Soundhouse: Gavin Fairhall Lever

MON 3 SEPT, 8.00pm

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Gavin Fairhall Lever brings together three acclaimed musicians to present a fresh, contemporary folk music born of their diverse roots. Punk fiddle meets jazz bass and Balkan guitar, in a colourful mix of the traditional and the original.

Known for his consistently strong collaborative work at the forefront of London’s thriving folk scene, with TEYR, The Rad Orchestra, and Jez Hellard, multi-instrumentalist and composer James Patrick Gavin creates music that dances a line between tradition and irreverence. His work has been described as “High energy brilliance” - Folk Radio UK, “Hugely impressive” - fRoots, and “Dazzling” - RnR Magazine. This new trio showcases Gavin’s melodic invention and his mastery of the full range of sounds and textures of the violin. “The sound of today’s London Irish” -Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2.

Adrian Lever has played on stages from Lewes Guitar Festival to the Barbican. “Outstanding musicianship” - Rainlore’s World Review. Heperforms with leading English folk fiddlers John Dipper & Emily Askew as part of Alma - “Seductive.. spry, intelligent” (Sunday Times). Lever’s clear tenor voice delivers the songs of the trio, while his seasoned and steady guitarist’s hand forms the rhythmic heart, complete with characteristic Balkan and flamenco stylings.

Tim Fairhall contributes a distinctive style, coming from a background in contemporary jazz, improv and post- classical electronica. His playing has been described as “First class.. rounded beauty” (Jazz Journal). He has performed on stages as diverse as Cologne Philharmonic and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and with musicians ranging from Sephardic singer Yasmin Levy to the piano/laptop-led trio Piano Interrupted; he brings an improvisational alertness and sensitivity, jazz musicianship and an adventurous spirit to the trio.

Together, the venturesome trio represent the best of collaborative creation, and are a compelling new voice on the contemporary folk scene. After releasing their debut EP Live from the Welsh Chapel in 2020 with accompanying videos featured monthly on Folk Radio UK, the trio has been busy writing new material and touring around Europe and the UK -highlights of which being Caceras Irish Fleadh (Spain) and Broadstairs Folk Festival. Their debut LP is due for release in October this year and was recorded live to tape at Analogue Catalogue Studios in Northern Ireland with Julie McLarnon (Lankum, Alasdair Roberts, Brian Eno)

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.



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