Off the wall, colourful, energetic with influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it’s impossible to categorize the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.
Edwin Beasant (drums, melodeons, vocals, guitar, harmonicas, electric mars-bar)Brought up in a Morris Dancing family, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven’t been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw.
Jude Rees – (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Sax, Sundry ancient things that go PARP) – As a woodwind specialist, Jude is widely acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism.
Tom Kitching(Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Otamatone)was described by Mike Harding as “one of the best English fiddlers ever ” and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Jon Loomes (vocals, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, concertina, keyboard, vacuum cleaner) who is a consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist. Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music.
Heather Sirrel (bass guitars, vocals) is ann inveterate folk-funkmeister, bringing her own particular style of groove to the Pilgrims’ party.