RootsBase Presents | OBT (Oakes, Bews, Thorpe)
Tue 4 Jun
Doors Open 6:30pm
Show Starts 7:30pm
OBT — or, 'Oakes, Bews, Thorpe' — is a Scottish power trio: Tom Oakes (Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Auvo Quartet) on Guitars and Wooden Flute; Jon Bews (Malinky, James Yorkston, Cantrip) on 5-string Fiddle; and Daniel Thorpe (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010, Malinky, Tyde) on Fiddle.
When BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010-winning fiddler Thorpe and contemporary fiddle visionary Bews met metronomic, guitarist and flautist Oakes (Album of the year 2017 nominee for Fiddle & Guitar with Ross Couper) OBT was born and a no holds barred approach to music was the key.
Though traditional in essence, the music is full of contemporary arrangements and surprises —
drawing on the music of Scotland but combining it with world music influences and new composition: bass-heavy riffs, chamber-like strings and award-winning traditional playing that make OBT a journey from Strathspey to Space and back.
OBT’s evolving and dynamic performances work as well in an intimate acoustic setting or on a packed festival dancefloor. Here, you can expect lush strings, driving rhythm and intricate melody playing on fiddle, 5-string fiddle, Nylon String ‘Alto’ Guitar and Wooden Flute from this new folk supergroup.
«Muscular» — The Scotsman
(Tom Oakes) «Gleaming folk musicianship… intricate guitar-playing » — The Guardian
(Jon Bews) «One of Scotland's top traditional fiddlers with a unique style» — Scottish-Folk-
(Daniel Thorpe) «Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010»)