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Smoke Fairies

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Smoke Fairies is a British dream pop duo comprising Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Albums
    • 22 Compilations
    • 23 Singles and EPs
    • 24 Contributions to anthologies
    • 25 Guest appearances
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


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, British Columbia, 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 Truelove’s 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 double A-side single, "Gastown" / "River Song", 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, latterly self-released in the United States in June 2011 via Year Seven Records The album was produced by long-term PJ Harvey collaborator Head and recorded at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall, United Kingdom

To promote the album the band was invited to record a live session for Marc Riley on BBC Radio 6 And invited back for another session a few months later The duo also recorded a live session with their band for John Kennedy’s "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 January–February 2011 and performed at several festivals that summer, including Primavera Sound in Barcelona Before heading to the United States in June 2011 to perform at North by Northeast Festival and their own headline shows, returning again in August 2011 Jessica & Katherine toured the US with Rasputina Smoke Fairies again returned to the US in October to play support for Blitzen Trapper and Dawes making their second coast-to-coast tour of the year

Smoke Fairies' follow-up album, Blood Speaks, was released on 21 May 2012, again with a delayed release in the US of 23 April 2013 Again produced by Head Blood Speaks was this time recorded in West London’s Eastcote Studio and is inspired by London and by travelling

Smoke Fairies signed with Full Time Hobby records in 2013 and released their self-titled album "Smoke Fairies" on 14 April 2014 The album spawned singles Eclipse Them All, We've Seen Birds and Shadow Inversions It was produced by Kristofer Harris at Squarehead Studios in Kent Later that year the band recorded a Christmas record "Wild Winter" which was released only in Rough Trade shops Xmas 2014 The Christmas after the album saw a full worldwide release and received glowing praise from the likes of the New York Times and The Guardian "Wild Winter" was again produced by Kristofer Harris

Jessica and Katherine also contributed vocals to the track "Valentina", a tribute to Valentina Tereshkova - the first woman and the first woman in space - on "The Race For Space", the second album by Public Service Broadcasting band Smoke Fairies toured the UK supporting and performing with Public Service Broadcasting in 2015 It was preceded by the self-released Live in St Pancras Old Church



  • Strange the Things Concentrated / Concentrated People, 6 August 2007
  • Through Low Light and Trees UK: V2 / Cooperative Music, 6 September 2010 US: Year Seven Records, June 2011
  • Blood Speaks V2 records, 21 May 2012
  • Smoke Fairies Full Time Hobby, 14 April 2014
  • Live At St Pancras Old Church October 2015
  • Wild Winter Full Time Hobby, 12 December 2015


  • Ghosts: A Compilation of A Sides, B Sides and an EP from the Recent Past 453 Music / Music For Heroes, 2010

Singles and EPs

  • "Living with Ghosts" / "Troubles" – 7" Music for Heroes, August 2008
  • Frozen Heart – 7" EP "Frozen Heart", "Fences", "Morning Light", "We Had Lost Our Minds", "He's Moving On" Music for Heros, July 2009
  • "Sunshine" / "When you Grow Old" – 7" October 2009
  • "Gastown" / "River Song" – 7" limited edition of 150 on tri-colored vinyl; Texas-sized 8" limited edition Third Man Records, September 2009
  • "Hotel Room" / "Human Concerns" – 7" limited edition of 300 V2 / Cooperative Music 2010
  • "Strange Moon Rising" / "Requiem" – 7" limited edition of 500 V2 / Cooperative Music, 24 January 2011
  • "Strange Moon Rising" / "Alabama" – 7" limited UK tour edition V2 / Cooperative Music 24 Jan 2011
  • "Hotel Room" / "Strange Moon Rising" – 7" limited edition of 500 on blue-marbled vinyl 453 Music, 16 April 2011, World Record Store Day
  • "Storm Song" / "Storm Song Demo" – 7" limited edition of 500 V2 / Cooperative Music, 16 May 2011

Contributions to anthologies

  • "Good Man" on Live at the Electroacoustic Club, Vol 2 Running Jump Records, 13 November 2006
  • "Troubles" on What's Kickin', Vol 2 Stove Pony, 14 May 2007
  • "Troubles" on Shivering Sands and Scavenging Birds Thames Delta Recording Co, 14 October 2009
  • "Alabama" on Harvest Revisited Promotional CD issued with Mojo Magazine, February 2011

