We first came across Green Angels at Priddy Folk Festival where they were entertaining a very happy crowd of dancers all of whom seemed very familiar with their tunes! They have been delighting and surprising audiences for several years now and have a strong following among French/Breton music and dance enthusiasts.
They take the inspiration for their music from the rhythms and melodies of ancient dance music from Britanny – some of the original trance dance – and the joyful, flirtatious social dances from central France and european folk culture.
Green Angels are made up four talented musicians who re-interpret these old tunes adding their own mix of spice drawn from their wide musical and personal experience but still maintaining a respect for the tradition.
The result is a warm, joyous sound that captivates their audience wherever they play. They are releasing their début album titled, rather aptly, “What it is” which is as good a description as any when trying to convey in words what they are about.
Who Are Green Angels
Green Angels came together from diverse backgrounds through a shared passion for French and Breton music.
Stevie P plays bouzouki, guitar, ukulele and is a genius at weaving complex arrangements.
Samantha Sastry learned to play bagpipes, clarinet, recorder and whistle during years of travelling. Her musical influences are diverse – world , folk, jazz, Motown, swing…
She is an accomplished dancer and dance teacher.
George Arnold plays double bass and has run away to Barcelona to pursue his own musical career and plays with Gadjo.
Gem Quinn plays drums with Dragonsfly and guitar with folk ensemble Forcenra, as well as running The Hive, Glastonbury’s friendliest recording studio.
Debut Launch @ Glastonbury Town Hall: Friday 3rd February
The debut CD launch at Glastonbury Town Hall on Friday 3rd February will be a big night of music and dance. Green Angels start playing at about 9.30pm with an energetic and exciting set that will get even the most reluctant feet dancing. Special guest appearance by George Arnold, the Angels’ original double bass player. It’s well worth arriving early for the free dance workshop at 7pm – for anyone wanting to learn some basic steps. Support by Wod, playing French and Breton dance tunes in a traditional style, suffused with soul and sensitivity, follows at 8pm.
Photos from Priddy Folk Festival
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