IT IS just four years since folk quartet 4Square started out, it’s said in a freezing farmhouse on the outskirts of Rochdale.
Now these young musicians are much in demand and one of their early dates for 2011 is at the increasingly popular gigs in Hepworth village hall.
The quartet launched their second album, ChronicLes last summer and have appeared at festivals across the country.
They play Hepworth on Saturday January 29.
The line up features Nicola Lyons (fiddle and vocals), Jim Molyneux (accordion), James Meadows (banjo and mandola) and Dan Day (percussion, vocals and piano).
Nicola began her playing career with Fosbrooks in Stockport, spent three years as part of a duo with accordionist and pianist, Jamie Schofield and has also appeared as a dancer with the Demon Barbers.
Jim Molyneux has played percussion from the age of seven, and soon took up the piano and accordion. He went to Chethams School of Music and two years ago made it to the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year on percussion.
Dan Day’s percussion playing started when he was three years old.
He too went to Chethams and played in that same BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist as a percussionist.
James Meadows started playing the violin when he was six and as a teenager taught himself to play the mandolin, which led to the banjo, now his main instrument.
Four years ago, when he was 16, James was a semi finalist in the BBC Young Folk Awards.
For details on the Hepworth concerts go to www.hepworthlive.com