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    1Young Forever [2004]


    Aberfeldy were formed in May 2002 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Riley Briggs (singer/songwriter) met Ian Stoddart (drums), Ken McIntosh (bass) and Sarah McFadyen (fiddle/vocals) in the famous Edinburgh folk music venue The Royal Oak where he served his musical apprenticeship playing three nights a week for the great Scottish public.

    Together they began working with producer and folk musician of 'Easy Club' fame Jim Sutherland to record some of Riley's own material and were joined by Ruth Barrie (keyboard/vocals) after spotting her singing in the Bongo Club cafe. After a great degree of experimentation the group hit upon a back-to basics technique used by artists like Sinatra and Elvis in the 1950's. Their use of only one microphone helped the band to achieve the fresh sound that perfectly sets off the five piece's beautiful boy-girl harmonies and gentle acoustic sensibilities.

    Aberfeldy spent the next year honing their sound, setting up a weekly residency in the Forest Arts Café and playing regularly in Edinburgh and touring the North of Scotland. In the midst of their busy schedules the band were working hard to develop and record their debut album with Jim.

    Demos of the songs began to attract considerable interest and the band received airplay on Radio One. In May 2003 the band were picked from over 500 bands to play the Tennents Lager T-Break showcase week in Edinburgh. By September Aberfeldy had completed work on their debut album and made plans to release it themselves.

    In January 2004 the band were picked to play at Scottish International showcase Celtic Connections at the Glasgow Barrowlands. There the band were spotted by a radio plugger who sent their fledgling album straight to Geoff Travis at Rough Trade Records. A few days later Geoff flew up to meet Aberfeldy and the band were signed to the great independent UK label.

    Aberfeldy released their first single, a limited edition 7 " promo "Vegetarian Restaurant" in June 2004. This was followed by the release of their critically acclaimed album, "Young Forever" in August 2004. Amongst a batch of great press the album was given 9/10 in the NME, alongside a "Single of the Week" accolade for first proper single "Heliopolis by Night" released in September 2004, which reached number 66 in the UK charts.

    The album "Young Forever" was also released on the Rough Trade Records US label in August 2004 and simultaneously released in Europe, Asia and Australasia in September 2004.

    Aberfeldy have played all over Scotland and the UK since their signing to Rough Trade. They were selected to play the recent London Calling showcase at the Amsterdam Paradiso and will be making their way to Groningen to play the Eurosonic Festival in January 2005. The band will be headlining at the Celtic Connections Festival again this year before heading off on a UK tour with singer/songwriter David Kitt.

    Aberfeldy were also selected to play at the 2004 Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival – the World's biggest street party – supporting New York's finest – Blondie and the Scissor Sisters.

    *Taken from aberfeldys.com, the band's offical site*

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