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The Old Dance School


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Seven of the exciting young folk scene’s finest musicians bring a virtuosity and vitality to new horizons, blistering tunes, evocative textures and songs vivid with inspiration from their adventures across the richness of British landscape.

The Old Dance School began in 2006 as a gathering of friends in the garden of the old Betty Fox school of ballet in Birmingham, from where they take their name. Among the nettles, each would bring along a tune or a song for the group to experiment with. Three years, 30,000 miles, nearly forty festivals, and several trips to A & E later, the young seven piece ensemble’s second album Forecast delivers a startling take on contemporary folk that is both firmly-rooted and unashamedly forward-thinking, though right at the heart of the music, a close group of friends with a vivid collective ear for a good tune.

Harnessing energy from the elements, the much anticipated colourful new release from The Old Dance School offers evocative images, blistering tunes and vivid songs with a virtuosity and vitality which draws from their classical and jazz informed backgrounds. ‘Forecast’ is released 2nd August 2010 on Transition Records.

Their debut album Based on a True Story, in 2008 was met with terrific reviews in the national press, championed by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, and has secured The Old Dance School as one of the most exciting young bands to have emerged in recently.


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  • Mullington

    From The Air...awesome

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  • Rhayader_wander

    Two really good sets at Bromyard this weekend and a number of dates in the midlands over the next few weeks, well worth checking out

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • necroscope007

    Saw them live a while bqck supporting Bellowhead, wonderful arrangements and harmonys, fine muiscian ship, all in all a band to look out for.

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • kotohime

    Just heard them, really really nice!!

    16 Oct 2008 Reply

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