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Concert No 9

8pm Saturday 6th April 2019
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Dodo Street Band

Piers Adams (Blows), Adam Summerhayes (Scrapes),
Murray Grainger (Bellows), Malcolm Creese (Twangs)
and Cormac Byrne (Bangs)

Supported by HCMS 100 Club 

- the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer 

Dodo Street Band     

Dodo Street Band

This explosive band combines diabolical fiddle virtuosity from international star Adam Summerhayes; outrageous brilliance from world number one recorder genius, Piers Adams; horrifying high-ABV insanity from accordion master, Murray Grainger; positively feverish power from bass legend, Malcolm Creese; and dazzling bodhran playing from king of folk percussion, Cormac Byrne.

Piers Adams is the modern day wild man of the recorder. His stubborn refusal to accept the natural limitations of his instrument has led the Washington Post to describe him as ‘superhuman’, and International Record Review to declare: ‘The things Adams does with his recorders defy the imagination.’ Born in 1963 he trained initially as a physicist before joining the tail end of the Dutch recorder movement of the 1970s and 80s, rapidly branching out from there to create his own, unique sound and stage personality. Innovations in recorder design – most recently the ‘Eagle Recorder’ - have enabled Adams to expand the instrument’s repertoire to include every musical genre from renaissance to romantic to folk and rock, and to astonish audiences with its expressive possibilities. His concert tours have taken him to all corners of the globe, performing over 1000 concerts with his iconic baroque quartet Red Priest, as well as recitals and concertos with international symphony and chamber orchestras, and numerous TV and radio appearances.

Adam Summerhayes comes from a long line of North Country fiddlers – Scottish east coast, Northumberland, Tyneside and the north Yorkshire coast. Adam learnt from his grandfather in epic 4 hour violin lessons that caused massive family rows, as his mother tried to “protect” him from the overwhelming flow of information. Unaware of the need to be protected, Adam lapped it up and went to music college in his turn to study with one of the 20th century’s greatest pedagogues, Yfrah Neaman. After soaking up the hows and whys of violin playing at the highest possible level, Adam realized that he had essentially learnt nothing new since his last lesson with his grandfather and reverted to type. Years of critical acclaim as a classical recording artist and virtuoso violinist suggest that this was a good course. He has also toured the world – from Alaska to Saudi Arabia – with his remarkable Gypsy Tango band ZUM (ZUM appeared at Holmes Chapel Music Society on 20th April 2005) and has written and recorded endless music including a track on the recent Sherlock Holmes blockbuster. He also taught Robert Downey Jnr to mime to one of his tracks and acted as his body double – but, sadly, the scene didn’t make it into the film! He is increasingly drawn back to the folk music of his childhood – finding the combination of tradition and creativity an endless pleasure.

Murray Grainger has performed everywhere from Celtic Connections to the BBC Proms. He is one of the UK’s most influential accordionists and has played contemporary classical repertoire with some of the country’s leading orchestras and opera companies, but his first love is traditional music.

A tutor on the “Folk degree”, he teaches regularly at UK accordion events and his DVD “Accordion: Mastering the Art” is available worldwide. He has worked in bands with members of Sin-e, Uiscedwr, Flook and Adrian Edmonson’s Bad Shepherds.

Malcolm Creese is one of Europe’s most admired double bass players – combining concert performances at the highest level with extensive film, television and recording work. He was a chorister at St. John’s College, Cambridge from the age of eight to twelve. At fifteen he won a scholarship to London’s Guildhall School of Music, where he studied cello before switching to double bass in his mid-twenties.

Malcolm has toured and recorded with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, English Chamber, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has worked with leading soloists such as James Galway, John Williams, Simon Keenlyside and Carolyn Sampson as well as the Allegri, Heath and Sacconi String Quartets.

A highly-respected player in jazz circles, Malcolm toured the world with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth for many years, and also with Stan Tracey. He has appeared with George Shearing, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Harold Land, Tal Farlow, George Benson, Junior Mance, Mel Tormé, Kenny Wheeler, Antonio Forcione, John Etheridge, Mose Allison, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Sting. In 2000 Malcolm formed his ground-breaking trio Acoustic Triangle. This group gained an enviable reputation for its innovative performances all around the world.

Malcolm has lectured on ‘Music and arts in sacred buildings’ at the Royal Academy of Music, The Dana Centre, Stirling University and Glasgow University. He is an experienced record producer, tour manager and music writer, and is Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival in Yorkshire.

Cormac Byrne is a bodhrán player and percussionist from Waterford, Ireland and is now based in the UK. He has received many awards for his work including The BBC Young Folk Award and was winner of the BBC Fame Academy Education Bursary in 2006.

Cormac has appeared at numerous festivals around the world and has toured extensively. Primarily playing with Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Seth Lakeman, he was also a founder member of BBC award winning band, Uiscedwr. His versatility has seen him in much demand across many genres, both live and in the studio, from Traditional Irish and Folk, World Music, Classical, Jazz and Pop.

He has worked with the multi award winning Backbeat Percussion Quartet (who appeared at the HCMS Millennium Festival), Les Commandos Percu, Fidget Feet Performance Company, Show of Hands, Michael McGoldrick, Solas, Pól Brennan (Clannad), Soumik Datta (Indian Sarod virtuoso), Ashley MacIsaac, Kefaya, Giuliano Modarelli, Damien O’Kane, Andrew Dinan, Emma Sweeney, Cara, Ducie, Val Doonican, The Priests, Simon Emmerson, Lisbee Stainton, O’Hooley Tidow, Jesse Banister, Declan Bennett, Neil Yates 5 Countries Trio, Craig Owen (Duel), Baltic Crossing and orchestras such as Scottish Chamber, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and RTÉ Concert. He was recently approached to perform with Irish super-group, The Chieftains.

He has appeared on TV and Radio many times including performances on MTV, BBC’s Top of The Pops, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, The Sharon Osbourne Show, Sky Arts, BBC Alba, RTE, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Lyric FM. He recently recorded music for BBC Film series Inspector George Gently and UK’s Channel 4 series The Mill. He worked with James Divine (the world’s fastest tap dancer) on the international touring show Tapeire and with Damien Barber on the dance show The Lock In.



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