Bottle Bank Band
Formed during the summer of 2009, Bottle Bank Band brings together the fiddling talents of Sophy Ball, Chloe Jones, David Jones and Stewart Hardy.
The band takes its name from the one-time residence of Tyneside’s most famous fiddling son, James Hill, and their repertoire is firmly rooted in, but by no means limited to, the North East of England – a region which enjoys a centuries old tradition of fiddle playing. Individually the members of Bottle Bank Band have all established reputations as outstanding musicians, and by coming together in this combination, they create a new and exciting musical landscape.
The glorious sound of these four fiddles, rich in harmony and captivating arrangements, is underpinned by an instinctive understanding of traditional playing, which gives voice and space to the musicality and talent of the individual players.
The precision and approach of the four fiddles make them an idea crossover into events with a more classical focus. They were very well received at Swaledale Festival 2019 with Artistic Director Malcolm Creese commenting:
Joyful jigs, reels and hornpipes – well rehearsed, nicely presented and brilliantly played. The audience went away smiling and very happy.