IT has been a great first season of folk events at Hepworth and it is about to end on a high note with a gig from Coventry-based band Isambarde.
This is an unusual grouping of voices, guitar, fiddle and oboe but it obviously works as the band is building quite a following.
Hear them for yourself at Hepworth Village Hall next weekend for the final concert in the current season.
Isambarde are Chris Green (vocals and guitar), Jude Rees (oboe, vocals) and Emily Sanders (vocals, fiddle).
Their concert is on Saturday April 24 at 8pm.
Isambarde’s story starts almost 10 years ago when Chris decided to form a band.
The only problem was that he didn’t really know anyone within 20 years of his own age who shared his taste for traditional English folk music. A lonely and brief solo career beckoned!
Then at short notice, Chris got involved in a musical theatre production at the Alexandra Theatre in Coventry and it was there that he met orchestral manager and more importantly pit oboist Jude Rees.
Here was a fellow folkie reared on Steeleye Span, the Albion Band and other alumni of the 60s and 70’s folk revival. She had just completed an MA at Birmingham Conservatoire and leapt at the chance to do something different from the music traditionally associated with the oboe.
Chris had met Emily Sanders briefly at the Bridgnorth Folk Festival in 1997, but had promptly lost her number!
It was almost five years before they met again by chance at a folk club in Solihull.
Emily had been a regular fixture on the Staffordshire circuit since the age of 12, but was not involved with any band on a regular basis, so the other two lost no time in recruiting her talents and formidable repertoire of traditional songs and tunes.
Together they make Isambarde, a trio which plays clubs and festivals all over the country.
Their music is a powerful blend of traditional and contemporary folk songs and as they tour, Isambarde collect songs and many new friends.