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4Square are one of the finest young bands to grace the resurgent UK folk scene. Since humble beginnings in a freezing farmhouse on the outskirts of Rochdale in the winter of 2006, outspoken alternative-folk quartet 4Square has accomplished an incredible amount in a relatively short space of time. Not only has 4Square’s music matured into the most unique and exciting sound you shall hear from the British folk music scene today; they have also shared stages with the likes of Steve Winwood, Fairport Convention, Joe Brown, Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman.
They play their music with zest, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band. The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion.
4Square have played at many festivals great and small, both in the UK, and all across Europe, in Denmark, Corfu, Norway, The Czech Republic and Sweden.
They released their latest album, ‘Hearth & Home’ in autumn 2013.
NICOLA LYONS: Fiddle, Vocals, Clog Dancing
JIM MOLYNEUX: Piano, Accordion, Vocals
JAMES MEADOWS: Tenor Guitar, Banjo
DAN DAY: Percussion, Vocals
‘Simply stunning’ - John Tams
‘Oustanding musicianship, total assurance, abundant energy and exceeding confidence...dripping in very obvious talent’ - Dave Kidman, Netrhythms.com
Nominated for the Horizon Award in the BBC Folk Awards 2013, Maz O’Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs. She accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box, piano and harmonium.
Described by Froots magazine as ‘an enchanting debut album’, her ‘Upon a Stranger Shore’ was released in the summer of 2012, just after Maz left university.
2013 brought a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and a summer spent as the singer for the RSC’s production of ‘As You Like It’ with music written by Laura Marling.
After a busy year of gigging and gathering new material, Maz ‘s new album will be released in the Spring of 2014 and will be produced by multi-folk-award- winning Jim Moray.
‘a vocal performance that stops you dead in your tracks’ - Fatea
‘Maz has given us an enchanting debut album, whose occasionally diffident demeanour, while promising much for the future, in itself proves very attractive.’ - Froots