contemporary folk band
Saturday 17 May 9pm
Tickets: £10/£30 with 2-course supper
Please phone 01308 459511 to book!
“Many people use the classic folk line-up of fiddle, squeezebox and guitar but few make it sparkle like this great new trio from
London whose clever contemporary take on roots music even has echoes of our own dear Spiro at times.” – The Canteen, Bristol
Effra are Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordian). Heralding from Bath, Shrewsbury and Canterbury respectively, they met in London in 2011. Although coming from predominantly rock, classical and jazz backgrounds, a strong connection was quickly formed, and they began meeting regularly to write and develop music that shared a common ground.
Early performances were well received, and the band soon grew an identity of its own, fuelled by innovative ideas brought to the table by all three members. In 2012 after only a year since their first meeting, the band won the Bath Folk Festival ʻNew Shoots Competitionʼ on the strength of their compositions and high energy performance. In 2013 they embarked on a highly successful tour of the UK promoting their self-titled EP.
This Spring, Effraʼs hotly anticipated debut album ʻLose An Hourʼ will be released. Having already been previewed on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and Sam Leeʼs Nest Collective Hour (Resonance FM), Effra will be presenting their new album in 2014 as part of an extensive tour of their live show, as well as and appearances at some of the biggest festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival.
“Striking instrumental folk.” – The Independent
“A trio of the highest order that, despite their young age, sound
like they have always sat comfortably among the greatest of the
folk scene.” – Bath Folk Festival