The Dovetail Trio
“Richly rounded accented vocals, skin-tight harmonies and sparse yet polished instrumentation” FolkWords
Release date: 31st May 2019
The Dovetail Trio are thrilled to announce the release of their second album of traditional folk songs in May 2019.
Recorded in just a few days in October 2018 in a beautiful 160-year-old schoolroom overlooking their adoptive home city of Sheffield, Bold Champions showcases The Dovetail Trio’s impressively tight harmonies and sensitive, skilled playing. Known for their compelling live performances and entertaining on-stage dynamic, The Dovetail Trio’s second album features songs from sources both written and recorded, ranging from archive recordings of Gloucestershire singers to the living breathing tradition of The Copper Family of Sussex. These songs transport the listener through tales of tragedy and death, romance and seduction, the adventure of the sea, and even a tragic case of mistaken identity.
“I feel that folk songs are like a window to the past, providing us with wonderful, poetic tales of romance, adventure and misery”, says duet concertina player Matt Quinn. “We chose the songs on this album as they give us an insight into the stories and characters of a bygone era.”
Captured in one room as a live performance by keen-eared producer Tom Wright, Bold Champions has the authentically raw, classic sound of many seminal folk recordings. “We are really proud of our first album Wing of Evening but when playing gigs people would tell us how they wished the album sounded more like we do when we perform live”, says vocalist Rosie Hood. “This brought us to the decision to record the album all together in one room” adds guitarist Jamie Roberts. “It really captures the live energy of the early classic folk recordings that have inspired us.”
Performing England's traditional songs with a new energy, The Dovetail Trio have been exploring folk narratives with musical skill and a passion for their heritage since forming in 2014. Effortlessly combining the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of Jamie Roberts (guitar & vocals), Rosie Hood (vocals), and Matt Quinn (duet concertina and vocals). Since releasing their debut album Wing of Evening in 2015, The Dovetail Trio have toured folk clubs across the UK and Canada and played at leading festivals around the country including Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week, as well as performing live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
Jamie Roberts is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with many years of performance experience. Working primarily as a guitarist in the British folk scene, he has gained recognition for his innovative and adaptive playing styles through his work with award-winning contemporary folk duo Gilmore & Roberts, traditional English band Kerfuffle, and more recently The Emily Askew Band.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Rosie Hood is a folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances. Immersed in traditional music most of her life Rosie released her first full-length solo album in June 2017. The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs, was described by The Guardian as “poetic class” ****.
Matt Quinn is a singer and instrumentalist who has spent over 10 years performing everywhere from small folk clubs to Glastonbury & WOMAD. Primarily a duet concertina player, he is also in demand for his skills on melodeon, mandolin and fiddle, notably in ceilidh bands Geckoes, The New Slide and The Discussion Topic. As well as being known for his solo performances, Matt has flexed his acting muscles alongside his musical skills in the Mick Ryan folk opera A Day’s Work.