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Paper Aeroplanes are Folk-Pop duo Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn from West Wales.

I fell in love with their music when I first heard ‘Flee’ (below),a simply gorgeous song in tone,intention and delivery.

They make wonderfully crafted music with heart,body and soul.This is music to sit down to and appreciate,to wrap around you like the warmest croquet blanket in front of a toasty warm open fire.And if you happen to be outside in the crisp winter air then slip Paper Aeroplanes on your iPod and be transported back in front of that toasty fire.

I got to give props to these two,they have been working their socks off playing every corner of the British Isles and you can see their hard work paying off with the coverage they are quite rightly receiving in print & on radio.

Anyone who has supported Ron Sexsmith instantly gains my respect,it just so happens they sound rather spiffingly great too.

They are the living embodiment that hard work & dedication aligned to true talent and having good people around you are the key elements to taking you forward in this game.Oh of course luck is the thing people always cite but luck means nothing if you ain’t any good .

I know from personal experience that every time someone new finds your music,likes a song,a performance or a line from a song then luck is at play-artists like Paper Aeroplanes need to just keep doing what they do best, being honest & true in their craft and the rest will take care of itself.

They have released three EPs ‘Not As Old’ (2010), ‘Lifelight’ (2010), ‘A Comfortable Sleep’ (2011) and mini album ‘We Are Ghosts’ (2011).

And released this week is the ‘Time to be’ E.P with the lead track below.

Fresh on its heels is the new album due in Spring 2012 which I have a sneaky will be a corker.

Have a dig around their Soundcloud page too and hear not just the lovely acoustic songs but some killer remixes too.They are savvy people with talent and great ears,one foot in the dance field is a pitch perfect accompaniment to their original work.

As mentioned,they have been super busy with live dates up and down the country over the past couple of months,do try to catch them live if you can,you will not be disappointed.

Good luck guys,please keep in touch with Fresh On The Net so our readers/listeners can share in news of your journey

Over to Paper Aeroplanes with Prick and Ding ’30’.


1. What are you up to at the moment?
Touring, touring, touring. Eating bad, high fat food.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Doing a living show for my friend parents, performing numbers such as The Bartman and our dance routine to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give you Up.

3. Hero?
Dangermouse (the animal not the producer)

4. Villain?
DeadMau5 (the producer not the animal)

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Daniel Kitson

6. Describe what you do?
Sing a lot, try to put feelings into well arranged words.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Side Show Bob

8. Best musical experience to date?
Playing Koln Philarmonic to 1500 silent people. Beautiful venue and attentive crowd. It felt intense.

9. What artist inspires you?
I really love and am inspired by our Indepedent musician friends, forging a career and making art in a difficult climate. Al Lewis, Jess Morgan, Zervas and Pepper, Jake Morley, Evan Jack…

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
Its an inspiring platform for new and exciting music. So many great artists have had their first national exposure on Tom’s show.

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

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