It all started with a gig. When Reveal Records founder Tom Rose saw Joan As Police Woman supporting Rufus Wainwright, he was so instantly connected to her music he purchased her EP at the gig. Seeing the potential for the EP to sell through his record store, he contacted Joan and purchased some for sale. These quickly sold out and after seeing Kris Drever in concert just a few weeks later, Tom approached to Kris to see if he'd like to make a record - and the idea of an independent label became reality.

Drever's debut solo album Black Water and Joan As A Police Woman's Real Life found critical and sales success, and, shortly after, avant-folk tio Lau signed to the label. Lau quickly established themselves at the cutting edge of the folk music revival, winning the prestigious Radio BBC2 Folk Award for Best Group three years in a row from 2008 to 2010. By fostering the talents of such acts, Reveal Records has played a small yet significant part in nurturing the burgeoning scene.

The promotional work of Reveal drew the attention of English singer-songwriter Chris Wood, who asked Tom to work on the marketing of his upcoming album Trespasser (Ruf Records 2007). This album established Chris as one of the leading folk artists in the UK, winning several awards. As part of the campaign, Reveal issued a deluxe triple vinyl package of Wood’s acclaimed debut The Lark Descending and Trespasser.

In 2008 Tom formed a new label in association with Proper Music, Navigator Records. Working as MD for Navigator, he signed and managed releases for artists such as Jon Boden, Chris Wood, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble, Heidi Talbot, Bellowhead, Boo Hewerdine and many others.

Meanwhile, Reveal signed A Camp, featuring The Cardigans' Nina Persson. Their second album Colonia garnered widespread critical acclaim and mainstream exposure, including a cover feature in national newspaper The Independent on Sunday’s magazine supplement. A Camp scored two UK radio hits the same year with "Stronger Than Jesus" and "Love Has Left The Room". In Sweden (where the band are signed to Universal), A Camp were nominated for 2 Swedish Grami Awards, for Best Album and Best Group.

Following another successful promotional campaign in 2010 working for Chris Wood on his album Handmade Life, Reveal released Kris Drever’s second album Mark The Hard Earth (featuring Tim O'Brien), whilst Lau released limited edition collaborative EPs with Karine Polwart and Adem on their own label.

2012 will feature several new signings and releases, so be sure to check back regularly for news and updates.


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