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It's a family affair for talented siblings

Published on: 07 Feb 2013

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It's a family affair for talented siblings

With a name like Foreign Affairs, two brothers from Keynsham who play as an acoustic duo could expect to go far. Foreign Affairs

Now homegrown talent Adam and Lawrence Purnell have begun to make a name for themselves beyond the local venues they play in. 

Twenty-three year old Adam, and Lawrence, 18, have grown up with music. Adam said: “We have been surrounded by music for as long as I can remember with our parents taking us to concerts as young as eight.”

Younger brother Lawrence takes the role of lead singer. He said: “I was always that annoying kid at the back of the bus that wouldn’t stop singing,” he said.

Adam, who recently graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music with a first-class BMus (Hons) degree in Classical Guitar, is the lead guitarist.

The boys began performing song covers at local open mic nights, soon developing to write their own songs.  Adam said: “We started to experiment with different instruments; piano, ukulele, mandolin and guitar to write our own songs.”

Foreign Affairs have recently finished their seven-track EP, which was recorded in South Wales. Following this release, their track Days has been played on BBC Introducing. The duo have also appeared live on radio stations Glastonbury FM and Radio Bristol.

“In March we will be releasing the track Days as a single along with a music video,” said Adam.

Another track from the EP, The Present, featured in a film soundtrack that came second in the European youth film festival.

Over the past year Foreign Affairs have built up their profile performing in local venues. In coming months Foreign Affairs will be playing more shows in the South West, and some festivals in the summer, including their local Keynsham Music Festival.

Catch them next at The Croft, in Bristol, on Monday, February 11, at 8pm. Visit

Comments (1)

  1. Mike Murphy:
    Mar 31, 2016 at 02:29 PM

    HI Adam and Lawrence

    Mike from CADS re your gig at the Manor gardens Burnham on sea

    Everything ok but lost your email reply please contact me
    with your numbers

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