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LIVE AND LOCAL SHOW SATURDAY 13 MAY 2023 7.00 pm.
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Scratchy Beard in Concert
An evening of songs and storytelling inspired by the swing and melodies of gypsy jazz, adorned by the storytelling spirit of Anglo-Celtic folk and spiced with a gentle nod to rootsy blues. Experienced performers, Scratchy Beard are an up-beat and enjoyable live quartet.
What happens if you take the intoxicating swing and feel of gypsy jazz, add storytelling songs inspired by English & Celtic folk, and throw in a pinch of bluesy roots & rhythm? Gypsy-jazzy-rootsy-folk, of course!
Experienced performers, Scratchy Beard are an up-beat and enjoyable live quartet offering something a little different: very accessible roots/alt-folk/gypsy jazz music with an ear-catching line up of guitar, cello, drums & clarinet with, at times, three-part and four-part harmonies along with a reed organ, tin whistles, melodica & bottle-top slide guitar.
Inspired by the infectious swing & alluring melodies of 1930s gypsy jazz, adorned with the storytelling spirit of Anglo-Celtic folk songs, Scratchy Beard perform at venues and festivals all over the country. They sing a song or two in French and enjoy the occasional appearance of a blues melodica and tin whistles. They often reveal the engaging stories behind the songs they perform.
Having met in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Scratchy Beard are well-known in the Warwickshire area and have previously performed at the RSC. Describing themselves as ‘a cocktail of died-in-the-wool touring musos, classically trained instrumentalists and a celebrated illustrator.’ Founder member Spesh Maloney has scored and sound-designed for several feature films, film-shorts and theatre shows including the award-winning BBC documentary: Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster.
Prepare yourself for an entertaining evening journeying through an upbeat, fun and sincere collage of trans-European roots music.
Spesh: vocals, guitar
Laura: clarinet, organ, melodica & tin whistle