500 mph East European Folk on accordion and guitar/mandolin
Back in the early part of the last decade, Geoffthepianist and I met while playing in rock'n'roll/blues pub bands. One day in an idle moment at a rehearsal, he began playing "Katyusha". "Hey, that's Katyusha!" I said. "Yeah, how do you know that?" he replied. It became apparent that we both loved East European folk music, he through learning a lot of EE folk tunes on accordion, me through the very excellent Ukrainians.
So in 2006 we amassed a set of very fast East European folk tunes on accordion and acoustic guitar, and set about playing them at folk clubs across Sussex, and various venues around London and beyond.
Wherever we played, people would look on with jaws agape, partly because we stood out a mile from the usual English folk or American blues you tend to find at folk clubs (nothing wrong with either of those genres, by the way) and partly because of the insane tempos of most of the tunes.
Between 2006 and 2011 we played at folk clubs across Sussex, and indeed started our own one in Burgess Hill, played festivals in Leytonstone, Uckfield, and best of all made 3 appearances at the excellent Endorse It In Dorset festival. We also played the Borderline and a bunch of other venues across London.
At the moment we are on hiatus, as Geoff is living in China (that 10,000 mile gap makes rehearsing a bit difficult, not to mention gigging), but whenever we're in the same hemisphere we whip out the old accordion and git and rev up the engine.