FiddleBop! Sparkling songs and terrific tunes... jazz classics from the 1920s (when "jazz was king"), swing and bop from later decades, others written just yesterday. Vocal harmonies and instrumental pizzazz, 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 get 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.
- Joanna Davies (guitar and vocals)
- Dave Favis-Mortlock (violin, viola, flute and vocals)
- Paul Stevens (keyboard and vocals)
- Graeme Lamble (fretless bass guitar)
Following Jo and Dave's move to Wales, the previous incarnation 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.
So how about FiddleBop playing live at your event or party?
We cost less than you might think... Why not email us or phone us (01982 560726 or 07968 950870) for a quote?