Pangolin

Acoustic Folk, Americana & Contemporary

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We play the music we enjoy the most: we hope you enjoy it too

What do we play?  We play acoustic music. We play British folk and Americana - both traditional and contemporary. We play a bit of country and our own interpretations of some modern classics. We mostly play covers but sometimes play our own songs. We play the music we love.

What don't we play?  We don't play rock. We don't play hip hop. We don't play dance music (although you can dance to some of our tunes). We don't play heavy metal, thrash metal or any other metal. Not because we don't like it - it's just not what we play.

The following seven songs were recorded just before Christmas 2016 in the beautiful St Peter's Church in Llanbedr, Powys.  Despite it being freezing cold we were quite pleased with the results.  

St Peter's Llanbedr

St Peter's Llanbedr

We recorded the three songs below in December 2014. We had been asked by Mike's son Tom and his beautiful bride-to-be Nikki to record some music to accompany their wedding ceremony on December 20th- no pressure then! We talked with them and between us came up with songs they loved that would reflect their feelings and thoughts on their special day. Lark in the Clear Air is a traditional Irish song with a beautiful sentiment.  We kept the recording sparse and simple (yes, we actually did the recording) and it was played as Nikki walked up the aisle.  Ruth Moody's Trees for Skies and Roo Pane's Little Giant are fabulous songs of love, longing and growth to which we have recorded a richer, more layered arrangement.  Both of these were played as the very very happy couple signed the marriage register.  It was a huge honour to be asked to provide the music for such an important and significant occasion.  We had never recorded anything before and the learning curve was incredibly steep but they were very happy with the result, as were we.... phew!

Americana - US & Canadian roots music

Americana - US & Canadian roots music

Traditional & Contemporary folk from around the UK

Traditional & Contemporary folk from around the UK

Americana

Is defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), as "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw."

"... acoustic instruments are often present and vital,"

The AMA goes on to offer a simpler definition: 

"It's contemporary music that honors and/or derives from American roots music, period ".

We play Americana from artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Avett Brothers, The Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, Sarah Jarosz, Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder and Alison Krauss. 

Please note:  We never wear stetson hats, bootlace ties or leather chaps, discuss the merits (or otherwise) of grits, or shout yee-haw! more than is strictly necessary. 

Folk 

Folk music, to borrow from the CD reviewing policy of fRoots magazine, is music which has some roots in a tradition.  In its purest forms it draws from a process of oral transmission over the centuries; an authentic expression of a way of life now past.  More recently, everyone would agree on the core of what folk music is (by which I mean absolute certainties like Martin Carthy and Kate Rusby). But it is also crucial to appreciate that ‘folk’ is also a broader area in which elements of jazz, classical, and rock music are welcome and furthermore share common artistes, boundaries and genres.

We play British Folk from artists such as Kate Rusby, Karine Polwart, Richard Thompson and Kirsty MacColl (OK, Kirsty's not strictly folk but she did write the most wonderful songs) as well as a smattering of familiar traditional songs.   

Please note: We never put fingers into ears (well, almost never) when singing, wear clogs, or have bells or other accoutrements hanging from any part of our attire.