HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The Far North formed in 2019 as a solo project for Lee Wylding, Lee was previously the vocalist and songwriter in the UK Americana band The Fireflys.
Lee’s ethos is “To go back to a traditional way of crafting songs, where every lyric is wrought out, every drum beat and guitar line is played from the heart. In turn making the songs meaningful and of value. We wanted to make an album which can be played in full at once, rather than just cherry picking the best songs and releasing 10 singles. This approach isn’t something at the forefront of popular music in 2023”
To realise this vision The Far North hired revered UK producer Nigel Stonier, who is famed for his work with such luminaries as Lindisfarne, Joan Baez, Robert Plant and Martha Wainwright. Recorded at Manchester’s Airtight Studios, their debut album “Songs For Gentle Souls” was released through Red Lantern Records on November 20th 2020 and reached #1 on the Apple Music and Amazon charts.
Steeped in influences from the 1960’s and 70’s, The Far North are actively contributing to the burgeoning UK Americana scene and have already enjoyed airplay from radio stations in the UK and globally, including BBC 6 Music (Chris Hawkins), Regional BBC and Independent Local Radio. Their debut gig was at Old Trafford Stadium in March 2020.
The Far North were the featured spotlight artist in Maverick Magazine June 2022 issue, and have recently been touring with The Sunbirds (fronted by ex Beautiful South co-founder Dave Hemmingway). The Far North also played at the UK Country music festival in 2022, and was rebooked as one of the headliners for 2023 as Lee came off stage!
We will also be announcing The Far North as the support for a major US artist tour later this year, along with a number of other major UK festivals. The Far North returned to the studio in January and will continue through February this year, with the next release due in April 2023 on Red Lantern Records.