Winners – Best Group – Spiral Earth Awards 2012
Following the release of their self-recorded 2009 CD a.h.a.b., Callum Adamson (Guitar & Vocals) and Dave Burn (Guitar & Vocals) were invited to play a residency at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Nashville Tn. They asked Seebs Llewellyn (Bass & Vocals) and Luke Price (Mandolin & Vocals to join them and create a larger, richer sound. After playing together for two weeks, the band as we now know it, formed.
ahab returned to London and spent two months busking, which is where their sound took shape – Four part harmonies over great songs. The band created a stir and were warned by Police not to perform at markets again as the crowds were becoming a hazard.
In August 2010 ahab played Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival on the strength of a YouTube video of them busking. ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris watched them storm the 15,000 strong crowd from the side of the stage and invited them there and then to record a session for his show. At this point ahab had not released any material for purchase.
In November 2010 ahab released the “No King” e.p. This consequently led to legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Rodrigo y Gabriela) recording their “KMVT” e.p which was released on Navigator Records in October 2011. BBC Radio 2 enthusiastically supported the key track “Wish You” with regular prime time plays.
‘KMVT’ was also rush-released into the Scandinavian territories as a result of the excitement ahab created at Denmark’s Tonder Festival. “Wish You” was play-listed on Denmark’s national radio station, NPR4.
Throughout the summer 2011, ahab were building a name for themselves performing at over 25 festivals both at home and abroad and then in November 2011, ahab joined Navigator stable-mates Bellowhead as guests on their sell-out UK tour playing to 20k people.
ahab spent 2012 on the road in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Because of their extensive touring schedule the current band have yet to release a debut studio album (planned for 2013) and thanks to overwhelming demand from their fan base they released in October the Live album – “Live in London” – featuring 14 tracks (5 previously unreleased) which is now available on general release. The initial pressing sold out during the pre-release tour!
ahab release ‘Wits End’, a compilation of re-mastered songs from the No King and KMVT EPs on 6 May on Navigator Records.
“ahab are so attuned their voices work wonderfully in harmony as well as on their own.” • Zoe Radas, Beat magazine – Australia
“Their modern, catchy, guitar-rich alt-country/pop songs really buzz.” • Martin Chilton – The Telegraph
“ahab is the real deal – top-notch UK Americana featuring tight four-piece harmonies.” Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“I loved ahab’s terrific performance at Cropredy festival. They are blistering live – alt-country edge and sheer class.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
plus guests: THE MOST UGLY CHILD