'Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk' (Folk Radio UK)...Patch & The Giant are a dynamic troupe of musicians and an ever growing force within the UK alt-folk scene. Together they craft a sound which is rustic, beguiling and 'wholly immersing' (Brum Notes) with a live charisma described as ‘jubilant’ (For Folk’s Sake); its foundation built on a rich and unusual union of instruments including cello, flugelhorn, violin, accordion and more.
They made their festival debut in 2012 at Watchet Festival and Festibelly (playing both on the same day) and have spent the latter part of 2013-15 touring the independent circuit, including Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, LeeFest, Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Wilderness, Hop Farm, The End Festival, Standon Calling, London FolkFest and many more. They’ve supported artists including The Twilight Sad, Matthew &The Atlas, To Kill A King and Elephant Revival and in 2014 toured the UK with Keston Cobblers’ Club in addition to their own successful headline tour dates around the country.
In 2013 they released The Boatswain’s Refuge EP on Folkroom Records. Produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker and recorded at the historic Crypt Studios in north London. Later the same year, their own unique arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was featured on leading blog For Folk’s Sake’s annual Christmas compilation, alongside others including Stornoway and Dark Dark Dark. National radio airplay includes BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio.
In August 2014, For Gabriel was released online – a song written to lament the accidental loss of fiddle player Gabriel’s violin. Online plays soon surpassed 20,000 and all proceeds from the song have gone towards buying the real Gabriel a new violin; its story has been shared far and wide, including on home turf by The Telegraph and by bloggers around the world. They're currently working on their debut album, with producer Nick Trepka (whose recent credits include Emmy The Great and Mercury Prize winning artist Speech Debelle).