A seven piece band from London, The 286 dare to cross the genres of indie rock and classical music. By clashing rock & roll riffs with cellos and violins, The 286 create a unique sound that you expect from a musical collaboration between The Beatles and Beethoven.
This London six-piece (or five, four, three, two or one-piece,depending on the show) started life as the solo project of singer-songwriter Ian Bennett. His poetic and thought-provoking songs have evolved into intoxicating psychedelic folk soundscapes, characterised by a powerful cinematic sound and soulful vocals.
Fear of the Forest is London's foremost hammered dulcimer-led pop band!
Fronted by Kate Arnold on dulcimer, violin and vocals, they combine influences from English and French folk, Middle Eastern, early and classical musics to imagine a sound world where the guitar and keyboard were never invented, and irregular rhythms and medieval modes have won out over 4/4 beats and major scales.
There is a strong improvisatory feel, with a driving energy brought by the percussion, and the hypnotic, mystical qualities of the hammered dulcimer. It has been described as 'punk baroque'! Lyrically, Kate's songs draw upon folk and fairy tales, Middle Eastern mythology, social history, modern horrors, and the strange tales of her half-gypsy grandmother.