Spiro are a unique Bristol-based acoustic four-piece band who combine the multi-layered complexity of classical music with the melodic strength of traditional folk tunes and the simplicity and groove of modern loop-based music.
Their approach to composition and performance unlocks an extraordinary emotional response, both on record and in live performance. Proof of Spiro’s success lies in audience reaction in different cultures across the world; wherever they play, people describe similar emotional experiences, despite hearing the music in uniquely personal ways.
It was their shared love of traditional tunes that brought them together in the ‘90’s at an acoustic folk session in a Bristol pub. Sourcing tunes that might be 500 years old, Spiro weave these melodies into the compelling new sound-world of the band’s systems-inspired arrangements. Unfettered in their thinking about what’s possible, Spiro rise to the demands of the music. Riffs and tunes explode into life, tussle, win and lose, decay and re-emerge.
Spiro are: Jane Harbour: violin, Alex Vann: mandolin, Jason Sparkes: accordion + Jon Hunt: acoustic guitar
“Spiro are like Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel – or Steve Reich playing the cider-scented backroom of a village pub. Intense and minimal, they roll out complex arrangements with such ease that you feel your heart lift a few inches above its normal resting place” **** The Word
“It’s all breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure.” fRoots
‘Cinematic, breath-taking and beautiful…traditionally English and yet wholly of the now. Folk has never seemed so relevant.’ *****Songlines
‘Spiro are that rarity: true English originals’ ***** The Guardian
“…the Reichian shimmering pulse is still at the heart of Spiro’s finely machined modernist version of folk music: …each separate line repetitive yet the whole constantly changing like the surface of an unpredictable sea.” **** Financial Times
“Spiro’s gyroscopic sound swirls guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion lines in euphoric but rigorous folk dances, inspired by minimalist classical music and punk as well as folk music.” Time Out