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Fleetwood Cave

Mar 25th 2017 @ The Tea Tray

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
I Was There
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
7:30 PM
The Tea Tray
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave met through new folk supergroup TRADarrr. 

They share a love of performing live and for honest, expressive and original interpretations of traditional music from around the UK, combined with their own original material.           

Marion has a voice which has been described as mesmerising and siren-esque, and plays all things bowed. Ashley Hutchings MBE has said she deserves to be ranked amongst the finest singers in this country.

She has been a well known figure on the folk scene and is probably best known as a multi-instrumentalist member of new folk supergroup TRADarrr and The Jigantics. She was a member of Meet on the Ledge and the award winning ColvinQuarmby - now known as The Gerry Colvin Band, which she still performs with. She has also appeared live with, amongst many others, Feast of Fiddles and has appeared in one guise or another at festivals and venues across Europe and the UK.

She released her first solo album, 'Holding Space', in the summer of 2015.

Marion Fleetwood's sublime voice alone would make anyone who hears it stand up and take notice. She is clearly a future force to be reckoned with! (Nigel Schofield, Author: Fairport by Fairport & RT - The Life And Music Of Richard Thompson)

Since forming folk-rock band CAVE when he was 18 years old, Gregg Cave, has been performing in concerts and at festivals in the UK and mainland Europe. In recent years Gregg has collaborated with musicians and storytellers and has been commissioned by the Arts Council and National Trust to produce two separate pieces of performance. Gregg is also a founder member of TRADarrr.
His new album 'Old England Grown New' has now been released to great critical acclaim with BBC Introducing calling it very special. In addition to the fine collection of Northamptonshire musicians joining Gregg on this album, Dave Swarbrick (ex-Fairport Convention) played fiddle on the opening track 'The Bonny Lass of Anglesey'.

We've been following Gregg for a couple of years now and his songwriting and interpretation of English folk songs has a refreshingly honest feel about it, plus his live sound is developing into something very special indeed. (BBC Music Introducing)

Their debut album as a duo, 'People Like Us', was Crowdfunded in 8 weeks and recorded over 5 days in a village hall in Northampton, with the added musical input of Tali Trow (double bass) and Paul Johnston (drums and percussion). It includes new material from both Marion and Gregg, along with one cover - Fairport Convention track 'Wizard of the Worldly Game' (with the definitive lyrics to the final verse sent to them by Simon Nicol himself after an exhaustive on-line search showed much confusion!). Friends of the pair joined them to complete the recording and include Simon Nicol and Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention, Anna Ryder, Edwina Hayes, Debs Earl and Chris Cleverley. It will be released in January 2017 and the 25 date 'People Like Us' Tour includes gigs across England and Wales.

Perfectly balanced voices and instrumental virtuositya fine concert from two seasoned performers with much still to offer. (Lichfield Guildhall)

For those of you who came along to The Tea Tray to see our up close and personal show with Grammy nominee Andrew Duhon, you'll know what a beautiful little venue this is. We think this amazing little cafe is the perfect venue in which to see these amazing artists up close and personal! Notwithstanding that, The Tea Tray is fully licensed, so you'll be able to have a nice drink and Nicki also makes the most amazing cakes! It promises to be a gorgeous evening!

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