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Hermon folk double bill: owl light trio

Sat 29th Jun 19 20:30 edit


This June Hermon Folk presents two delightful acoustic acts in the same night thereby bringing together some very fine musicians from England and Wales! The double bill consists of the Oxford-based Owl Light Trio and the instrumental duo Brackenbury & Neilson who have made the English/Welsh borders their home. In 2018, both ensembles have released their respective debut albums to most favourable reviews from the music press, which promises an evening of excellent renditions of traditional tunes as well as beautiful original compositions delivered with great subtlety.

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'Beautifully-crafted music that is both memorable and clever.' - fRoots

'Flowing, effortless style,...a bubbling energy.' - Songlines

'Ranging from the hypnotic and ethereal to the rhythmic and punchy, this is instrumental music you can lose yourself in.' - Bright Young Folk

The Owl Light Trio are Jim Penny on concertina, Jane Griffiths on fiddle & viola and Colin Fletcher on guitar. All three have deep roots in traditional music, share a passion for tunes from Ireland, the UK and Brittany, and draw upon their combined influences to create compelling, heartfelt arrangements. As the instrumental core of the Folk band Telling the Bees, the trio has performed extensively at major folk festivals throughout the UK, whilst pursuing individual projects, such as Jim Penny’s European touring activities with French dance band Red Dog Green Dog, Jane Griffiths’ recordings with renown artists such as Maddy Prior and Duotone, as well as Colin’s collaborations with Nancy Kerr and Tim van Eyken. Recent Owl Light Trio festival performances include BBC-Countryfile, Klangrausch Festival (Germany), Tandem and Oxford and Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The Owl Light Trio released their debut album 'Owl Light' in March 2018.

Jim Penny - concertina
Jane Griffiths - fiddle, viola
Colin Fletcher - guitar

More Info: www.owllighttrio.com


‘Joyous, enthralling, delicious music...I adore it!’ - Karen Tweed

‘… up there with the finest of roots-based, or indeed any, instrumental music from England and Wales… wonderfully rich, inventive music that twists and turns, strong on melodic glimpses and shifting asymmetric rhythms, full of imagery and evoking all sorts of connections. It moves through gorgeous lyricism, delicacy, surging power and bow-digging wildness, often in the same piece… with the duetting instruments tracking and bouncing off one another in extraordinary communication and empathy.’ - Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots

‘A superb album that shows off the synergy of their different but complementary musical voices… This is music to enchant and mesmerise… Late at night, it is a soundtrack for introspection. On a bright clear morning, these are hymns to the joy of living. Music for the head and heart, then, that comes highly recommended.’ - Aaron Jackson, folkradio.co.uk

Faith Brackenbury and John Neilson formed their duo in 2013 and since then have built up a body
of original music, which in 2018 found its manifestation in their acclaimed debut album Crossings. Defying categorisation, their music draws on their respective backgrounds in classical music, jazz, traditional music and improvisation.
Faith played classical violin as a child but was soon drawn into folk music, then jazz, which she went on to study at Brunel University and Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently involved as a composer and player in several other projects, mostly on the jazz scene.
John has co-founded various bands over the years including Manticore, Francisco the Man, Bosco and most recently Half Six, all bringing together musicians with strong interest in traditional music.

Faith Brackenbury - violin, viola, piano, vocals
John Neilson - accordion, piano, concertina, occasional bouzouki, vocals


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