Dodo Street Band...
has taken the UK festival scene by storm!
The last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer (and the first, of course), Dodo Street Band has defined a new genre. A contagious epidemic of folk in a joyously wild maverick mix. Defy infection if you dare and keep your feet still if you can...
Blows - Piers Adams
Scrapes - Adam Summerhayes
Bellows - Murray Grainger
Twangs - Malcolm Creese
Bangs - Cormac Byrne
Diabolical fiddle virtuosity from international star Adam Summerhayes, outrageous brilliance from world number one recorder genius Piers Adams, horrifyingly high-voltage insanity from accordion master Murray Grainger, positively evil power from bass legend Malcolm Creese and dazzling bodhran playing from multi award-winning king of folk percussion, Cormac Byrne.
Returning from three centuries of extinction, the Dodos have taken the UK festival scene by storm with their maverick take on Celtic, Gypsy and Klezmer music. Barely a season after they burst into the nation's consciousness, their performances span the entirety of the UK: from the Edinburgh Festival to the Isle of Wight, the extremities of the coast of Wales, the Lake District and the east coast—leaving audiences stamping and cheering long after the Dodos have left the stage.
What is so special? Apart from their history-defying existence...
You will never hear faster playing, of such inhuman precision, than Adam Summerhayes ("astonishing, all-out virtuosity" New York Times) and Piers Adams ("superhuman" Washington Post) and the rest of the band is equally virtuosic. Master accordionist Murray Grainger and one of Europe's most renowned bass players Malcolm Creese can easily dominate center stage, while the live-wire antics of Cormac Byrne, king of Irish percussion and BBC Folk Award-winning bodhran player, can easily steal the show.
But it is the music that is really remarkable. There is nothing predictable about their tunes—a famous Irish melody might take a wild Klezmer twist, an ancient Scottish wedding song is recast in a mesmeric soundscape that evokes the lonely island from which it came, Gypsy tunes and Eastern European rhythms spiral faster and faster, impossible not to dance to. I nstrumental limits are pushed to the extreme, but the band never lose control or tightness and the music is, above all, driven by potent melodies, whether centuries old or newly penned.