- BBC (live review)
Elegant, eloquent and soulful…the kind of literate folk pop that The Decemberists would snap their pencils for”
“The Lowly Knights are as fresh and bracing as just-squeezed lemon juice”
“…desperados from Belfast making folky rock that will have you singing along with gusto”
- Irish Times
“An upbeat collective that beams sunshine in whether you like it or not”
“Astonishing… as big and beautiful as all outdoors.”
- Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
“I first heard The Lowly Knights singing in a friend’s garden and was immediately drawn to their infectious anthems for ordinary people. … They carry a satchel full of songs and a bittersweet manifesto full of equal measures hope and doubt. The Lowly Knights are coming!”
- Duke Special
Championing a sound which combines grand-voiced exuberance with a ramshackle folk edge, The Lowly Knights have more than earned their place in Belfast’s strong tradition of literate, folk pop. Gorgeous harmonies, soaring orchestral arrangements, and the kind of melodies that keep you humming for weeks have hooked the hearts of gig-goers and critics alike.
An energetic live performance with hearty group vocals and musicians switching between an ever-expanding array of instruments makes a night with the Knights a truly memorable affair.
Their adventure thus far has brought The Lowly Knights to share the stage with Mumford & Sons, The Divine Comedy, Duke Special, Iain Archer, Port O’Brien, Frightened Rabbit, Laura Marling, and on a number of dates as support for Snow Patrol on a UK arena tour where they proved themselves as comfortable and spontaneous on the big stage as they are busking in the sun.
The Knights started with lowly aspirations. A one-off performance back in 2006 led to other hometown gigs, packed out venues, songs on the roof of a shopping mall, and sellout shows in Belfast’s 500+ capacity venues Stiff Kitten and Spring & Airbrake. Live sessions on BBC Radio Ulster and U105, airplay on BBC Radio One among several other stations, and glowing reviews in local and Irish national press have thrust The Lowly Knights into the public eye. Music magazine Alternative Ulster voted “Devotion” one of their top 50 Northern Irish songs of the last 5 years. The Knights’ first two recordings, “The Rifles EP” and “The Hollow EP” have been critically acclaimed and sold like hotcakes. Their third, “The Even Keel EP” was released on 25th October 2010 and is a bold statement of progress, more than capturing the energy they are known for as a live band.