ANDY CUTTING • SAM SWEENEY • ROB HARBRON
“This is all about the joy of playing and the intoxicating thrill of three masters of their craft … the empathy between them as the music ebbs and flows is exceptional; you can also see the smiles and winks between them. The feel-good warmth they generate is palpable.”
Colin Irwin [fROOTS review of In The Round]
“Classy players … their intuitive way with tunes is glorious” Mojo
“You won’t find English folk music played better than this”R2
“Inspiringly good” fROOTS
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.
“In folk music you need to hear the human. Leveret have got that trance-like thing – I’ve taken people to Leveret concerts who don’t necessarily have an interest in folk and they’ve totally got it. There’s so much in those tunes and it takes real skill to see it and bring it out. There’s a variation there between the three of them that goes on constantly. Even if you don’t appreciate what traditional music is you can still be blown away by it…”
Verity Sharp [BBC Radio 3 Late Junction]
“The intimacy and the intensity of this in the round experience was unlike anything I had heard all year. “In folk, it’s the sound of what’s to come” TheArtsDesk.com
“Music of a rich, sinewy immersion, guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing. It’s an intimate, contemporary reinvention of the source material” The Guardian
“This glimmering set of instrumentals cuts unfailingly elegant lines” The Sunday Times
“Sublime, exquisite music – don’t miss them” Martin Simpson
|02/09/2018||Haverhill Arts Centre||HAVERHILL|
|04/09/2018||Middlesbrough Town Hall||MIDDLESBROUGH|
|06/09/2018||West End Centre||ALDERSHOT|
|12/09/2018||The Stables Theatre||WAVENDON|
|13/09/2018||Lincoln Drill Hall||LINCOLN|
|15/09/2018||Folk at The Flavel||DARTMOUTH|