Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk’ (Folk Radio UK), Patch & The Giant are a dynamic 6-piece troupe of musicians and a growing force within the UK alt-folk scene.
Together they craft a sound which is rustic, beguiling and ‘wholly immersing’ (Brum Notes) and a live charisma described as ‘jubilant’ (For Folk’s Sake); its foundation built on a rich and unusual union of instruments including but not limited to violin, cello, accordion, flugelhorn and mandolin.
After forming in late 2011, they sold out their first ever headline show, at London’s Camden Barfly, and have maintained a firm foothold in the UK independent music scene ever since, crossing paths and collaborating regularly with several of the country’s finest emerging acts through running their own acoustic night in north London for over 2 years.
In 2013, Time Out magazine featured the band in music special issue as one of the defining acts of the London scene and they were listed as no. 2 in Independent Music News’ global Top 50 Independent Folk Acts. They made their festival debut in 2012 at Festibelly and Watchet Festivals (playing both in the same day) and spent the latter part of 2013 touring the independent circuit, playing a total of 12 festivals that year including Green Man Festival, LeeFest, Standon Calling and London FolkFest).
Having supported acts including The Twilight Sad, Matthew &The Atlas, To Kill A King and Elephant Revival, in early 2014 they toured the UK with Keston Cobblers’ Club – after which followed a string of successful regional headline dates and an invitation to record a live video session for ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, along with several BBC/regional radio sessions. In 2014 PATG performed at Cambridge Folk, Wilderness, Larmer Tree, Hop Farm, Green Man, Lyme Folk Weekend and The End Festival.
They released their debut record The Boatswain’s Refuge EP in May 2013. Produced by BBC Folk Award nominee Ben Walker and recorded at the historic Crypt Studios in north London, the EP was released via Folkroom Records and radio highlights include BBC Radio 2. They were also asked to record a song for For Folk’s Sake’s annual Christmas compilation in 2013 (alongside acts including Stornoway and Dark Dark Dark) and their version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was championed by both BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio.
In August 2014, For Gabriel was released – a song written to lament the *accidental* loss of fiddle player Gabriel’s violin. Released with a rather tongue-in-cheek video to accompany, all proceeds from the song have gone towards buying him a new violin and its story has been shared far and wide, including on home turf by The Telegraph and as far as Australia.
“You’d be hard pushed to take a disliking to this lot” – (Huffington Post)
“Beautifully mellifluous” – (Genevieve Tudor, BBC Sunday Folk Show)
“Impossible not to sing, stamp and clap along” – (Sofar Sounds)
Listen to Love & War from The Boatswain’s Refuge EP here.