The Demon Barbers have revealed the first in a series of videos about the making of their latest album and stage production Disco At The Tavern (read our album review here) which I’m sure many of you will be seeing for the first time at theatres and Folk music festivals around the UK this Summer.
You can watch the first video below which, as well as tackling the current album, also gives some great background to the band who it turns out were inspired by Steve Albini-produced Cordelia’s Dad which featured the likes of Tim Eriksen and Cath Oss (now Cath Tyler). Cordelia’s Dad were heavily influenced by both folk and punk rock of the time. In a similar vein The Demon Barbers have taken that forward and dropped all barriers allowing a mass of influences to run throughout their music. Where the album really comes alive is on-stage in a fusion of clog, sword, hip-hop and break dancing. The energy of their performance combined with top class singing, musicianship and comedy make it an unforgettable event. In the video lead-man Damien Barber also talks about his beginnings in the folk club scene where he was introduced to folk music by the likes of Walter Pardon as well as Peter Bellamy who took Damien under his wing and provided him with advice and sent him lots of valuable source material of old singers.
The live show kicks off in May taking in theatre dates and festivals including Kings Place, London (28th May 2015) as well as Cambridge Folk Festival (2nd August 2015) and Sidmouth Folk Festival (Friday, 31st July 2015) – visit their website for details: http://www.thedemonbarbers.co.uk/gigs/