1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We’ve been playing music together for 10 years or so, it’s our way of having a good time! Most nights end up with us writing a silly song or teaching each other folk tunes, gradually this materialised into a set and Apple of My Eye was born! This kind of communal sharing of music is really what folk is all about and we hope that idea is still present in our music.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Three of our members Chris, Dan and Ellie are the sons and daughter of the husband and wife folk band Thornbridge. They came to the band with a huge repertoire of traditional tunes and an uncanny ability to harmonise. More recently we’ve been listening to the Moulettes, Lau and Lisa Knapp, there’s some very exciting things happening with the music right now.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Apple of My Eye has been around now for just over 4 years but we’ve been playing and writing together for far longer in various bands and line-ups. In many ways the band is about taking the musical iras and tunes that we’ve been playing in each others kitchens out into the world!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Our bouzouki player, Chris, lives on a narrow boat and our waterborne rehearsals often end up as impromptu live performances. If you miss us on the East London waterways you can catch us this December at: –
“Folk of Ebola” – Dec 7th, Jamboree, Limehouse, London, 6.30
…and our “Seven Tides” album launch – Dec 21st. the Harrison, Kings Cross, 7.30
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
We often play at festivals during the summer but our absolute favourite has been Exile festival in the Derbyshire dales. It’s small, inclusive and the whole festival stays up all night around campfires sharing tunes. We headlined there this year and it was atmosphere was electric. It’s hugely flattering when people sing your lyrics back at you.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?