West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Dan Thompson (electric guitar); Dave Burbidge (drums); Hannah Johns (violin); Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar); Sean Booth (bass); and Steve Mitchell (vocals/guitar).
The Leylines was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry. This unique sound, combined with frontman Steve Mitchell’s lyrics centred around life on the road and the state of society, has launched the band into the heart of the live music community and made them firm favourites of the festival circuit.
The band released their debut album, ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ in June 2016, produced by Sean Lakeman, recorded at The Metway studios in Brighton and mixed by Al Scott. With this team on board, inevitably the record has drawn strong comparison to the likes of The Levellers, Mad Dog Mcrea and Ferocious Dog, whilst remaining an album by a band which have forged their own sound and identity.
With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!
The Leylines aren’t exactly work-shy. In addition to their first ever national tour, the band were booked for Glastonbury Festival, where they performed six sets in as many days. They also had to temporarily leave the festival to perform in Dorset, only to return to Glastonbury and perform again the very same night! In 2017, the band have also played stages at Beautiful Days, Goldcoast Oceanfest, Something To Smile About Festival, The Godney Gathering and The Big Feastival, as well as many other music festivals across the UK.
In November 2016, The Leylines signed with booking agency, Midnight Mango, who also coordinate bookings for artists such as The Boomtown Rats, The Bad Shepherds, Molotov Jukebox, Sheelanigig, Mad Dog Mcrea, Ferocious Dog, Big Country and The Blockheads.
Their album ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ is available to stream on all major streaming sites.