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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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