“The sound is fresh, modern and spacious, but this remains traditional old time music played with a deep respect and a clear connection to the original recordings. Old Spot is an uplifting melting pot of different approaches which merge seamlessly."
– Old Time News
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 touring duo - Old Spot.
Expect Old-Time Appalachian music made with modern audiences in mind – foot-stomping fiddle tunes and lazy banjo backbeats giving way to close harmony singing. Old Spot sees two musicians from strong traditional backgrounds exploring a shared musical love, creating new music that is bursting with joy and imagination.
“Entrancing & hypnotic... music to lose yourself in”
– Americana UK
“…every tune a delight… Old Spot’s music comes from a different time and space, but has found new life in the hands of people who value the heritage…”
– FATEA Magazine
SUMMER GIGS //
20th May – Carlile Institute, Meltham
(w/ Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves)
26th - 28th May – Chippenham Folk Festival
15th June – The Grove, Leeds (w/ Sugarwell Hill)
26th - 27th August – Shrewsbury Folk Festival
8th September – Sweet Sunny South Festival
9th - 10th September – Bromyard Folk Festival
1st October – Derby Folk Festival
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. With tour windows in April & November, they are also available for festivals across the Summer.
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.
“Two exceptionally talented musicians... just the right amount of raw edge and intimate excitement... sheer bliss! It sure hits the spot.”
– Folk London ★★★★★
Get In Touch
EMAIL // oldspotmusic @ gmail.com
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