Leveret and Spiro are two of England’s finest instrumental folk groups. Both play eighteenth century folk tunes, however their styles are very different. This visit to The Met is a rare opportunity to hear these two remarkable bands on the same bill, and will feature a unique joint finale.
Leveret, described by The Guardian as “the finest of traditional English folk today: a trio of poise and subtle gesture, of deft layering, graceful swing and gorgeous understatement” rely on their mutual trust and intuition to create their music entirely in the moment – there are no arrangements and the focus shifts constantly and compellingly between three masters of their instruments.
Spiro draw inspiration from minimalism and electronic music to “create ecstatic, interlocking, intricate musical patterns that are as hypnotising and beguiling as the most complex Fibonacci sequences” (Songlines). Their live shows feature intense ensemble playing which transports audiences on an exhilarating journey far away from their roots in English folk.
The two groups first came together in a show at The Met’s Homegrown Festival in 2014. Ian Anderson of fROOTS magazine said this was “One of my favourite concerts of the year, because both were inspiringly good and completely different in their musical approaches and live presentation style. Hard to top!”.
Don’t miss this evening of thrilling new acoustic music that combines consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.
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