We are extremely excited to announce that our album Inver will be released on 5 May 2017, preceded by a single on 14 April 2017, through the lovely people at Folkwit Records
We’ve been working on this album for 3 long years so are very happy to finally be bringing it to you. In order to properly celebrate, we’ll be holding a SPECIAL CELEBRATION CONCERT on Saturday 27 May 2017, at Trinity Church, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. You can now get your TICKETS, and even get a limited time bundle deal, a copy of the album and a ticket for the gig at a bargain price!
In the meantime, have a little look at the special rehearsal sneak preview on the video page
See you all soon,
Individually, the members of HAV have been championed by BBC1 Introducing, BBC6, BBC Radio 2, & BBC Radio 4. They’ve recorded and played with John Grant, Nitin Sawhney, Rachael McShane (Bellowhead), Beccy Owen, Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellies, Eva Stone, Mackenzie//Bidgood, Joy Atlas, Sharks Took The Rest, TWO and Alex Ross & The Sons of Encouragement. The three members met nearly 20 years ago and have been gently distilling Hav for many years. The best things aren’t often rushed.
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It’s no surprise to learn that Alex grew up with Speyside and north east coastal folk music running in his veins, with early memories of listening to Robbie Shepherd, John Mearns and Scotland the What? on the transistor radio in his grandparents post office in Cullen, and devouring old Aly Bain records. Alex learned the fiddle and piano in early years, going on to join the Perth Youth Orchestra in the late 1980s, studying with the renowned violin soloist, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies collaborator and total boyhood crush Julia Robinson Dean in the 1990s, going on to study Music and Electro-acoustic composition at Durham University. Alex has provided session recordings on the fiddle and piano for an eclectic mix of performers and, as an improvising musician, is a member of legendary Newcastle based improv group The Suggestibles and has also regularly appeared as guest of the world renowned (and Guinness Book of Records acknowledged) Comedy Store Players. Alex’s project Wolf House extends his repertoire of electronic and modern classical composition.
It probably comes as a surprise to know that until about five years ago (due to an unfortunate all night trad fiddle jam in an adjoining hotel room) Ian was an ardent hater of all things folk. Fortunately the universe prevailed and he now finds himself back in the ‘folk fold’ so to speak. A number of UK and Irish tours with Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies (Hot Drop Records) and various folk recording sessions have resulted in a new found love of all things folk (bar late night trad fiddle jams!).
Ian considers himself a musical ‘jack of all trades’ and can be found most nights of the week providing bass for theatre shows, jazz groups, pop bands, funk outfits and the occasional orchestra. It is this range of influences which he brings to any project that he works with, HAV being no exception.
Jonathan divides his time between the worlds of music and theatre, being one half of raucous folk duo Mackenzie//Bidgood and an Actor, Director and Writer, most often seen on the road with York based theatre company Riding Lights. He combines these two paths by also composing music and creating sound design for theatre shows and film projects. You can find more about his work outside HAV at jonathanbidgood.com and mackenziebidgood.com
When not making music or theatre, he devotes his time to making wooden objects and beer