From London to Lewis for Bear’s Den Scots tour

A band used to the open road, Bear's Den make it to Stornoway this weekend
A band used to the open road, Bear's Den make it to Stornoway this weekend

From London to Lewis is the travel for trio Bear’s Den, with a Stornoway stop over scheduled on their Spring Tour 2014.

The tour is the band’s most ambitious to date as Bear’s Den commence at the very northernmost tip of Scotland in Orkney, before a collection of unique performances in the Highlands and Islands, then travel the entire length of the UK, weaving their way through Britain, all the way to Brighton.

Then it’s a hop across the channel for return visits to Germany and their debut headline performance in Paris!

And the Highlands and Islands tour is something the three Bear’s Den boys are certainly looking forward to as lead singer and songwriter Andrew Davie said: “To finally be able to do this is a huge deal to us.

“Our previous tours have allowed us to tour more and to visit places not everybody gets to. To explore new parts of the world that most people don’t normally tour excites and inspires us as a band.

“For us its important to never take touring for granted as we are very fortunate to be able to do it,” he added.

Alongside Andrew in the London-based trio are Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) – the three played in various incarnations before officially forming as Bear’s Den in 2012.

Their music sits between folk and alternative, taking influence from the likes of The National, Sufjan Stevens and Damien Jurado; and instantly developed a cult following as a result of their writing, harmonies and DIY approach, with custom hand-stamped CDs and records sold at their early shows.

The melancholic melodies, heartfelt lyrics and emotive harmonies from the three multi-instrumentalist quickly increased the fan base, which was further bolstered, both and home and overseas, during the past two years as the trio have toured extensively since their formation – including a US tour with Ben Howard, The Staves and Nathaniel Ratefcliff; European dates with Daughter; and UK appearances with Matt Corby, Of Monsters and Men, and Mumford & Sons.
It was only after finding their identity on the road however that the band focused their attention on studio recordings to release their debut EP ‘Agape’ last summer via the independent taste-making label Communion Records, co-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.

Then in January, follow up EP ‘Without/Within’ was launched, continuing the sonic progression of Bear’s Den.

Speaking of the band, Ben Lovett comments on Bear’s Den website: “Their music connects with people immediately, in a way I very rarely see.

“They play sold out rooms across the country and have built their career in the hardest way, through touring. Honest, sometimes brutal lyrics, whilst remaining hopeful and strong.

“It really is a case of putting the record on and the music does the rest. An undeniably brilliant band.”

A recommendation from Mumford’s Ben should be enough to get island music-lovers ready to experience Bear’s Den live and in Lewis as the band play the Woodlands Centre on Saturday, May 3rd.

And joining Bear’s Den on their Highlands and Islands leg will be Dutch musician Christof - “one of the most naturally gifted artists of his generation,” according to the band – and fellow Communion Records signed group Matthew & the Atlas.

Local support on the evening will be the talented Jane Hepburn.