Enderby’s Room is fiddle player Dan Mayfield, once from rural Lincolnshire, but he has now found home living in London. His folk tinged songs reflect on his traditional folk upbringing. Mayfield has played violin for many artists including Daniel Johnston, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin’ and the Belles of London City morris dancers.
Over the past ten years he has gently built up a collection of his own songs, which he performs with his band Enderby’s Room. The name comes from an Anthony Burgess character called Mr Enderby who composed his prose inside the toilet. The band’s make up has been constantly evolving; around 30 different individuals have been a part of Enderby’s Room over the last decade, before settling on the current 5 piece lineup.
Enderby’s Room’s sound features a Victorian pedal harmonium, together with French horn, double bass, ukulele, guitar and percussion.
The artwork for the record was created by Johnny Voss whose style involves using a continuous single pen stroke to create his illustrations.
As well as Enderby’s Room, Mayfield set up School of Noise which encourages young people to be creative with sound, using unusual noise making and sound sculpting machines. This project has seen him take workshops to the Green Man and End of the Road festivals as well as the Southbank Centre, Museum of London, Great Ormond Street Hospital and primary schools around the country.
The debut album from Enderby’s Room is released in the spring. The first single Lakeside from the album is out 2nd December on Fika Recordings.
My Old Friend is out on 7″ vinyl/download on the 17th of February 2017.
“Unfolding gently, the quiet grace of Enderby’s Room seems to draw on the folk tradition while taking brave chances of its own.” Clash Music [Heartaches premiere]
“The track is a delicate piece of gently unfurling minimalism, led by a lightly plucked acoustic, and the steady pulse of a double-bass; it’s left to the vocals to carry much of the melodic content. Thankfully in guest vocalist, Deerful’s Emma Winston, they’ve the perfect foil, while Emma’s own music exists in the field of electronic-pop, here she demonstrates herself an equally adept folk-singer. Emma’s silvery vocal effortlessly carrying the quiet melancholy of Dan’s words, as she sings of the natural migration of our avian visitors, “they’re preparing to leave this land and head somewhere warmer, far from our crystal winter“. It’s a song that knows we must all fly the nest at some point, but even in that inevitability, there’s still a sense of trepidation and sadness and what me way lose along the way. The whole track builds to a quiet crescendo, as Dan and a third voice, belonging to Sophie Koonin, join to provide delightfully harmonious, counter melodies, and the rich, weezing tones of a Victorian pedal harmonium add a touch of depth, before the whole thing fades to fluttering bird song. It’s an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting, and the strongest case yet for just how good Enderby’s Room’s album could be.” For The Rabbits [Birds premiere]
“it’s all rather lovely” For Folks Sake [My Old Friend premiere]
“a lamenting duet” Folk Radio [Lakeside premiere]
“has a subtle beauty that will overwhelm you” Austin Town Hall
“an absolute stunner. The harmonies and whimsical melodies will take you to places you never dreamed of; imagine the most beautiful sunset, the most beautiful starry night sky and you will begin to get a picture of where this amazing song will take you. The lyrics are full of reflection and wonder, leaving you feeling warm and content… make Enderby’s Room one of the many bands you fall head over heels in love with during 2017” A Musical Priority
“Lakeside is a fine example; a duet with Deerful’s Emma Winston, it’s two perfectly matched voices chiming together in unison as they sketch a tale of unrequited love, as a steady acoustic guitar line is plucked, before rich, waves of violin drift into earshot. Beautiful and honest.” For The Rabbits [influences mixtape]
“We’ve been eagerly awaiting a record by Enderby’s Room for a while now. It feels as though the EP might finally be on the horizon, but for now this softly spoken single will more than suffice. Whispered loveliness from lead singer Dan Mayfield and Deerful’s Emma Winston.” Folk Room
“Ticks all the boxes, really: released on Fika Recordings; lovely guest vocals from Deerful; bring back the folky part of indie!” Beautiful Freaks
“Beautiful vocals by Emma Winston (Deerful) and perfect harmonies from Dan Mayfield (at least I think it is him). I love the horns.” Eardrums Music