This wild and carnivalesque seven-piece from the Bohemian Quarter of Newcastle blurs the boundaries of folk, gypsy and rock music with its truly terrific sound. Mixing powerhouse story-songs with foot-stomping rhythms this band has more than a touch of magic to it. 'A rousing and captivating sound… a raucous twenty first century hoe-down.' Yorkshire Times ______________________________________________________________________ Conrad Bird: vocals, guitar, trumpet | Ruth Lyon: vocals, fiddle | Rosie Bristow: accordion | Martha Wheatley: vocals, trombone | Peter Hogan: electric guitar | Jamie Shields: bass | Tommy Evans: drums Stylistically dazzling, this acclaimed gypsy folk rock band come hotfoot from a busy festival season to raise the roof with a mash-up of folk, blues, waltz tempos, hoe-downs and French zazou music in outlandish carnival style. Foot-stomping rhythms from the percussion section, delightful melodies on the fiddle, luscious chords and sweeping runs on the accordion, and the often intricate and delicate guitar arrangements steal a few moments of their own, demonstrating the true skill of each individual musician. Surely they are one of hardest working bands on the circuit with a growing and loyal fan base: over the last two years they have toured the UK extensively, and made impressive debuts in France, Germany and Holland. Their festival appearances include Glastonbury, Hop Farm, Cornbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Underneath The Stars, Belladrum, Just So plus many more. 'We throw a whole load of genres into the mix. We describe ourselves as 'gypsy folk rock', but that's a very loose term. And we're changing and developing all the time. There's a big beat; we like to make people dance. But, at the same time, the songs are built around narrative - I guess that's why we’d class ourselves as a folk band, we like to tell stories.' Holy Moly & The Crackers ______________________________________________________________________ 'A few hours well spent.' The Guardian
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