Friday, 31 August 2012

Shadrack Tye 

“ I look forward to hearing some more of their stuff because it’s different and very, very interesting… it very much ……” (Mike Harding- Folk Show)

Shadrack Tye are all members of the same musical family based in South London. Though they obviously know each other quite well they hadn't thought of playing in a band together until several years ago when they had a bit of an epiphany. It proved to be an extraordinarily creative experience and a surprising amount of fun.........
Since then they have won critical acclaim from audiences and promoters alike for their performances at venues and festivals in London and around the country.

Named after Tina's maternal grandfather, they perform folk arrangements and original songs bringing to both a multitude of musical influences.Tina and Paul have had long careers playing for top London orchestras and as music educationalists, while Sam also sings with vocal jazz harmony group Vive, recently featured on both BBC television and radio.
Drawing on their collective experience, they blend innovative jazz harmonies, rock inspired riffs and classical overtones to create a rich and highly original musical landscape. Singer-songwriter Tina writes songs that showcase her expressive voice and wide vocal range, taking inspiration from life's emotional tapestry.

In their first year out Shadrack Tye were invited to play in the Folk Rising series at Cecil Sharpe House and also performed at the Purbeck, Wessex and Folk Thing festivals.In 2013 they debuted debuted most successfully at the Rochester Sweeps and Broadstairs folk festivals, while this years firsts included Gate to Southwell and  the London Folkfest at the Bedford, Balham as well as an invitation to return to the main stage at the Wessex Festival. More recently they have headlined at venues in London and the south, most notably at the famous Bush Hall in west London.

In 2013 / 2104 they achieved multiple radio plays on the Tom Robinson Show, BBC Introducing Mixtape and Mike Harding Folk Show with their arrangements of traditional folk songs "The Saucy Sailor Boy", "Sovay" and "Henry Martin"and original songs "Ocean Waves" and "Another Way". 
"Henry Martin" was included in Tom Robinson's "Best of BBC Introducing" programme in December 2014.
In addition, after being heard live by the producer of the International Ronnie Scott's Radio Show, they were given the opportunity to record their much loved cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" for the Joni Mitchell Special aired in the UK, USA and Canada.

Their self-released EP - "The Lovers Tale", was described by Mike Harding as "damn fine" and they are currently creating their next album due for release in 2015.

Listen to our music.......
Amazing Radio
All original songs © Tina Longford 2010-2014
All arrangements © Shadrack Tye

Line – Up
Tina Longford – vocals / violin / recorder
Sam Robson – guitar / vocals
Paul Robson – violin / vocals / mandolin / English concertina

2014 highlights ........
22nd January 2014 @ The Bedford, Balham SW12
16th February 2014 @ Bush Hall, London W12 (supporting Jay Scott and the Find and Polly Paulusma)
21st February 2014 @ The Amersham Arms, New Cross SE14  (Folklore promotion - Headline)
6th May 2014 @ The Green Note, Camden (supporting Cate Ferris)
15th May 2014 @Icarus Club Greenwich, Pelton Arms SE10
31st May 2014 @ Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, Dorset  (Main stage - 2.00pm)
7th June 2014 @ London FolkFest, The Bedford, Balham SW12  (The Ballroom - 7.45pm )
8th June 2014 Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, Notts.
21st June @The Strong Room Bar, Shoreditch
6th July 2014 @ Bush Hall (Co-headline )
21st December, Solstice Shorts Festival @ The Royal Greenwich Observatory

A selection of gigs from 2013..........
Rochester Sweeps Festival
Broadstairs Folk Week
Icarus Club Shortlands
Soundbanquet  - Nest Collective and Southbank Centre event
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Tunbridge Wells (Headline for Paul Dunton showcase)
Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton (Headline)
Icarus Club Pelton, Pelton Arms, Greenwich
The Icarus Club at Foote's at The Bloomsbury Festival
The Harrison, Kings Cross WC1H  (Headline)
The Book and Record Bar, West Norwood (Headline)
 Folk of the Wood,The Portico Gallery, West Norwood (Headline)

Some lovely things people have said…………
“………they produced  a set that was entertaining and beautifully crafted. It was a real pleasure to have them perform……..”(Bob Ford, Wessex Folk Festival)

"…………..followed by an amazing duo, Shadrack Tye, Sam Robson with percussive guitar and Tina Longford on fiddle accompanying Tina’s wide ranging voice, perfectly paired with Sam’s harmonies in their original material. They broke into an a capella Nobody Knows, winning the audience over even more…I almost feel sorry for the headliners needing to follow such a scintillating performance "(Tim Heywood Bournemouth Music Blog re: Bournemouth Folk Club)

 “………this mother, father & son trio is everything but twee. Three very talented musicians, from a variety of classical and jazz trained backgrounds, they play with a fantastic energy. Storytelling songs' origins as they go through the set, they play both original tunes and old traditional folk songs with more complex arrangements to make the most of their instrumental and vocal talent ” (Jen Soames, Remote Goat, re: Folk Rising)

“……the room was filled with the enchanting sound of Shadrack Tye: ……Their impeccable musicianship carried the wit and weight of timeless storytelling in the English folk tradition. Tina’s voice, supported beautifully by Sam, held the entire crowd captivated and had us all clapping and singing along ” (Amy Woodrow Arai, Native Spirit Festival)

“Your music last night at the Grampus in Lee was just wonderful. Thanks so much for popping in to our little pub and making my world a bit more special ” (Mark Presland, Devon)