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Wainsgate Chapel Concerts: Cardboard Fox

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Wainsgate Chapel: Cardboard Fox
Sunday April 17 at 3pm

The Wainsgate Chapel 2016 concert seasons begins on Sunday April 17 with a welcome return for the excellent Carrivick Sisters who performed at the Chapel last year in the Great Folk/Roots Picnic, part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. This time though, they're bringing their whole band with them.

Cardboard Fox

Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music.
Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese.

With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that's what makes this acoustic quartet so special. The band are due to release their first full length album this spring, whilst their earlier recording received this accolade from Mark Kermode: "Love this terrific new EP from Cardboard Fox…whole thing is ace!"

"The Carrivicks blew everyone away at the Folk/Roots Picnic last year," said concert organiser Dave Nelson. "I really can't wait to see them again - especially with the new line-up. It's going to be a great start to a very exciting season."

The concert starts at 3pm and tickets, which are only available at the door, cost £10 and £8 with a special £3 rate for under 18s. Up and coming concerts in the series include singer Zoe Kyoti performing with guitarist Stuart McCallum and fiddle player Emma Sweeney on May 15th, ex Tanglefoot Canadian folk veterans Ritchie, Parrish, Ritchie on May 22nd and Mancunian folk roots quintet Project Jam Sandwich on June 19. There's more information about all events and how to get to Wainsgate at www.wainsgate.co.uk.

"…an array of carefully crafted textures; often built on rich harmonic foundations…
…full of freshness and light." – FATEA Magazine

"Love this terrific new EP from Cardboard Fox…
… whole thing is ace!" – Mark Kermode

Cardboard Fox are hard to categorise. All four musicians have roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013, the band have known each other for much longer but have been waiting for the right opportunity to make it work. All that was needed was for everyone to be in the right place and Joe's moving from Norwich to Bath was the catalyst that allowed it to happen. This is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that's what makes this acoustic quartet so special. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.

John Breese, primarily a classical guitarist as well as one of the country's top banjo players, is fast establishing himself as an in-demand double bassist. Having gained a Distinction in his Masters degree in Music Performance from Southampton University, John moved back to his home town of Bath and began his career as a professional musician. Since the age of 16, he has played in many bands and continues to do so, most recently as some-time bassist with The Carrivick Sisters.

Laura Carrivick began playing violin at around 10 years old. Learning classically to begin with, she soon found herself drawn to folk fiddle styles and began trying to play along to Chieftains CDs. Later, she heard bluegrass and was hooked! In 2008 she achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in Colorado, America. Laura spends most of her time playing in her critically acclaimed duo, The Carrivick Sisters, with twin sister, Charlotte. Together, they've played all over the world, appeared on TV, recorded live sessions for national radio including BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, received several awards and released 5 albums. Maverick Magazine said of Laura; "Laura's fiddle and dobro playing are astounding."

Charlotte Carrivick began learning to flat pick the guitar at the age of 14, having previously played classical guitar and mandolin. Now a highly respected guitarist and multi instrumentalist on the UK bluegrass and folk scenes, Charlotte plays as one half of The Carrivick Sisters, with which she reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2010. Their music gets frequent airplay, including plays on BBC Radio 2 and they have also been interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Americana UK described Charlotte's guitar playing as "simply breathtaking."

Joe Tozer, originally from Norwich and now studying at Bath Spa University, started playing acoustic guitar at the age of twelve, taking up the mandolin a year later. His achievements since then include winning the EFDSS Young Musician Competition three times, giving him an opportunity to play at Cambridge Folk Festival and reaching the finals of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots competition with his duo, Lost in the Honeycomb. The UK's leading bluegrass magazine, The British Bluegrass News, described Joe as an "extraordinary talent on the mandolin and guitar."