Cocos Lovers -Song For Jack by Smugglers Records published on 2013/11/12 19:10:59 +0000 'Kent Coast Folk with an African Twist' The Independent NEW ALBUM GOLD OR DUST http://www.smugglersrecords.com/2013/07/17/cocos-lovers-gold-or-dust Biography Formed in early 2008, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Koss), are a 6-8 piece band from Deal on the Kent coast. A close-knit band made of family members and friends who all contribute to the writing and arrangements of the bands songs. The band comprises of Will Greenham (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Natasha Greenham (vocals/violin), Nicola Vella (vocals/flute/percussion), David Hatton (lead guitar), Billy Glinn (vocals/bass guitar), Phil Self (vocals/mandolin/guitar/banjo), Stewart Hughes (drums/percussion) and James Gow (trumpet/percussion). Since forming they have become a favourite on the UK festival scene and gained a reputation for fantastic multi-instrumental performances combined with choir like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies. The music is heartfelt and pure combing traditional folk, African and Eastern rhythms and strains of the Deep South. They released their debut album ‘Johannes’ in spring 2010 too much critical acclaim. ‘Johannes’ was described by critics as ‘an album full of joyous curveballs that keeps you guessing, as banjos, violins, percussion, skin drums all work together beautifully against the group harmonies’. Their second album ‘Elephant Lands’ was recorded in January and February of this year at Muskie studios (converted caravans on a working farm in the heart of the Kent countryside) with Paul Clifford (Be-Good Tanya’s/Groanbox) and mixed by psychedelic space goats producer Matt Tweed. The album has been picking up great reviews over the summer. Cocos Lovers have toured both the UK and Europe. They have appeared at a number of festivals this year, which included three slots at Glastonbury 2011. Last years roster included, amongst others Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Sidmouth Folk Week, Lounge on the Farm and Secret Garden Party. 2011 sees them make a welcome return too many of these festivals, as well as appearances at Kendall Calling, Sunrise, Cloud Cuckoo Land and more.