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In 2011 I met guitarist Alex Bishop and accordionist Aidan Shepherd and after an afternoon's jamming we decided we should form a band based on our obvious musical chemistry. Our style is hard to describe but has strong roots in traditional music as well as being heavily influenced by our individual backgrounds. Alex has played a lot of rock music and gypsy jazz, Aidan is a fantastic jazz pianist and I am classically trained. Together we combine these influences with a shared love of folk music to create something pretty unique but in the same vein as artists such as Lau, Spiro, Three Cane Whale, Sufjan Stevens and The Gloaming amongst others.
Since forming we have recorded an album, Lose an Hour, with a second due for release in early 2017. Our music has been heard a number of times on BBC radio and in 2015 we had the honour of performing live on Sean Rafferty's In Tune on BBC Radio 3. In the Summer we do the festival circuit and have enjoyed great receptions at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Bath Folk Festival and many others.
Formed under the youthful direction of Alex Mendham and resident orchestra at the Savoy Hotel, this 11-piece Orchestra authentically performs hot jazz and sweet dance band music from the Art Deco era, but with a modern energy and passion that comes from younger musicians.
From its formation, the Orchestra has always maintained an active working schedule across London: from entertaining patrons of The Dover Street Arts Club to audiences at the Royal Festival Hall, from London's St Pancras Station to the world famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool; all coupled with regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio with hosts Jo Good and on the Simon Lederman show.
Following a highly successful New Year’s Eve Ball engagement at the Savoy Hotel, they now hold a coveted residency at this prestigious West End venue. With it, they are following in the footsteps of such hallowed 1920s and 30s dance band names as Carroll Gibbons and his Savoy Hotel Orpheans and the Savoy Havana Band.
London’s newest, most radical, and most colourful ceilidh band. Subverting and converting the world with their energetic new ceilidh regime, they breathe vigour and vitality into the traditional ceilidh, whilst honouring its roots and traditions.
United under the banner of The Nest Collective, London’s brightest folk club, and originally brought together by Mercury music prize nominee Sam Lee, this ceilidh ensemble are a coming together of the finest musicians, the most charismatic callers, the most uplifting and inspiring tunes, and the best dances… mostly traditional, with some bespoke dancing creations and the odd spontaneous improvisation!
Featuring a small army of virtuoso musicians collected from the four corners of the land, planted in the soils of Britain’s rich traditional music history, watered by years of playing, exploring, collaborating and innovating, and now blossoming together in this new-old-beautiful-fantastical formation, the CLF combines music, dance, and a generous sprinkling of theatricals to bring this unique experience to the world.