"The Drystones demonstrate a sophisticated musical maturity that is far beyond their ages" Folk Radio UK
Somerset based duo The Drystones (Ford Collier and Alex Garden) have been performing together for eight years. In this time they have developed in maturity and confidence culminating in their nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. This new album is bold and adventurous with breath-taking instrumentals breaking boundaries but sounding strangely familiar.
Apparitions are the theme of the new album and it describes how the album relates to the musical traditions of the past. As Ford puts it “Through the lens of our new music, we view folk as a lingering phantom of forgotten ways that still haunts our modern thinking...”
The album is made up almost entirely of original tunes and some original interpretations of traditional tunes. Although it is clearly folk music it is given a thoroughly contemporary twist. The best example is Nonesuch, a 16th century tune collected in 1651 by John Playford, but as Alex says “played as it would have been played by 16th century minstrels if they had been into techno!”