Mama Matrix / The Crooked Fiddle Band / Boat To Row

18 August 2010 07:30 PM

 Frenetic Balkan punksters Mama Matrix combine finely honed musicianship with raw, infectious charisma. Frontman Daz Dolczech reels off salacious tales of panic and infidelity, rippled through with a hearty Balkan baseline and feverish violectra. Regulars at Shambala and Moseley Folk, they have wowed and disturbed in equal measure across the UK, in Amsterdam and Rome. To experience Mama Matrix is to stare into the mouth of a devastatingly beautiful, dangerous chasm, and those who survive cannot help but be drawn back for more.

The Crooked Fiddle Band are completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic, and yet has the strength of some deep and strong roots. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything else like it!”- Brian Eno

Australian chainsaw-folk vigilantes The Crooked Fiddle Band deliver a no-holds-barred celebration of dark, ecstatic energy.

Fronted by Sydney Conservatoire trained, Golden Fiddle Award winning virtuoso Jess Randall, tCFB are equally at home in an underground warehouse party and in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Intertwining folk traditions with bush music, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and modern gypsy evolutions, this Sydney-based acoustic four-piece (double-bass, violin, drums and guitar/bouzouki) spurs the dance floor into a post-apocalyptic hoedown.

Boat To Row formed in May 09′ from Nuneaton, a small town in warwickshire and play folk music that encourages you to tap your toe in time. Chief songwriter Michael King began writing after his grandmothers record collection was passed down to him. After digesting the likes of Donovan, Joan Baez, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan as well as current artist Fionn Regan, he began to craft his own songs with a longing to write songs that “Are just nice to listen too” writing about what any 21 year old would, love, loss, friendships and life.

The current E.P ‘Crossroads’ will be released on the 17th of May on a limited Tape Run courtesy of label Danger! Lazer! Phaser! Razor! with more releases planned throughout the year.

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