The Folk / Melodramatic genre music band Moulettes offer an appealing combination of quirky instrumentation and darkly comic fun.
The band uses cello, bassoon, violin, guitar, drums, autoharp and 5-part harmony
It includes Hannah Miller (Cello / Guitar), Ruth Skipper (Bassoon / Autoharp / kazoo / Trombone), Ollie Austin (Drums / percussion / guitar) percussionist Roberto Arcari and violinist Georgina Leach (all of whom also sing).
The band have shared stages, recordings, and personnel with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Mystery Jets, Band of Skulls,Liz Green and the Ting Tings.
Live, they have charisma to burn, and this summer they grace stages at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Big Session and Larmer Tree, amongst many others. Recently they have busked across Europe, led music workshops with kids in Bosnia, gigged with a 100-voice choir, and organised a festival in their own back garden.
The record itself is the most ambitious ‘folk’ album you’ll hear all year. It splices together strands of classical, gypsy, jazz, alt.-rock and even some avant-garde to create a complex yet accessible whole. Highlights include the epic, atmospheric story-song “Devil Of Mine” ,the Zepplin-esque folk-metal of “Requiem” and the entrancing prog-pop of “Wilderness”.
Their debut album (Self titled), released August 2010 on Balling the Jack/Sotones records received critical acclaim in the media
The collection heralds the arrival of a profoundly original force in roots music.
Visit their music page - www.myspace.com/moulettes
My favourites - Talisman, Cannibal Song
The Moulettes performed during London Thames Festival 2011 - Barclaycard Stage near the bankside. The frontline of cello, bassoon and violin was augmented by rumbling percussion, all overlaid by vocal harmonies.
Clockwise from the top left, Hannah Miller (Cello), Georgina Leach (Violin) ,Ruth Skipper (Bassoon), Ollie Austin (Drums)
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