Papaphone started back in Hertfordshire Music College when Russell Perkins and Thomas Hammond shared a mutual interest in creating emotive, uplifting and well written songs. They began playing music together, focussing on the love of creating something special rather than playing the latest fads. Not being influenced by a musical style, they just did what came naturally. They began to write from the heart and brought together a mix of melody, sincerity and warmth.
Writing and playing around the local area, Papaphone built up a strong loyal fan base with their live performances earning them more nationwide publicity and gig offerings. Highlights include headlining the Camden Barfly in London to a record number of people for an unsigned act and winning Battle of the Bands at The Horn, St Albans out of over 90 entrants. Headlining venues around the UK including the infamous 100 Club, Oxford Street, London and The Roadhouse in Manchester along with a live interview on BBC radio.
In 2015, Papaphone released the album ‘Songs I Wrote’ to critical acclaim amongst the folk community and earned the praise of being named ‘one of the UK’s best new acts’ from The Observer. Papaphone also gained some famous names as fans, including Shane McGowan and The Levellers. A UK summer tour followed the album release with highlights including headlining Mr Wolfs in Bristol and appearing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. Papaphone’s hard work was there for all to see leading to them being taken on by Artree Music at the start of 2016.
The bands latest recording titled ‘Isn’t it wonderful?’ has a single ‘Lioness’ being out now. You can catch some of the new material being played around the UK on a number of dates including The Camden Proud.