Rhythmic folk on ancient instruments

Norwich folk experimentalists Horses Brawl gallop back with this hometown gig to start what promises to be another busy year. Steve Holmes and Rory McVicar support at this Norwich Arts Centre gig.

Norwich folk experimentalists Horses Brawl gallop back with this hometown gig to start what promises to be another busy year.

The trio formed in 2003 for a Creative Arts East tour, but have since performed twice at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and at The Thames Festival and received airplay on BBC Radio 3 and stations across the US.

They have also found time to release a three-track EP, feature on several compilation albums, including We're from Norwich No 1, and have just released their eponymous debut album to great acclaim.

Laura Cannell and Adrian Lever went to school together, meeting up later when back in Norwich. The band was completed when, in need of a cellist, Laura met Jon Manton while studying at the University of East Anglia.

They began performing formal Elizabethan dance music, but very quickly discovered their own sound, which incorporated semi-improvised arrangements of music from Eastern and Western Europe. They now explore unconventional techniques on modern and ancient instruments, creating an unusual and original style.

Their music is rich and highly evocative, ranging from tentative string harmonics to a driving rhythmic wall of sound and draws influences from English, French medieval and European folk styles.

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Support comes from flamenco guitarist Steve Holmes and Radio 1 One Music Unsigned winner Rory McVicar, who recently performed at Manchester's In The City and played a live Maida Vale session for Radio One's Rob Da Bank.

t Horses Brawl, Steve Holmes, Rory McVicar, at Norwich Arts Centre, Saturday, January 7, tickets £6, £4 conc, call (01603) 660352

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