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+Joe Solo & Beggars Bridge
Folk, rock and everything in between, Blackbeard's Tea Party began as a busking, function and ceilidh band, but quickly grew a reputation as a formidable live act. They soon found themselves selling out venues in their home town of York.
Word quickly spread, and the band began to play gigs further afield, including a number of noteworthy festival concerts and ceilidh bookings through 2010 and 2011. These included Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and a headline slot at Galtres, amongst others.
During this time, Blackbeard's Tea Party released a mini-album (Heavens to Betsy, 2009) and a full length album (Tomorrow We'll Be Sober, 2011) to excellent critical acclaim and public response.
After the release of Heavens to Betsy the band's distinct sound was picked up by the BBC's Mike Harding, who played Blackbeard's Tea Party on BBC Radio 2′s weekly folk show.
Since the release of Tomorrow We'll Be Sober - which R2 Magazine gave a five star rating - Blackbeard's Tea Party have gone from strength to strength. They were recognised as one of the best live bands in the UK in the 2011 FATEA Awards and 2012 saw a long run of festival bookings, including Cambridge and Whitby, and return visits to Sidmouth and Shrewsbury, amongst others. Blackbeards Teaparty
2013 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. In April, Blackbeard's Tea Party issued their second full length album "Whip Jamboree" and hit the road for their first UK headline tour, playing in gig venues far and wide including triumphant sessions at Beverley Festival in June.
Funky folk tunes, storming songs and an infectious stage energy, Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza. Grounded in English traditions, but never afraid to explore more exotic musical avenues, they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable
JOE SOLO has in his time been a busker, a barman, a kerb counter, a warehouse hand, a copywriter and an engineer. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play in seven countries either as the lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of folk, punk and blues in his own right.joe-solo-copy-198x148 Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
Named after the famous stone bridge which spans the River Esk at Glaisdale in the North York Moors, Beggar's Bridge hail from Hull and write their own songs, many of which are based upon true tales of people, places and events from their home county, encapsulating its rural, urban and maritime heritage.
Their sound has a timeless quality to it, feeling at once traditional, yet contemporary too; there are echoes of Fairport Convention, Pentangle and Jethro Tull in their music, along with more recent influences such as The Levellers and Seth Lakeman. It's not just the music which makes a Beggar's Bridge gig memorable Beggers Bridgethough; the spaces in between are just as compelling, as the backgrounds to the song-stories are explained, usually with a good helping of earthy humour, and it all makes for an experience which is not only musically satisfying, but amusing and informative too.
Their debut album "Riding East" gathered some very favourable reviews from both print and online folk/roots media, while they have been developing a great reputation for themselves as a live act at folk venues across the North of England.
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