18 February 2015
Notts Alliance are an unaccompanied harmony group with material from the folk tradition and thereabouts who have gained a reputation for tight and inventive harmony singing.
Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from some of the best of today’s songwriters including Richard Thompson, Pete Morton, Maggie Holland as well as a good helping of traditional material.
“Notts Alliance have their roots in the Nottingham Traditional Musical Club of the 70s and 80s. They have evolved from the foundations laid by Roy Harris and other luminaries of the East Midlands folk revival into one of the foremost acapella harmony groups in the country.
The current line up is 3 very talented singers; Stephen Bailey, Phil Hardcastle, and Chris Orme. Their well crafted, tight and inventive harmony singing, excellent delivery and an ability to engage with the audience have earned them a position of high respect on the UK club and festival circuits. They also caught the ear of curators at Nottingham’s “Galleries of Justice” who commissioned a special recording of the group to accompany visitors around the transportation section of the museum.
Notts Alliance’s repertoire is a well chosen, eclectic mix of the old and the new, embracing both a healthy slice of well known traditional material and interesting arrangements of songs from writers such as Richard Thompson, Michael Marra, Sydney Carter, Berthold Brecht and their own Stephen Bailey. Sometimes subtle and moving, often humorous and with a healthy slice of full blown, rousing chorus songs, their performances are honest, never dull and always enjoyable.”
Bill Wilkes, Grand Union Folk Club, Barrow on Soar