The Black Feathers Take Wing Nov. 2

The ability to write songs that sound both ancient and modern is a rare thing, the arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of UK musicians Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents.

The award-winning Gloucestershire duo alights at the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m

The band’s promotional materials observe that “Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when the Black Feathers perform live.”

Hughes and Chandler became aware of that after collaborating on several projects, deciding to become musical and life partners in 2012. On the advice of respected music producer Youth (Dido, Orb) they sought out old melodies from many rich sources to form the bedrock of the Black Feathers’ sound. British folk, Americana and acoustic indie rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of gorgeously seamless vocal harmonies often heard only in family bands.

The Black Feathers have steadily toured the UK and the U.S., building a strong fan base along the way, and their most recent CD, “Soaked to the Bone”, has generated rave reviews. They recently released a new single, “Holy Water”, that perfectly showcases the duo’s intertwined vocals.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Tickets available online at

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.