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Friday 1/3/2024 - Red Velvet are re-releasing "Stranger Welcome" from their 2018 album "Heartland Soul" and "After the War" from their 2019 EP "Darkness & The Angels". 

Friday 1/9/2023 - The band’s first release for three years is the single “Your Lovelight”, now available for the first time on Bandcamp, followed the following month by “Gone to France”.


Saturday 28/1/2023 - Red Velvet’s first gig in London, at The Orange Tree, Winchmore Hill N21


Saturday 22/10/2022 - Red Velvet’s first gig was 12th August 2011, as a duo at the Plough & Fleece in Horningsea, organised by Tony Phillips. This gig at The Golden Hind was the band’s 200th, with Tony supporting them. They played a selection of their songs from over their decade-long history.  


Sunday 8/5/2022 - Two performances at the Folk on the Pier festival in Cromer: first in the pier bar, then in The Albion pub as part of the “Off the Pier” fringe event.


Friday 3/9/2021 - The first of a series of concerts at The Golden Hind with Red Velvet presenting and supporting other acts from the local scene, called “Red Velvet presents...”, this time with their old friends Just Edward.


Tuesday 6/7/2021 - Red Velvet’s first gig after the two Covid lockdowns is as one of the acts at the Green Shoots Festival at The Plough in Shepreth.

Monday 29/6/2020 - Comment from Patrick Moss, Magpie's Folk Cafe' on Frome FM (Sunday 7pm)

"The last thing... Is now on next week's show. I've had a chance to listen properly and the EP is astonishingly good, after listening to a lot of "okay" music and tbh getting a bit jaded it made me sit up and take notice!"

Tuesday 23/6/2020 -

On 1st July we are releasing our new EP If Hawks Were Doves, which is a follow-up and companion project to last year’s Darkness & the Angels. Like the previous EP, this one explores the positive and negative forces, both inside and outside us, that bear upon our lives. 

The band have released a video of the song to coincide with the EP release.

See the YouTube video here:

Tuesday 14/4/2020 -

Red Velvet has a new EP that is raring to go, but we’re holding back its release for the moment, for obvious reasons. Instead, we’re re-releasing the single “After the War”, which first came out early last year, as we hope it will lift the spirits in this period of uncertainty and fear caused by COVID-19. 

The song is all about optimism, looking ahead positively to the future, attempting to capture that feeling as WWII drew to an end and people began thinking about rebuilding their lives. Many commentators have compared the current period to the war and the Blitz, and we believe the optimism the song channels is badly needed now!

“After the war, we’ll have a home, we’ll have a job, we’ll have a dream

Our nightmares won’t be half as scary as they’ve been,

After the war”

Sunday 17/3/2019 - Comments from The Golden Hind live recording session

"Thanks for a great evening. Very fine original songs, Les, and a good choice of covers.  Lovely singing from Deirdre as always and some fine new arrangements. Some very sympathetic playing. I thought the drumming was very good with some clever unobtrusive moments where others might have just bashed away! Lovely piano too  - particularly I remember some fine interplay between mandolin and piano on Which Side Are You On."

Andrew Bradford

"Highly enjoyable evening last night at the Golden Hind, venue of Cambridge Folk Club but on this occasion host to a superb performance from Red Velvet for a special live album. Having seen Red Velvet as Les and Deirdre some time back in Ely, this time their excellent songs were given more power and depth by the addition of three accomplished band members..."

Michael Judkins 


Saturday 16/3/19 - Red Velvet are recording a live album at the Golden Hind, revisiting their back catalogue with new arrangements by the 5-piece line-up. Entry is free of charge. CDs will be for sale and donations towards the project will be gratefully accepted
Support: the excellent Kelly & Woolley. Doors open 7.30pm, music starts 8pm.


Friday 1/3/19 - Comments from Trevor Krueger - Big Ear Radio / Re: Ride of Darkness
"... May I compliment the musicianship on the track, I love the hopeful dance rhythm which makes it more dreamlike, a state we certainly live in while coming to terms with Cancer
...... This is an important song everyone should hear, because Cancer is completely unbiased when picking it's victims, it can touch any of us..."

Saturday 23/2/19- Launch of new EP “Darkness & the Angels” at The White Horse, Bedford.


Sunday 17/2/19- Preview of the new EP at The Elm Tree, Cambridge.


Monday 5/2/19- First play of a track from the new EP (“That’ll never happen in real life”) on Richard Penguin’s show on Future Radio, Norwich


Monday 31/12/18- Seeing in the New Year at The Black Horse, Dry Drayton.


Sunday 23/9/18- Red Velvet perform and run a stage as part of Royston Music Fest at The Jolly Postie.


Monday 16/7/18- “You put a spell on me” Record of the Week on Switch Dunmow radio, Great Dunmow

To date tracks from “Heartland Soul” have received plays on over 40 different folk radio shows

There have already been over 1,000 downloads of tracks from the album.


Sunday 15/7/18- Red Velvet perform their album live in Marquee 3 at Ely Folk Festival


Thursday 12/7/18- An excellent review of “Heartland Soul” appears in the August edition of Country Music magazine:

“Based in Cambridge, but with music rooted firmly in Irish and American traditions, Red Velvet comprise Les Ray and Deirdre Murphy, as main songwriter and singer respectively, performing alongside a raggle

taggle band of brother musicians, on this, their second album.”

“Their love for music from their roots is clear”. (HMJ)

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