How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Ross and Ciaran went to school together in Coventry and were in a school band in the late nineties. Ross and Pete met in their mid teens, and Pete temporarily joined an early group called Reverb with Ross and Ciaran. Ross met Sam about 4 years ago and he joined Ross and Pete to make The Fallows an acoustic 3 piece. Neal joined after recording the fallows first EP as a session musician . Ciaran later rejoined Ross and Pete to complete the line up in early 2013 .
Ross Darby’s surname according to the surname history, translates in Anglo Saxon as dar’boer – which means “deer keeper “. The dar’boer were a large English family of peasants whom kept the royal family’s personal deer in what was later called Derbyshire, due to its rich green and empty land. The large family/clan were later forced out to Ireland and the past few hundred years have been of Celtic origin. Darby upon learning this decided the new group would be associated with deer/fallows/stags . Settling on The Fallows .
How would you describe your music?
That’s a hard question. Each song has its own life and mood. We are often described as folk / Celt. Some songs are more heavily Celt influenced. some of folk / pop. But every song has meaning and is performed like its our last. Our music isn’t a difficult listen, we are not trying to break a new style. But we do believe we are a new type of performer, one that give every ounce of energy at every live show! We don’t do things any less at any venue .
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
Well so much has happened and so much has yet to be done. Our new album Liars and kings is out on October 7th on iTunes and to order online. We have played 22 festivals this summer, have had great support from BBC 6 and BBC introducing nationally and also had playlist and support from RTE one in Ireland. A TV sync with Hollyoakes and a new ITV show…So a lot of positives. What can you expect now? Well we want to achieve BBC Radio 2 airplay and have some great album reviews. We’ll be back for next festival season with more shows in places and even more determined to not only work the hardest but have the best live show on our circuit.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Paul Heaton or the Avett Brothers. Paul for his vocal and perfect delivery and the Avetts for the songs and amazing energy from start to finish. there are so many more, but I don’t think you have the space… Dylan/Bowie/Ashcroft/Rice/Regan/Regina Spektor…
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Hmmmm. I think I speak for us all here. On the desert island suppose they have frogs you can lick? Mushrooms your not sure about? Well, Sergeant Peppers would go very well if this was to be how you spent your days. It has a different feel every time you imagine and change the meanings of the words…and with a poisonous frog or 2 it’d have a whole new perspective! Failing that it has to be Salt-N-Pepa, Hot, Cool & Vicious. Now that would make you find away off that bloody island.