Tuesday, 5 November 2013

4 Square (music)

Described by none other than John Tams as "simply stunning", the young Manchester-based quartet that is 4 Square has recently taken the festival circuit by storm with its unique and distinctive sound and instrumental prowess. Now they are on their way to Eastbourne for a visit to the Lamb Folk Club in November as part of a two month national tour.

4 Square are Nicola Lyons (fiddle, clogs, vocals), Jim Molyneux (piano, accordion, vocals), Daniel Day, (percussion, piano, vocals) and James Meadows (banjo, mandola, tenor guitar). Although the band was formed in 2006, in a farmhouse near Rochdale, it was their Cropredy Festival appearance in 2009 which made their name. They are currently onto their third studio album and have shared stages with the likes of Steve Winwood, Joe Brown, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman. The music combines elements of traditional British folk with world music riffs and rhythms, a jazz-funk edge and a wicked sense of humour. I have included a YouTube clip of their Cropredy performance below.

Lamb Folk Club, 20th Nov, 20:00.
Admission £6, payable on the door.