Named after a dead fighter pilot, Albert Ball’s Flying Aces are no ordinary band. Patricia Hammond, their illustrious affiliate and occasional front woman, is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Together they perform and bequest songs from the Great War, playing Victorian parties in and around East London to celebrate music that, until now, has been forgotten to the generation from which it sprung.
Far from starch and restrained, the songs they perform offer a haunting peak at a British music industry few remember. Like a ghostly soundtrack filtering through the dark, the style is partly down to Hammond’s obsession with her parents 78 RPM collection.
When Hammond’s not playing with Albert Ball’s Flying Aces, she can be found in the trustworthy hands of her own project, the Parlour Exhibition Band. Their EP A Nice Cup of Tea will be available from October 23rd via The Canadian Nightingale, a self-started blog dedicated to the scene surrounding Hammond and her dead opera idols.
For a full list of the songs Patricia sings, head over here.