Folk in the Foyer: Local Derby
Good music for good times – bringing you the pick of the crop with a heady mixture of folk, jazz, klezmer, Americana and Roots From their beginnings as a street busking band, the quartet has carefully filtered a high octane mix of tuneful, soulful and sing-along-ful material, ideal for indoors listening and energetic dancing. Ally Craigan’s violin skills have graced many local groups, from Dempsey’s Lot and the Tony Burt Band to Bromyard panto. Her full on fiddling is equally at home with sizzling Irish sets or syncopated gypsy jazz. Singer guitarist Mike brings a Bo Diddley beat and souped-up chords to home grown and international material. His penchant for cheesy country is cheerfully frowned on by the rest of the band! Graham Foord’s silky mandolin evokes mysterious Moroccan souks – and the run down porches of Louisiana swamp folk. Driving them all along is a one-man Heath Robinson percussion section, tapped, scraped, kicked and generally abused by Ian (whose singing generates quite a bit of abuse too!) Streets across the Midlands have been blocked by enraptured passers-by. Let the Orchard Band serve you some of their best – hot or chilled.
The Stoned Cherries
One of Bromyard’s own, a folk band with a twist. Their material is a mix of original songs, traditional tunes and the occasional cover. The band is rooted in traditional and modern folk genres from England, Ireland, North America and the Caribbean, but 60s and 70s prog-rock influences can also surface in some of their material. Their lyrics are carefully crafted, while stage shows are full of energy and have a touch of Tabasco about them. The Cherries create a close relationship with audiences and have a relaxed line in banter and humour. They are : Aly May from near Bromyard, Herefordshire – whistles and backing vocals; Dave Evans from Knightwick, Worcestershire - acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, lead and backing vocals; Matt Donaldson from Clun, Shropshire – bass guitar, foot drum, acoustic guitar, piano accordion and backing vocals; Roger Pugh from Bromyard - acoustic guitar, mandola, spoons, lead and backing vocals. Dave and Roger write the songs and original tunes.
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