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“You can hear Springsteen” (Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2)
“He is a rare find of a talent, rooted in wordsmiths of the past from Dylan to Hemingway” (Patti Dahlstrohm, 1970s songwriter)
From writing music in a former Uruguayan brothel, to performing in illegal theatre houses in Montevideo, the London-based troubadour Antony Raine has amassed an array of tales that now make up his debut EP, ‘Farewell to Arms’.
A latecomer to music, Raine’s own writing started to develop during a year studying Politics in Grenoble, France. An urge for adventure led him to become a soldier, but music remained a constant. It was a period that inspired him as a writer, taking him from dusty Afghan plains where he once jammed in a tent with sitar-playing local militia, to the backstreets of Montevideo still reeling from its years of turbulent dictatorship.
In 2013, Raine left the Army and released his debut EP, hitting number 12 on entry to the iTunes Singer/songwriter Chart. His brand of British Americana weaves together tales of struggle and redemption with talk of classic writers, love and politics. “Silhouettes” is a story of nostalgia and camaraderie in the fog of an unpopular war, anthemic “Desperate Times” has proved a BBC Introducing in Yorkshire favourite, and "Casaparaiso", has recently had BBC Radio 6 airplay on Tom Robinson's Introducing Mixtape show.
Raine is currently performing in London and preparing to record his second EP in November before going on tour in early 2014. Following his captivating live headline show to a sell-out crowd at St Pancras Old Church, he continues to win over audiences, gaining new fans wherever he plays and proving he is one to watch out for.
‘Raine has hit the ground running with a collection of four songs that subtly weave together his experiences in the Army, references to classic war poets, politics and love’ - Angie Audretsch, Bring The Noise [www.bringthenoiseuk.com]
‘Perfectly measured and expertly crafted music… delivered with Raine's rich and impassioned, well-worn voice... when you have songs as rewarding and realised as we are given here, all you care about is hearing them again.’ - James Wilkinson at The Sound of Confusion [www.thesoundofconfusionblog.blogspot.com]