England’s most dynamic fiddle line-up will be at full strength as they celebrate their coming of age – with a special anniversary tour which stops off at Milton Keynes.
Some of the most legendary names in folk will be joining forces for Feast of Fiddles’ landmark 21st birthday tour which culminates over the Easter weekend.
The annual spring tours of the flamboyant fiddlers and their inventive backline have become a highlight on the folk calendar since the band formed for what was due to be a one-off concert in 1993 at Oxfordshire’s Nettlebed Folk Club and last year they marked two decades on the road with a special gig at the Alban Arena. The uplifting annual musical extravaganza that is the Feast of Fiddles tour has blossomed into a full-blooded two and a half hour show with an appeal that has grown far beyond a folk audience.
A true family show, it appeals equally to young people learning fiddle and their foot-tapping grandparents. The logistics of getting so many fiddlers together for the same dates has often proved challenging but this birthday year it will be all hands on deck combining the colossal talents of some of Britain’s top drawer fiddlers, not least Show of Hands’ Phil Beer. Phil has only been able to play selected dates on previous FoF tours but with SoH not touring until the autumn he is available for every gig including the show at The Stables, on Wednesday, April 16. Tickets for the 8pm gig, price £17 are available on 01908 280800 or online at www.stables.org
> Also in the dynamic core fiddle section will be Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and Steeleye Span and Gigspanner’s brilliant bowman Peter Knight.
See the band performing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme tune at their 2012 Chatham finale