Guest appearances

  • Backing vocals on Richard Hawley's "False Lights from the Land" EP Mute Records, 7 June 2010
  • Backing vocals on Public Service Broadcasting's track Valentina off their "The Race for Space" album 2015
  • Backing vocals on Duke Garwood's "Garden Of Ashes" album Heavenly Recordings, 2017


  1. ^ Charlotte Cripps 2014-04-18 "Smoke fairies rekindle their fire: Listen exclusively to their new album - Features - Music" The Independent Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  2. ^ Helen Martin, "Interview with the Smoke Fairies", Amelia’s Magazine, 15 March 2011
  3. ^ Phil Udell, "The Smoke Fairies in Conversation", Heineken
  4. ^ Ben Umstead, "Interview with the Smoke Fairies", Slant Magazine, 18 July 2011
  5. ^ Moff Gimmers "Review: Smoke Fairies", Electric Roulette, 23 June 2008
  6. ^ Valerio Berdini, "Smoke Fairies", Live on 35mm Retrieved 16 April 2013
  7. ^ Matt Hopkinson, "Hawley and Smoke Fairies at the Lyceum, Sheffield", SoundsXP, 10 October 2009
  8. ^ Chris Mugan, "Folk Heroines' Long Odyssey" The Independent, 20 August 2010
  9. ^ "What SXSW did for us - Smoke Fairies | M Magazine M magazine: PRS for Music online magazine - PRS for Music Online Magazine" M-magazinecouk Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  10. ^ "US Tour Starts Today…" Laura Marling 2010-05-04 Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  11. ^ David Sheppard, "Review: Through Low Light and Trees", BBC, 8 September 2010
  12. ^ a b Kevin O’Donnell, " Jack White Faves Smoke Fairies" Spin, 14 June 2011
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Marc Riley, 07/10/2010" Bbccouk 2010-10-07 Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  14. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Marc Riley, Smoke Fairies" Bbccouk 2011-01-25 Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  15. ^ "Xposure with John Kennedy | Monday to Thursday 10pm to 1am | Radio" XFM Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  16. ^ "MOJO Issue 207 / February 2011" Mojo Magazine Retrieved 20 December 2014 
  17. ^ Peter Robinson "This Week's New Live Music", The Guardian, 15 January 2011
  18. ^ Archived 24 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Brooklyn Vegan, " Smoke Fairies released an LP in the US, playing NXNE, NYC & shows w/ Rasputina dates" Brooklyn Vegan, 14 June 2011
  20. ^ Riley Ubben,Blitzen Trapper and Dawes Announce Tour, Paste magazine, August 2011
  21. ^ a b James Christopher Monger 2012-05-21 "Blood Speaks - Smoke Fairies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards" AllMusic Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  22. ^ "Reviews for Blood Speaks by Smoke Fairies" Metacritic Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  23. ^ Piccadilly Records, " Blood Speaks - Smoke Fairies" Piccadilly Records, 21 May 2012
  24. ^ "Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" AllMusic Retrieved 2017-05-08 
  25. ^ "fulltimehobby" fulltimehobby Retrieved 2017-05-08 
  26. ^ Caramanica, Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon; Chinen, Nate 2015-11-26 "Making Merry With Music" The New York Times ISSN 0362-4331 Retrieved 2017-05-08 
  27. ^ Gibsone, Harriet 2015-11-19 "Smoke Fairies: Wild Winter review – sprawling desert-rock soundscapes" The Guardian ISSN 0261-3077 Retrieved 2017-05-08 
  28. ^ "Wild Winter - Smoke Fairies | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" AllMusic Retrieved 2017-05-08 
  29. ^ "Smoke Fairies featuring Rasputina – Live at St Pancras Old Church | Echoes And Dust" echoesanddustcom Retrieved 2016-08-09 
  30. ^ "Strange the Things - Smoke Fairies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards" AllMusic 2007-08-13 Retrieved 2014-07-14 
  31. ^ James Christopher Monger 2014-04-14 "Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards" AllMusic Retrieved 2014-07-14 

External links

  • Official website
  • NME Article
  • Guardian article

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