“blends obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy”

They create a sophisticated and exciting performance, drawing on many diverse musical influences, yet making a sound that is all their own.

The band’s mission is to take little known dance tunes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and get audiences dancing to them again.  These amazing tunes tie together arrangements drawing on Pop, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Electronica and Club Trance. This leads to a sound which is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough for audiences who want to dance.

Gadarene had a great summer starting with our live recording link.  Then we played to a very enthusiastic crowd at the amazing Fire in the Mountain Festival.  We finished the summer playing at The London Folk Festival at the centre of the folk universe… Cecil Sharp House.

GADARENE line-up:

Nick Wyke: well known for his ground breaking explorations of traditional fiddle music with Becki Driscoll, and an experienced performer in many folk and rock bands.

Matt Norman: championing the mandolin in current English folk, is gaining a well-deserved reputation for his virtuosity and eclectic performances.  He has also been the Dartmoor stepdance champion on two occasions

Jon Dyer: a very experienced performer and a fabulous flautist, his musical interests go way beyond folk to Jazz, Ska and much more.  He also plays with Dyer Cummings, Coracle, Riff and the Klezbians.

Laurel Swift: best known as a ‘folk activist’ and for her fiddle playing in The Gloworms. She brings her double bass and clogging to Gadarene, revealing some hitherto unknown skills.

Si Paull ‘s background is entirely non-folky but none the worse for that. He has played in many rock bands and is currently playing cajon with Slipdown Dog.