Erland and the Carnival

British folk-rock band

Erland and the Carnival


Erland & The Carnival are a British progressive folk rock band, formed in London, by multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve), Orcadian folk guitarist and singer Gawain Erland Cooper and drummer/engineer David Nock. In 2010 they released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, and a year later released Nightingale to further widespread acclaim. Their third album "Closing Time" is due for release in the fall of 2014.

Erland & The Carnival are well known for their contemporary arrangements of traditional Scottish and English folk songs, resulting in a "wild pastiche of digital trickery and oral tradition that channels the spirit of '70s progressive rock while staying true to pop-song brevity."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Nightingale

    Nightingale 2011

    Reviewed by Paul Clarke
    Soothsayer lyricism atop sinister guitars and eldritch electronics.
  2. Review of Erland and the Carnival

    Erland and the Carnival 2010

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    A freakbeat, folk-savvy take on sample culture.
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