Progressive acoustic music...Stillhouse are a mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting original songs and instrumental material with roots in bluegrass and contemporary folk. Captivating & thoughtful original compositions and impressively stylish. The band members are Jonny Neaves (guitar, vocals) and Polly Bolton (mandolin, vocals) who have been collaborating since their teens and Matthew Mefford (double bass) who has roots in his hometown of Austin, Texas and spent the years before his move to the UK touring the States with bluegrass/jazz/folk quartet MilkDrive. Together, they have created a captivating and complex sound characterised by melodic original songs alongside soaring mandolin, guitar and bass-led instrumental pieces with roots in bluegrass, old time, folk melodies and beautiful songwriting.
2017 marked the first anniversary of the band, as well as the release of their first 7-track EP, Love is the Weight. The trio has been busy sharing this first offering with their burgeoning audiences across the UK and are looking forwards to releasing their first full length album in 2018. Not only are they capable of writing and arranging top drawer songs, they have the additional instrumental chops to go with it. This trio will soon be causing a stir. Wonderful musicianship and superbly well-arranged material; Stillhouse completely captivate their audience from the first note they play.
"They're all such amazing players. It's a rare thing these days, but they do it with finesse and style and it's never showboaty, just pure class" - Chris Helme (Seahorses)
"Rich with the tone and feel of dark Americana, but the vocal style, lyrical content and wry humour set it apart. The production and performance is polished; a confident release from a talented band of musicians." - FATEA