“As catchy as any Fleetwood Mac track.” The Girls Are Magazine
“A voice that evokes memories of anyone from Bjork to Kate Bush… a melody to die for, a tune that sticks in the head…” Narc Magazine
“Soulful folk of the highest order.” The Crack Magazine
In a basement off Brick Lane, and in a shipping container at the mouth of the River Lea, WIDE SKIES came to be. Strangers brought together by chance, Londoners Hannah Caughlin and Jamie McDonald got to know each other through the songs they co-wrote and the life events that marked their way to the creation of their yet-to-be released debut album ‘The Stars Are Never Gone’.
Painting scenes of loss, love and courage, WIDE SKIES weave the sound of Folk, Soul and Pop with their British Indie roots. Hannah’s voice which leads on the record, often likened to that of Kate Bush or to the endearing softness of Natasha Khan’s, draws the listener in to the world WIDE SKIES have created and in the moments when Jamie and Hannah sing together, as on the lead track Take Care Of Love, they achieve a beautifully warm, comforting and intimate sound.
After forming in 2014, 2015 saw the release of WIDE SKIES’ first two singles, Take Care Of Love and Gold Dust. WIDE SKIES received great support on radio including numerous plays from BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne (who made Take Care Of Love her ‘headphones moment’), live sessions for Robert Elms on his BBC London show, plays on XFM from John Kennedy and Georgie Rogers and plays on Amazing Radio. As a live band they have played sell-out shows in London at venues such as Servant Jazz Quarters, The Seabright Arms and Hoxton Bar and Grill as well as shows in Newcastle and Manchester. They made their festival debut on The Walled Garden Stage at The Green Man Festival in 2015. In 2016 Hannah and Jamie, not yet satisfied with the album, decided to go back into the studio for some additional recording and to mix the record again, a decision that saw them finally capture the sound they had hoped for.
Hannah previously brought her vocal and writing talents to The Accidental, The Memory Band, The Bicycle Thieves and notable pop producers Xenomania. Jamie's earlier incarnation was in the band South who released four albums on labels including Moʼwax and Sanctuary, as well as touring with The Strokes and Ian Brown. He has recently spent time as a tour guitarist with Finley Quaye and Nicolai Fraiture of The Strokes.
WIDE SKIES, led by Hannah Caughlin and Jamie McDonald, are supported by the brilliant musicianship of three other band members: Ascher Nathan on keyboards (touring member of the band South), Alister Wedderburn on bass (formerly of Look, Stranger!) and Dav Shiel on drums (previous member of Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny).