Paper Sparrows Concert

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm November 16, 2024

Paper Sparrows with support from Einstein's Wardrobe. BYOB

"There’s a real emotional depth going on here plus an undeniably rich songwriting craft that can be heard throughout the sterling performances, all of which bodes well for the future of this Edinburgh-based acoustic three-piece." SHINDIG! MAGAZINE

Edinburgh’s David Hershaw, Ross Fairbairn and Colin Morris first got together in 2015, as Hershaw explains: “Ross started a great folk club in Edinburgh called Folksville, and I was lucky enough to play at one of the first ones, as was Colin. It was at the Waverley Bar in Edinburgh, a nice sort of room above a pub. And after the first time we played, Ross and me got chatting and I convinced him to come to my house so we could try to write some songs together.

And as Ross always likes to remind me, that first songwriting session was terrible! Nothing was working and we were just about to call it a day when I nipped out and when I came back he’d written a great guitar part and we turned that into a song called ‘Sunday Shoes’, which ended up being on the ‘Silver EP’ that we released in 2021. We got Colin to play double bass and we were complete.”

The trio was named slightly later, he recalls. “We had a list of names and I thought it’d be a good idea to have something that sounded quite organic so the initial suggestion was Paper Starling but Ross didn’t like Starling though he liked the idea. So we changed it to Sparrow and then we had an argument for about a week about whether it should be The Paper Sparrows or just Paper Sparrows singular! I think Colin said split the difference and go with Paper Sparrows. I think the collective noun for sparrows is a quarrel, so we thought that was kind of appropriate!”


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