A milestone episode! 20 down and (hopefully) many more to come! This time it's the turn of Eastbourne band The Equatorial Group. Hailing from the sometimes sunny south coast of England, The Equatorial Group fuse together elements of rock, prog and folk, combined with great arrangements to keep you interested from start to finish. I was approached by Andy, the bass player of the band, with a view to producing an episode about them, I was happy to oblige. My first experience was watching the video produced by engineer Harvey Summers for the Broadoak Sessions at his studio, after hearing 'Lights Shine' my mind was made up. I needed to get this lot on the show! I'm glad I did, it was really interesting to find out about the state of music in another part of the country and to find out that they are actively involved in trying to improve their local scene.
Broadoak Session Video:
I came across Nieves through social media, and I'm really glad that I did. A chance encounter with a friend's Facebook wall (thanks Ross) led me to the video for 'Legs and Arms' on youtube. I was instantly drawn in by the simple yet effective piano motif at the beginning of the song. The gradual addition of the guitar, vocals and drums brings the song to a crescendo that peaks in a really catchy chorus. I wanted to hear more and listened on Spotify and was impressed at the overall standard of songwriting and arrangement on the EP Matriarch.
At this point I knew I wanted to interview the band and feature them on an episode, so I set about getting in touch with them, finding out initially that they were from Glasgow and by chance that they were playing their first ever show outside of Scotland, right here in Nottingham the next week. Fate, one may say? In any case we spoke and managed to arrange an interview prior to their packed out show at Rescue Rooms. A venue with great sound which allowed an excellent live recording of the show. (See video below & listen to episode to hear)
Marc has lived in Nottingham for the past 25 years, and has spent a lot of that time playing and writing folk music, initially in bands and then later as a solo artist, culminating in the release of his debut solo album 'The Hawthorn Spring'
Marc's musical weapon of choice is the Irish Bouzouki, an eight stringed instrument which has featured prominently in traditional Irish music since the 1950s when it was adapted from the original Greek Bouzouki. The original Greek instrument featured only six strings, arranged in pairs. The main difference between the two is the addition of the extra pair of strings to give a fuller sound. This sound lends itself well to the chordal accompaniments that players generally tend to favour.
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