Overleaf is the much-anticipated debut album from the Grace Smith Trio, marking a period of change and a brand-new chapter for the band.
Acclaimed fiddle and viola player Grace Smith is joined by Sam Partridge (Concertina, Electric Guitar) and Bevan Morris (Double Bass), for this mesmerising new take on instrumental folk, taking inspiration from the traditional canon as well as introducing new repertoire to the mix.
The trio are all well-known faces on the folk scene, with Grace spending the last ten years playing with the likes of the Monster Ceilidh Band, Katie Doherty and the Navigators and Cri du Canard, whilst Sam and Bevan are both members of Pons Aelius (amongst others!) and all three are experienced music educators.
As the trio head into their thirties and begin a new decade, the album marks a significant milestone, both musically and personally. The album’s beginnings can be traced back to 2018, when Grace first began to focus on her solo material with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). As a continuation of the project, the trio then formed in 2019, before picking up pace after the pandemic lockdowns. Now, with support from Help Musicians UK, the trio are finally set to release their first album, marking a new beginning in their musical lives together.
Speaking about the release, Grace says:
“I am so excited to be releasing Overleaf this year. It feels like a real milestone in my music career and musical output so far – the band and I have been working hard on this music for a while now, so I’m really glad we’re able to share it at last. Sam and Bevan are the most wonderful and inspiring musicians to collaborate with, and I’ve been so lucky to work with amazingly creative people during the album process, including recording with Tom Moore at Slow Worm Records, mastering by Sam Proctor at Lismore Mastering, and the photography and artwork with Elly Lucas. This album feels like a new chapter for me as a musician and I really can’t wait for people to hear it.”
From instrumental dance tunes drawn from tradition, to brand-new compositions that augment the trio’s extensive combined repertoire, Overleaf is instrumental folk at its finest, with spellbinding interweaving melodies that will stay with you long after you finish listening.
The album is the latest addition to the growing canon of music inspired by traditional English instrumental repertoire. Influences stretch from folk innovators including Chris Wood, Sam Sweeney, English Acoustic Collective, Emma Reid and Leveret, to the hypnotic riffy loops of post-rock, minimalist and indie bands such as Balmorhea and Phoenix.
Overleaf will be self-released on 29 September, with the first single, Quadrille out now…here’s a sneak peak..
Live dates as follows:
Sunday, September 24 @ 12:00PM Allen Valleys Folk Festival
Friday, October 6 @ 7:30PM Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Sunday, October 8 @ 2:00PM Glossop
Thursday, October 19 @ 8:00PM Online Live To Your Living Room
Tuesday, October 24 @ 7:30PM Manchester
Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30PM Sheffield
The album can be pre-ordered here: https://gracesmithtrio.bandcamp.com/album/overleaf
For further details please visit gracesmithtrio.com
📷Featured Image Elly Lucas