|Tuesday 31 July 2018 @ 08:00pm : -
Kate Griffin & Ford Collier
Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are a contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate Clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish Whistle and the spellbinding Tabla drums of North India.
Kate is a clawhammer banjo player, singer, and pianist who began performing at the age of 13. She has developed her own style of banjo playing that is rooted in American old-time music at the same time as bringing it into the modern day. As of 2017, Kate performs with Ford Collier sharing their passion for folk and world music. Ford (The Drystones) on Guitar, Low D Whistle, and Tabla drums brings a blend of skills and styles that marry Celtic drive and adventurous harmonies with Indian rhythmic language. Together the duo delight in exploring the boundaries of the contemporary folk genre with influences from contemporary Celtic, Eastern European folk, Bluegrass, and Indian classical, broadening the frontiers of the style, and infusing their joy into the audience as they go.
Ford Collier finds it easiest to describe himself as a multi-instrumentalist, although it would be tempting to just say he is indecisive. Playing with Alex Garden in The Drystones got him hooked on guitar and low whistle, and since their first gig together he has developed as both a subtle accompanist and an accomplished tune player. While studying music at the University of Sheffield, an interest in Indian music turned into an obsession and culminated in a final year recital on tabla, the north Indian drums. Recently, he has given up on deciding which instrument he should practise the most. Ford also plays with The Drystones and Sheffield indie-funk group the Life Aquatic Band.
"Incredibly executed folk" ~ Christian Carlisle BBC Radio Sheffield