Since their formation at university in late 2010, five-piece folk band The Coach House Company are rapidly becoming known for their uplifting and wholesome sound through dynamic live performances in London and Cambridge. Inspired by the folk heritage of the British Isles, the band fuses traditional jigs, reels and folksongs with rich harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and compelling upbeat rhythms to create a unique folk expression. Original compositions and arrangements form the core of the band’s repertoire, which is also infused with influences from the classical and jazz domains.
The band is made up of Maya Amin-Smith (vocals/violin/mandolin), Patrick Milne (vocals/guitar), Héloïse Werner (vocals/cello), Marianne Schofield (vocals/double bass) and Colin Danskin (vocals/trumpet). The Coach House Company have recently performed at, amongst others, Ronnie Scott’s, Cecil Sharp House, Green Note, Jamboree, The Forge, London Folk Festival & Wilderness Festival. 2014 saw the launch of the band’s debut EP at Cecil Sharp House, where they returned in 2015 to share a gig with Maz O’Connor.They also recently shared a bill with The Fair Rain at Bush Hall.
Their second EP Maiden Tales is out now on bandcamp.
As well as performing their own compositions and arrangements, The Coach House Company also perform as a ceilidh band complete with their own caller with a wide-ranging set of handpicked jigs and reels.
“refreshing and uplifting (…) one to watch out for” – Folk Radio UK
“There are times when you hear a record and recognise that the musicians involved are revelling in the experience just as much as their audience. Listening to The Coach House Company EP is one of those.” – Bright Young Folk
“The Coach House Company are a band that deliver great folk rock in a contemporary style and they do that with real style and panache. The songs are really solid and the band, whilst tight, have got a fluidity about them that makes you feel that each gig they play has got an individual dynamic.” – FATEA
“Influences come thick and fast from the traditional folk core of jigs, reels, song and beyond into jazz and classical, while the vocal harmonies add a most impressive aspect to this collection.” – Bright Young Folk
“Coach House Company often had the packed theatre in stunned silence (…) you really have to go and see them” – Varsity
Interview with the EFDSS available here.
Special thanks to Julian Abel, Nicole Bulit, Marie-Pierre Bulit, Emma Werner, Wendelin Werner, Hannah Crawford, Richard Church, Neil Amin-Smith, Elizabeth Murchison, Max Werner, Paresha Amin, Nigel Smith, Adrian Li, Hugh Longworth, Philippa Rooke, Owen Ralph, Cathy Schofield, Mike Schofield and Vicky Simons for their generous support during our Maiden Tales Kickstarter Campaign.