Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Welsh Wednesday #19

#19: 531 Miles From Aberdeen To Cardiff by Barefoot Dance Of The Sea

I saw Barefoot Dance Of The Sea just before Christmas at a Gruff Rhys show in Cardiff. Supporting that night was Martin Carr - yes, him formerly of Boo Radleys - and he was accompanied by these three young ladies as backing singers. I'm not sure if they only played this hometown show or whether they did the whole tour with Mr Carr.

What they did do was add a little depth to the set with their tight three part harmony vocals. But Barefoot Dance Of The Sea are a band in their own right. Their debut album 'Beneath Closed Eyes' came out in 2012 and is a lovely example of harmony singing in the finest folk tradition backed with sparse, minimal instrumentation, often nothing more than a ukulele or a trusty acoustic guitar. It was also recorded completely live which makes it even more worthy of a thumbs up.

531 Miles From Aberdeen To Cardiff was originally their first release, featuring on a split 7" in 2011, and later appeared on that debut album.