Ferris & Sylvester – Debut Headline Tour
Grow Playlist by Becky Grinham
Travelling west from the urban jungle that is London, we’re delighted to welcome back to Exeter the wonderful Ferris & Sylvester. Embracing a Simon & Garfunkel-esk vibe with their alternative blues and folk melodies, the power duo are currently gliding through the country on their debut headline tour which holds an impressive 9 dates – I think it’s fair to mention that two of those dates are now sold out!
Charming, dexterous and captivating are just a few words that sprang to mind when I first saw Ferris & Sylvester. They performed last May for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend Fringe, ‘South West Rising’, at Exeter Phoenix, where I managed the auditorium stage for the event. I’ll admit that I was transfixed to the pair for the entirety of their set and couldn’t help shuffle around – not exactly managing the stage. But like I regularly say, it’s important to lose yourself in music and never be ashamed to express it on or off stage.
The duo comprises of Ilminster born and raised Archie Sylvester who satisfyingly plays guitar, sings and provides a solid beat with his ingenious DIY kick drum. Stood proudly next to Archie is the wondrous Issy Ferris playing bass guitar and expressing lyrics that tell a story with her stunning soft-raspy vocals.
It’s been quite a year for the pair with festival appearances across the UK, new songs doubled with a picturesque music video and most recently touring with rising indie singer-songwriter, Jade Bird. But it doesn’t stop there… As if the debut headline tour wasn’t enough to be excited about, they’ve also just released their new single “Sickness”, are heading to Austin, Texas for the SXSW conference festival AND have a Maida Vale studio session planned. I’m burning with excitement.
When chatting to Issy and Archie earlier in the month, I got a real buzz sensing how thrilled they were to be heading out into the open to show the world their music. I asked, “Being the independent heroes that have dominated the alternative folk/blues scene nationally in the short time you’ve created together, what would your advice be to grassroots musicians?” They explained,
“Everyone’s experience is different. But, yes, trust your instincts, work hard and be your own boss. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes!”
I couldn’t agree more. Not too long ago I was chatting to several individuals who all said the same thing “Energy over education and talent” or “Determination is the driving force towards success”. I’ve kept that close to me since and it appears Issy and Archie have got the energy, determination and talent so I have every faith they’ll go far.
I wholeheartedly insist that you consider purchasing a ticket for their show at Exeter Cavern on the 9th February before it’s too late!
You can find music and more information at Ferris & Sylvester’s website or on their social media channels.
“Alt. Simon & Garfunkel: dreamy pop with spiky sentiments.” – The Guardian