Trials of the Apple Isle set for release with launch show 29th February

We are pleased to announce that our second LP is released next month! It features 11 tracks recorded over the last couple of years at Strawhouse studio Oxfordshire with Richard Neuberg once again producing. The title is a nod to Tasmania, Apple Isle being one of its nicknames, where the bulk of the stories centre in this collection. If ‘Tales from Tallows’ was a reflection of it’s ties to Byron Bay and Bondi Beach in its sonically hazy summer tinged Country reveries then ‘Trials of the Apple Isle’ is a reflection of Tasmania’s colder and wilder landscape.

The show at the Isis Farmhouse on Saturday February 29 th will be a celebration of all the hard work and creativity that the band have put in to this record and another marker for what is yet to come. We look forward to seeing and sharing the end of this journey with as many folk as possible!

Live Shows In May 2019

An intimate acoustic gig showcasing the more stripped back material from our next release and promoting latest single ‘In the Valley’.

Support comes from The Lye Valley Folk, delivering heartfelt transatlantic standards and more.


Let it Storm

Harnessing wild folk-rock energy to our distinctive Country Blues foundations – Let it Storm is a powerful statement of intent ahead of the release of our second album Trials of the Apple Isle.

Oxfordshire Music Scene Magazine Review

Following on from the beguiling introspection of ‘Shadowcast’ last spring, The Great Western Tears return with a broader canvas, a bigger sound and a full set of oilskins. The sound of raging seas and creaking beams finds shipmates Dava Waterhouse and Fern Thornton duetting tremulously but resolutely over Garry Richardson’s guitar and Kurt Hamilton’s ominous dobro: “storm clouds may gather ahead, but the rain, it won’t stop me now”. The song builds through an appropriately shanty-like refrain before Ben Heaney’s violin, Ryan Quartermain’s bass and Alex Ogg’s always fine drums usher in the full majesty of the tempest. Après les Great Western Tears, le deluge! You’ll need to lash yourself to the mast before the full force of this roaring folk-rock epic.

And just to emphasise that GWT are the complete package, the accompanying video is equally awesome. In an ingenious dream/fantasy sequence involving a laptop and a wet rope, somnambulant Dava is led through forest to a strange destiny. You’ll laugh, you’ll shed a tear, you’ll be shocked by the big reveal. It’s (sort of) the Video of the Ancient Mariner. Hear the song, watch the film but ideally do both together.

Review by Hugh Garrety – Oxfordshire Music Scene

Nightshift Music Magazine top Tracks of the Year

For all that its accompanying video climaxed with a man fighting a giant flurry shark in a field, Great Western Tears’ single was their best yet, and a pretty dark adventure to boot. A man awakes confused to find a length of sodden ship’s rope in his room, which he follows into the deep, dark woods. The soundtrack to this is a turbulent storm of country blues where singers Dava Waterhouse and Fern Thornton trade verses, sounding like Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra jamming with Shack, Ben Heaney’s malevolently swirling violin ramping up the intensity. An epic piece of music.

Let the storm clouds gather ahead for the rain it won’t stop us now

This week we release the second single from our forthcoming second album. It’s been a big song for us at our shows over the last year and we’re super pleased that people will be able to hear what we’ve done with it in the studio.

As ever working with Richard Neuberg out at Strawhouse studio has been a pleasure and has yielded a recording that really captures the spirit of the lyrics and power of the bands live performance. It’s our first release to feature the new rhythm section of Alex Ogg & Ryan Quarterman and both have also contributed their other talents with the artwork and accompanying video respectively.

The video is released the same day and has already stirred some strong opinion and talking points, all I’ll say is there are plenty of levels going on that you can choose to delve in to or simply tune out and enjoy the spectacle!

Let it Storm is released digitally on November 9th and the video will be available to view on our Youtube channel.

A special launch gig on November the 10th at The Isis Farmhouse Oxford will follow. Entry is free!