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Born into a family of musicians in Kent, England, Charley and Hattie are The Webb Sisters…

Dynamic performers with expressive voices and plangent harmonies, The Webb Sisters are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters of originality and intelligence.

Their singing and playing (harp, guitar, mandolin, piano, drums) draw from the folk and pop traditions of Britain and the United States. The Webb Sisters have recorded three albums, building a following on their travels, achieving album, single and record of the week on iTunes and BBC Radio Two. Charley and Hattie have performed twice for Princess Anne and once for Queen Elizabeth.

The Webb Sisters were chosen to join Leonard Cohen’s live band on his first tour in fifteen years. 247 shows were played around the world between 2008 and 2010. Two DVD and audio albums have been released documenting the musical performances of the tour, ‘Live in London’ and ‘Songs from the Road’. On the DVD ‘Live In London’, Charley and Hattie are featured on the song ‘If It Be Your Will’.

Charley and Hattie received an invitation to sing on Sting’s album ‘If On a Winter’s Night…’ and on Natalie Maines’ (of The Dixie Chicks) version of ‘God Only Knows’, which was featured on the series finale of HBO’s ‘Big Love’. Additionally they collaborated on projects with fellow harmony siblings The Avett Brothers on their record ‘The Carpenter’. The Webb Sisters represented the United Kingdom at America’s 400th Anniversary celebrations, contributed songs to several major TV shows (such as “Cane” on CBS), and recorded a pro-peace song ‘Fortune of Soldiers’ for a Judy Collins tribute album ‘Born To The Breed’ alongside Dolly Parton and Chrissie Hynde.

In celebration of the music of Leonard Cohen, the sisters performed with Javier Mas, Glen Hansard and friends in October 2011 at The Prince of Asturias Awards in Spain.

Their album ‘SAVAGES’, released in 2011, was produced by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Peter Asher and ‘Baroque Thoughts’ (featured on ‘Savages’) won the International Music Award for ‘best Adult Contemporary Song’. The Webb Sisters released EP ‘When Will You Come Home?’ in 2013.

The Webb Sisters have toured and performed alongside with Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Jamie Cullum, Rufus Wainwright, Gotye, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, Kubb, Katie Melua, Leya and Joe Echo.

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What is being said about The Webb Sisters…

“The ‘sublime’ Webb Sisters”
– Leonard Cohen

“The sensational Webb Sisters ..absolutely brilliantly beautiful”
– Sir Terry Wogan

“The Florence And The Machine-y title track thunders along heroically, “Baroque Thoughts” is both thoughtful and baroque, while the closing vignette “The Goodnight Song” is the sweetest of lullabies”
– Q Magazine

“The spine tingling harmonies of The Webb Sisters…their CD ‘Savages’ bears repeated listening.”
– Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour

“Female Simon and Garfunkel for the modern age”
– Alan Simpson, BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast

“If I’m reincarnated as a woman, I want to be a Webb Sister.”
– Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

“The very brilliant Webb Sisters”
– Lauren Laverne

“Girls with halos…their harmonies transcend any one style”
– Dan Aquilante, New York Post

“Auditory joy and angelic harmonies of the English Webb Sisters, Charley & Hattie.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“English duo the Webb Sisters, whose exquisite vocal harmonies attained a truly exultant radiance”
– Sue Wilson, The Scotsman

“Unique musical gifts”
– N Kelly, Irish Independent

“The Webb Sisters have a feel for song craft. Their own compositions, the instantly memorable “In Your Father’s Eyes” and the delicate, haunting “Baroque Thoughts”, for example are perfect illustrations.”
– Bernard Perusse, The Montreal Gazette

“Harmonised beautifully”
– Sophie Rennard, The Marshall Town, Melbourne

“TWS… Etherial Voices”
– Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

“The ‘sublime’ Webb sisters who actually did cartwheels on stage — sang one of the most beautiful songs of the night: ‘If It Be Your Will.'”
– Maria Saporta, Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Angelic Harmonies of TWS, Charley & Hattie.”
– Brisbane Times

“The version of ‘If it be your Will’ sung by two of his backing vocalists The Webb Sisters was simply astonishing in a night full of wonderful surprises”
– Manchester Evening News

“Kate & Anna McGarrigle”
– Dominion Post, Wellington

“Leonard stepped completely out of the spotlight to give them the stage…the Webb Sisters doing a dulcet-toned duet with harp and acoustic guitar that was so pure and sweet it hurt my heart. My friend described them as “pixies from a music box” afterwards and he was dead on.”
– Leilani Polk, The Daily Loaf, Tampa Bay

“Like a British Dixie Chicks…perfect Radio 2 lazy day listening”
– Kate Parkin, UK Gigwise Singles Review

“Huge talent and undoubted beauty”
– BBC live review

“..the delicious voices, not to mention the backflips, from the Webb Sisters”
– Noel Mengel, The Courier-Mail Brisbane

“Charley and Hattie, whose angelic take on “If It Be Your Will” was a knockout.”
– John Soeder, Cleveland

“There was a moment with his song, “If It Be Your Will,” that was spellbinding. Cohen recited one or two verses, then the Webb Sisters began to sing, accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar and harp. I don’t know to this moment where they took that work, but 5,000 hushed people moved not a muscle while this extraordinary performance took place.”
– Greg Ross, Sandalford Concert Review

“…pitch perfect harmonious vocals and obvious passion for their music. They leave the crowd spellbound…a rendition of ‘Please’ so beautiful that it could reduce a grown man to tears…Pure class that would have George Harrison dancing in his grave”
– Huw Jones, Gigwise Live Review

“Refined harmonies”
– The Telegram, Fredericton

“Sisters Charley & Hattie Webb, who Leonard repeatedly referred to as ‘sublime’ as he glanced towards them, perhaps a little too lasciviously.”
– Thespec.com, Hamilton, Canada

“The Webb Sisters, the very talented musicians, give Cohen’s songs the perfect accompaniment.”
– James Ellaby, Manchester Music

“The version of ‘If It Be Your Will’ sung by The Webb Sisters was simply astonishing in a night full of wonderful surprises”
– Manchester Evening News

“Still plenty of life in this ladies Man.” “Later, Cohen ceded control of lovely hymn ‘If It Be Your Will’ to the angelic voices of The Webb Sisters.”
– The Sunday Age, Melbourne

“The rich harmonies of Sharon Robinson and sisters Hattie and Charley Webb added another layer of musical quality.”
– The Australian

“Ethereal harmonies”
– Courtney Haden

“The terrific Webb sisters”
– Victoria Rubin

“Rich harmonies”
– Margaret Wappler

“Wonderful/hypnotic, gorgeous vocals – TWS.”
– Vicki Anderson, The Press, Christchurch NZ

“Pristine accompanists – not just backing singers.”
– Eamon Sweeney, Irish Independent

“Cohen constantly reveres his band, especially…The Webb Sisters providing a silk lining to his dry bark”
– Yahoo Xtra Entertainment, Auckland, NZ

“Charley and Hattie Webb were simply divine and the pair were spectacular on the exquisite ‘If It Be Your Will'”
– Jay Hanna, Perth Now

“…stunningly gifted…and hip-shifting”
– Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

“Excellent”
– The Globe and Mail, Vancouver