Anglo-Irish singer-songwriting duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively first met on the Isle of Wight in 1995 when they were young teachers at Carisbrooke High School. They reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, featuring the voices of 2000 people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers.
The Portraits have played six Glastonbury Festivals, and whose 2017 tribute song for Jo Cox MP was championed by Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2. Their storytelling song style, a worldly mix of Anglo-Irish harmonies and upbeat catchy tunes, provides the backdrop to a recurring theme of unity and peace in these turbulent times.
Their 2018 was largely taken up with a crazy and fabulous Song of Unity project, where people sent the band video selfies saying or singing one word into their phones, 'Harmonise', with every single one used on their new single of the same name, inspired by Jo Cox's mantra of "we have more in common than that which divides us".
Their forthcoming 2019 album will feature 'Harmonise' and a dozen more songs inspired in one way or another by the same theme of the triumph of harmony over discord. In that way, it will truly be a song cycle for the times we are living through.
Beautiful South, Ben Folds, Brian Wilson, Damon Albarn, Blur, Cat Stevens, Moody Blues, Carpenters, Death Cab For Cutie, Genesis, Belle And Sebastian, Beatles, ABC, Jellyfish, The New Pornographers, Paul McCartney, Divine Comedy, Kings Of Convenience, Morrissey, Mamas and Papas, Magic Numbers, Manhattan Transfer, Everything But The Girl, Enya, Clannad, Dido, A-ha, America, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell