St Christopher

Leveret - Playing with tunes
Event 8
Thursday October 8th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Playing with tunes

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Andy Cutting diatonic button accordion, melodeon  Sam Sweeney violin, viola  Rob Harbron English concertina

We’re very excited about Leveret – a new sound on the folk scene featuring three of England’s finest folk musicians.

“Sublime, exquisite music – don’t miss them” (Martin Simpson)

Leveret relish good tunes. They’re rooted in the English tradition, but also use new material and regularly add their own tunes.

Without the restrictions of sheet music, the players embrace the freedom to pass harmony and melody seamlessly between them. Andy Cutting says, “the musical journey starts when we take the notes off the page”. Truly spontaneous musical decisions are made as they play; each player’s ideas stimulate the others. No two gigs will sound the same. Even Playford’s Dancing Master sounds fresh and new.

The three musicians play as one. Their gentle and reflective melodic lines flow and develop through a subtly shifting texture.

“Guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing… each member weaving fluently in and out of focus as soloist… Harbron’s English concertina, especially, casts an almost supernatural glow across the tunes” (Tim Cumming, Guardian)

Leveret love to perform in the round and will play from the centre of the hall floor, allowing greater intimacy and connection with the audience.

Leveret launched their first CD, New Everything, in January 2015. At the end of April Sam Sweeney was named BBC2’s Folk Musician of the Year.

Their collective experience is impressive; between them they’ve worked with Bellowhead; Blowzabella; Chris Wood; Emma Reid; English Acoustic Collective; Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party; Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings; June Tabor; Kate Rusby; Martin Simpson; and The Full English.