Electro folk pioneers The Drystones are bringing a night of big bad beats for badass barn dancing to your local venue/nightclub/disco/village hall. All you have to do is leave your preconceptions of folk at the door and maybe bring some sequins...
The 'indecently talented' duo of Alex Garden (fiddle) and Ford Collier (guitar, low whistle) have been honing their take on traditional music since their humble beginnings as teenagers busking the streets of Somerset. After years of playing the folk circuit, they are on a mission to make their shows a unique space: where people of all generations can enjoy folk music.
Their new album 'Vulpus' represents Ford and Alex's transition from rural to city life: blending trad folk with electronic music, the fire and energy of their timeless fiddle and guitar integrated into the modern world of synths, grooves and big beats.
For the Vulpus tour, they are joining forces for the first time with 'percussion maestro' Evan Carson (Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, iamthemorning), who's powerful grooves make sitting still a difficult task.
"This is an absolute jewel of an album, pushing and growing the classic folk duo form" - Marc Higgins at FATEA Magazine
Having played slots at Glastonbury Avalon Stage, supported top acts such as Elephant Sessions, Steeleye Span, Ray Davies and got a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination under their belts, The Drystones know how to please a crowd. Whether you're more at home in a crusty tavern or a sweaty disco, a Drystones show is the place for you.
And opening this night for us are Songs From The Porch - Berta, Kim, Misha and Ruth bring together fiddle, double bass, accordion and lush singering and cook up a brand spankin' new Stroud-based, porch-located stripped-back alt-country soup base, which they ladle deliciously over the unpromising noodles of modern pop and underground classics - everything from Alicia Keys to Frank Ocean.