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Biography

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.

Having all studied formally at Birmingham Conservatoire, and met amongst the vibrant young music scene that surrounds it, the seven members of The Old Dance School may seem fresh faced, but don’t let them fool you – the diversity and scale of each one’s musical journey is quite remarkable. From international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, green festivals to tattoo conventions, members of The Old Dance School have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Graham Coxon, Zoe Rahman, Neil Yates, Jim Perrin, The Destroyers, Martha Tilston, Kevin Dempsey, Joe Broughton and Chris While.

“Beautifully crafted… the music is magic in their hands.” – Maverick ★★★★★

“Refined tone, technique, timing and taste… Masterful.” – The Scotsman

“Hugely accomplished, inspired, intricate playing. Marks the beginning of a legacy to rival the Albions.” – Birmingham101

“Wonderfully exciting and uplifting… constantly taking you in unexpected directions…. One of the best folk acts around.” – Iain Hazelwood, Spiral Earth

“I’ve come across an absolute gem… Wonderful!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

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