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Broadside Electric

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Broadside Electric is a five-piece electric folk band from Philadelphia, PA (US). They have earned a reputation for thoroughly original arrangements and painstaking research into traditional English, Celtic and Eastern European music. A band equally at home with folk tradition and modern rock innovation, Broadside Electric has been called “Pennsylvania’s answer to Steeleye Span,” “folk music’s answer to death metal” and a band that “gives members of the usual folk audiences something new to talk about.”

Much of the band’s repertoire is drawn from scholarly studies of traditional music. A favorite source is B.H. Bronson’s Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads which bassist Jim Speer describes as “the definitive collection of old songs about drowning sailors and murderous elves.”

Broadside Electric features Joe D’Andrea (drums, percussion, vocals), Amy Ksir (accordions, flute, tin whistles, oboe, vocals), Tom Rhoads (vocals, guitars, cittern, dulcimer), Jim Speer (Chapman and N/S Stick®, bass guitar, recorders, crumhorn) and Helene Zisook (violins, violas, mandolins, vocals).

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