UFQ @ WFC

Tuesday sees the next in the Winchester Folk Club’s spring season, and a chance to see a lively and talented  four-piece band in the “front room” setting of The Attic. The Urban Folk Quartet must spend about half their lives on the road, but between tours they recorded their eponymous debut studio album in 2010 and released a live album in 2011. Here’s how they describe their third album:

“Recorded in the middle of 2011′s whirlwind world tour, “Off Beaten Tracks” is a unique record; Both a travelogue of musical snapshots from the road – compositions dedicated to Spanish bus rides or The Vancouver Island coastline, for example – and a collection of highlights from the set that had people dancing the night away at festivals from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific.”

The UFQ includes well-known fiddler and guitarist Joe Broughton, as well as Galician fiddler Paloma Trigas, Frank Moon on gypsy jazz guitar and oud (a fretless lute) and Tom Chapman on cajón (the “packing crate” percussion instrument). Expect a high-energy collection of original and traditional tunes, with elements from celtic dance, middle eastern melodies, afrobeat and Indian rhythms.

Listen to samples from Off BeatenTracks, and be at the Winchester Folk Club on Tuesday 19th March: