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Andy Cutting, Mark Emerson & Tim Harries
'Three major luminaries' Mojo

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ANDY CUTTING is established amongst the leading players and developers of the diatonic button accordion, creating new music for the instrument which draws on a long experience of various traditional dance styles, of which he is an acknowledged master. He is a member of the band Blowzabella and in collaborations with violinist Chris Wood and hurdy-gurdy player Nigel Eaton, he has pioneered a uniquely thoughtful and inventive approach to the interpretation of music from the English, French and Quebecois traditions.

MARK EMERSON , violin, viola and piano. He has worked with various ensembles developing and performing traditional-related music, and has experience of theatre, having worked for both RSC and RNT and led a show orchestra in LondonŐs West End. He is particularly associated with the innovative group Pyewackett and also with the Mellstock Band. Together with pianist Huw Warren he has for the last eleven years worked closely alongside singer June Tabor. In 2000 he founded the ensemble 1651.

TIM HARRIES, double bass, has been a professional bassist for twenty years and has worked in a wide variety of musical contexts, Classical, Traditional, Rock and Jazz. As well as his work with 1651 he is currently recording and playing live with producer Brian Eno, singers June Tabor and Julie Murphy, saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Ben Castle, composers Errollyn Wallen and Mike Westbrook, the writer Alan Moore and Jazz group The Hungry Ants.


'Rich improvisations... a courageous and bravura display'

'Anyone expecting merry English folk tunes would have been disappointed. This was not the Albion Band.'

'Imagine Jan Garbarek playing Barbara Allen and you are half way there.'

Oxford Times, 7th December '01 - from a review of 1651's concert in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford.


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