In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, got together to form a group performing acappella songs full of social comment with “harmonies you could chew” Folk Roots. In 2017 they will be saying farewell to touring and performing and Stage4Bevelrey is delighted to host these long- term friends for one of the final performances. But there’s no gentle goodnight, in their concluding event though. Of their final CD “CODA” Froots described it as “a magnificent conclusion to a magnificent career, the album sees Jim, Barry and Lester going out on a high while they’re still at the top of their game”.
In their repertoire the band draw songs from a kaleidoscope of sources. Masters of war slither into the musical cross-hairs too – from Bush and Blair to Napoleon. But there are also heroes, with acknowledgements to the influence of songs learned from the great Nic Jones and Michael Marra. Poets bring influence to bear with Robert Frost inspiring “Nothing Gold”, Lester’s consideration on what’s really valuable in life; and the trio’s many collaborations on words and music performances with the author Michael Morpugo is the link to Sean Rafferty’s perfect evocation of an English May morning. Work by land and sea has always been a source of the band’s writing and singing as has songs about the values of common humanity.
In short they touch on Life and all it has to offer us. It is with great anticipation we look forward to seeing CBS back in Beverley.
Skye’s heart has been in song writing and singing since she was young. She began writing songs when she was sixteen to fuel her passion for story telling. She has created something unique described as “captivating and relatable”, with resemblance to both Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves.
She studied Popular Music at the Leeds College of Music, where she graduated from in 2016 where she met her band. Her debut EP is due to be released in early 2017. She will be appearing with her guitarist.