Auckland’s Fables produce a gentle and heartfelt indie-folk sound. Songstress Jess Bailey was taught by the Mackenzie Hills of the South Kaipara, dredged in the waters of Muriwai beach then hung out to dry in the plum trees at home. This imagery is littered throughout the band’s wistful lyrics. Jess’s velveteen voice intermingled with a collection of strings, harmonies and percussion should find you quite at home.
Fables bring together elements of contemporary folk music with traditional instrumentation and depth of storytelling that endears them to both classic folk listeners and contemporary fans alike.
Their debut EP ‘Portraits’ released in September 2018 exemplifies this group, with special guests and a variety of talented musicians joining together for the record. Fronted by Jess Bailey, Portraits brings together musicians that have been part of the Fables family since its inception, fitting after two years of a rotating line-up. Instruments range from cello, double bass and violin to bodhran, mandolin and clarinet and bring to life the diverse and layered soundscape of Bailey’s imagination.
Bailey is humble about her music, understating her own abilities – something that hasn’t changed her whole life. “Singing was not something that I picked up. It was just a readily available way to pass time. I’ve just always done it. That’s not to say I’ve always been good at it though…”
“I was twelve when I started learning guitar off one of my friends… I am still learning guitar off friends today!”
Fables have performed with the likes of Nadia Reid, Chris Priestley, Dave Khan, and Adam McGrath over the past couple of years, graced the stages of the TSB Festival of Lights and completed two national tours. In 2016 Fables took to the road with Albi and Tom Cunliffe and in 2017 they returned for a short tour alongside Paper Cranes.
In 2018, they signed as the first artist on new folk music label Second Hand Records, alongside Albi & The Wolves. 2018 sees them complete their first major tour of Aotearoa and 2019 will see them grace festival stages and look overseas to Australia.
Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:
Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140