The North-East’s finest folk-rock band, Hector Gannet, fresh from supporting Sam Fender’s triumph homecoming at St James Park, and from their own latest album ‘The Land Belongs To Us,’ follow up with new three-track EP ‘Emmanuel Head’.
Hector Gannet took their name from an ill-fated trawler which sank in the North Sea under heroic circumstances in 1967. Hector Gannet’s musical incarnation began to draw attention when they wrote and performed music to accompany vintage footage of the North East heritage of shipbuilding and fishing as part of a project for the BFI in 2017. The band have toured widely, including a UK tour with Sam Fender and dates in England and Scotland with indie legends Sea Power, two North American adventures and, more recently, supporting Sam Fender (again) at St James’ Park football stadium.
The new offering arrives with two live renditions of the singles ‘Last Of The Buffalo’ and ‘Waiting For The Whistle’.
‘Emmanuel Head’ (taken from the current album), is a song inspired by escaping to a place of personal significance, in this case, for Hector Gannet, a white pyramid day marker on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the north east coast of England, but as Aaron Duff (aka Hector Gannet) explains,
“The song is as much about our connection with each other as it is about any personal fondness for a particular place. It’s about getting away from it all, to where we are without distraction and where, for a while, the land belongs to us.”
Duff has been inspired by landscape and nature for much of the first two albums, and there is a gorgeous, gentle, lilting within Emmanuel Head which somewhat evokes The Proclaimers ‘Sunshine on Leith’.
‘Emmanuel Head’ EP was released on the 19th July 2023.
Sun, July 30 – Lindisfarne + Hector Gannet, Newcastle-upon-tyne
Fri, August 18 – Generator Live Fringe – Curated by The Futureheads ,Sunderland
Aug. 25 – 27, 2023 – Krankenhaus 2023, Ravenglass
Thu, November 23 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay