With an edge that harks back to old time jazz and blues singers, Ebony Lamb of Eb & Sparrow has led her band of talented men on a musical journey that began in 2010. They've traversed a pathway that has led them onto stages with an astonishing string of folk-heroes: Rodriguez, Beth Orton, Pokey LaFarge, Wagons, The Warratahs, Tami Neilson and Marlon Williams to name a few, and will now appear at the Southern Fork Americana Fest on a double-bill with West Aucklands favourite Americana rockers, The Miltones.
Eb & Sparrow have carved out a niche, creating a soundscape that is at once spacious and lush, nuanced alt-country music that swings out into folk-noir, soul, and rockabilly. Ebony's voice slides along the edges of Cat Power and Gillian Welch, and with a captivating presence, she delivers lyrics that dust off the truth to life's hopes and heartbreaks.
Starting out as a teenage duo, front woman Milly Tabak and lead guitarist Liam Pratt toured the country as The Miltones, gaining friends in far away places and sharing their earlier material such as the memorable 'Gypsy Queen' and the more recent single 'Black Dahlia', which served as the duos debut single in 2014.
Led by front-woman Milly's powerful and soulful vocals, The Miltones have toured with the likes of The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and recently released a self-titled album to rave reviews, receiving 5 stars from the NZ Herald.
Celebrating the festival launch alongside The Miltones and Eb & Sparrow will be goth-tinged alt-country four-piece Dead Little Penny. Fronted by Hayley Smith and Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt), their sound ranges from dreamy melancholic country to upbeat tongue-in-cheek rockabilly skiffle.