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Edward II, The Rheingans Sisters

Doors 7.30 pm

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Edward II create world music quite like no other. Blending the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs of the British Isles the band represent a unique and seminal force in the history of UK music.

Emerging at a time when the folk-rock movement was flourishing, the band rebelled, finding a more natural partner for folk in the reggae music of Jamaica. To Edward II the two musical forms were not only harmonically similar, but both folk music in their own rights. Emerging from nations with a sea-faring heritage the fusion powerfully highlighted that Britain was, and always had been, an island of immigrants.

Heavily involved in the early days of the anti-fascist Rock Against Racism movement, the band emerged as the Windrush generation began to influence British urban culture.

With upbeat rock-steady rhythms, blazing horns, fabulous harmonies and fiery melodeon melodies, the band return make a triumphant return to the South West for the closing concert of Bristol Folk Festival 2020.

Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make bold and playful contemporary music anchored in folk tradition.

Fiddle-singers and multi-instrumentalists Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up in the Peak District, born to a musician mother and violin-maker father, they picked up fiddles at an early age.

One third of the hugely popular Lady Maisery, Rowan is also well-known for her work with Nancy Kerr and the Songs of Separation super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart.  Anna lives and works as a fiddle player in Toulouse and is an expert in southern French folk music, having gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatoire de Toulouse.

Both sisters spent significant time studying fiddle music in Sweden and Norway, and pull both northern and southern European traditions into their own remarkable musical world.

A duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match,Songlines Magazine