September 12, 2008
Squeezing Out a Sound Sensation
By PETE WILLOW
SQUEEZEBOX, stomp-box and fiddle make up the powerful and exciting sound of John Spiers and Jon Boden, reappearing soon at Cox's Yard in Stratford.Driving forces behind the amazing folk super-band Bellowhead, the two-times winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo are as busy as ever pushing forward the new folk revival.
Boden has carved his own niche as the tall man wearing the slightly dishevelled suit, playing vigorous and compelling fiddle tunes while keeping a steady rhythm on the stomp-box. He's also a fine and theatrical singer, who can keep the audience's fullattention even for a 20- verse ballad from the 18th century.
Melodeon and concertina player John Spiers has achieved the seemingly impossible feat of making the squeezebox seem sexy, creating an infectious groove which brings out a whole new dimension of folk music.
The show takes place at 8pm on Tuesday, September 23 and tickets are available now from the riverside venue on 01789 404600.
THE Sands, Chris Gibbons and Ben Clempson are part of the line- up of Leamington musical talent for next weekend's marathon Musicfest at The Newbold Comyn Arms.
The nine-hour, non-stop music event showcases the range of styles that make up the town's lively music scene, including folk, blues, acoustic rock and even Latin jazz.
Admission is free and the event kicks off at 2pm a week on Sunday with collections for the Acorns Children's Hospice Trust. Details on 01926 338810 I'LL BE stepping into the limelight myself this Monday with guitarist Dave Cook at Warwick Folk Club.
Dave is a member of the excellent Coventry folk and blues band Little Mountain and has been helping me out with arrangements of selfpenned and traditional songs.
The music starts at 8pm at the Warwick Arms Hotel - details 01926 403228.
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