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US Tour 2018

We’re delighted to announce that we will be touring the USA for the first time in September. Thanks so much to Rob Simonds for making this happen!

The Copper Suite is out now

We were delighted to return to Real World last month for one day to record the Copper Suite. We tracked live in the Big Room and managed to film everything as well. The suite, which lasts eight minutes, features elements of classic folk songs from the Copper Family collection.  It was written for the centenary celebration of Bob Copper’s life and work, at Cecil Sharp House in London on 24th January 2015. As the only instrumental group invited to take part in the event, we were very honoured to join the fabulous array of performers from the world of English folk music.

You can download or stream the track here, and watch us recording it live below.

“Largely at the instigation of Ian Anderson of fRoots magazine, The Copper Family decided to include Spiro as part of the Bob Copper centenary celebrations back in 2015. An inspired choice it was too because from it sprang ‘The Copper Suite’. There have been many interpretations of songs from the family repertoire, some good, some bad, and some which leave one asking, why? Fortunately Spiro’s piece is none of those… it excels!
What they have done is to take three songs from our family and successfully written them into a cohesive whole, despite their being, on paper at least, so radically different that they would not be considered natural bedfellows. At the centre lies ‘Lord Thomas’, certainly the most unusual ballad from the repertoire and one rarely sung (as it’s so darned difficult), and this is bookended by ‘Bold Fisherman’ and ‘Spencer the Rover’. What results is a piece of orchestral beauty which ably demonstrates the inherent loveliness of English folk tunes; in this Spiro follow in the exalted grained footsteps of Percy Grainger, Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth et al, yet through the use of traditional instruments retain the roots of the original without distracting the listener from the essential values at the core. We loved it! Highly recommended.” – Jon Dudley, Jill Copper and Coppers All

Spiro / Leveret tour dates announced

We’re very excited to announce the dates of our tour with the mighty Leveret in February / March 2018.

The dates are now on sale – details here

 

Spring Tour with Leveret

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be touring the UK in February/March with the wonderful Leveret – Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. Dates to be announced soon…

Jane Harbour new commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra + Spiro Live on BBC Radio 3

Jane at WOMAD 2015, by York Tillyer.

BBC Concert Orchestra will premiere a new BBC Radio 3 commission by Jane Harbour on Friday 31 March at a special concert at Cecil Sharp House marking the BBC’s longstanding relationship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The BBC Concert Orchestra presents an evening that places some of the great folk-influenced works of the 20th Century alongside a brand new commission from Jane entitled Kynde.

Spiro will also play a live set to opening the proceedings.

Tickets for the evening are available here and the whole evening – including Spiro’s performance – will be broadcast live on Friday 31 March on BBC Radio 3, from 7.30pm. Listen Here

Kynde, is a piece about connection; about connections to one another, ourselves, lost loved ones, ancestors, folklore, and how we connect ideas to find new meaning in old stories. Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and conducted by Martin Yates, it continues the personal journey of the notorious folk figure Barbara Allen, who spurned her dying admirer, but now has to confront her feelings.

In the piece Jane uses systems music to convey Barbara’s confused, fractured thoughts and her longing for re-connection and clarity.

Throughout the piece, Barbara’s internal world, represented by the live singers, vies with the overt narrative, told by recordings of traditional singers from the Peter Kennedy archive. The source material for his 1950s BBC Radio show As I Roved Out, his recordings form the springboard for this piece.

As well as featuring a live performance by Spiro, the evening will also include a performance by piano soloist Victor Sangiorgio.

 

Photo: Jane at WOMAD 2015, by York Tillyer.