|Friday 03 November 2017 @ 09:00pm : -
Off the wall, colourful and energetic. With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine. Formed by default under a Stockport pub table in early 2010 by Ed, Tom, and past member, Lucy Wright, Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes (22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion Renaissance woodwind parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of an early night is slim. No cow is too sacred, no juxtaposition too ambitious. Pigeonhole at your peril. Wear a yellow carnation in your buttonhole. Password; 'How's your father?'
Off the back of acclaimed albums 'Wayside Courtesies' (2011) and 'Red Diesel' (2016), and the forthcoming 'Stand and Deliver' (October 2017), the band are out on the road again. Prime the mild pump, waterproof the revolving mirror ball, and strap on your dancing trousers!
Edwin Beasant - (Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)
Jude Rees - (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)
Tom Kitching - (Fiddle, Mandolin)
Jon Loomes - (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)
Reviews for Red Diesel:
"A treat of an album. 5 stars." ~ The Telegraph
"An album that is likely to exceed the heights reached by its predecessor. A five-star album." ~ Folkwords
"I’m tempted to just put this album on and leave it." ~ Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire
"It has to be in contention come next awards season." ~ R2 Magazine.
Reviews of Wayside Courtesies:
"The Handweaver and the Factory Maid is one of my favourite tracks of the last 12 months!" ~ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"Pilgrims' Way are the real deal. I am genuinely impressed by their understanding and feel for the music - a young band I expect to hear great things from in the future." ~ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"I love it!" ~ Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire's 'Sunday Folk'
"Great stuff!" ~ Sam Walker, BBC Manchester's 'BBC Introducing'
"...This EP lives up to their ambition to create gimmick-free folk and hints at a promising future for Pilgrims's Way." ~ Liz Osman, Bright Young Folk
"This new young trio seem set to be very busy across the Summer with about eighteen festival dates confirmed. Those bookings have been made on the strength of this EP, with just one listen it's obvious why any festival would want them on their stage. They manage to walk the line between Trad conformity and ripping up the rule book deceptively easily. Read the full review!" ~ Iain Hazlewood, Spiral Earth