About

You can hear Springsteen” (Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2)

He is a rare find of a talent, rooted in wordsmiths of the past from Dylan to Hemingway” (Patti Dahlstrohm, 1970s songwriter)

 

 

Antony Raine is a singer/songwriter with an unconventional story. From writing music in a former Uruguayan brothel, to performing in illegal theatre houses in Montevideo, the London-based troubadour hit the ground running in late 2013 when his storytelling debut EP, ‘Farewell to Arms’, reached no. 12 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and received airtime on BBC Radio 6.  The talented wordsmith’s much-awaited second EP, ‘Blood & Treasure’, is out this spring.

A latecomer to music, Raine’s writing started to develop during a year studying Politics in France. An urge for adventure led him to become a soldier, but music remained a constant. This inspirational time took him from the dusty plains of Afghanistan, where he once jammed in a tent with sitar-playing local militia, to the backstreets of Montevideo, still reeling from years of turbulent dictatorship.

In 2013 Raine released ‘Farewell to Arms’, an impassioned brand of British Americana, weaving together tales of struggle and redemption, with talk of classic writers, love and politics. It proved a favourite on BBC Introducing Yorkshire and was broadcast on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show.

Raine is currently performing in London and preparing to release ‘Blood & Treasure’ in April 2014. Following his captivating live headline show to a sell-out crowd at St Pancras Old Church, he wins over audiences, gaining new fans wherever he plays and proving he is one to watch.

EP REVIEWS

‘Raine has hit the ground running with a collection of four songs that subtly weave together his experiences in the Army, references to classic war poets, politics and love’ – Angie Audretsch, Bring The Noise [www.bringthenoiseuk.com]

‘Perfectly measured and expertly crafted music… delivered with Raine’s rich and impassioned, well-worn voice… when you have songs as rewarding and realised as we are given here, all you care about is hearing them again.’ – James Wilkinson at The Sound of Confusion [www.thesoundofconfusionblog.blogspot.com]

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