STRINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
A masterclass in musicianship, musical history, and sheer enjoyment
Once upon a time jazz was fun. It didn’t turn its nose up at popular music. It hadn’t forgotten the blues and ragtime. It even shook hands with country music occasionally. Sometimes it sang silly songs and played funny instruments. It could be virtuosic without taking itself too seriously.
The Arcadians play and sing the music from this Golden Age – largely from the 1920s and 30s but sometimes as early as the 1890s; mostly American but also from other parts of the world. They perform on a wide variety of stringed instruments and their repertoire ranges from the familiar :- Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, to the obscure:- ‘Banjo’ Ikey Robinson, The Dallas String Band. They touch on blues, ragtime, country and Hawaiian music and show that not only is it all related but all great music and great fun.
MARTIN WHEATLEY – guitar(s), tenor guitar, 3 sorts of Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, 5-string banjo, mandolin and vocals
TOM ‘SPATS’ LANGHAM – guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele and vocals
MIKE PIGGOTT – violin, phono-fiddle, guitar, mandolin
LOUIS THOMAS – Double Bass
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