|Genres||Rock, alternative rock|
|Labels||RCA Records (2006–10)|
|Past members||Matt Cardle
Darwyn was an alternative rock and acoustic band from Essex. The band featured Matt Cardle as the lead singer and acoustic guitar player. Matt Cardle went on to become the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor The other Darwyn members were; Ali McMillan on drums and percussion and Richard Grace on piano. The band members met at Lights Music Action and formed Darwyn in 2005.
The band, who described themselves as acoustic rock, recorded the 11 track album When You Wake in 2006, which included the tracks "Violet" and "When You Wake". They were subsequently awarded an Arts Council England grant which they used to record the follow up EP Little Sunlight in 2007 which included the track "Junior". The band played at many festivals including Stortford Music Festival and Brownstock Festival and regularly played at the venue and recording studio Highbarn in Essex.
Cardle and McMillan also played as a two piece under the name Darwyn playing acoustic cover versions of popular songs in venues in and around the Suffolk area  and videos of them playing together have gained many views on YouTube.
2006: When You Wake
Darwyn released their Studio album When You Wake in 2006.
2007-08: Little Sunlight
In 2007 Darwyn released their second album Little Sunlight.
2009-10: Split Up
After Darwyn, Matt Cardle became part of Seven Summers with Alex Baker, John Holland and Neillo. The band released a self-titled album in January, 2010. Matt Cardle went on to apply for the UK The X Factor eventually winning the seventh series of the show
|2006||When You Wake
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- "Swinging or Minging". 19 October 2007. Retrieved 1/04/2011. Check date values in:
- Video of Darwyn performing "Junior"
- Thompson, Nick (15 October 2010). "X-Factor star Matt Cardle had his singing voice saved five years ago". Dunmow Broadcast Recorder. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- Nina Morgan (8 October 2010). "I'd love to gig with X Factor favourite Matt Cardle again". Daily Gazette.
- Video of Matt Cardle and Ali McMillan performing covers.