James Delarre and Saul Rose combine thrilling fiddle performances with some of the finest melodeon playing. Inspired by more than fifteen years of appearing on the folk music scene, this new duo harnesses all the subtleties of traditional music while producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. Together they produce a full range of melodic and harmonic flavour with flowing melodies, rich harmony and considered vocal delivery. As firm friends the joy with which this pair experience music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.
James Delarre:- has been playing the violin from a young impressionable age, being mostly self taught he is the product of a musical family. He has from his late teens been working as a professional musician, most notably with Jim Moray, Mawkin:Causley, Mawkin (a band formed with his brother), Lauren McCormick and more recently as a duo with Saul Rose and Topette (an exciting new project with Andy Cutting, Barnaby Stradling, Julien Cartonette and Tania Buisse) as well as an appearance with Bellowhead on the Jools Holland Hootenaney. James has gone on to perform on set for the BBCs ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Londons Calling’ he has also performed on two forthcoming feature films with BBC, Fox Searchlight and Ruby Films.
Saul Rose:- is one of the best Melodeon players in the country. He’s best known for his work with the Kings of Calicutt and Waterson Carthy, has been a professional folk musician on and off since his late teens. A player involved with traditional music via a morris dancing past; from playing music for dancing and the dancing itself, and has been doing so for pretty much all of his life. He has been playing melodeon since he was 10.
After entering (and not winning) the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1991, Saul was spotted by Eliza Carthy and was then asked to form the Kings of Calicutt with Eliza and Nancy Kerr. Saul has gone on to feature in Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel, the Jim Moray band, Faustus, Ruth Notman, Random and the Gavin Davenport band as well as duos with Eliza, Maclaine Colston and now James Delarre. 2011 was spent almost entirely singing, playing and acting in the play Warhorse in London’s glittering west end in the principal role of Songman. Saul’s versatility has seen him deputise in Bellowhead, Tickled Pink and Edward II and more recently Saul has recorded and produced albums commercially in the Whapweasel recording studio.
James and Saul first met at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2007. They were invited as part of a band to play music for the dance troupe Morris Offspring and they have Laurel Swift to thank for bringing them together. After a punishing week of morning workshops and all day and evening performances with the troupe they had become firm friends. They continued to play for Morris Offspring for the next couple of years, met up regularly to play the night away in the infamous Cockle Shed and shared the stage in 2009/10 with Jim Moray when Saul replaced Nick Cooke in his band. Every time they meet the music flows.
Thankfully they have found enough time in their busy touring schedules to put together this truly captivating and hypnotic sound. Bringing together the classic combination of fiddle and melodeon and inspired by 15 years of playing on the English folk music scene this duo harness all the subtleties of traditional music while still producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. Together they produce a full range of melodic and harmonic flavour with flowing melodies, rich harmony and considered vocal delivery. As firm friends the joy with which this pair experience music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.