NAOMI BEDFORD + PAUL SIMMONDS

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If Gillian Welch lived in Brighton and had once sung with Orbital, she might have turned out like Naomi Bedford.

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Naomi Bedford sang on Orbital's 2001 single Funny Break, before wandering away to folk music. Hence, Bedford’s collaboration with Paul Simmonds sounds far more American south than Sussex, but its transatlantic pull plays blissfully. Bedford’s voice is all rasp, shiver and swamp, whilst Simmonds steel guitar strings reverberate warmly. Naomi and Paul first came together over a mutual love of folk and country music styles. (Paul was the mandolin player and songwriter with folk - punk band The Men They Couldn’t Hang). Andy Gill from the Independent said Naomi and Paul’s 2011 album ‘Tales from the Weeping Willow’ was ‘brilliant and original in equal measure’ and Uncut magazine declared that Naomi’s voice ‘soared, soothed and haunted in equal measures’.

Their most recent recording, ‘Singing It All Back Home’ is an album of Appalachian ballads. Shirley Collins, the doyenne of English Roots music, has described Naomi Bedford as the best singer of Appalachian ballads in Britain. For this album, with full encouragement and advice from Collins, they chose to record songs which originated in the British Isles and made the long voyage to America with the settlers, changing and adapting as the generations passed along. The Bedford and Simmonds versions are no museum pieces though, in keeping with the folk tradition, the songs have been revised and re-invigorated while staying true to the heart of their mythic stories. With a new set of arrangements and the power of Bedford’s evocative voice, these celebrated songs will continue their journey home.

‘Like a post-punk Peggy Seeger...this my friends is 21st Century folk music’ - FRoots

‘Dreamy, fantastic voice’ - Peter Buck-REM

‘Folk with a curled lip...Bedfords voice calls Joni Mitchell to mind’ - Songlines

‘A favourite voice of mine…I love to hear her sing’ - Shirley Collins

‘Bedfords voice is a striking instrument’ – The Independent

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