“These boys are destined for folk-greatness. They closed their slot for International Record Store Day/Weekend in Oxford, UK with this song…everyone was bopping along!”
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The Epstein started life back in 2006 when singer/songwriter Olly Wills started playing open mic nights with guitarist Jon Berry under the name The Epstein in the back rooms of pubs in Oxford and London. The band gradually developed into a fully-fledged country rock band and recorded their debut album The Last of The Charanguistas (2008) which went on to win the accolade of Editors Choice in Rolling Stone magazine and led the band to a prime slot on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Since then the line-up of the band has evolved to include producer and keyboard player Sebastian Reynolds and they have grown from being a traditional, roots Americana band to incorporate ambient electronica, Morricone-style orchestral backings and sweeping, windswept, widescreen blues. The Epstein strike a perfect balance between pop songwriting and rich, innovative arrangements. The current line up of the band has been completed by the addition of highly respected Oxford based rhythm section Humphrey Astley (bass) and Tommy Longfellow (drums).
Regular touring around Britain and Europe in the last few years has honed this sound as well as the bands live shows and has made them festival favourites at home and abroad.
In the Spring of 2013, The Epstein released their eagerly awaited second album – Murmurations with PIAS in Benelux and Zawinul Records in the UK.
‘I Held You Once’ is a mesmerising mix of warm American West Coast-style folk rock, with a spectral cinematic sound…. One of this years bands to watch. MUSIC WEEK UK
Festival appearances have included Glastonbury, Wychwood, Cornbury, Truck, 2000 Trees, Lounge on the Farm.
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