After having made music together for over a decade, the core family trio of The Toy Hearts, sisters Hannah (vocals & mandolin), and Sophia (guitar & vocals) together with their father Stewart (Banjo, Dobro, Steel) decamped from their native Birmingham UK, to spend the whole of summer 2013 in the USA, working in and around the bars and honky tonks of the live music capital of the world Austin, Texas.
With four studio albums already under their belts already the band spent their time in the lone star state developing the western swing elements of their live show and keeping their musical chops up by sitting in with some of Austin’s finest talents, Toni Price, The Jitterbug Vipers, Whit Smith & Dave Biller.
In January 2014 the band kicked the year off in style with the release of the Flyin’ Too High Ep, which was recorded towards the end of their Austin trip, and features Jake Erwin (Hot Club of Cowtown) on Double Bass. The Ep is a representation of the work the band did in Austin, the material being taken directly from their live show, where the aim was always to keep those dancers dancing and drinkers tipping!
During the summer of this year The Toy Hearts are taking some time out of their usually heavy touring schedule to work on writing new material and putting together a fifth album. However the band will be making performances at a few select venues, please see the gigs page for more details.
Previous shows have included opening for artists such as Robert Plant, Imelda May, Chris Thile, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Quebe Sisters, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Gene Watson, & Peter Rowan.
The Toy Hearts can also count The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and veteran BBC broadcaster Bob Harris in their fans.