Feel the Folk are ready to roll again on Friday 2nd July at the Grain Barge in Bristol. It’s going to be quite a night, one that I’m sure many Frukie fans will enjoy as The Hand, Ichi and Evening Chorus are all going to be performing.
The Hand began on a small ferry-boat where Rachael Dadd & Wig Smith worked. On quiet days they’d sing songs by their favourite songwriters. Rachael got a bango, Wig got a Kora, and taking their name from a ferry-boat stop (where stands a huge statue of a hand), they began to experiment.
Their instrumental sketches developed into songs sung in harmony, with lyrics inspired by Russian folk stories, apples and life working on the water.
Ichi took a lot of people by surprise last year when he arrived on European soil for the first time – not only does he play steel-pan, glockenspiel, accordion, trumpet and many more instruments in his live set, but he plays them with skill and wit, and sets a new bench-mark for the phrase ‘one man band’.
His live performances are playfully mature, the songs seamlessly combine music with humour, and both visually and sonically he comes across like the leader of an obscure tribe, ancient and ritualistic, while at the same time hilariously accessible.
Evening Chorus began in early October 2009 in the bedroom of a terraced house in Cardiff. Two lifelong friends, a chance meeting and a university course-mate, all brought together by a love of tea, biscuits and folk music – decided to combine their own experience and influence and create something new. Early work on songs from previous musical projects gave the band an idea of their sound and potential – based around powerful vocal harmonies and inventive use of the instrumentation available to them.
The band have already started to make an impression in Cardiff, being featured on transatlantic radio show The Waiting Room. Evening Chorus present themselves with an integrity and authenticity that belies the short time they have been together.
FEEL THE FOLK! presents: THE HAND, ICHI & EVENING CHORUS
FRIDAY 2ND JULY // GRAIN BARGE – HOLD BAR // 8PM
Limited advance tickets (£4) on sale ONLY from Grain Barge from 8th June
(More on the door) Call: 01179 299 347 for tickets
And a mix…we love a mix!