Rufus Coates & Jess Smith
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IE Dublin/Berlin – Dark / Vocal / Folk / Acoustic / Antifolk
Rufus Coates & Jess Smith

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The Famous Gold Watch Records
Ab67616d0000b273c2cbaa3e11f2b974f5e6933e Not for the Gallery Album 2020
Ab67616d0000b273fe16f6c7c3851a265ed39d1b Chewin' on This Rope Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b273e8fddaea91ac16bc4358e81c Cut Us All Open Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b2738d458fb628ee24201fad584e Christ's Cross Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b2736116830f13796fac0b1b99bb Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees Album 2016
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees Album 2016
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Berlin-based duo Rufus Coates and Jess Smith create dark, atmospheric acoustic folk.

Drawing on the storytelling traditions of their Irish heritage, Coates and Smith write hymns to the shadow side: haunting murder ballads that rise, fall, simmer and brood – the sound of folk if it descended into the underworld and returned with the blackened truth.

2019’s single Christ Cross, featuring guest vocals of Wallis Bird, and the acclaimed Cut Us All Open, arrest uncompromising attention: on record and in the flesh.

Live, Coates testifies like an old world baritone preacher as barefoot Smith’s harmonies crescendo with spine-curdling passion – electrifying vocals that traverse the primal into ravishing, exorcist-style affliction.

Since 2016, the duo have magnetised a cult following along the European touring circuit, becoming loyal mainstays of their home scene in Berlin as members of the city’s coveted underground label, Famous Gold Watch Records.

Simultaneously masterful and affecting, there’s beauty in the depths here – all the more rousing up close and personal.

New album
‘Not for the Gallery’
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