Feast Of Fiddles was formed in 1994 as a one-off concert ensemble as Hugh Crabtree thought it would be a good idea and Mike Sanderson of Nettlebed Folk Club thought so too!
Their first live recording Live 01 was released in 2002 – quite a long wait for the increasing number of fans of the band. However it was only another two years before the next CD appeared – Nicely Wrong. Three more years before yet another live recording Still Live and then after another three years the first studio album Walk Before You Fly. You guessed it, another three years for the second studio album Rise Above It and with a slight break with tradition it’s taken four years to get to studio album number three. Fast forward and in 2017 their sixth album entitled Sleight Of Elbow will be released.
Feast Of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual spring tour in 2017 to coincide with the release of their new album. The band that has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with seven CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add their extensive range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Continue reading Feast Of Fiddles – new studio album
Bringing you right up to date with some of the 2014 photos from Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.
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Songsmith – a bold new album of powerful and highly individual songs.
“Totally of its time” was how the first comeback album from Steve Bonham, The Moon’s High Tide, was described by one reviewer. Following its release Steve spent a year successfully gigging across the UK re-establishing himself as someone who people wanted to listen to. Now with its follow up Songsmith, released at the end of September, Steve can stake a claim to have really arrived as a distinctive voice in acoustic music producing of body of songs which challenge, intrigue and beguile.
Steve writes songs which draw their inspiration from an eclectic mix of acoustic and folk styles but he is not bound by them. The result is unique, coherent and absolutely belonging to itself. And this musical individuality is also matched by the subject matter and lyrics of the songs. ‘Songsmith is at once highly personal and universal, perhaps best summarised by the writer Jason Webster as a “quest for an authentic life – – reflected in the mirror of adventure”.
But is no collection of restrained introspection: songs like ‘Sister of A Dirty Moon’ and ‘Can Someone Tell Me’ are full on, full tilt featuring great percussion from Jim Higgins; ‘We Were The First’ simmers with anger and frustration at the ongoing genocide of Bushmen of Southern Africa and ‘Take The First Step’, a piece about defiantly going your own way, is just built for live performance. More thoughtful pieces such as ‘Walking the Wall’ and ‘Running Much Too Long’ are unafraid to ask some big questions and the radio hit ‘They Came Home’, is apoignant countryesque song of survival and memory.
The album will be previewed at BAAfest 11-14 September and the launched in with gigs at the Harrison in London (10th October) and National Brewing Museum (11th October) before growing number of list of gigs in the UK Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015.
‘They Came Home’ official video:
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