Performing as a five-piece, country-folk outfit The Wandering Hearts celebrated their signing to Decca with an intimate gig in one of London’s most beautiful spaces; a performance by candlelight in a Victorian-restored Norman church which is, somewhat appropriately, the place where Johann Sebastian Bach’s younger brother, Johann Christian, is laid to rest.

The Hearts describe their personal musical influences as including Metallica, Cara Dillon, First Aid Kit and Fleetwood Mac – the latter the sound that is, perhaps, most recognisable when you hear them play, the former, less so!

Opening with their debut single, ‘Wish I Could’; the Hearts shared nine of their songs with a handful of guests invited to be part of the congregation – a more intimate gig you couldn’t have wished for and whilst the band have declared 2017 as the year they’ll be ‘learning their trade’, to hear their set live you’d be forgiven for thinking they were through their learning curve, job done.

The crisp and sweet harmonies were complemented by a tight musical arrangement that was as personable as it was diverse.

With an album due to be released in September the Hearts are touring throughout the summer appearing at the Red Rooster, Suffolk, and [Shepherd’s] Bushstock, London, in June, while in July you can catch them in Oxfordshire at Cornbury, or in Hertfordshire at Standon Calling.

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