“One of the finest folk duos in the country”
Mike Davies, Alternative Roots
Partners in life and music, dynamic Devon based folk duo Harbottle & Jonas are one of the most exciting acts on the UK circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Dave and Freya have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and cittern with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies. On 'The Beacon' (single and album), and often at live gigs, the duo become a trio, joined by fiddle player Annie Baylis, weaving a third close vocal harmony and sensitive playing.
“Spellbinding originals” - Musicians Union
“Disarmingly honest and spine-tingling’” - RocknReel (R2)
“Awash with strong songs & excellent musicianship” - Folk Radio UK
“Fine contemporary folk music” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements” - Americana UK
Harbottle & Jonas, release new single The Beacon, available from all digital outlets from 20th November 2020. Written and recorded at home, and featuring collaborator Annie Baylis on violin and backing vocals, The Beacon is the title track from Harbottle & Jonas’s forthcoming album, which is due for release in Spring 2021, and will be available to pre-order in conjunction with the single release.
The Beacon itself refers to Ugborough Beacon, an ancient site that looms over South Brent, the Dartmoor village that David Harbottle and Freya Jonas call home. The home to which they hurriedly returned from a cancelled tour of Germany, rushing to make it back to Devon before the UK entered lockdown in mid-March.
During the weeks that followed, the duo escaped the monotony by walking the moors with their dog, Murphy, connecting with their fanbase via streamed concerts and their ‘Saving the Good Stuff’ Facebook video series (with 300,000 views and counting). After eighteen months of touring with 2019’s album ‘The Sea is my Brother’ the enforced period of calm was, in their own words: “a journey of discovery, that has taught us the importance of love, compassion and empathy, whilst discovering the needs and delights of our inner creature”.
The new album, their fifth, is a collection of songs that seeks to bring comfort, and questions what fire of intention we will light so that our future paths might be more steadfast, clear and community-spirited. 'The Beacon’ (single) is the first spark to fly from this album of hope and new beginnings. Much like the beacons of old that served as a warning with flaming fires, Harbottle & Jonas hope that their new collection of songs written during this period in our history will encourage us to reflect, adapt and sing together once more. The Beacon (single) will be available from all digital outlets from November 20th 2020 and also via harbottleandjonas.bandcamp.com. The Beacon (album) will be released on March 26th 2021.