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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)

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15:44 28-Mar-2015

Alex, Jane and Jon with Patrick Phillips. Photo by York Tillyer. http://t.co/Eg885I2uAG

17:24 27-Mar-2015

Incorporating the traditional tune Tulloch Goram, the track 'Marineville' is named after the underwater base in... http://t.co/RTpN4x9bzR

16:30 23-Mar-2015

The music is circular, delicate, suggesting the intricacies of cogs within cogs and interrelated parts moving as... http://t.co/z5kt8l0qKH

15:26 22-Mar-2015

Delighted with how the packaging has turned out on the new album! Pre order "Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow"... http://t.co/Sv9Bt7zr54

15:15 20-Mar-2015

Here we are onstage at Komedia last night, good gig, good crowd, good everything. Photo by York Tillyer. http://t.co/tgLjI4yK5d

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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