Track Of The Day: Bear’s Den – ‘Auld Wives’

Track Of The Day: Bear's Den - 'Auld Wives'

Bear’s Den have unveiled ‘Auld Wives’, the first single to be taken from the band’s upcoming second album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, released on 22nd July on Communion.

‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is the follow up to Bear’s Den’s Ivor Novello-nominated 2014 debut, ‘Islands’, and sees a group poised to take huge leaps forward, with full UK and European tour dates also announced including their biggest headliner to date, at Brixton Academy on Tuesday 8th November. Ahead of this, the group will give a lucky handful of fans an early preview of the album with a show at London’s ICA on 7th June (tickets for this show sold out within minutes of its announcement) and will headline the St Stephens Church stage at Bushstock  on 18th June before a major slot at Glastonbury, on The Other Stage, and further festival sets at T In The Park and Latitude later in the summer.

Listen to ‘Auld Wives on YouTube BELOW:

Says Bear’s Den’s Andrew Davie of the new single, “Where my grandparents live in Scotland, and where my mum grew up, there’s this cottage I used to go to write. It’s always been a bit of an escape for me but also reminds me a lot of growing up, which has always been a trigger for me with songwriting. Nearby there’s three rocks called the Auld Wives Lifts. No one knows how they got there, and there are faces carved into the rocks. There’s all sorts of folk tales around them, that have stayed with me growing up. The song is about my grandad who lived near there. He developed Alzheimer’s in his old age. Knowing someone, and them not knowing you any more, is a difficult thing to go through. Auld Wives became this way of talking about it, of venting about that feeling, and make more sense to me.”


1st Nov – Brighton – The Dome
2nd Nov – Birmingham – O2 Institute
3rd Nov – Glasgow – O2 ABC
4th Nov – Manchester – Albert Hall
5th Nov – Norwich UEA
8th Nov – London – Brixton Academy
9th Nov – Bristol – O2 Academy

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