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About FiddleBop

Jo sings! FiddleBop, live at the Hay Globe in January 2020 FiddleBop! Photo: Ruth Remond-Cooper

FiddleBop plays the best from the first century of jazz music! We play it on violin, Spanish guitar, keyboard, and fretless bass. We sing too, with four voices in harmony. And we do all this with Gypsy zing and passion!

The first century of jazz music... that's jazz of all kinds, from all jazz eras. Daily-bread jazz from the 1920s (when "jazz was king"), 1930s chilli-hot swing, bop from the 1940s, post-bop from the 1950s and 60s, and jazz-flavoured sides of classic 1960s and 1970s pop. Plus our own tunes and songs, sometimes written just yesterday.

And where does FiddleBop's "Gypsy zing and passion" come from? Well, that's like asking where the lemon-ness in a cool lemon drink comes from. But some of our zing and passion has its origin in our fluent instrumental pizzazz and tangy vocal harmonies, all lightly seasoned with wit, repartee and banter. The rest? Because we love what we play (and it shows).

Dave Favis-Mortlock, violinist for FiddleBop, at a gig. Photo: Judy Waldman Jo Davies, FiddleBop's guitarist, in a mad moment

All of which is one reason — please excuse us, we're about to blow our own trumpet (and mix our own metaphors) — why audiences love FiddleBop's unique Gypsy-tinged beggars-in-velvet flavour of jazz music.

FiddleBop plays jazz which can be sweet and chilled: such as our delicate instrumental explorations of John Coltrane's exquisite "Naima", our bluesy take of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight", our nostalgic close-harmony vocals in "Here, There, and Everywhere", and Jo's late-night-mood composition "Thirteen-and-a-half Days In The Desert".

Graeme Lamble, FiddleBop's bassist extraordinaire. Ruth Redmond-Cooper

And FiddleBop also makes music which, with its roots in the Gypsy jazz tradition, can be hot unto cooking. Paul Stevens, FiddleBop's keyboard wiz. Photo: Jo Davies FiddleBop will get your feet stomping and your heart thumping (in a good way, of course) during "The Charleston", for the traditional Gypsy tune "Dark Eyes", for the John Coltrane Quartet's interpretation of "My Favourite Things", and when we're searing though Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia". Yaaay!

But don't — as the saying goes — just take our word for it: see our reviews.

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So how about having FiddleBop make some tasty jazz-from-all-eras music at your event or party? We're friendly, we don't bite, and we cost less than you might think.

Why not check us out at Midsummer Music logo or Book Entertainment logo? Or you could email us or phone us (01982 560726 / 07968 950870) for a quote.

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