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Gerard & The Watchman + Thugs on Wolves

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Gerard & The Watchman


House of Cards are delighted to welcome back to The Castle Hotels stage, Gerard & the Watchmen + very special guests Thugs on Wolves.

Gerard & the Watchmen

Rising stars of the UK’s Alternative Folk Scene. The band have toured extensively throughout the UK with 2012 highlights including; Cambridge Folk Festival, Peace and Love Festival (In Sweden), Secret Garden Party, Communion records, Moselely Folk Festival, Elgar room at the Royal Albert Hall and a Folk Radio UK Live Session.

The Wireless “Usurping the standard folk formula and carving a niche of their own, Dave Gerard and the Watchmen have a habit of grabbing whatever instrument comes to hand – be it guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, harp… – retuning it and going from there. With rich harmonies meeting melody full on, Gerard and the Watchmen could be the next alt folk heros.”

Folk Radio UK “Gerard and the Watchmen rank amongst our favourite bands that we play on Folk Radio UK. Their vocals and harmonies are of the finest out there and the enhanced layering of guitar, upright bass, percussion and violin form the perfect match. They don’t get much better than this!”

SoundonSound “Simple, unpretentious, and lilting.folk in a non ‑ traditional vein, but oozing influences from traditional and renegade folk stalwarts alike, such as Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, at times crossing into very trad country with banjo and pedal steel.”

Soundcloud “Tunes made us feel warm and cozy even in the chilly Berlin December.”

Communion “amaze us with their rich harmonies and lots and lots of instruments.”


Thugs On Wolves

Four-piece Manchester band ‘Thugs on Wolves’ is the innovation of Craig Adams (singer, songwriter, guitar), Oliver Bishop (songwriter, bass, synth, percussion), Marcus Headley (ukulele, bass, percussion, keys), and Ashley McGuire (singer, songwriter, guitar). Together they create heartfelt and sincere music, combining sparse use of instrumentation, tribal beats, electronic surges, and folksy harmonies. Beautifully constructed songs are unfurled via equally beautiful vocals, spinning stories which are at times dark and haunting, and at others light and soul-warming.

‘Fantastic harmonies and lead vocals; sparing instrumentation in the vein of Fleet Foxes or Sufjan Stevens’ – DAUPHIN

‘Hotly tipped, neo-folk’ – SHANGRI-LA


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