The UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.
This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. The UFQ's approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence from funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.
The UFQ features two phenomenal fiddlers. The first is Galician Paloma Trigas, who has shared stages and recorded with with The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain's biggest folk star, Carlos Nunez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.
'Best Group Finalist' - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
Songlines Magazine Awards Europe Finalist 2017
'Folk Band of the Year' - BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016
'Album of the Year' - BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016
'Live Act of the Year' - BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014
"As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set." The Scotsman 2017
"This award-winning band is forging ahead into fresh pastures new with their forward-thinking musical attitude, which flies the proud banner for Gaeldom." FolkWales Magazine
Cardboard Fox are a unique and powerful combination of dexterous instrumental playing, memorable songwriting and energetic live shows.
All four musicians have their musical roots in bluegrass but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. The band has toured throughout the UK and Europe as well as a couple of performances in North America, including being the first ever UK band to gain a highly sought after showcase spot at the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2016 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, the band followed up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, 'Out of Mind', in May 2016. Their latest album, 'Topspin', came out in June this year and has been described variously by reviewers as "thoroughly gorgeous", "striking" and "a surprise and delight".