LISTING

Telamure + Andy Cutting

Fri 9th Nov / St John’s Music Hall, Leytonstone, E11

Telamure

Plus Andy Cutting

Fri Nov 9th / St John’s Music Hall, Leytonstone

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Hailing from southern Italy, Télamuré’s Tarantella-Roots show takes you to the heart of the lifestyle and culture of the region, offering traditional live music and folk dance. Tarantella Roots, their latest album, presents the musical trio with spontaneity and freshness, mixing a variety of instruments with their powerful voices, the sensuality of dance and irresistible rhythms.

The band have played in prestigious concerts across Europe, including France, Italy, Ukraine and Belgium but this will be their debut performance in the UK.

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician’s musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008, 2011 & 2016): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

Andy has been consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. These influences will be well-known to all those familiar with Andy’s duo with English fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Chris Wood. Wood & Cutting became one of the most influential, and enduring, duos on the scene; paving the way for the explosion of many of today’s thrusting young newcomers.

Andy’s commitment to, and sense of pride in traditional music, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the form, has made him one of the folk scene’s most wanted, playing with Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. There is also a growing demand for him to play outside this genre (having recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits) but most recently being asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as his ongoing work with Chris Wood, Andy is currently working with Martin Simpson, June Tabor and Blowzabella.