Photo © Fred MacGregor
North London 5-piece Firefly Burning evoke sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich and Kate Bush, drawing on avant-pop, experimental folk, classical minimalism and Javanese Gamelan. Part art song, part minimalist-folk chamber music they ‘paint sound pictures and take the audience in myriad directions at will’ (For Folks Sake). With eclectic tastes and a background in free improvisation, the band encompass strings, piano, bass synth, electric guitar and gamelan, centred on close vocal harmonies with echoes of William Byrd and The Beach Boys.
In 2015 the band garnered critical success for the rich originality of their second album, Skeleton Hill. Borne out of a two year collaboration with producer Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk) it united their adventurous poetic spirit with a direct, pop sensibility.
In 2017 the band developed a covers project with filmmaker Fred MacGregor, and in 2018 collaborated with emerging musicians at Brighter Sounds in Manchester.
New album Breathe Shallow releases on 31 May 2019, written and recorded with the support of Snape Maltings residency programme and supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Music Creators. Firefly Burning are James Redwood, Sam Glazer, Jack Ross, John Barber and Bea Hankey.
imaginative, original hybrid sound..both richly intriguing and subtle, a neat tapestry that is a joy to unravel”
“strange but soaring, dense but addictive...ideal for anybody who wishes Kate Bush were a bit more arty or
Steve Reich were a lot more folky” ★★★★ The Times
“fresh, original and often audacious…old and futuristic at the same time” ★★★★ MOJO
"Flecks of Gentle Giant, Joni Mitchell and Fleet Foxes…a contemporary folk album with art-prog leanings:
if Bjork got into 'The Wicker Man' it's be almost as unintentionally spooky as this…Cleansing."
“vital and indefinable” For Folks Sake
“both unsettling and beautiful…all encompassing...ever changing and ever beautiful.” Gigslutz
"Beautiful, beautiful music. A bit like North Sea Radio Orchestra meets Kate Bush, but even that doesn’t do it justice."
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"Quirky, challenging and innovative music…uncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision." Bright Young Folk
"utterly hypnotic...intoxicating, beautiful and affirming"