Top English instrumental folk trio Leveret return to the road this September with a unique blend of traditional tunes, new compositions, incredible musicianship and musical interaction.
Leveret features three of England’s top folk instrumentalists.
Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, known for his work with Blowzabella, was the 2016 BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, and has now received that award a record four times.
Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective Summer School and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Album, BBC Folk Awards 2014).
Fiddler Sam Sweeney (ex-Bellowhead) was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and has a forthcoming solo album out on Island Records.
A spokesman for the band said: “Together the trio rely on their mutual trust and intuition to create their music entirely in the moment – there are no arrangements and the focus shifts constantly and compellingly between the three musicians, all masters of their instruments.
“Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.”
The trio’s 2017 CD Inventions featured entirely original music composed by the three members of the band.
On this tour Leveret return to their traditional roots. Alongside pieces from their back catalogue they will be performing their settings of newly-rediscovered traditional tunes.
These pieces will feature on the trio’s next album, due for release next March, which they will begin recording the day after the tour finishes.
Leveret are playing at The Greystones pub next Friday, September 7.
*Sheffield Univeristy alumnus Bridget St John visits the UK in September for a short tour, coming to The Greystones next Thursday.
After graduating from university in 1968, Londoner Bridget made her first demo with guitarist John Martyn’s help, on a reel-to-reel tape deck owned by singer-songwriter Al Stewart of Year of the Cat fame.
Legendary BBC DJ the late John Peel helped to launch singer-songwriter Bridget’s musical career after she appeared on his Night Ride programme.
Her first three albums were released on his
Dandelion label in the late 1960s.
She was one of Dandelion’s first signings.
Bridget and John’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, have been friends since 1969.
During the 1970s Bridgetreleased a series of albums and played concerts with the likes of Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, John Martyn and Michael Chapman before moving to Greenwich Village, New York in 1976.
Accompanying Bridget for the first half of the tour will be the Sheffield-based cellist Sarah Smout.
They met for the first time when they were recording with Michael Chapman and BJ Cole in Wales earlier this year.
The two women immediately became friends and discovered a mutual appreciation for each other’s music. They then decided that they would have to play together.