Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured” – fRoots
“A hugely talented lass” – Mike Harding
The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi. Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the success of their debut album ‘The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed’, they are excited to be heading back out on the road with a brand new release ‘Fen, Farm, and Deadly Water’.
Recorded at Grange Farm Studios in the heart of the Norfolk Fenlands, the album continues to showcase the band’s eclectic musical influences. Locally sourced material includes a Fenland song from pig farmer Fred Rooke, the haunting 1611 poem Powtes Complaint, as well as the Cry Of The Radish Boys At Great Yarmouth, given a distinctly bluegrassy twist. The album also showcases the trio’s instrumental prowess, with original compositions The Stanford and Bolton Lodge, alongside Karen Tweed’s Only Viveka, and Swedish polska the Penknife Killer. Original songs by Georgia top off an impressively varied yet coherent album that seamlessly blends a broad musical palette.
For “Fen, Farm and Deadly Water”, the trio spent weeks in an isolated cottage in the heart of the fens, with the sparse and evocative landscape complementing the writing of new songs and tunes.
The band collectively represents three disparate but complementary musical backgrounds that form an impressive whole. Georgia writes lyrical songs about local history, with a gently whimsical edge that belies their underlying depth. Nic’s style is bluegrass and old time; he can also be seen playing with Dan Walsh and Ciaran Algar as part of the Dan Walsh Trio. Aaren plays locally in rock and metal bands, which defines the driving foundation of the band’s unique sound.