Genre: Alternative Folk, Gypsy Jazz
Band: Andy (Vocals, banjo, ukulele, guitar, shaker, charango), - Arun (Guitar, vocals, shaker), - Chris (Cajon, shaker, palmas), Gillian (Viola, vocals, palmas, castanets, kazoo), Graham (Bass, vocals) and Philip (Mandolin, vocals, tamborine, palmas, kazoo, charango)
Location: London, England
Discography: Mass Trespass EP (2014)
Record Label: Independent
All of us here at LCM are very big fans of Ringlefinch. They are one of those bands which leave you with a big smile on your face. With very clever and original songs, they are a 'toe-tapping' band with an eye on mischief and dark humour. Great creators of perfect earworms which stick with you for days.
Ringlefinch are a London based stomping good-time alternative folk band, with touches of flamenco, gypsy jazz and epic harmony. Their unique sound blends the strong melodies and storytelling of folk music, the toe-tapping rhythms of swing and jazz manouche, and dark-humoured, wittily introspective lyrics to create rabble-rousing songs with moments of genuine tenderness.
Ringlefinch formed in December 2012 at the exact moment the Mayans had predicted the world would end. A London sextet, they’re not what you’d expect from a band named after a kind of Norwegian troll, or from a band whose first live show was in the room where Churchill celebrated the end of the Second World War. But what should you expect if you mix a banjo and ukulele-juggling singer-songwriter, a flamenco percussionist, a trad folk guitarist, a classical violist, and a bassist and a mandolinist united in their love of alternative rock?
Ringlefinch ambled onto the London folk scene in summer 2013 like Godzilla in a party mood, and within 6 months were headlining the Folk Stage for Chiswick Oxjam – helping them to raise more money for Oxfam than any of the other Oxjam events across the UK. Gigging extensively in the second half of 2013 (including headline sets at record label residencies, legendary punk venues, and a particularly memorable secret show at a hat-swapping party in Deptford…), they’ve developed an energetic 26-string sound that has been described variously as “joyful, joyful rambunctious glory!” and “a lovely heartwarming clusterpluck”.
Ringlefinch recorded their hotly anticipated debut EP with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker as producer. The EP was released in late spring 2014, accompanying a spring and summer of festival appearances and gigs in London and the south-east. With an EP this good all of us here at Laurel Canyon Music are eagerly anticipating their debut album.
This is one musical casserole that’s far greater – far more tasty and compelling – than the sum of its ingredients.
"A stomping good-time folky band with touches of flamenco, gypsy jazz and swing" - Softly Softly