeniable talent.”
You can check out a few of The Black Feathers’ videos at https://theblackfeathers.com/videos before joining us for a live performance from the duo’s new home in Wales.