“Alex Garden (fiddle) and Archie Churchill-Moss (diatonic button accordion) began playing together in 2016 when they discovered a mutual passion for the traditional dance music of northern Europe. Their arrangements incorporate tunes from a wide variety of ancient folk traditions as well as modern compositions written by themselves and other contemporary musicians.
Originally from near Glastonbury in Somerset, Alex and Archie now live in Bristol and enjoy contributing to its vibrant music scene. The union of accordion and fiddle is a timeless classic which they combine with a uniquely modern approach – one moment playing toe-tapping traditional polkas and then the next swiftly improvising around a chart-topping pop melody. They combine this ancestral instrument pairing with their knowledge of modern contemporary art forms to create a unique response to the modern day music scene, creating new music which is heavily rooted in folk music.
Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional folk, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop), as well as performing with the “”Moore, Moss, Rutter”” trio which received the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2011. The past two years have seen Archie tour extensively across Western Europe and perform at top music festivals including headline slots at Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Tonder Festival (Denmark) and Cambridge Folk Festival (UK). With a contemporary approach to composition and arrangement, Archie has developed a style of playing that draws as much influence from the tradition as it does modern popular music. He is currently performing with Tom Moore & Archie Moss, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys and False Lights.
Alex Garden is a fiddle player with a unique sound born out of traditional Scottish and English styles. His family roots lie in Scotland and he visits the North West Highlands every year, immersing himself in the landscape and traditional music of the area. Studying performance and composition at University of Southampton, he was taught by internationally renowned fiddle player John Dipper, and honed skills in contemporary composition, production and live sound. Alex regularly performs up and down the country with folk duo The Drystones, supporting big names such as The Elephant Sessions, Ray Davies, Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span. Now living in Bristol he teaches fiddle and collaborates with a range of artist such as ambient / electronic producer Barnaby Carter, vibraphone player Harriet Riley and singer-songwriter Ellie Gowers, as well as working as a ceilidh musician.”
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