“I loved hazeyjane’s E.P. Kanré and can’t wait to hear the new album. Do check this band out. It’s lovely, beautifully crafted music.” — Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention
"…absolutely love it. Beautiful. From the very first notes, it brought to mind one of my all time favourite albums: Hejira by Joni Mitchell. I couldn’t pay it a better compliment than that." — Ric Sanders, Fairport Convention
hazeyjane is the creation of Kettering-based composer, guitarist and singer Chris Brown, the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry. Acoustic and ambient, hazeyjane present intense music of emotional intimacy and atmosphere. Chris’s melodies are founded on exquisite guitar figures and motifs – think Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and the like – using unusual tunings and chordal combinations as soundscapes for richly poetic lyrics.
Since late 2015, Chris has been accompanied by Kevin T Ward and his signature fretless bass, adding rhythmic expression, texture, and colour to the songs.
Debut album, ONE, was recorded throughout 2015 by Chris and producer Ash Tu-kay, and was released in July 2016.
In 2017, the duo were joined by renowned world percussionist David 'Hopi' Hopkins and his myriad nuanced, percussive textures to augment the hazeyjane sound.
Recorded at David's Brittany studio, a live EP, Kanré, was released in May 2017 to coincide with the trio’s appearance on the main stage at Cromer’s Folk On The Pier series of concerts.
In July 2018, the band played in an expanded five-piece format at The Stables in Milton Keynes, with additional vocalists Corinne Lucy and Stephen Jones, showcasing songs from the in-progress second album.
In Autumn 2018, hazeyjane played a series of prestigious gigs, including Zeffirelli’s Jazz Bar in Ambleside and The Eyemouth Hippodrome in Scotland.
In March 2019, keyboardist Anna Plaminiak joined hazeyjane to enhance the band’s unique sonic texture.
Sophomore album, Anima Rising, is due for release in early 2020.