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This will be the third time that we have played host to this outstanding Americana-influenced 5 piece, and each time they get better and better and the audience gets larger and larger! So we’re thrilled that this year they will be playing for us at our Square Roots Xmas Cracker show - and what’s more, they will be joined by fabulous duo The Black Feathers!
One of the UK Americana scenes’ most arresting new bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers who are increasingly looking beyond conventional musical stereotypes, and just enjoying a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship.
In this case its a genre defying mix of Roots, Cajun, Blues, Trad, Country and then some!
Featuring the myriad musical talents of Martin Fitzgibbon (Drums, Percussion, Vocals) and Marion Fleetwood (Mandolin, Fiddle, Cello, Vocals) of ColvinQuarmby, and Mark Cole (Squeezboxes, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals), Rick Edwards (House Full Of Guitars, Vocals) and Lyndon Webb (Bass, Vocals) of Sons Of The Delta.
One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to harness the power and energy of a five piece band and ally that to the subtlety and artistic feel that is required on some of their more emotive material. Its a pretty neat trick, and in live performance they carry the audience with them on a journey of foot stomping joy tempered with only the occasional heartbreak.
Seeing them live it's clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig, ensuring that the road travelled overwhelmingly ends in a smile - no surprise then that their debut album “Daisy Roots” is receiving critical acclaim from all quarters!
What The Papers Say About The Jigantics….
“Cajun-kissed americana of the highest quality” (Maverick Magazine)
"Fantastic music...highlight act" (The Daily Telegraph)
"A fabulous fusion of cajun, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class.” (Steve Sheldon, FolkIcons.co.uk)
Completing what is frankly an awesome double bill,The Black Feathers have already been busy touring the country, enticing and captivating audiences as they go. Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler sound like they draw their influences from a number of high quality wells - Americana and folk influences rub shoulders and edgy rock sensibilities peek through the tight-as-blood harmonies.
Their ridiculously good debut 5 track EP “Strangers When We Meet” (released in February of this year) bursts with promise and has seen them waltz their way with ease onto many stages including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival and the hyper-cool Maverick Festival. They have also embarked on a well received 8-date tour in and around Nashville, Tennessee, earning themselves a growing fan base in the US as well as the UK.
What The Papers Say About The Black Feathers….
“Deep, dark, moody sonnets” (Youth, producer of Dido and The Orb)
“This duo just stopped everyone in their tracks” (Songs From The Shed)