December 14, 2019
“A feast of classic folk-rock – electrifyingly good live!”
Saturday 14th December
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £15 each (£18 on the door if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/477545
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. These won’t be in the shops until a bit nearer the time. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Make a list of all the bands that the members of TRADarrr have been or are still involved with, and it reads like an encyclopaedia of the English folk scene! Ashley Hutchings’ Morris On, Fotheringay, Little Johnny England, The Dylan Project, Feast Of Fiddles, Tickled Pink, Cave, ColvinQuarmby, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, Iota, Phil Beer Band, Steve Gibbons Band….and the list goes on…!!
You get the idea – a full 7 piece folk rock tour-de-force with an impeccable pedigree!
And here at Square Roots Promotions we’re absolutely delighted to welcome this awesome band to the Square Tower for the Square Roots Xmas Cracker show – and what a show it promises to be!
It’s 45 years since Liege & Lief almost single-handedly created the genre folk-rock. Since then, that simple marriage of traditional music and electric instruments had been suborned and sidetracked, dissected and documented, Oystered, Albioned and Steeleyed.
Time for a fresh approach. Enter TRADarrr.
“TRADarrr – a 21st Century take on Folk Rock!”
Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 LP represented, they have reimagined folk rock, painting from a much larger palette, introducing the tints, tones and textures of a whole panoply of musical genres. As you’d expect, here are the precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles that one associates with the genre. But in addition, one finds brass in truly British styles – the dazzling brightness of Purcell, the oomph of Elgar, the emotive richness of a Yorkshire brass band soloist – but also hints of jazz, trad and modern, and even the occasional mariachi riff, string sections, and countless astute references to a long legacy of pop and rock in its many forms.
“They took things to a whole new level, such was the synergy on stage”
However, this is by no means an “everything including the kitchen sink” approach. Elements are used sparingly, tellingly and, most important of all, appropriately. When less is more, the sound is stripped back – listen to their almost acapella take on My Lagan Love and no further explanation is needed. Many of the songs and tunes they perform are familiar classics. Many are simply gems from the tradition that band members have always wanted to perform – could there be a better reason for singing a song?
“Revitalising the native folk tradition – they add a hefty dose of Anglo American and British Folk Rock elements too!” (The Living Tradition)
After the success of their first album, Cautionary Tales, work was finished on the band’s second album, ‘Further Tales of Love! Treachery! and Death!’ which was released through Proper Records with radio airplay including BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, and live performances where they have “wowed” the crowds at some of the biggest festivals in the country, including Fairport’s Cropredy!
This is going to sound mighty BIG in the Square Tower!
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