EVENT CANCELLED - BAD WEATHER / Pilgrims' Way at EFC / Edinburgh FC
With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog rock, soul, and pop, it's impossible to class the sound Pilgrims' Way make as folk music.
Formed in Stockport in early 2010 Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes (22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion renaissance woodwind parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of an early night is slim.
Off the back of acclaimed albums 'Wayside Courtesies' (2011), 'Red Diesel' (2016), and 'Stand and Deliver' (2017), the band are out on the road again.
Edwin Beasant (Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)
Edwin is a musician with a varied background. Steeped in the traditions of England, having been brought up in a Morris Dancing family, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.
A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures and rhythms.
Jude Rees (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)
Jude is the latest addition to Pilgrims Way. A woodwind specialist, she is acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism. A founder member of Isambarde, Judes barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around the country. Jude is a sought-after session musician, has guested on numerous albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects. Jude is also a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.
Tom Kitching (Fiddle, Mandolin)
Ten years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding as "one of the best English fiddlers ever" and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Mr Loomes. (see below). In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim, winning a place on the Daily Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express. His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting kettle leads and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking Squad.
Jon Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)
A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music. His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving the council a fortune in compensation cases. Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.
Pleasance Cabaret Bar (View)
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
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