Fresh from the tour of his “magnificent”(Folk Radio UK) debut album Chewing The Fat, an emotionally engaging combination of spoken word and folk steeped in the sounds and words of rural Ireland, James Patrick Gavin brings together acclaimed experimental folk guitarist Adrian Lever and jazz double bassist and composer Tim Fairhall to create a fresh folk music born of their diverse roots.
Known for his consistently strong collaborative work at the forefront of London’s thriving folk scene, with TEYR, The Rad Orchestra, and Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra, multiinstrumentalist and composer James Patrick Gavin creates music that dances a line between tradition and irreverence. Chewing The Fat was described as “a tapestry that stitches together ideas of place, identity and continuity. Dazzling.” by RnR Magazine, and displays Gavin’s remarkable ability to trace the threads of the Irish folk diaspora, moving beyond the historical to the truly original. Live performances of the album included a sell-out show at the Union Chapel, London.
This new trio showcases Gavin’s melodic invention and his mastery of the full range of sounds and textures of the violin.
Adrian Lever joins Gavin after eight years of innovation with the critically acclaimed Horses Brawl (featuring composer and improviser Laura Cannell), as well as performing regularly as part of trio Alma, with leading English folk fiddlers John Dipper & Emily Askew. Lever’s clear tenor voice delivers the songs of the trio, while his seasoned and steady guitarist’s hand forms the rhythmic heart, complete with characteristic Balkan and flamenco stylings and a flair learned stomping stages from Lewes Guitar Festival to the Barbican.
Tim Fairhall contributes a distinctive style, coming from a background in contemporary jazz, improv and post-classical electronica. He has performed on stages as diverse as Cologne Philharmonic and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and with musicians ranging from Sephardic singer Yasmin Levy to the piano/laptop-led trio Piano Interrupted; he brings an improvisational alertness and sensitivity, jazz musicianship and an adventurous spirit to the trio.
Together, the venturesome trio represent the best of collaborative creation, and are a compelling new voice on the contemporary folk scene.