Based in London with deep roots in the West coast of Ireland and the US, Misty River combines harmonic vocals intertwined with dobro, fiddle and electric guitar alongside songwriting rooted in classic Americana, Roots and Blues.
“I always wanted to write, but I was worried I didn’t have anything to say”, comments lead singer and songwriter Carmen Phelan, yet a late night, rough demo became the feature song in a film that went on to win an Oscar, and it was this that gave her the confidence to keep going.
“It’s been hard in some ways to get the album together, because I knew which musicians I wanted to have on the record and the unique magic each would bring; I was also determined we had to play together live, you just can’t fake that sound”. The record is set to be released this fall and features some of the best musicians going in Nashville, London and Dublin. “It’s been amazing the support I have had from other musicians in making this record happen, I feel so lucky to have them collaborate on my work. The fact that it’s transatlantic means a lot as it represents my life really; I grew up in the states learning fiddle from an Appalachian fiddler, moved to London to study classical music at a conservatoire, left and moved back home to the West Coast of Ireland where I’m probably happiest.”
Following on from recent performances at AmericanaFest (Nashville and London) as well as Folk Alliance, Misty River has been gaining national radio support ahead of the release of debut album, Promises.
The album was recorded at London’s Eastcote Studios and completed in Nashville with six-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Sturgill Simpson) and is the follow-up to their debut single Take This Dance which currently features in the Netflix Documentary A Secret Love alongside Valerie June and Spoon.Listen on Spotify Book tickets