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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

09:56 22-Nov-2015

Thanks to all who came to the Kirkgate last night, a lovely gig. And some great views on the drive this morning. https://t.co/0OUusYZnHV

15:46 21-Nov-2015

Lake District sunset. En route to Cockermouth. https://t.co/2B4DucpaBt

15:37 21-Nov-2015

Lake District sunset. En route to Cockermouth. https://t.co/9bqfZc7QwW

08:51 20-Nov-2015

Finally we get to play in the northwest. We are at the Kirkgate in Cockermouth tomorrow. Come along if you're in... https://t.co/OeO2E1at4O

18:35 08-Nov-2015

It's good to see the hotel is prepared for the influx of musicians. https://t.co/DLyqyRXFH5

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  • Womad Ltd.
  • Company registration number: 2734599
  • Place of registration: England
  • Registration address:
  • Box Mill
  • Mill Lane
  • Box
  • Wiltshire
  • SN13 8PL
  • United Kingdom