Gemma Tortella and Sam Barton when they play live, with Gemma singing, guitar and uke and Sam on trumpet, guitar, glockenspiel and so on. Sam is also in the excellent Teeth Of The Sea.
The new album features Caryl Mann on harp. Nancy Wallace, Tabatha Hussey and Jo Apps on backing vocals. Mao Yamada and Leon Harris (of Zongamin) on double bass and percussion with artist Athanasiois Argianas providing the mix and playing strings on the single Pin Up.
Psychedelic folk so pretty it hurts…
A-Line sound like Alice in Wonderland at a 1930’s jazz appreciation club. Mixing tales of airplane crashes and snow dust they raise the hair on the back of your neck and transport you to their singular world. They use a range of different string instruments and take inspiration from cartography to Ziggy Stardust, Russian kalinka music to Richard Burton. Their first album Light The Burning Torch will be released at the end of March 2010.
‘Snow & Felt’, vinyl 7″ single release, featured on BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank shows, the single has also been played on a number of UK online radio stations including Resonance FM.
Nice things people have said.
“An as yet unsigned magical piece of music” Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1
“This band are absolutely gorgeous” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio1
“Cardiff’s acid folk luminaries” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Gemma has a truly beautiful voice” Peggy Seeger
“What a delight” The Guardian Guide
“ A-line are favourites of The Magpie’s Nest conquering the nu-folk sound with their delicate and studied vocals and cool summertime sounds. A real treat, like a pacific wave and gentle folk too” Sam Lee, BBC Radio 3 Folk Club of the Year award winner.