Tales, formally known as The Winter Gypsy are well known for their soft folk melodies, haunting vocals and relatable lyrics.

Since receiving the title of ‘Best Folk Artist’ at the SA Music Awards in 2017, there have been significant changes to this popular local act with plenty more to come.

With the recent release of their new track, ‘So Blue’, guitarist and vocalist Tushar Singh says the changes, although sad (like losing keys player Dave Thompson), are a positive step to the future.

“We’ve downsized. We will always miss him [Dave] and his sound, but we have our brass man Sean Helps who will be stepping up to play keys for us. Sean is the talent in the band, that’s for sure,” he says.

“We wanted to change our name for a few reasons. ‘Gypsy’ is an outdated term, we want to stay relevant and respectful. As well as the term ‘gypsy’ indicates a folk image, something we don’t want moving forward”.

‘So Blue’ premiered through Music Feeds this week and Tushar says the theme behind the track is resilience.

“Essentially it’s about living with free minds and not letting little issues strike us down during times of vulnerability,” he says. “‘So Blue’ has the dreamy signature sound of other tunes such as ‘Bojke’.”

With optimistic lyrics layered upon smooth horns, it’s these positive reminders delivered through flawless harmonies that have created such a strong fan base across the board.

With the band’s ability to lift you up and out through their strong story-telling, it’s only fitting that their new name be Tales.

‘So Blue’ will be officially released this Friday and will be available for download.

In the meantime, you can listen to ‘So Blue’ and view the film clip on Tales’ FaceBook page.

Tales will be supporting Timberwolf in September for his ‘Proud Silence’ single tour. You can catch them both at the Crown and Anchor on Friday 28 September. Grab your tickets HERE.

By Katrina Hall