Smoke Fairies

Artist bio

Smoke Fairies is a British blues and folk musical duo comprising Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies

Blamire and Davies met at school in Sussex during the late 1990s. They spent 2002 in New Orleans, where they absorbed American blues music. When they returned to England they discovered British folk music at the Sidmouth Folk Week Festival while working as car park attendants. They later settled in Vancouver, Canada, for a year before returning to London to start performing.

In 2007, Smoke Fairies toured the UK in support of Bryan Ferry and the following year they released their debut single, "Living with Ghosts", on Music for Heroes. Richard Hawley was an early supporter of the act, saying they were "frankly the best thing I have heard in years". They supported Hawley on his True Loves Gutter Tour of the UK in October 2009.

In December 2009, Smoke Fairies became the first UK act to release a single on Jack White's label Third Man Records. The single was produced by Jack White who also played guitar and drums.

Smoke Fairies performed at the 2010 South by South West (SXSW) festival in Texas and supported Laura Marling on a month-long tour of the United States. They signed to V2 Records/Cooperative Music and released their debut album Through Low Light and Trees in September 2010. The following month the band was invited to record a live session for Marc Riley on BBC Radio 6. It was invited back for another session a few months later. The duo also recorded a live session with their band for John Kennedys "X-Posure" on XFM.

In November 2010, Smoke Fairies recording of Neil Young's "Alabama" appeared on a special Mojo album to mark the approaching fortieth anniversary of Young's Harvest LP.

The band embarked on its first headline tour of the UK a sell-out in JanuaryFebruary 2011 and performed at several festivals that summer, including Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

The duo's second album, Through Low Light and Trees, was released in the United States in June 2011 by Year Seven Records and they toured the U.S. with Rasputina in August. Their third album, Blood Speaks, was released on 21 May 2012.

Source: Wikipedia