About Ralegh Long
English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his debut album "Hoverance" to critical acclaim in 2015. To write the album Long left the London he had made his home and returned to the countryside where he grew up. Sitting at the piano of his childhood, he wrote an album suffused with natural imagery and mysticism. This album of "spooky pastoralism" and its follow-up E.P "We Are in the Fields" (2016) won praise from The Guardian, for their “twilit ambience and demented beauty” and from Sky Arts as "calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake". Tracks received support from major Spotify playlists and BBC6 Music presenters Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe.
His second album, "Upwards of Summer" (Kartel Music Group 2017) won the top HMUK and Pledge Music Emerging Artists Award and was heralded by CLASH as 'the sound of an artist revitalised and brimming with enthusiasm'. However, it was an album born of adversity, and one that very nearly didn't see the light of day. At the end of 2016, worn out and disillusioned, Long found himself wondering whether he would continue making music. Instead, he tackled the burn -out by throwing himself headlong into an intense period of writing and recording which he credits with "healing [his] relationship with music." The resulting album is a revelation. The piano, strings and woodwind of his debut are nowhere to be seen, exchanged for the jangle of chorus guitars and anthemic hooks that make up a thrillingly confident return. The album has won support from none other than Elton John, and from key Spotfy playlists The Indie List and Fresh Folk. Full of Long's customary cinematic sense of wonder, Upwards of Summer is nonetheless imbued with a keen energy that takes his music to a whole new level.
Festival Night Celebration - Music Performances
19:45-20:45 / John Lyon’s Theatre / Wednesday 13 September 2017
A musical performance by Douglas Dare, Ralegh Long, Anna Pancaldi, Alex Kozobolis and Eliza Shaddad.