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Biography

Songs of life and love, ancient and modern, from Brighton on the southcoast of England. Played by Jon, sometimes on his little old nylon string guitar, with occasional accompaniment from friends.

The first Hiawatha Telephone Company album was released in 2009 and comprised thirteen low-fi demos which were compiled in a collection titled 'Harry Smith was my Father' which is also available to listen and download via Bandcamp. There is a charming review by Common Folk Meadow blog.

A double-A-sided single Old Oak Tree / Sweet Charity was released in Spring 2012.

The second Hiawatha Telephone Company album 'Passengers Greatest Hits' was released in April 2014, recorded straight to tape in a single weekend, with help from M. Butterfly and Maria Marzaioli. It is available as a pay what you like download (or in a limited edition CD). There's an interview on the album's gestation at Brighton Music Blog:

"You have to treat this album differently from the things you’d normally listen to. It should feel more like a stroll around a small art gallery than putting on a record or CD."

In 2016, the Hiawatha Telephone Company song 'Waking Up With You' was given a Kraut-rock makeover by the Brighton rock band Cloud.

An EP of covers of songs by Tim Hardin followed in 2017, and then 'I'll Follow The Sun', a demo of a song from a yet-to-be-recorded new album.

HTC is on Facebook.

In 2018, Hiawatha Telephone Company announced that after ten years as HTC the next album would be released under the name The Family Grave.

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