Leveret

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Touring 2-17 March & 5-20 Oct 2019.

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ANDY CUTTING • SAM SWEENEY • ROB HARBRON

“What was remarkable was the delicacy and quality of their playing and the empathy between the three men, watching each other intently as they progressed from repeated melody lines to subtle, spontaneous variations. It was a magical set.” Robin Denselow, The Guardian ****

“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

“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 (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) 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 the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. 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 four-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, 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.  Their most recent album Inventions features entirely 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

 

 

Tour Dates

01/03/2019St Mary's Music HallLONDON
02/03/2019Stamford Arts CentreSTAMFORD
03/03/2019Soundhouse at the Traverse TheatreEDINBURGH
07/03/2019Calstock ArtsCALSTOCK
08/03/2019Blackheath HallsLONDON
11/03/2019The ApexBURY ST EDMUNDS
12/03/2019Wardrobe TheatreBRISTOL
13/03/2019The Lending RoomLEEDS
14/03/2019Concerts SheffieldSHEFFIELD
15/03/2019South Street Arts CentreREADING