Bristol-based Spiro – St George’s Artists in Association for 2020 – are a four-piece instrumental group playing acoustic instruments whose wonderfully visceral, folk-meets-minimalism music has been described (by The Word) as “like Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Thomas Hardy novel”. For tonight’s performance, and the national tour of which it forms the final date, the four Spiro members – Jane Harbour, violin, Alex Vann, mandolin, Jason Sparkes, accordion, and Jon Hunt, guitar – are joined by the seven voices of world-famous Synergy Vocals, regular collaborators with composer Steve Reich and the contemporary classical avant-garde, for the debut of a suite of tunes composed by Jane Harbour and the band.
“True English originals” The Guardian
Spiro are St George’s Bristol Artists in Association 2019-20
In beginning our annual programme of Artists in Association with local heroes Spiro, it seemed a perfect opening choice: West Country residents with a strong, slightly cussed streak of distinctively different Bristolian values. What other folk band mixes jigs, reels and sea shanties with Steve Reich-ian minimalism and drum’n’bass, let alone has Peter Gabriel – their Real World record label boss – as cheerleader in chief?
They also work in different contexts, from good time knees up to cutting-edge contemporary crossover. Following their winter festival themed ‘& Friends’ show in December, this Spring concert introduces some heavy-duty minimalism in collaboration with Synergy Voices, before a final autumn 2020 appearance beings the residency to an end. And the next Artist in Association choice will be completely different.
Why not pre-order a sharing platter or soup to enjoy ahead of the concert?
Bookable here or via the link above with your tickets, up to 48 hours ahead of the event.
With soup, bar snacks and ice cream available to order on the night.