A new project albeit with some familiar faces from the Manchester music scene, DoveTales, taking their new new EP: ‘The Lamplight Sessions’, out on the road for a final run of Winter UK Shows, plus a bumper pre-Christmas hometown gig featuring special guests.
Infusing the indelible harmonies and intricate guitar janglings of sixties folk groups, with a Brit rock-ready strut and a seventies’ country-soul cool; DoveTales offer a sound that is at once classic and immediately refreshing.
DoveTales are fronted by chief vocalists and songwriters, Stef Rose (formerly of The Sylvias and Wild Ginger) and Happy Mondays/Hippy Mafia guitarist Johnny Evans. With their roots in Scandinavia and Mancunia respectively, the pair’s cultural exchange of contrasting, yet complimentary vocal styles, lyrical turns-of-phrase and artistic-inspirations shape the heart of DoveTales’ nuanced palette. Accompanied by the capable rhythmic pedigree of drummer Chris Joyce (perhaps best known for his work with the Durutti Column, The Mighty Wah!, and Simply Red), plus former Hollie Cook bassist Victor “Fela” Freeman on bass, the band come together with one pure resonance to land upon a a sound of soaring fullness and warming depth.
Shacking up at the Sulking Shed Studios in West Yorkshire, they began laying down a treasure trove of original and infectious songs with soul searching lyrics and beautiful harmonies. And, the first fruits of these recordings will emerge this Autumn, to be heard in their upcoming EP: ‘The Lamplight Sessions’.
The four tracks ‘Bully’, ‘Come Over Here’, ‘You And I’ and ‘M6’ were recorded under the watchful eye of esteemed engineer and EP co-producer Greg Turner (From The Kites of San Quentin / We The Dead), and will be released via AWAL on 11th October 2019.
Cutting their teeth with a series of Autumn shows, DoveTales now look to air their new songs at a number of Winter gigs on live stages across the Northwest, which also includes a special hometown gig at Salford’s Eagle Inn this December. Headlined by DoveTales, ‘The Lamplight Sessions @ The Eagle’ is the their instalment in a residency of shows at the venue which have seen the band showcasing old and new tunes from their ever expanding repertoire alongside special guests including Happy Mondays’ man Gaz Whelan.
The upcoming final edition of the Lamplight Sessions on 6th December 2019 promises to be a bumper pre-Christmas special. The evening will be hosted by none-other than CP Lee. A bona-fide legend around these parts, Lee, is a musician, author, broadcaster and lecturer who has more than made his mark on the Manchester scene over the last five decades. From his “snuff-rock” musical Sleak in 1977, to his work with John Scott in Gerry & the Holograms, to his memorable memoir When We Were Thin (2007); Lee has seen and done it all, and promises to be the perfect compere for the evening. Fine support for the evening also comes from the very talented Emma Mould who will be playing an acoustic set. Hand-picked by DoveTales for the occasion, Emma is an essential new singer-songwriter who spins an eclectic mix of folk, gospel, and rock into her bewitching compositions.
And being the season for goodwill and charitable giving, The Eagle Inn show will be in support of Forever Manchester: a charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester, helping local people do extraordinary things together. Look out for a special Tombola run by Forever Manchester only in the December edition of the Lamplight Sessions, with a top prize being a trip to New York (to be drawn 13th Dec), as well as donation buckets at the venue.
Don’t miss DoveTales at the following dates and venues as follows:
DOVETALES – TOUR DATES 2019
16/11/19 Walsden, UK – The Mill
26/11/19 Liverpool, UK – Parr Street Studios
06/12/19 Salford, UK – The Eagle Inn – Forever Manchester Fundraiser
(Hosted by: CP Lee + Special guest: Emma Mould)
DOVETALES:- NEW EP – ‘THE LAMPLIGHT SESSIONS’ – OUT NOW (VIA AWAL)