4 November: Windjammer
Windjammer are a trio who cast timeless stories in a context of their own making. They blend self-penned songs and instrumentals with original, genre-bending arrangements of music drawn from the traditions of British folk. Turning unflinchingly from soft, delicate emphasis to shoulder-rolling grind, and from light harmonies to prog-infused instrumentalism, they have a habit of keeping audiences surprised and engaged with ever-changing soundscapes. Their debut album, ‘Awaken’ (produced by Sean Lakeman), showcases and expands this palette in a studio context.
The band, comprised of Jake Sonny Rowlinson, Jeremy Bunting and Fran Rowney, formed around the folk and acoustic music scene in Plymouth, where they maintain a strong local presence. Jake and Fran met in 2014 at folk sessions in Plymouth’s famous Dolphin Inn, where they became firm friends and developed a short-lived duo. During this time, Jeremy was performing as a solo act and the three met whilst performing at the same venues around Plymouth. The three rapidly became friends and collaborators, forming Windjammer in 2015.
With an ever-growing fan base and a distinctive, uncompromisingly original approach to their craft, the trio are generating real momentum. Windjammer are increasingly performing further afield, with festival credits including Cambridge Folk Festival, Latitude and Hartlepool Folk Festival, whilst continuing to play an active role in the grassroots folk scene of Plymouth, East Cornwall and South Devon.