Spotlight On: Woodsmoke

Today we’re turning the spotlight onto East Yorkshire-based filk-duo Woodsmoke. Woodsmoke recently released a digital reissue of their EP “Back To Nature” through IO Music Group and we penned some questions over to the guys about the record, the decision to reissue it and where you can catch them performing live.

Woodsmoke – “If I’d Only”

Where are you from?
Hessle, just outside of Hull, East Yorkshire – England.

“If I’d Only” was originally recorded in the early 2000’s but this is the first digital release of the album now. What prompted the decision to finally let it out into the world? 
We were always pretty naff at the PR side of things so just never did anything with it, then recently Andy asked if he could release on his label, so we agreed.

What would you say was the key takeaway message from “If I’d Only” that is still important to share today? 
There isn’t really a message from my point of view, I tend to just write using a lot of metaphors.

What’s changed about Woodsmoke since the early 2000’s? 
Less hair and more grey with what’s left. We started out as a trio when we did a lot more of our own stuff then broke up after about a year. 18 months later we reformed just the 2 of us.

When you haven’t been working on music, how have you been spending your time? 
Working a full time job and family.

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever gone having written a song before sharing it?  
This, 18 years.

Can you tell us a little about the making of the original record? Where was it tracked, who produced and mixed it? 
Don’t remember the name of the studio, but it was recorded down Anlaby Road in Hull late 2003/early 2004 .

The record is called “Back To Nature” – how often do you get out into nature and where is your favourite place to hike or explore? 
I like to go walking around the Yorkshire Wolds which isn’t far from where I live.

Yorkshire Wolds.
Image Source: Yorkshire Post.

Can fans expect a new album in the future? 
Would never say no although not written anything in years.

Finally, have you got any gigs coming up where fans can catch you in person? 
Next gig is Tribal 2, Humber St. Hull on July 30th.

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