Ferris & Sylvester
Ferris & Sylvester
Things are going very well for London-based songwriting duo Ferris & Sylvester, yet one-and-a-half years ago they hadn’t even met. Back in the summer of 2017, Camden’s Spiritual Bar featured a young Issy Ferris playing the weekly folk nights whilst the big-voiced Archie Sylvester headlined Saturday nights with his blues band. The two shared the same stage for six months, but never played the same night. Our story may have been very different had fate (and Raf, the venue booker) not brought them together. A hundred gigs later, Ferris & Sylvester are a force to be reckoned with and preparing to take the US by storm. The band have been confirmed as a Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2019, and are currently booking live dates in New York, Nashville and LA to further engage their ever-increasing US streaming audience. A second trip to New York in April is also confirmed as the band participate in an event organised by the UK Government’s GREAT Campaign, celebrating unique British talent and innovation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many industry veterans are already backing them as stars of the future and ‘Ones To Watch’ in 2019 and beyond. And what makes for a star? Classic songwriting, standout voices, excellent stagecraft and drive, all of which Ferris & Sylvester have by the bucket load.
With clear references to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village, their Americana-tinged combination of blues, folk and indie-rock ’n’ roll is spellbinding, sitting somewhere between the riff-driven energy of Jack White and the expansive melodies of First Aid Kit (“Alt-Simon & Garfunkel” – The Guardian). Determined to get their music out there and with next to no budget, the duo recorded and self-produced their ‘Made In Streatham’ EP (Feb 2018), in the kitchen of their South London flat. Released through their own label Archtop Records, the EP has clocked up millions of streams on Spotify, rose to No.1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart, No.14 on the Spotify UK Viral Top 50 and received widespread acclaim (“A masterpiece of Brit Folk” – MOJO). BBC Radio have given Ferris & Sylvester outstanding early affirmation, most notably from Cerys Matthews on her BBC Radio 2 Blues Show and BBC Introducing. Most recently the duo have been invited to record a BBC Maida Vale Session, which will be aired nationally in January. In the press, Rolling Stone tipped them in their ‘Top 10 Country Acts to Watch’ list, noting “a rich and fully realised sound that leaves one pining for a full length”.
Their summer was filled to the brim with choice festival slots including BST in Hyde Park with Eric Clapton, Bath Festival with Robert Plant, the main stage at Wilderness Festival with BBC Music Introducing, and a sold-out show at The Imperial Theatre at their first Reeperbahn festival. Their gig calendar surrounding summer was equally as full and impressive with performances alongside George Ezra, James Blunt, Gary Barlow, Tom Odell, Liza Anne, Anderson East and Tyler Childers to name a few. And all this whilst recording their next project at The Pool Studios with producer, Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney).
With the year drawing to a close, the duo are busy promoting their new single ‘Burning River’ which introduces their new project: bigger, darker and more ambitious than before and drawn from their own formative experiences. 2018 ends with a full UK tour supporting their old friend Jade Bird, and the new year begins with a trip to Eurosonic (January), their debut headline UK tour (February), a second headline tour (April/May) and two singles set for release in its first quarter. There’s a lot, lot more to come from Ferris & Sylvester, with 2019 set to be the year the duo turn their focus on conquering the international stage.Listen on Spotify Book tickets