Tonight’s free foyer performance is from The Drystones
Though The Drystones started out as an impromptu solution to a last-minute need for some folk music, the pairing of guitarist and whistle player Ford Collier and fiddler Alex Garden seemed an idea worth pursuing. Any doubts were dispelled when, as the only acoustic act in the Mid Somerset Battle of the Bands, the duo’s powerhouse treatment of traditional jigs and reels won the day over sundry techno, hip-hop, metal and indie outfits.
That was five years ago, since when they have racked up a lot of stage time playing beer festivals, weddings, pubs, and charity events, as well as an impressive list of music festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week, the Bath International Music Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Sunrise, Halsway Hothouse, Bromyard Folk Festival, The Village Pump Fest, and Purbeck (all whilst still doing their A Levels). Playing on the Avalon Café Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2013 they were spotted by Steve Lamacq who made them his “recommendation of the day” on Radio 2. In 2015 they released A Tale of Sound and Fury, their second album, and won a Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award, and appeared with Ray Davies and The Shires on Glastonbury Extravaganza.
Their third album – We Happy Few – is officially released on June 30.