I'm looking forward to seeing The Sea & I live tomorrow at The Islington, where they'll be joined by Harry Mundy & The Mules and Privacy. They've currently got a residency at the venue, with another gig upcoming on the 25th of June, which is sure to feature more brilliant guests. The band is a constantly changing ensemble of talented artists headed up by Paul Frith and Irwin Sparkes (vocalist and guitarist of The Hoosiers), to whom collaboration is high on the agenda, with a couple of their gigs featuring collaborations with London Contemporary Voices, for example. They're honestly one of the best bands I've seen perform live, playing what you might describe as alternative folk, but bringing, through employment of choirs, brass and string sections, a big sound to this genre. At these shows they'll be performing tracks from their self-titled debut EP as well as their latest offering, The Great I Am, alongside new tracks (which I've heard live already and are sounding superb!) Below is a live video of the band performing the track Mutineer, taken from their debut EP, which you can listen to on Soundcloud here.
Tickets for the shows are available here.