Paper Sparrows are a 3-piece alt-folk/contemporary folk/Americana outfit.
The band are songwriter and guitarists David Hershaw and Ross Fairbairn and double-bassist Colin Morris. They developed their distinctive twin acoustic guitar style, their arrangements drawing upon the work acts like Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and the modern American artists such as Dave Rawlings and the Milk Carton Kids.
The band were initially a product of Ross’s folk club “Folksville” at the legendary Waverley Bar in Edinburgh’s city centre. After inviting David to play the club, the pair shared several pints of Guinness and agreed to meet for a song-writing session. Following several hours of procrastination and musical dead ends, a last gasp moment of inspiration rescued the band in its infant state with the surprisingly effortless composition of their first song “Sunday Shoes”. The decision to invite Colin to join shortly after seemed obvious, given his natural talent and intuitive musicianship.
The group are the hosts and house band for Folksville, which has become a hub for musical talent in the city.