Broken Boat’s debut EP features songs of longing and pain

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Modern folk duo and BerkoFest band Broken Boat have released their debut EP with Berkhamsted- based record company Which Wolf Wins.

Peace and Quiet is a collection of seven songs that weave honest, heartfelt lyrics with delicate acoustic guitar parts in a musical style reminiscent of artists like Bob Dylan and Connor Oberst.

Recorded in July under the capable supervision of producer Ian Caple – who has previously worked with Ryan Adams and Yann Tiersen in the famous Yellowfish studios – well-known musicians Andrew McCrorie-Shand and Martyn Baker can also be found guesting on the album.

Broken Boat’s music shocks the listener with its emotional intensity.Both music and lyrics are deeply rooted in a heart-breaking search for belonging.

Band members Brendan Kearney, a classically trained, guitar, banjo and mandolin player, and Daniel Bahrami, singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar, cut their teeth as live performers while studying architecture and illustration.

Many of their songs evoke the pain associated with leaving home and seeking one’s place in the wider world.

A couple of the songs are more optimistic with haunting melodies and more complex music structure.

A cri de coeur for young people everywhere, the title track Peace and Quiet expresses a young man’s yearning for love and purpose.

To check out their music, order their new EP, and check for forthcoming gigs, visit the website at

> Berkhamsted’s home of original live music The Greene Note is back on Thursday with another fabulous line-up.

Headlining the night is Dan Raza, left, who will bring his spellbinding storytelling to the intimate setting of the Greene Room at The Kings Arms.

Already with a considerable reputation on the UK singer-songwriter and folk roots scene Dan’s distinctive approach has won him many fans.

Supporting him on Thursday is The Mans Machine – a local band that formed in July 2011, played at BerkoFest, and is influenced by The Libertines, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jamie T, Joy Division, Foo Fighters, Muse and The XX.

Another BerkoFest vet, 16-year-old Hemel Hempstead-based singer songwriter Charlie Goodall, also plays on the night.

Charlie’s woodsy blend of acoustic nu-folk won him a deal with a local record label on the back of his very first gig.

The Greene Note presents Dan Raza and support at The Greene Room, The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted from 8.15pm.

Tickets are £7 in advance, £8 on the night, with concessions at just £5, and are available from the Kings Arms or by buying online at