The Demon Barbers XL


The award winning Demon Barbers have racked up an impressive two decades of galvanising the folk scene with their rousing rhythms, soaring crescendos and a ‘maverick’ approach to fusing the contemporary with the traditional.

They will mark this musical milestone with the long-anticipated release of their new album ‘Rise Up’. Produced by the Grammy award winning duo; Donal Hodgson and Kipper Eldridge, the title is a rallying cry from ‘Ketts Rebellion’ of 1549 and draws striking parallels between the illegal enclosures of common land and the selling off of todays publicly owned utilities.

Reknowned for their no holds barred approach to their critically acclaimed live shows The Demon Barbers return to the stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their stunning stage show. Joined by some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers, 2020 will see the new album transported to festivals and stages nationwide with a brand-new Demon Barbers XL show. They’re guaranteed to deliver the Folk music and Dance spectacular of the year which will excite audiences and have them rising up and begging for more.

As previous winners of ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, there’s no denying the Demon Barbers XL’s ability to put on a first-class performance. Over the years they’ve thrilled countless audiences with their live music and dance shows, be it stirring up a frenzy at Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe or selling out theatres around the UK.

Combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound.

“It’s as if they’ve found the key to unlock the idea of 21st Century folk-rock revealing that these days rock isn’t part of the equation at all. They’re giving folk music its own dance revolution. The music here isn’t the background, it’s the manifesto. And it’s wonderful” Chris Nickson, fRoots

“This really is a mind blowing album with so much good stuff. It has to be an award- winner this time next year” – R2 Magazine *****

“The inspiration comes from Damien Barber, front man of the award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, who supply the floor-shaking live music that alone justifies the price of the ticket” – The Independent review of The Lock In

“One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. If you get a chance to see them – don’t miss it – they are brilliant” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2