Bird in the Belly is a Brighton-based folk group consisting of folk duo Hickory Signals, (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Ben Webb (Jinnwoo, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor. Together they collect little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own “hypnotically original compositions” (fRoots).
Their debut album was met with critical acclaim with Folk Radio UK describing their sound as “akin to being huddled around a campfire listening to gothic folklore” – “raw and visceral songs with a 60’s folk revival feel around them. A sound that straddles contemporary folk but with a charming and distinctive echo of more ancient times.”
Alongside recording, the group has been working on a feature length documentary interviewing the likes of June Tabor, Frankie Armstrong, Stick in the Wheel, Fellside Record, Rootbeat Records, Ian Anderson (fRoots Editor), Lisa Knapp, Gerry Diver, Naomi Bedford and The Rails about the contemporary folk scene.
“Strong folk a-cappella singing – distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising – haunting fiddle playing – timeless acoustic guitar picking – and classic rocking rhythms” Colin Bailey, R2 Magazine