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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

17:52 10-Sep-2014

#PoleStar http://t.co/hSV7bj2dpH

13:58 08-Sep-2014

Our 1997 album Pole Star is out today on Real World Records. Listen to "The Sky Is A Blue Bowl" from the album... http://t.co/F2pwesBak2

12:41 08-Sep-2014

Lightbox is out today!

17:48 27-Aug-2014

Monkey business... Discover more about the re-issue of Pole Star:... http://t.co/7xhglFavg8

16:31 26-Aug-2014

In 2009 we signed to Real World Records and went on to release two albums: Lightbox (2009) and Kaleidophonica... http://t.co/aa7qvwq8mN

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