Gerard and the Watchman are four piece London/Cambridge based band that play a mix of modern folk acoustic. Dave Gerard is the enormously talented young singer and producer and they have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival and Peace and Love Festival in Sweden in 2012. They are on tour in the UK in February 2013. Their influences pay homage to American and English folk with hints of James Taylor, Neil Young, Nick Drake, and Sufjan Stevens but very much a unique sound, cleverly and brilliantly blending voices as well as instrument and harmonies. The recently released EP 'I climbed a Tree' with 8 fabulous tracks is without exaggeration easily described as beautiful. ‘Stables’ has pace and tempo with a wonderful use of the banjo in a subtle and inspiring style. It has some wonderful lyrics and Gerard has a voice that gently commands that you stop what you are doing and listen. Pathos abounds throughout the tracks, but there is also a sense of someone observing and experiencing life on a deeply emotional level and ‘Travel Alone’ probably described that journey. ‘Brother’ is an intriguing song covering a sibling murder, raises one’s curiosity to want to know the inspiration behind it. This is a band is pure talent, James Fridd and Dave Gerard are multi instrumentalists, Jessica Moncrieff is a wonderful violinist . We will be hearing a lot more of Gerard and The Watchmen as they wind their way into our hearts and music collections with their wonderful poetic, skilful and melodic talents.