Introducing Bird To Beast. Armed with infectious songs full of love and wonder, Bird To Beast are a psych-folk duo spinning magic from the sounds of yesteryear to create something fresh and unique.
Their timeless melodies and soaring harmonies tip a hat to the pop nous of greats like The Beach Boys, Kate Bush and The Beatles as well as contemporary singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright and James Mercer.
After signing with new Manchester indie MUK Records in November 2012 the duo released their debut single, the beautiful accordion-led, 'To Lips From Lungs' on Sept 8th. The eponymous debut album is available digitally right now, with the physical formats coming out on 10th November.
The band's second single, a double A-side release of 'Elephant' and the beautifully melancholic 'Winter Snow' will follow on 13th January.
Bird to Beast is the brainchild of recently married couple, Sam and Hannah Hird. After a chance meeting at their hometown's annual blues festival they fell in love through music, before deciding to start writing together and after separate solo projects eventually formed Bird To Beast.
Ex-sheep farmer Sam started playing violin aged four and has studied and played music for most of his life. Never one to follow trends he missed out on Britpop in the 90's, deciding instead to immerse himself in composition and violin studies at Chetham's School of Music, and a music degree at The University of Manchester.
Hannah also came early to music, playing piano at aged seven, later singing in a number of choirs and again going on to study music at University. For the past year she has toured with Ellie Goulding, singing backing vocals and performing at numerous festivals and TV shows including, Later with Jools Holland, The Jonathan Ross Show.
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