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Friday, November 17th, 2017
A contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall St Agnes, Isles of Scilly - a tiny scrap of wind-carved rock, gorsey downland and fine sand dropped 28 miles from mainland Cornwall, with a vibrant working community encompassed by the Atlantic Ocean. The Rough Island Band (RIB) sprouted from this precarious speck of soil in 2009 when an island piper whistled in the wind for three musicians in love with the place and its people. Their songs reflect the feeling that a community's history and stories should be set and celebrated in music. Unusually for a Celtic outpost, St Agnes has no surviving indigenous music. Stories of shipwreck and rescue, tunes for dancing and evocations of landscape have been written by RIB in response to an extraordinary place. Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, RIB craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men's Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio; to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises; as well as running folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK. RIB are: John Elliott, Joe Keelan, Piers Lewin, James Sills. Contributing musician: Giles Lewin. 'This Island of Yours' is RIB's fourth studio album and charts a deeply personal response to the islands. Submissions of poetry, photographs, stories and spoken word have been woven into the fabric of the album by RIB and collated as a physical scrapbook to accompany the recordings. Musically, this is RIB's most ambitious and idiosyncratic to date, expanding their contemporary folk sound with echoes of electronica, jazz and ambient music. Recorded in their home studio on St Agnes over ten days in April 2017, the album captures a tangible sense of place and sense of space. Doors open 7.30pm Performance starts at 8.00pm Bring your own drink!