Papaphone started back in Hertfordshire Music College when Russell Perkins and Thomas Hammond shared a mutual interest in creating emotive uplifting and well written songs. They began playing music together focussing on the love of creating something special rather than playing the latest fads. Not being influenced by a musical style they just did what came naturally.
Papaphone began to write from the heart and brought together a mix of melody sincerity and warmth. Writing and playing around the local area , Papaphone built up a strong loyal fan base with their live performances earning them more nationwide publicity and gig offerings. Highlights include headlining the Camden Barfly in London to a record number of people for an unsigned act at the time and winning Battle of the Bands at The Horn St Albans out of over 90 entrants.
Headlining venues around the UK including the infamous 100 Club Oxford Street , London and The Roadhouse in Manchester along with a live interview on BBC Radio. Papaphone then played The Waterfront in Norwich and earned the praise of being named one of the UKs best new acts by The Observer newspaper.
In 2015 Papaphone released their first real album “Songs I Wrote” to critical acclaim amongst the folk community. Papaphone also gained some famous names as fans including Shane McGowan and The Levellers.
A UK summer tour followed the album release with highlights including headlining Mr Wolfs in Bristol and appearing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. The first song and video released from the upcoming record ‘Isn’t It Wonderful?’ , ‘Lioness’ was played on BBC Introducing and described as ‘A beautiful song’ by Mr Gareth Lloyd.
The brand new E.P “Isn’t it wonderful” will be released on 14 November 2016 with worldwide distribution from Universal Music Operations and featuring the single ” Lioness” which was premiered on the exclusive trending video site http://www.vinema.co.uk