The Diamond Family Archive, with Tim Jones Band (and Ben Morgan-Brown)

The Diamond Family Archive, with Tim Jones Band (and Ben Morgan-Brown)

Friday 9 August 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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Last minute news: Ben Morgan-Brown will be opening with a short solo guitar set. Get there for 7.30 sharp  to see this.

The Diamond Family Archive

“Unlike anything else you will hear and filled with moments of intense beauty.” Brighton Source
“…unmistakably British and peculiarly beautiful.”  Folk Radio UK
“They defy genre, they create something totally original” Joyzine
“…a hybrid of traditional folk wrapped in melancholy psychedelic soundscapes that paint picturesque portraits of the English countryside.”  Avenocturn

with support from the Tim Jones Band

The Diamond Family Archive is a blend of English lo-fi & psych-rock. It’s a unique multi-instrumentalist roving ensemble based around the guitar playing and songwriting of Laurence Collyer.

The Diamond Family Archive Albums on BandcampListen here: take your pick from 15 albums here on

The Diamond Family Archive crafts a mesmeric live experience by using such instruments as acoustic guitars & FX pedals, drums, tape delay, loops & bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys, broken cymbals & vocals. This creates an evolving sound that holds a unique journey each time when heard. In the last year they have played shows in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Holed up in a converted shed in rural Devon finds The Diamond Family Archive creating and coaxing songs from all manner of instruments and vintage equipment. Personal and pastoral themes are mixed with sleepy-eyed awe to create sparse and fluttering arrangements. The sounds of the rain, the old mill leat outside the door and the ever present ominous rookery in the nearby slate quarry all make it onto the recordings too.

The Diamond Family Archive has been quietly releasing records, tapes and CDs through a handful of labels (Dinosaur Club {USA}, Tired Trails {USA}, Woodland Recordings {UK/GER}, A Beard of Snails {Denmark}, MAP Recordings {UK}, Stone Tape {UK} Lynch(ed) {UK} and many others.

Tim Jones Band

Tim Jones – guitar and voice
Ben Morgan-brown electric guitar
Peter Collis – drums
Em Marshall – voice

Tim Jones is one of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene. Able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads, his songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention.

The album ‘Blossom and Fruit’ with his band, The Dark Lanterns was the 2017 fRoots Magazine Editor’s choice, ‘album of the year’! – listen and buy here.

“A huge stride forward… an album full of consistently strong orginal songs with a leavening of English folk material”  fRoots

“One of the most captivating acoustic releases of the year so far”  R2 Rock and Reel Magazine