TRADarrr - Rescheduled from October 2016
Saturday 29th July 2017
The Chapel, CCCU, Canterbury
Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start
Full Time Students £7
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.
Expertly assembled from some of the UK’s favourite folk-rock bands – Little Johnny England, ColvinQuarmby, Cave and the Dylan Project, TRADarr 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. From familiar classics to gems from the tradition that band members have always wanted to perform – could there be a better reason for singing a song?
“Marion Fleetwood’s breathtaking performance of My Lagan Love with a gossamer clear accompaniment: e-bow by Stevens, sitar,12- string ‘ghost’ and majestic slide guitar solo by PJ is as dramatic a piece of music as you are likely to hear this side of the great divide”.
Paul Saunders - Spiral Earth
"Marion Fleetwood has one of the best voices on the folk scene today" - Kellie While - Albion Band
"Right from the opening track, a feisty, full-on note-for-note transcription of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ orchestral English Folk Song
Suite, TRADarr nails its colours firmly to the mast with imaginative, ambitious, sometimes startling, arrangements. Who ever
thought to hear Mariachi horns and crunching lead guitar alongside "Seventeen Come Sunday"? Roll over, RVW!"
- Date Added 21/02/2017