Two Chronicle Country musicians are rapidly making a name for themselves on the national gig circuit.
Nathan Jackson and Dan Bond are Music & Spies and launched their first EP, In My Hands, at the Red Lion pub in Biggleswade on Friday.
It is now available to download from iTunes.
Dan, 22 of Sandy, and Nathan, 21 from Gamlingay have been performing together as Music & Spies for just two years, and have already toured the country extensively.
The two – who also work as chefs at the staff canteen at ASDA in Biggleswade – toured England while supporting X Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan earlier this year.
Nathan said: “We actually met Lucy a while before she went on the X Factor at another competition.
“We got chatting and we said that if she ever needed a band to support her when she went on tour to give us a ring.
“It wasn’t long after that she went on the X Factor and became famous and then after she had finished on the show she quickly got in touch.”
Dan and Nathan spent two months on the road with Lucy – though they admit that it could be tiring as they had to get up early to be at work the mornings after many of the gigs.
Dan said: “We played at some of the O2 Academies, including in Liverpool and Leicester. We were performing in front of around 500 people at a time and we were often quite nervous beforehand but it was a fantastic experience.”
The duo have also spent time in various studios recording In My Hands, including at Fairfield Studios in Stotfold, while playing gigs throughout Chronicle Country.
They say it is difficult to define their sound exactly but compare it to a kind of skiffle.
Nathan added: “We have various influences but Jason Mraz is a favourite of ours.
“When we started we both played the guitar and Dan sang but now he also plays the bass drum while I sing as well and play the cajón – a box-shaped percussion instrument.”
The two hope to record another EP for possible release next year, while they will also be returning to be guest musicians at the national Open Mic music competition, which they competed in two years ago. They have been nominated in the New Music Generator Awards, which are hosted by community radio station Cambridge 105 and recognise up-and-coming talent.