Saturday 26th March 2016
The Square Tower
Hants, PO1 2JE.
Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door (if not sold out).
Doors Open: 7.15pm.
Secure Online Ticket Sales: www.wegottickets.com/event/328052
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea (however, these will not be available in store until September). You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (which can be found on the right hand side of this page).
If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“A new take on traditional British Folk music, featuring some classics and some hidden gems.”
We’re extremely pleased to announce that we have folk-rock supergroup TRADarrr coming to play for us in the Tower – the combined stellar talents of Gregg Cave, PJ Wright, Guy Fletcher, Marion Fleetwood and Mark Stevens will be joining us as part of their first ever UK tour and it promises to be one hell of a folk-rockin’ night as they bring the full 7 piece TRADarrr experience with them!
“As far as debut albums go, ‘Cautionary Tales’ is right up there with the very best of them – TRADarr, as their name suggests, aren’t re-inventing the wheel but what they are doing is making it a damn site more interesting and exciting to watch as it goes round!” (FATEA Magazine)
It’s 45 years since “Liege & Lief” almost single handedly created the genre of 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.
Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 album 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.
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?
What The Critics Are Saying:
“It may not be particularly in step with the current vogue for contemporary re-stylings of traditional folk songs, but this will nestle very comfortably in the same CD wallet as such 70s folk rock classics as Please To See The King and Liege and Lief.” (FolkRadio.Co.Uk)
“One band making its world debut, TRADarrr, proved that folk-rock is alive, well and still able to thrill at this year’s Cromer Folk on Pier festival.“ (Eastern Daily Press)
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