banter

Festival Dance House, The Big Club

Saturday, Sunday

Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass, vocals and dance calling.

Three fine musicians who’s roots are firmly in the traditional English genre, but who enjoy stretching the limits.

Formed in 2015, due to a happy accident, they immediately realised their common love for English traditional song and dance and began to mess around with it.

They gained popularity, or should it be notoriety, very quickly and were soon performing at many of the country’s largest festivals including: Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Towersey Festival.

With the release of two albums, YES and DARE, between 2017 and 2019, they received more plaudits in the music press including 4 and 5 star reviews in FATEA, Songlines and RnR Magazines and performed a Valentine’s Day live session on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Now firmly established as one of the UK’s finest bands, they have recorded their third studio album THREE, which explores and reimagines a selection of well loved traditional songs as well as a their usual hearty take on some romping dance tunes. John Spiers and Phil Beer appear as guest musicians on two of the tracks.

Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band.