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Promoters information - 2017
It’s 45 years since Liege & Lief almost single-handedly created the genre folk-rock. Since then, that simple marriage of traditional music and electric instruments had been suborned and sidetracked, dissected and documented, Oystered, Albioned and Steeleyed.
Time for a fresh approach. Enter TRADarrr.
Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 LP represented, they have reimagined folk rock, painting from a much larger palette, introducing the tints, tones and textures of a whole panoply of musical genres. As you’d expect, here are the precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles that one associates with the genre. But in addition, one finds brass in truly British styles – the dazzling brightness of Purcell, the oomph of Elgar, the emotive richness of a Yorkshire brass band soloist - but also hints of jazz, trad and modern, and even the occasional mariachi riff), string sections, and countless astute references to a long legacy of pop and rock in its many forms.
However, this is by no means an “everything including the kitchen sink” approach. Elements are used sparingly, tellingly and, most important of all, appropriately. When less is more, the sound is stripped back – listen to their almost acapella take on My Lagan Love and no further explanation is needed. Many of the songs and tunes they perform are familiar classics. Many are simply gems from the tradition that band members have always wanted to perform – could there be a better reason for singing a song?
With members including PJ Wright, Guy Fletcher and Mark Stevens (all ex Little Johnny England) Marion Fleetwood (ex ColvinQuarmby and Jigantics), Gregg Cave and Gemma Shirley, they have understandably been called a ‘Folk-Rock supergroup’. Leave that for audiences to decide, but over 18 months they have acquired a reputation as a great festival band, clearly enjoying what they do and delivering it with energy and style.
After the critical acclaim of their debut album, Cautionary Tales, the band have competed their second studio album, 'Further Tales of Love! Death! and Treachery!'
‘richly layered, expansive and continually rewarding’
‘TRADarrr, as their name suggests, aren't re-inventing the wheel but what they are doing is making it a damn site more interesting and exciting to watch as it goes round!’
‘a great band’
‘ambitious, imaginative and startling. It sizzles from start to finish. Essential listening.’
'Though only a few years in as a band, but harbouring individuals with lifetimes of seasoned musicianship, collectively TRADarrr are without doubt one of the best and most inspired acts to come out of the English Folk-Rock scene in many years.'
Folk on the Pier, Cromer
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