THREE of England’s top folk instrumentalists make up Leveret, and they are on tour this September, stopping at Hornblotton, Exeter and Dartmouth between 8th and 15th September.
Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, known for his work with Blowzabella and many other groups, has been voted Best Musician in the BBC Folk Awards a record four times.
Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective Summer School and is known for his work with The Full English and other leading bands.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney, formerly of Bellowhead, was named 2015 BBC Folk Awards Best Musician. He also directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and has a forthcoming solo album.
Fans know to expect a unique blend of traditional tunes, new compositions and incredible musicianship. They rely on mutual trust and intuition to create their music entirely in the moment – there are no arrangements and the focus shifts constantly and compellingly between the three musicians, all masters of their instruments.
Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is spontaneous and yet timeless.
Leveret’s 2017 CD Inventions featured entirely original music composed by the three members of the band. On the autumn tour, the band returns to its traditional roots, and alongside pieces from their back catalogue they will be performing their settings of newly rediscovered traditional tunes. These pieces will feature on the trio’s next album, due for release next March. They begin recording it the day after the tour finishes.
Hear Leveret at Hornblotton Village Hall on Saturday 8th, Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 11th and Folk at the Flavel in Dartmouth on Saturday 15th September.
Photograph by Ellie Lucas