Lancaster based indie-folk-pop band The Low Countries launch a new EP this weekend with a special show in the city to mark the occasion.
Nigel Parrington and Els D’hooge formed The Low Countries in 2008 as a result of Nigel running the Gregson Centre’s open mic session.
Then in 2013 the duo brought together a full band as a one-off to perform for the launch of their album The Invisible Ray.
Along with Nigel on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, and Els on backing vocals, accordion and melodica, there is Rob Daniels on drums, backing vocals and glockenspiel, Darren Leadsom on bass and backing vocals and Marc Nellis on electric guitar.
Nigel said: “We’ve been recording a full band EP called An Extended Play and it will be released though Nub Music on July 1 with a launch gig at The Hall in China Street on July 2 at 8pm.
“We’ve just heard we’re included on the official program for this year’s Lancaster Music Festival too.”
The Hall gig will also feature The Kitchen Collective choir as special guests.
An Extended Play was recorded by Space Lounge Sound in Lancaster, and engineered by Mick Armistead.
Nigel added: “I’ve been writing and performing for more than 20 years in the UK and in Belgium.
“We moved to Lancaster (my hometown) in 2007 and set up The Low Countries around 2008, as a result of me running the Gregson Open Mic, we could play every week.
“We’re doing a mini tour of Belgium with the band in August, a couple of shows in Antwerp and a radio session.
“In September we’re headlining The Spotlight Club in Lancaster - we’re their favourite band - and playing at the George and Dragon.”
The band released the single Sun Street, with the obvious local reference, as a single and YouTube video last year.
The An Extended Play EP is now available via Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play as a pre-order.