The Crooked Fiddle Band

The Crooked Fiddle Band

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
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High energy future-folk : intense cinematic soundscapes to medieval battle-like climaxes.
Intertwining various traditions with modern evolutions, this Sydney-based acoustic four-piece (double-bass, violin, drums and guitar/bouzouki) turns dance floors into a post-apocalyptic hoe-downs.

Biography

"When The Crooked Fiddle Band took to the stage, it was as though someone had put 10,000 volts through the dance floor." : BEAT magazine.

Australian chainsaw-folk vigilantes The Crooked Fiddle Band deliver no-holds barred, high octane performances - turning dance floors into a post-apocalyptic frenzy.

They have toured to UK/Europe in 2010, 2011 and 2012, playing at Fusion (Germany), Urkult (Sweden), Telemarkfestivalen (Norway), Olympic Games Celebrations (UK) and Dranouter Festival (Denmark), TFF Rudolstadt and Ulmer Zelt (Germany) and venue shows across the UK.

In 2012 they launched their much anticipated first full-length album, "Overgrown Tales" - recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Gogol Bordello, Jonanna Newsom). In 2013, they returned to Albini's studios. New album due for international release in late-2013.

From intense cinematic soundscapes to medieval battle-like climaxes, this music will leave you gasping. Described by Brian Eno as "... completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic... I can't say I've ever heard anything else like it!”

Quotes

"It is rare to hear genuinely original music these days, but when you listen to The Crooked Fiddle Band, your mouth will drop open. "
: Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald

"The Crooked Fiddle Band are completely surprising: the music is original and quixotic, and yet has the strength of some deep and strong roots. I can't say I've ever heard anything else like it!"
: Brian Eno.

"This band really is a national treasure and testament to the infinite talent that keeps manifesting in our backyard... this group has reinvented folk music as it is known."
: Vanessa Lahey, australianstage.com.au

"Their live show crackles with an energy few other bands can match and their frantic brand of gypsy-instrumental music had the audience up and dancing immediately."
: Gareth Evans, Timber and Steel

"...I'm taken by how effortlessly it appears that they are masters and mistresses of the mood, playing with and for dancers as if we are flexible puppets - willing eager recipients of the ebbs and flow... They are so totally in charge of the audience in the most generous way..."
: Severin, Cuturazi.com

"So this is what Sepultura sound like in a parallel universe where they're a traveling gypsy band. It's the soundtrack to a hyperactive version of 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Awesome!"
: Dom Alessio, Triple J

"Wild mash up of styles. Jess is giving the violin a solid workout. Which is a good thing. It deserves a flogging at times that bloody instrument. And a bouzouki in the line up! I'll be there at your next show if you shout the ouzo."
: Richard Kingsmill, Triple J Radio

"It's fantastic...Any band that digs Sepultura and Balkan gypsy bands is okay by me. It makes for some exciting listening."
: Zan Rowe, Triple J Radio

"When The Crooked Fiddle Band took to the stage, it was as though someone had put 10,000 volts through the dance floor. Fusing an array of folk and world styles and completely turning them on their head, this band certainly lived up to their crooked name. There was no restraining the four-piece; creating incredibly diverse, original and complex tunes with an energy and sound that could have rivaled groups ten times their size. The beautiful and well-crafted set was almost exclusively instrumental, and yet their story telling ability through their instruments created a vibrant, magical world that kept the audience enthralled from start to end."
: Kat Chish, BEAT magazine

Australian Festivals Highlights:
Peats Ridge Festival, NSW (2006/7, 2008/9, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13)
Apollo Bay Music Festival, VIC (2012)
Corinbank Festival, ACT (2008, 2009, 2012)
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Garden of Unearthly Delights (2012)
Spiegeltent, Victorian Arts Centre, VIC (2012)
Woodford Folk Festival, QLD (2010/11)
National Folk Festival, ACT (2008, 2011)

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL highlights :
2012 TOUR ---
Fusion (Germany) ,
Urkult (Sweden),
Telemarkfestivalen (Norway),
Olympic Games Celebrations (UK)
Dranouter Festival (Denmark).

2011 TOUR ---
Ulmer Zelt, Germany (2011)
Rudolstadt, Germany (2011)
Arte Ganza, The Netherlands (2011)
Lichfield Festival (2011)
Skagen (2012)
Urkult (2012)

http://www.crookedfiddleband.com

Discography

"Moving Pieces of the Sea" (due for release 2013)
"Overgrown Tales" - CD and vinyl (2011)
"Rise" - EP (2008)
"The Crooked Fiddle Band" - EP (2006)

Set List

1, 2 or 3 X 45 min sets

Original and trad material