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Spiro

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English traditional music in modernist hands

Good things come to those who wait. Spiro might have taken a couple of decades to truly make the impact that their music deserves, but we're certainly glad that the sun now shines fiercely down on them and that their new record Kaleidophonica is every bit as engrossing as their previous, highly successful offering, 2009's Lightbox. An acoustic quartet - fiddle, accordion, guitar and mandolin - that doesn't lose a thing by not having a vocalist, their take on generations-old English tunes updates our isle's folk traditions by applying the modernist rigour and repetition of composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The result is something intimate and familiar, but also widescreen and cinematic. Though their music might be precise, mathematical, metronomic, it's played with terrific amounts of gusto and flair - the sound of a propulsive journey across the undulating green hills and plains of England, one that swells and rises over each oncoming peak.
(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2012
Photography by York Tillyer)


Spiro's Latest Twitter Posts

18:07 25-Oct-2014

Onstage. #prazadaquintana #spiro #spiromusic http://t.co/QwePi35bk3

02:36 24-Oct-2014

The Zone cuts some pre-gig deals. http://t.co/mW9FVcnRbJ

20:11 23-Oct-2014

The cathedral from the poly tunnel. #spiro #spiromusic #womex #prazadaquintana http://t.co/eUbTYvH5O8

17:31 23-Oct-2014

Soundcheck in 50 degree heat (the venue is like a huge poly tunnel). #spiro #spiromusic #womex http://t.co/IpAmF81S4F

10:28 23-Oct-2014

Night time Santiago bus crush. Jason and soundman Rob Harbron are visible. #spiromusic #santiago #buscrush http://t.co/BSG8cA2pVQ

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  • Womad Ltd.
  • Company registration number: 2734599
  • Place of registration: England
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  • SN13 8PL
  • United Kingdom