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New Band of the Day: Foy Vance


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Foy Vance should be a name you are familiar with very soon. His magnificent vocals and exquisite song-writing talent has landed his sounds on Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D. and Vampire Diaries and his Melrose EP makes up the score of Terry George’s Oscar winning short film The Shore.

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The past year he toured with Ed Sheeran and Bonnie Raitt, and both feature on his new album. Having recently been signed to Glassnote Records (Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, Daughter 2014 could be his year.

The rich musical traditions of his Northern Irish upbringing and years on the road with his preacher father in America’s southern states have deeply shaped his folk-tinged sounds.

His debut album Hope (2007) brims over with “hope” and optimism from the heart-warming ‘Doesn’t Take a Whole Day’ to the tear-jerking ‘Gabriel and the Vagabond.’

Foy’s 2013 musical offering of Joy of Nothing only builds on the lyrical openness and rich talent his fans are so in awe of; with ‘Closed Hands, Full of Friends’ leading the pack and the passionate ‘Guiding Light’ following closely behind.

The son of a preacher man writes and sings with emotion that cannot fail to strike a chord, particularly with a live audience. If you ever get the chance to see Foy Vance perform, grasp it with both hands. He is the king of improvisation and no two shows are the same. The audience turned congregation may find themselves singing for a full five minutes acapella after Vance has left the stage to head for a well-deserved drink.

Foy Vance’s music is an experience, and one not to be missed.

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