Fishclaw

Live Act Folk Ambient Electronic Worldmusic Post Folk
Fishclaw - Folk Ambient Electronic Worldmusic Post Folk Live Act in Colchester

Fishclaw Short Info

Fishclaw are an instrumental group based in Colchester, originally formed in the summer of 2013 as a trio, comprised of accordion, fiddle, guitar and electronics. They started out reworking traditional Irish, Scottish and Eastern European music to include influences such as alternative folk, ambient electronica, post rock and system music. Since 2013 they expanded the band to a six piece adding double bass, whistle/flute and percussion. They have gigged regularly ever since and have steadily built a loyal fan base in the area, creating a buzz to the extent that they attracted the attention of the local press. Just in their first six months together they were invited to play at Leigh Folk Festival, Harlequin Fayre, Folkeast and became the band in residence at a local creative community venue, The Waiting Room. They have been asked to play several times at the well-known venue, Colchester Arts Centre, including support slots for prestigious acts such as Directorsound and Simon Finn.

Their live version of Black Crow, White Crow has recently been played on BBC Introducing Essex, Suffolk and was aired on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape Show on BBC 6 Music. They are currently in the process of recording an EP to be released later this year. In the meantime demos can be heard on their Reverbnation and Soundcloud pages.

Venues to date include: The Victoria In London, Eddie Fest In Suffolk, Harlequin Fayre, Folkeast, Squeeze Folk, The Bicycle Shop, Slack Space, 15 Queen Street, The Waiting Room, The Bull And The Arts Centre In Colchester.

Fishclaw’s music since forming has morphed into a mix of up-tempo beats and melodies with traditional folk influences and immersive ‘soundscapes’.

"The brightest of folk with excellent musicianship… Fishclaw are wonderfully experimental and hypnotic, evoking wild and elemental energies."
Squeeze Box Folk, Leigh-on-Sea

''Fishclaw did an enjoyable, absorbing and exciting set when they supported at Colchester folk club recently... They are individually competent and talented musicians, playing instruments which give a range of textures to their sound. Clearly there are folk influences there, from Celtic to Eastern European, and they are already showing that they could push the boundaries of their music in a number of directions.''
Paul Riley, Colchester Folk Club

"Colchester's own prog-folk troupe, rapidly gaining new fans and set for great things."
Colchester Arts Centre

"Fishclaw, a group I heard for the first time two months ago and loved."
Simon Finn

"Excellent! Did you see them on Getonthe SoapBox Events Stage at FolkEast 2014?"
FolkEast Ltd, Suffolk

Fishclaw are an instrumental group based in Colchester, originally formed in the summer of 2013 as a trio, comprised of accordion, fiddle, guitar and electronics. They started out reworking traditional Irish, Scottish and Eastern European music to include influences such as alternative folk, ambient electronica, post rock and system music. Since 2013 they expanded the band to a six piece adding double bass, whistle/flute and percussion. They have gigged regularly ever since and have steadily built a loyal fan base in the area, creating a buzz to the extent that they attracted the attention of the local press. Just in their first six month...

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Past Gigs Fishclaw

  • 08 | 2015 Brightlingsea Brightlingsea Free Festival
  • 07 | 2015 The Soundhouse, Colchester Lightbulb Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Norwich Arts Centre The Norfolk and Norwich Festival
  • 05 | 2015 The Headgate Theatre, Colchester
  • 04 | 2015 The Gladstone, London Stick in the Wheel plus Fishclaw
  • 04 | 2015 Colchester Arts Centre Imogen Gunner Trio with Fishclaw
  • 03 | 2015 firstsite, Colchester Exhibition Opening
  • 02 | 2015 The White Horse, Edwardstone The Winter Ale Festival
  • 02 | 2015 The Ale House, Chelmsford IN KEEPING Exhibition Opening
  • 12 | 2014 Cult Cafe, Ipswich
  • 12 | 2014 Colchester Arts Centre Simon Finn with Fishclaw
  • 10 | 2014 Foresters Arms, Colchester Fishclaw Halloween Goulash
  • 10 | 2014 firstsite, Colchester Colchester Film Festival Opening
  • 09 | 2014 Layer Marney Tower The Battle of Lilac Lawns Theatre Production
  • 09 | 2014 firstsite, Colchester Creative in Colchester
  • 08 | 2014 Norwich Harlequin Fayre
  • 08 | 2014 Folkeast Folkeast
  • 07 | 2014 Colchester Arts Centre Directorsound with Fishclaw, Doomed Bird Of Providence and Blah Blah Blah
  • 07 | 2014 Castle Park, Colchester Colchester Carnival
  • 07 | 2014 The Bicycle Shop, Norwich Sarah Jane Scouten with Fishclaw and Inlay
  • 07 | 2014 The Squeeze Cafe, Leigh-On-Sea Squeezebox Folk
  • 07 | 2014 Leigh-On-Sea, Essex Leigh Folk Festival
  • 07 | 2014 The Foresters Arms Fishclaw with Scott Simmons

Media

  • Video Fishclaw at SqueezeboxFolk ...
  • Video Fairwell To Thurday - Fishclaw
  • Sound Black Crow, White Crow BBC
  • Sound Boreal Grid Mix2
  • Sound Waves Of Rush Mix3
  • Sound Black Crow White Crow
  • Sound Farewell To Thursday

Fan Radar

772 Fans
1,522 Plays
74 Follower

Origin

  • Colchester GB

Founded

  • 2013

Members

  • Simon Keep Accordion, ipad, Shruti Box
  • Jos Dow Viola, Mandolin
  • Paul Marshall Guitars
  • Shari Statcher Whistles, Flute
  • Alex Leming Double Bass
  • Roy Jones Percussion

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