Green Note, Camden
Monday 15th June
Doors 7:00pm, Live Music 8:30pm
Arrowsmith:Robb Trio is a transatlantic collaboration between UK-based Jess & Richard Arrowsmith (Melrose Quartet, Hekety) and Canadian folk music veteran Ian Robb (Finest Kind. Jiig, Friends of Fiddler’s Green). The combination of fine vocal and instrumental talents and an immediate musical chemistry quickly produced some great song and tune arrangements
Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are singers and musicians (fiddle & melodeon) and well established in the traditional English music scene. They bring you powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, lively tunes and a broad range of material that will have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses. Jess’s self-penned songs have been performed and recorded by a range of other artists and are entering the tradition in their own right. Jess & Richard’s latest project in conjunction with James Fagan & Nancy Kerr as the Melrose Quartet earned them a nomination for “Best Group” at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. Other projects past & present include Hekety, Glorystrokes, Crucible and Pecsaetan.
Ian Robb’s musical roots were in choral music; as a boy soprano in London, England, he sang for a couple of years with one of the Westminster abbey choirs. Later, as a teenager in the sixties, he discovered the British folk music revival, and honed his skills as an interpreter of traditional song, not to mention his powerful voice, in the pub-based British folk club environment.
Moving to Canada in 1970, Ian soon became a regular at Toronto’s venerable and now defunct Fiddler’s Green folk club, and was a founding member of the now well-known Friends of Fiddler’s Green, who are currently in their 37th year of performing together, and were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein award for services to folk music in Ontario.
Early in the seventies, Ian took up the English concertina, and is now recognized as one of North America’s premier exponents of the instrument in song accompaniment and dance music.