FiddleBop: sparkling songs and terrific tunes... jazz classics from the 1920s (when "jazz was king"), swing and bop from later decades, and some written just yesterday. Vocals, vocal harmonies, violin, guitar and keyboards; all lightly seasoned with wit, repartee and banter.
We love what we play, and it shows!
And (please excuse us, we're about to blow our own trumpet) that's one reason why audiences love FiddleBop's unique swing-soaked music, with its roots in Gypsy jazz.
Music which can be sweet and chilled: the tender and nostalgic close-harmony vocals of "Autumn Leaves" for example, or the delicate instrumental explorations of John Coltrane's exquisite "Naima". And music which can also, most definitely, be hot unto cooking. FiddleBop will get those feet stomping and that heart thumping for the traditional Gypsy tune "Dark Eyes", when we're searing though Thelonious Monk's angular "Well You Needn't", and for our funky take of oldie-but-goodie "Sweet Georgia Brown". Yaaay!
But don't — as the saying goes — just take our word for it: see our reviews.
And wowie-zowie, here comes the new incarnation of FiddleBop! The first version of FiddleBop disbanded in December 2017 after thirteen years as a very successful hard-gigging gypsy jazz band. Gigs included:
- London's Le QuecumBar ("The World's Premier Django Reinhardt Gypsy Swing Venue")
- Upton Jazz Festival
- For Oxford University
- Regular Oxford Jazz Kitchen gigs at The Rose and Crown, Oxford
- Sunday Jazz at The Nag's Head On The Thames, Abingdon.
Jo Davies (guitar and vocals) and Dave Favis-Mortlock (violin and vocals) have, following a move to mid-Wales, teamed up with wizard of the keyboard Paul Stevens! More details soon. But for now, let's just say that the new band is well on the way to being the best FiddleBop ever...
Finally, how about FiddleBop playing live at your event or party? Male and female vocals, violin, guitar, keyboard; and our own high-quality PA and lights. We cost less than you might think! Why not email us or phone us (01982 560726 or 07968 950870) for a quote?