Kiss The Mistress
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"First CD review from Tim Carroll"

March 20th 2009

"About Time’ is the debut album from Kiss The Mistress and a it’s a damn fine piece of folk music. There’s a fresh edge to it, perhaps derived from the wealth of catching and sometimes deceptive time signatures that pervade their work, possibly from the combination of accordion, cello and bodhran. Whatever the reason, this is an album that grabs your attention and holds it for the duration.

The album opens with a ‘Priddy Pookah’ a tune inspired by a shape-shifting sprite capable of taking a variety of terrifying forms. That in itself gives you a good view of the band’s music – constantly shifting and changing. ‘Slipstream’ is a perfect example of this – you’re unlikely to find their music predictable or complacent. When they find an idea that works it’s unlikely to last three or four minutes without taking some intersting and sometimes surprising changes of direction. And that's a large part of the beauty of this music.

Most of their tunes wriggle and squirm making them hard to pin down. The traditional song ‘Little Musgrave’ (a folk rock favourite in another guise) assumes new energy and direction given the Kiss The Mistress treatment and led in by some superb cello. ‘Middleton Moor’ is an evocative piece that sounds as though it should form the backdrop to a ghostly tale of ancient times. ‘Parapraxis’ is a brilliant piece of rock-cello if such a invention exists, whatever, it’s an inspired piece - just listen.

Whichever track you choose you’ll find both unrestrained energy coupled with barely bridled fervour. There’s exceptional skill combined with extreme inventiveness. This album bursts with drive and gusto. This is music that demands to be heard. The tunes on ‘About Time’ – designed to take the listener on a journey through the British nation, across into Brittany and back to deepest, darkest Suffolk – whether traditional or self-penned, ultimately have a stealthy beauty that weaves an enticing spell about you."
- http://www.folkwords.com


Discography

About Time CD
Kiss The Mistress EP

Selected tracks streamed at www.myspace.com/kissthemistressuk

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Kiss The Mistress was formed 18 months ago and in that time has moved from folk club floor spots to main act bookings. Their debut CD About Time, released on the 20th March 2009 is already receiving rave reviews and their CD launch at the famous Cambridge Folk Club a fantastic night, attended and enjoyed greatly by an appreciative audience who had traveled from across the Eastern region to attend.
They are

Ginny Davis - vocals, 'cello and violin

After gaining cello grade 8 distinction, she escaped the clutches of classical music at 16 when she took up bass guitar and played rock covers in a school band. This was rapidly followed by a three year escapade with a local ceilidh band, until she got usurped by a set of bass pedals! After a few years in a musical hinterland, she studied music at College where she dabbled in such delights as free-form improvisation, jazz voice, electro acoustic composition and sound recording. Returning to the folk music fold she taught herself to play violin using purely aural skills, and since then has moved from English Clog Dance accompaniment, through Celtic mainstays to where she is today, having created her own stylistic niche as a rocking folk 'cellist, vocalist and folk fiddle player.

John Ramirez - chromatic button accordion and melodeon

He started off his musical life as a keyboardist, playing in early Hawkwindesque teen bands on his beloved WASP synth. This progressed through the rock band route, where he was the master of the catchy riff and slightly unusual time signatures (6/8!!!) His ultimate demise on the rock path was down to his musical 'out of the box' thinking which did not sit comfortably with blues based guitarists. This coincided with the rise of the dance music scene, where his sonic skills were ideally placed. Around this time, he acquired his first melodeon - where after a month of playing he was press ganged by a work friend into the above mentioned Clog dance team. He and Ginny played with a range of traditional musicians and bands. over a number of years. Finally after he ordered and got his head around his chromatic button accordion three years ago, they formed their own band Kiss The Mistress.

Roy Jones - bodhran and cajon

The youngest member of the band, Roy is also the rhythmic powerhouse. A child of folk loving, Ceilidh going parents he was already a prize winning bodhran player, playing in a duo called BeatnBow who had already met local acclaim in the Eastern region of the UK He met Ginny at the local college where she taught and he was studying. A few terms of playing in the college traditional music group, and an academic trip to Sweden with the group (including John) led to Roy, John and Ginny getting together for some informal playing sessions. Their different take on music and their growing fascination with unusual time signatures led to them playing their gig at the first Steeleye Span Festival -SpanFest in 2007. On the back of this they formed Kiss The Mistress and their first gig under this name was at a Cambridge Folk Club Showcase in January 2008.