The Land Witch

by Straw Bear

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It’s a song that has grabbed repeated plays from BBC Radio 2‘s folk mainstay Bob Harris, who counts himself as a “big fan” as a result of The Land Witch‘s gleaming alt-folk pop charm.

He’s not the only one – a long, illustrious list of national DJs have backed the band again and again over the last 12 months, including Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Gary Crowley and nabbing a record of the week slot on BBC Alba’s RAPAL show.

It’s the final single taken from their enthusiastically-reviewed Black Bank LP, and is accompanied by a smart and slightly tongue-in-cheek spooky video.

If 2013 was a year of huge progress and breakthrough for the Cambridgeshire band, then their ambitions for 2014 are even greater – and who could fail to be won over by a band with such talent and glorious melodies?


released June 1, 2014
Released Jan 2014
All music by Gray/Ray/Shipp/Struthers
Words by Ian Ray
Bass by Catie Wicks
Violin Parts by Laura Raggatt
Produced by Straw Bear and Chris Taylor
Recorded at Bluebarn Studio in Cambridgeshire
Cover art by Bob Davis



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Straw Bear Brighton, UK

Straw Bear formed slowly over a number of years, like sedimentary rock or a bad habit.
Ian and Chris began recording in their native Cambridgeshire, before Tom, Pas and Cate were sucked into their swirling musical eddy.
Their second album. Black Bank is named after the Fenland road in which the album was recorded.
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