Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alt-Folk Duo Release Their New Album; Alternative-Folk Duo Skylark Song Are Set to Release Their Highly Anticipated Second Album, May the Hunter Retreat, in November. Sarah Jeffery Chats to Them Ahead of Its Launch

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alt-Folk Duo Release Their New Album; Alternative-Folk Duo Skylark Song Are Set to Release Their Highly Anticipated Second Album, May the Hunter Retreat, in November. Sarah Jeffery Chats to Them Ahead of Its Launch

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Newcastle alt-folk duo Skylark Song are hoping their success continues with their forthcoming second album. May The Hunter Retreat is the highly anticipated follow up to the band's debut album, Relent, which was released last year to great acclaim.

Made up of singer and violinist Emma McRae and guitarist and singer Alex McRae, the husband and wife team are known for their folky/blues-inspired sound.

The pair fell in together after Alex invited Emma to sing a couple of tracks he had written that weren't fitting with the band he was part of at the time, and Skylark Song grew out of their mutual love of warm melodies and close harmonies.

Emma said: "We've been playing together for about four years now. We came together once Alex started writing songs on an acoustic guitar that he wanted to try out. I played the violin and the two worked really well together so Skylark Song sort of grew out of that.

"We would describe our music as haunting, intimate folk. We definitely didn't have an idea of how we wanted to sound. In fact, that's been one of the biggest discoveries: finding out what kind of band we actually are. It's sometimes difficult to know where you fit in - we're definitely folk but not particularly traditional folk so I think people don't know where to put us."

Over the last two years, Skylark Song have steadily built up a strong reputation as one of the most exciting folk acts in the North East and recently played at NARC.Fest and Under The Dome Festival.

They are proud to be part of the local music scene and are grateful for all the support they have had from fans and other artists, such as Trev Gibb and Lilliput.

Emma said: "We're really chuffed with how people have reacted to us both live and with the release of our debut album. One of the best moments was the launch gig for Relent last year - people seemed to genuinely be quite excited about it, which was really quite humbling.

"We've been playing in the North East for quite a few years now so it's great to make connections and friendships with other great bands. We've recently played The Gathering in Sunderland, run by the guys from Lilliput, and have played quite a few gigs with artists like This Little Bird, Trev Gibb and Nev Clay. …

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