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New album available now

Locks & Bolts – new album out now

Solarference’s second album Locks & Bolts is now available on CD and download through Bandcamp and most other digital stores.

The album was recorded live at the Cube Cinema in Bristol and captures the creative energy, spontaneity and intricacy of Solarference’s live show.

For this album, Nick Janaway & Sarah Owen have gathered and recomposed ten traditional songs, exploring stories of freedom and constraint, imprisonment and liberation.


“Visceral and living… They find something new in the heart of these songs. A joy to listen to.”
SpiralEarth ✩✩✩✩

“Artists of promise and consequence… Fragile sounds, hard beats, gorgeous vocals.”
fRoots Magazine

“As enchanting as it is groundbreaking – truly English folk music for the 21st century.”
Bright Young Folk

“Adventurous… daringly experimental… an intricate tapestry of jittery, edgy atmospherics”
Folk Radio UK

“Radical recompositions… drawing deep from the digital well of endless possibilities”
Songlines Magazine ✩✩✩

“They invent an entirely original facet of folk… tradition re-worked and reanimated, given new life.”

“Wildly unconventional, atmospheric and inventive… Two fine voices”
Morning Star

“Phenomenal follow-up to a phenomenal debut.”
Fatea Records

 Solarference upcoming shows


Solarference is Nick Janaway & Sarah Owen. We perform traditional folk songs with laptops and found object sounds

About us – Nick Janaway & Sarah Owen

Solarference is award-winning folktronica duo Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen. A genre-defying mix of live electronics and traditional folk song, Solarference perform with an intense live energy, powerful resonant songs coming to life in epic and intimate sonic worlds.


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Locks & Bolts (2016)

£12 - CD album

4 PANEL CD Digipak CDDP-009_aw2

Buy on Bandcamp

Jekyll and Hyde (2014)

£5 - Download


Buy on Bandcamp

Lips of Clay (2012)

£10 - CD album


Buy on Bandcamp

Stranger at the Gate (2011)

$5 - CD EP


Buy on Bandcamp

Thanks all who came down to @exeter_phoenix last night for BBC R3 Exposure event! You were a great audience xx @DriftChamber #Aquietnightin

About 3 weeks ago

Excited to be playing as part of a great line-up tonight, with #AQuietNightIn + @DriftChamber on @BBCRadio3 #Exposure gig @exeter_phoenix

About 3 weeks ago

Thanks to the crew and lovely crowd at #Bradninch Music Festival today! We had a great time playing for you all, thanks for having us x

About 3 months ago

our new friend the tape machine #retro pic.twitter.com/9FwFE2TpUz

About 3 months ago

@AndrewRilstone @cafekinobristol good to see you there Andrew! we'll bring more kitchen utensils next time :) or maybe take utensil requests

About 6 months ago