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Hands of the Heron are a dreamfolk trio from Bristol, UK. Their instantly recognisable vocal harmonies are delivered by three frontwomen, each of whom brings a signature writing style to the band’s mercurial sound. They move effortlessly between sparse choral folk and spellbinding chamber pop, richly layered with an assortment of strings, drones and reeds. For the past few years, they’ve honed their considerable musical skills and songwriting talents in a variety of live settings, from hidden corners of festival fields and intimate acoustic sessions to full sets in some of the country’s most prestigious venues.
They’re excited to share brand new music this year, following the release of their long-awaited second album 13 Moons in February 2021 on their own DIY label Cuculi Records. The album has been praised as “a wondrous collection of curious story-songs, choral singing and carefully layered instrumentation” (Joyzine) with “songwriting mastery that perfectly delivers reverberating folk-pop” (Tap The Feed), while esteemed jazz critic Ted Gioia recommended 13 Moons as one of his top recordings for 2021.
Their music has been played on various radio stations, including BBC Introducing & Upload on BBC Bristol, Ujima and 1020 Radio. So far this summer, they’ve played at St George’s Bristol, Green Man, Fanny’s Meadow, Eppyfest, Green Gathering and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
For fans of: The Staves, This Is The Kit, WOOM, Fleet Foxes
Cuculi Records is a DIY label based in Bristol, run by a woman-led collective of musicians and songwriters with the aim of helping grassroots artists navigate the complexities of releasing music independently. We work with bedroom composers, folk singers, ambient explorers and unusual ensembles who might struggle to find a niche on the scene for their weird, quiet, compelling music, based on our own experiences as outsider musicians. Many of the folks we work with are neurodiverse, and we have all felt a huge impact on our work by creating a resilient, compassionate network of like-minded artists.
Our current roster includes Eleven Magpies, Tom Calladine, Anna Anise, House of Figs, Bea Piper and Hands of the Heron - the last being an alt-folk trio who co-founded the label in 2020. We’ve worked with some artists through every stage of production and release, and others we’ve supported by managing press and distribution after they’ve completed production on their albums themselves. Most recently, we’ve been running Cuculi Presents, a series of intimate gigs around Bristol with a focus on listening and experimentation. We’ve hosted nine events since June 2022 and all of them have sold out, with several more to come over the spring and summer.