James Delarre and Saul Rose combine thrilling fiddle performances with some of the finest melodeon playing in a new duo harnessing all the subtleties of traditional music while producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. Together they produce flowing melodies, rich harmony and considered vocal delivery. The firm friends’ joy in playing music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.
James Delarre he is the product of a musical family and has been playing the violin from a young impressionable age, mostly self taught. From his late teens, he has worked as a professional musician, most notably with Jim Moray, Mawkin:Causley, Mawkin (a band formed with his brother), Lauren McCormick and more recently as a duo with Saul Rose and Topette (an exciting new Anglo-French dance project with Andy Cutting, Barnaby Stradling, Julien Cartonette and Tania Buisse) as well as an appearance with Bellowhead on the Jools Holland Hootenanny. James has also appeared playing on the BBC’s ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘London’s Calling’ and has performed on two forthcoming feature films with BBC, Fox Searchlight and Ruby Films.
Saul Rose is one of the leading melodeon players in the country. He’s best known for his work with the Kings of Calicutt and Waterson:Carthy and has been a professional folk musician on and off since his late teens. A player involved with traditional music via a morris dancing past and playing music for dancing, he has been playing melodeon since he was 10. After entering (and not winning) the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1991, Saul was spotted by Eliza Carthy and asked to form the Kings of Calicutt with Eliza and Nancy Kerr. Saul has gone on to feature in Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel, the Jim Moray band, Faustus, Ruth Notman, Random and the Gavin Davenport band as well as duos with Eliza, Maclaine Colston and now James Delarre. 2011 was spent almost entirely singing, playing and acting in the renowned West End production in the principal role of Songman. Saul’s versatility has seen him deputise in Bellowhead, Tickled Pink and Edward II and more recently Saul has recorded and produced albums commercially in the Whapweasel recording studio.
James and Saul first met at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2007. They were invited as part of a band to play music for the dance troupe Morris Offspring and they have Laurel Swift to thank for bringing them together. After a punishing week of morning workshops and all day and evening performances with the troupe they had become firm friends. They continued to play for Morris Offspring for the next couple of years, met up regularly to play the night away in the infamous Cockle Shed and shared the stage in 2009/10 with Jim Moray when Saul replaced Nick Cooke in his band. Every time they meet the music flows.