15 June 2016
Southwest Music Awards ‘Best Folk Act’ finalists 2013, Devonbird, have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene (and beyond) in recent months.
Devonbird – Kath Bird (singer/songwriter), supported by Sophia Colkin (aka Squeak) on violin and Andy Clarke on guitar and bouzouki, show their wide and versatile range and their passion for folk music, both original and traditional.
The trio combine foot-stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs, often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect.
The band has recently been described as having a clarity and purity of sound, vocally and instrumentally, which is both profoundly soul touching and magical.
Devonbird have been touring local folk clubs, are being seen at folk festivals and have appeared on national and local radio.
For their first studio recorded album, “Hangman’s Daughter”, they teamed up with well known folk producer Mark Tucker. The album is a mixture of hard hitting original songs such as The Brae, combined with such haunting folk songs as My Purty Jane, sung in the Devonshire Dialect.
“This week I popped down to the town of Cardigan to enjoy the Quay Festival. The day promised to combine the vibrancy of live bands with the local beautiful scenery to create a very special bank holiday weekend. Opening the afternoon’s events was Devonshire band Devon Bird, a three-piece from the West Country, who definitely brought a touch of folk to the town. Putting music to well known Devonshire poetry and singing tracks from their new album Hangman’s Daughter the female strong band with exception of male guitarist certainly wowed the crowd with album titled track Hangman’s Daughter finishing their unique set.” ~ Carmathen Journal
Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …
Dave is definitely Bedworth’s candidate for ‘The oldest Singer in Town’. A former miner (as well as other trades) Dave is a traditional guy with a repertoire of traditional songs many of which tell the story of miners and their families. He has also written a few songs about his own time down the local pit and has now introduced several monologues into his repertoire which invariably get audiences laughing.
Blues Division are Sophia Barrington (vocals) and Arnold Chave (guitars and vocals); they started working together in June 2015.
What binds them together musically is a shared love of traditional blues music and they have a wide range of influences ranging from Robert Johnson, B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Koko Taylor, Etta James to name only a few, but also include some well-known “standards” that cross over between blues and jazz.
Geoff sang, wrote, published and recorded with Coventry-based Black Parrot Seaside, from 1975-1982 and again between 2006 and 2014. Albums released: “Roll it Up and Eat It“ and “Aint It Grand”. Geoff, along with several other musicians, is part of that (very!) loose collective Mac Awe On Tour. Geoff still appears solo at Clubs Clubs and Festivals. He has recently co-written some songs with John Kearney.
John is a great supporter of the local Folk Clubs. His songs range from traditional through to contemporary, and even the odd pop song has been known to creep in occasionally. John also writes some songs of his own and his friends’ experiences, all of which are performed in his unique manner.
John has been on the folk scene for 40-odd years. Hailing from Yorkshire, many of his songs are rooted there.
His passion for folk songs has resulted in a wide-ranging repertoire, always particularly well-presented.
Elaine, keyboard and accordion player in many an ensemble, has that rare talent that true musicians possess; the ability to empathise with those she performs with. She is an important part of a number of folk-related bands in the area.