Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash.
The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar) and Paul Butler (vocals/piano/synth), both songwriters of exceptional talent. The duo are joined by New Zealander Alex Borwick (trombone/synth/percussion/banjo/vocals) and Marc Aubele (bass/mandolin/vocals) for their live shows, enabling The Young Folk to fully flex their musical muscle.
Alex has been based in Dublin for 6 years where he works as a producer/recording engineer at the world- renowned Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, as well as playing in a variety of touring bands.
The Young Folk are signed to UK’s Pixie Pace Records, through which they released their debut album, The Little Battle, in 2014, which went straight to #2 in the Dutch charts and Top 10 in the Irish album charts. Their second album, First Sign Of Morning, was released in 2016. They are currently working on their third album, for release in 2019. The band have toured extensively all over the USA, Europe, and Australia, and are continually winning over new audiences.
The Young Folk New Zealand Tour 2019 (Supported by Culture Ireland):
Jan 29th – Te Pahu Sound Lounge
Jan 30th – The Barrel Room, Tauranga
Feb 1st – Eggsentric, Whitianga
Feb 2nd – The Paisley Stage, Napier
Feb 3rd – Meow, Wellington
Feb 6th – Fairfield House, Nelson
Feb 7th – Barrytown Hall
Feb 8th – The Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika
Feb 9th – Dunedin Folk Club
Feb 10st – The Gate, Cromwell
Feb 11th – New Orleans Hotel, Arrowtown
Feb 12th – Fitpatrick's Irish Pub, Wanaka
Feb 13th – Donovans, Okarito
Feb 14th, Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Feb 16th – The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Feb 17th – Titirangi RSA, Titirangi
The Young Folk's commitment to writing lyrics relating to real issues concerning family, childhood memories and times of great personal value resonate with audiences immediately. The Young Folk are known for their immaculate harmonies and have been compared to acts such as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bon Iver, and Fleet Foxes, and sing tales of times that impacted on their lives with a commitment that is hard to match and easy to fall in love with.
Since their initial discovery by Pixie Pace Records on the award-winning folk compendium released by ARC Music, The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk, The Young Folk are filling venues both at home in Ireland and abroad. While The Young Folk have performed widely at Ireland’s music festivals, venues and showcases, they are fully committed to expanding their fanbase overseas. They are rapidly becoming national favourites in The Netherlands with sold out tours including the infamous Paradiso in Amsterdam.
They have also performed extensively in the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, USA and finished their first headline tour of Australia in 2017. Along the way, The Young Folk have bagged support slots for Midlake, Lisa Hannigan, The Waterboys, Imelda May, Gavin James and Villagers. They have featured at Manchester’s Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen.
The Young Folk are also festival favourites - the last two years have seen them perform at Belgium’s Dranouter Festival, Australia's Port Fairy Folk Festival & Blue Mountains Music Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Germany’s Black Sheep Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, and Ireland’s Electric Picnic. The Young Folk have numerous occasions for live TV appearances on Ireland’s RTE’s Saturday Night Live, TV 3’s Ireland AM and Nick and Simon’s The Dream [The Netherlands].
Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins ranks as their most notable fan to date after the band performed at a private function at his residence.