SATURDAY MARCH 21st 8.00 PM £5
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Scarecrow is an Oxfordshire based acoustic band that plays folk music but offers something a bit different: some instrumental music, some songs and occasionally a bit of jazz or blues. Some tracks are well known and others more obscure but all have been worked to produce tight and unusual arrangements.
The band was formed at the end of 2006 bringing together folk, classical, rock and blues backgrounds to create a trio that doesn’t sound like just another folk band.
David is the natural leader of the band and has all the characteristics needed for the job – he’s got a car that the PA fits in, and he’s bigger than the other two. He brings a strong folk influence to the band, and is probably one of the best whistle players in the Midlands – if you get a chance to chat with him during the evening, he will be happy to confirm this. He also plays flute, bagpipes and percussion.
Rey is the theorist in the band. Also a multi-instrumentalist, he plays bass guitar, flute, and whistle. He brings a classical influence to the band, or in other words, he doesn’t use his thumb when he plays the guitar. He claims that he can actually read music!
Gordon is the guitarist, and brings the jazz/blues side to the band, which means he does use his thumb when he’s playing, and can claim that any mistake he makes is actually an obscure jazz chord. He is also very sensitive about tempos, and strongly believes that if a song speeds up or slows down, it is always somebody else’s fault. Gordon also plays bouzouki.
So that’s the band – now the music. People say that the great thing about listening to Scarecrow is that you never know what’s coming next. The music moves from a traditional Shetland’s bagpipes tune, to a jazz classic, such as “It’s only a Paper Moon”, to a set of Irish whistle tunes, and back to a blues song, or an unusual arrangement of a well-known folk song, such as “John Barleycorn”, or “Old Maui”.