Rowan Piggott & Joe Danks were introduced in 2021 and bonded over a shared passion for Old-Time Appalachian music. An initial campsite session turned into living room jams, sharing lifts to sessions and ultimately the creation of a new old-time duo - Old Spot.
Expect foot stomping old-time music on 5-string fiddle, banjo, gourd banjo & guitar. Influenced by contemporary musicians like Rayna Gellert and Jake Blount as well as first-wave recording artists like John Hartford and Bill Monroe, they create contemporary Appalachian music with modern audiences in mind. Old Spot sees two musicians from different backgrounds exploring a shared musical love, creating traditional music that is bursting with joy and imagination.
“Entrancing & hypnotic... music to lose yourself in” – Americana UK
“Exceptional talents" – Folk Radio UK
Album Launch Tour 2023
6th April – Sheffield Cafe #9
8th April – Sheffield Sessions Festival
10th April – The Flowerpot, Derby
11th April – Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
12th April – The Royal Oak, Wirksworth
13th April – Bank Vault, Aberystwyth
14th April – The Norwegian Church, Cardiff
15th April – Lewes Saturday Folk Club
16th April – Square and Compass, Dorset
17th April – Finn Studio Gallery, Colyton
19th April – The Cornish Bank, Falmouth
20th April – The New Room, Bristol
21st April – Folk At The Meadows (w/ Daoirí Farrell)
22nd April – Aces & Eights, London
23rd April – Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge
20th May – Carlile Institute, Meltham
(w/ Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves)
26th - 28th May – Chippenham Folk Festival
26th - 27th August – Shrewsbury Folk Festival
9th - 10th September – Bromyard Folk Festival
Both Joe & Rowan are seasoned live performers and can't wait to share Old Spot with audiences in the UK and beyond. They are in the process of mixing their debut album, recorded in August 2022 and are currently booking tours for 2023.
Old Spot are not to be missed – bags of energy, barn-storming tunes and carefully arranged songs from two of the scene's most exciting young talents.
Old Spot can offer workshops in clawhammer banjo and fiddle, as well as joint instrumental workshops sharing the joy of old-time music and arrangement with instrumentalists from any background. Both Joe & Rowan have extensive teaching experience and have delivered workshops at festivals all over the UK.
SOCIAL DANCE //
Old Spot can expand to a full string band lineup (with guitar & double bass) to provide hypnotic and driving music for square dances and contras.
Get In Touch
EMAIL // oldspotmusic @ gmail.com
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