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The Copper Suite

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The Copper Suite was written for the centenary celebration of Bob Copper’s life and work, at Cecil Sharp House in London on 24th January 2015. As the only instrumental group invited to take part in the event, Spiro were very honoured to join the fabulous array of performers from the world of English folk music, and to perform a specially composed instrumental suite based on tunes from the Copper family repertoire.

“The Copper Suite” is based on the following traditional English tunes from the repertoire of the Copper family: The Bold Fisherman, Lord Thomas and Spencer the Rover. All other composition by Jon Hunt/Alex Vann/Jane Harbour.

“As one of my handful of favourite and most innovative instrumental bands working in English folk today, I always plotted to include Spiro in any live event I produced. How to fit them into a massive concert celebrating the centenary and (generally unaccompanied) songs of English folk giant Bob Copper held at Cecil Sharp House in 2015 provided only a slight challenge. I pointed out to them the beauty of many of the melodies in the Copper Family repertoire and wondered if they might work them into an instrumental suite. It turned out to be one of the hits of the night and I've been pestering them to record it ever since. Hurrah!” Ian Anderson, Editor: fRoots Magazine. Producer: Bob Copper Centenary Concert.

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released February 16, 2018


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Spiro Bristol, UK

Bands often claim to be unique, but Spiro really do defy easy categorisation. They are an acoustic instrumental quartet, playing violin, mandolin, accordion and guitar (which is occasionally replaced by cello), and though they do make use of traditional themes, they are most certainly not a folk band. ... more

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