WINNERS 2017 BBC SCOTS TRAD AWARDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNERS 2018 BBC SCOTS TRAD LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
FINALISTS 2018 BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS – BEST BAND
“The versatility of Elephant Sessions is its strength. Passionate about their culture and their origins, these Scots are using their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés…We love them” – Rolling Stone Magazine
“Absolutely superb…” – Chris Hawkins (BBC Radio 6)
Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation.
Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions released their new album “ What Makes You” on 10th May 2019.
Exploding onto the indie folk scene to unparalleled effect with their last album “All We Have Is Now”, the band have since appeared at some of the world’s most notable venues and festivals with audiences crowd surfing their way through the summer and marquee floors breaking under the weight of bouncing fans.
The Mercury nominated Alt-J, along with BBC Radio 6, found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of indie folk. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine sat alongside folk magazine coverage. Radio features accompanied documentaries and highlights shows on television stations.
Charting in the French, download charts and selling bucket loads across Europe, ‘All We Have Is Now’ firmly established this band as completely unique.
2018 saw awards in abundance. Opening the year as winners of Album of the Year at the BBC Scotland Trad Awards, they went on to be finalists as Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 awards. In May, Belhaven Brewery got together with the band to award the first ever Belhaven Bursary for innovation in music. The bursary amount matches the Mercury Music prize and was awarded in recognition of their unique and outstanding sound. It was accompanied by the bands own beer ‘Elephant Sessions Ale’, which was launched in May 2018.They closed the year by picking jup the coveted BBC Scots Trad Award as Live Band of the Year.
Closing 2018 by picking up the coveted Live Band of the Year award (BBC Scots Trad Awards) the band, who met on the Newcastle University Folk Degree, are set to do no less with “What Makes You”. They have transformed traditional music and opened 2019 with performances across Europe. In April they headed over to the US to play at the Belhaven Brew celebrations at Tartan Week in New York, before appearing at Bluesfest in Australia as part of the 30th anniversary line up. Making a debut at Merlefest in the US on the way back to the UK the band are currently half way through their UK album tour.
May 2019 saw the release of third album ‘What Makes You’, once again to great acclaim. A UK tour was followed by a summer of festivals across Europe, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Tonder Festival, Wickham Festival, Belladrum, Towersey, Skye Live and the opening ceremony of the Solheim Cup.
This band have transformed traditional music.