Blackbeard’s Tea Party release latest EP ‘Leviathan!’
Playing together since the summer of 2009, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have become firm favourites on the English folk scene. An independent band with four albums to their name, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have also completed a number of successful UK headline tours.
Their latest EP, Leviathan! is the second EP – and fifth studio release – from York-based folk-rockers Blackbeard’s Tea Party. On this record, the band dramatise a whaling industry which once funnelled significant funds to British ports such as Hull, Whitby and Peterhead but would eventually bring many whale species to the brink of extinction.
Is this the world’s first folk party record about the glories and tragedies of whaling?
Across five tracks the band depict the industry’s promises of profit and glory, the power and might of whales, the adrenaline of the hunt, and the tragic bloody realities of a whaler’s life at sea. Throughout, the band plough their own distinctive furrow of arresting folk rock, a sound that is bigger and badder than ever. Moving away from hand percussion, the interlocking rhythms are now provided by two drum-kits, a choice which adds power to the band’s sound and accentuates Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s rockier edge. But while they contemporise British folk, here Blackbeard’s Tea Party stay grounded in traditional source material, displaying both accomplished musicianship and their flair for compelling Storytelling.
Leviathan!’ is currently available for pre-order and will be released tomorrow (Friday 13th of April). It will be distributed exclusively by Proper Music Distribution Limited.
Tour Dates 2018
Fri 13. Apr York, The Crescent (EP Launch)
Sat 21. Apr Halifax, The Lantern
Fri 18. May Shepley, Spring Festival
Sun 20. May Sheffield, Greystones
Fri 25. May Leicester, The Musician
Sat 26. May Barton Upon Humber, Ropery Hall
Fri 1. Jun Bournemouth, Sound Circus
Sat 2 Jun Arlington, Arts Centre, Newbury
Thur 7. Jun Chester, Alexanders
Fri 8. Jun National Forest Folk Club, Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch
Sat 9. Jun Bristol, Folk House
Sun 5. Aug A New Day Festival, Faversham
Tue 7. Aug Sidmouth Folk Week
Wed 15. Aug Broadstair’s Folk Week
Sun 26. Aug Towersey Folk Festival
Mon 27. Aug Towersey Folk Festival
Sat13. Oct Costa Del Folk Festival, Portugal
Sun 14. Oct Costa Del Folk Festival, Portugal
Fri 19. Oct Musicport Festival, Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN
Blackbeard’s Tea Party combine fiddle, melodeon and voice with the interlocking grooves of two hand percussionists, a distorted electric guitar, and funk-inflected bass patterns. Though their music often takes traditional tunes and songs as the starting point, it’s clear that Blackbeard’s Tea Party is not for folk purists.
Theirs is a gutsy take on folk which aims to renounce the trendy twee of bands like Mumford and Sons in favour of folk’s darker and more primitive origins, all by way of classic rock, funk and dance music. The resulting arrangements are often quirky and boisterous. This playfulness – along with their anarchic and ebullient stage show – has won Blackbeard’s Tea Party a legion of fans.