Tunng are an English folk music band. They are often associated with the folktronica genre, due to the electronic influences evident in some of their work. Tunng are often noted for their use of unconventional instruments, including seashells and percussive electronic samples.[1][2][3]

Tunng in 2018
Tunng in 2018
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresFolktronica, experimental, avant-garde
Years active2003–present
LabelsFull Time Hobby
Static Caravan Recordings
Thrill Jockey
Associated actsThe Accidental
Cheek Mountain Thief
MembersMike Lindsay
Sam Genders
Ashley Bates
Phil Winter
Becky Jacobs
Martin Smith
Past membersSimon Glenister


Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay, two of the founding members of Tunng, began their musical careers together after meeting at one of Genders' early London solo gigs.[1]

Besides releasing five albums and numerous singles since 2004, Tunng have covered Bloc Party's song "The Pioneers". Both the original and cover were featured in the third season of The O.C. ("The Man of the Year", Episode 24). They also covered Tim Buckley's "No Man Can Find The War" for the 2006 tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley.

They supported Doves on dates at the end of their 2005 tour. Member Becky Jacobs is the younger sister of electronic musician Max Tundra.

In 2007, the band were included on The Imagined Village album, with a re-told version of "Death and the Maiden". In 2008, Tunng remixed the song "Hoko Onchi" on Dive Index's Collisions – The Mid/Air Remixes. Their song "Bullets" was played during the end credits of the Weeds season four episode, "Till We Meet Again", in September 2008.

"Jenny Again" from Comments of the Inner Chorus was used as the soundtrack for the TV ad from the NSPCC to launch the NSPCC Child's Voice Appeal.[4]

In March 2009, Tunng played together with a trio from the Tuareg desert blues band Tinariwen on a UK tour, and they also played together at Glastonbury in June 2009 and 2010. In May 2010, Tunng were headliners at the Wood Festival in Oxfordshire, England. Tunng's appearance at Truck Festival in July 2011 was their only UK performance of the summer.[5]

In August 2011, Tunng remixed Gnomes by Sea of Bees.[6] On 5 December 2011, the band released This Is Tunng ... Live From The BBC, an album of Tunng tracks played in various BBC sessions with Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Rob Da Bank, Marc Riley and Giles Peterson, amongst others.

Tunng released their fifth full length album Turbines, on 18 June 2013.[7] Tunng came back on 27 March 2018 with the single Flatland, closely followed on 15 May 2018 by the new single ABOP, announcing the release of the band's first album in five years.[8] On 24 August 2018 the band released their sixth album Songs You Make At Night, which reunites founding members Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay and the rest of the Tunng original line-up for the first time since 2007’s Good Arrows.




  • "Tale from Black", June 2004
  • "The Maypole Song", August 2004
  • "People Folk" (Remixed by Dollboy), 9 May 2005
  • "Magpie Bites", 21 November 2005 (7")
  • "The Pioneers" (Bloc Party cover, 23 January 2006 (7"/CD))
  • "Woodcat", 24 April 2006 (7")
  • "Jenny Again", 4 September 2006 (7")
  • "It's Because...We've Got Hair", 11 November 2006 (7")
  • "Bricks", 13 August 2007 (7") No. 20 UK Indie
  • "Bullets", 15 October 2007 (7"/CD)
  • "Hustle", 22 February 2010 (7"/CD)
  • "Sashimi", 17 May 2010 (7"/CD)
  • "Don't Look Down or Back", 2 August 2010
  • "Flatland", 27 March 2018
  • "ABOP", 15 May 2018


  • This Is Tunng... Live from the BBC (CD, December 2011)


  1. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "Tunng: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  2. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "Tunng – This Is...Tunng: Mother's Daughter and Other Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  3. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Tunng – Good Arrows". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. ^ "NSPCC Child's Voice Appeal TV Advert 2008". 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 30 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "iTunes Music – Gnomes b/w Don't Fear the Reaper – EP by Sea of Bees". iTunes Store. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ Thomas, Fred (18 June 2013). "Turbines – Tunng : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ Gray, Julia (15 May 2018). "tunng - "ABOP" video". Stereogum. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.fulltimehobby.co.uk/release/tunng/tunng-presentsdead-club

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