Formed in the summer of 2022 in the forest; Sylvan Weekends brings together Matthew (folk), Freya (instrumental-electro) & Daniel (rock). Unified vocals from co-writers Matthew & Freya lend a nostalgic feel - one octave up resonates at twice the frequency & both voices together cut through with emotional resonance. The addition of synths & clever percussion drive the songs & make you move.
Assigning a genre is tricky - but getting a tune stuck in your head won’t be.
Matthew fronts successful folk band Keston Cobblers Club with whom he has built an illustrious live career, including an arena support tour with Paul Heaton & Jaqui Abbot of Beautiful South, Bellowhead, selling out Union Chapel as KCC & playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival & Wilderness. His songwriting has earned raucous praise from BBC Legends such as Bob Harris, Dermot O’Leary (“Every song is an absolute killer...They’re terrific”) & Steve Lamacq (“One of the best new discoveries I’ve made”).
Freya has earned a reputation for instrumental music under Freya Lily (“absolutely astounding, a melodic masterclass”) & folk music alike (“like Laura Marling meets Jade Bird”). She’s had regular podcast features on BBC Sounds, & through work as a session vocalist with LCV has performed with legends including Basement Jaxx, The Staves, Imogen Heap, Jools Holland, & more, in a host of epic venues such as The Southbank Centre, EartH Hackney & Barbican.
Daniel has completed 3 studio albums, and 7 European tours as part of folk band Stables (with Matthew), and played festivals across Europe including Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, during which he’s the king of multi-tasking - falsetto harmonies, ukulele and drums all at the same time.
'Uplifting' - Steve Lamacq - BBC Radio 2 & 6 legend
'Gorgeous, would wholeheartedly recommend' - Abbie McCarthy - BBC Radio 1 & Kent
'I just thought this was lovely' - Ricky Ross - BBC Radio Scotland
'Thrilling, chaotic and simply intoxicating' - Wolf in a Suit
'Outliers' - Dave Gilyeat - BBC Radio Oxford
'Beautiful' - Daniel Pascoe - BBC Radio Cornwall
'Sure to resonate with an audience in a live setting' - Folk Radio UK