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'indie-folk at its best...' Folk Radio UK

‘this is indie-folk music from the heart and I say give it a go' Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net

The Low Countries are Nigel and Els, an indie-folk duo (though lately enjoying performing as a proper 'band' with several fuzzy faced and extremely sexy guests) signed to cult indie label Nub Country Records and Van Steene Music Publishing.
Formed in 2007 they've released 8 or so albums and other sundry songs, often to immense (is that the right word?) critical acclaim - BBC6 Music airplay, BBC Radio sessions, great reviews (see below).
Nigel is probably the greatest songwriter you've never heard - an ex-Polydor A & R bod recently said: 'I don't want to blow smoke up your arse but you're a great songwriter Nigel'.
Nigel lovingly crafts indie-folk type gems, often sprinkled with shiny pop nuggets and finished with a melodic glaze. Tasty.

In September they release a career collating 'Greatest Bits' - read the bumph:

'Visit The Low Countries in 2014 and take in 22 historical gems dating from 2007 - 2013.
A wino-strength beer then back on the bus.
A prize every time.
Out September 2014 on Nub Country Records'

Nigel’s songs have been played on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Lancashire, Unpeeled.net, Folk Radio UK, Dandelion Radio, Studio Brussels, Radio Centraal and many others.

Some reviews:

A lovely piano-led ballad. Gentle, effective and by far the best Anglo-Flemish duo of the week – also included in my personal Top 5. I don’t normally go for piano-led slow burners like this but it felt real, it felt heartfelt and it felt good. I really like the way the song builds: they put me in mind of Ron Sexsmith who is rather brilliant. This is indie folk music from the heart and I say “give it a go.” ’ BBC Radio 6 Fresh On The Net 2012 (‘at the end of the day’)

'The Invisible Ray' will most likely become a lost treasure. We just hope that in a few years it's uncovered and given the respect it deserves' The Sound Of Confusion

'I'm...struggling to see how they've not found greater recognition for past works and could 'The Invisible Ray' be a seminal album?' Ralph's Life

’...funny, sad, well crafted and wise, more of a hymn to low wits and high values.’ unpeeled.net (‘carry on christmas’)

‘captivating to a fault’ Folk and Roots

‘indie-folk at its best, I love it’ Folk Radio UK

’english psyche pop folk masterpiece - syd barrett meets nick drake with glorious beatles harmonies and northern wit - album of the year’ MBop Magazine

’..The Low Countries: splendid melancholia which sounds like a North Country version of Golden Smog or Josh Rouse. Nigel Parrington is definitely onto something’ Howard Byrom, The Lancaster Guardian 4 05 07

’Really tasty stuff - a little beauty!!’ Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)

‘Beautiful South meets Richard Thompson…really fine mellow tunes’ Fresh Air FM

’shades of Ryan Adams…Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris…elsewhere Tell Her could be lifted from the Beatles’ back catalogue…’ www.folking.com

’warm acoustic-based americana-infused blend of classic songwriting. Melodies, harmonies, middle-eights and banjo combine to soothe your weary heads’ Opposite of Robot Promotions

the low countries   Lancaster

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  • A Prize Every Time - The Greatest Bits 8 tracks, 27.55 the low countries on November 01, 2013 15:21

    1. 1. At The End Of The Day - The Greatest Bits 3.16 33 plays
    2. 2. Brian Cox's Locks - The Greatest Bits 1.48 22 plays
    3. 3. Putty - The Greatest Bits 2.33 20 plays
    4. 4. Don't Let It Be You - The Greatest Bits 3.16 18 plays
    5. 5. Paracetamol - The Greatest Bits 3.31 26 plays
    6. 6. Ache - The Greatest Bits 3.24 4 plays
    7. 7. A Journey - The Greatest Bits 4.02 6 plays
    8. 8. Wormwood Blues - The Greatest Bits 6.01 6 plays
  • the ones that got away 15 tracks, 49.25 the low countries on February 28, 2014 13:12

    1. 1. THE LOW COUNTRIES - The One Who Got Away 1.57 323 plays
    2. 2. THE LOW COUNTRIES - Learning In The Ways Of Love 3.22 125 plays
    3. 3. wino (demo) 4.06 41 plays
    4. 4. drown 2.59 161 plays
    5. 5. The Low Countries - Forever In A Day 4.33 258 plays
    6. 6. nature nurture (alternate mix) 2.46 82 plays
    7. 7. sea of stars 3.57 163 plays
    8. 8. THE LOW COUNTRIES - Summer Doesn't Know Me 2.54 134 plays
    9. 9. the high one 3.25 321 plays
    10. 10. down 3.01 77 plays
    11. 11. lay my life down 3.23 163 plays
    12. 12. hole in my heart (alternate version) 3.46 56 plays
    13. 13. Orbison (with Ruby In The Dust) 3.26 48 plays
    14. 14. luv ur luv 2013 2.09 1691 plays
    15. 15. goodbye (not) 3.34 69 plays
  • too new 2 tracks, 5.57 the low countries on July 10, 2014 14:53

    1. 1. THE LOW COUNTRIES - We're All On The Verge Of Something 2.29 47 plays
    2. 2. THE LOW COUNTRIES - The River Knows The Score 3.27 208 plays

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