CAKES AND ALE
“ Beautiful playing, fine tunes, simple inviting evocative words… they’ve a sense of fun, a touch of wickedness… Modern life and folk and timeless traditions and everything good here.” The Organ
‘One of the most exciting live bands I have seen’ Subba-Cultcha
Cakes and Ale are a folk collective from Norwich, London and Bristol. We pool Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Medieval and Modern influences to inform our original compositions and our arrangements often call upon the bizarre and the burlesque (musical saw, honkey-tonk piano, frame drums and strings).
In the five years since forming our raucous live performances on street corners, at beer festivals and pagan weddings across the country have gained us a cult following. We have toured Germany, Poland and Czech Republic and made a summer tour of UK festivals in 2011 and 2012.
We received funding from the British Arts Council to record our debut album which we released in December 2011.
Here is a selection of gigs we’ve played in Britain:
Innocent Smoothie Festival, London
Small World Festival
Norwich Arts Centre (Headline)
Southwark Playhouse, London
Secret Garden Party
Cambridge Folk Festival
Some of the Artists we have played with include:
Trembling Bells, This is the Kit, Three Beards, Rachael Dadd, Wig Smith, Rozi Plain, The Owl Service, Dead Rat Orchestra, My Two Toms, Mary Hampton
Radio: We have appeared regularly on BBC Norfolk, Future Radio, Resonance FM, Tom Robinson’s 6 Music Introducing and recorded live sessions for Break Thru Radio New York.
All I Want/Stars and Scars, December 2009, Double a-side (Hungry Audio)
Eat Cake, February 2010, 12 track live album, (Grook presents…)
Songs From Jasper Taylor, June 2010, 5 track E.P. (Grook presents…)
Songs from Ruth Gordon, Dec 2010, 5 Track E.P. (Grook presents…)
Five Shillings, Three Bushels of Corn and a Milchgoat, Dec. 2011, 16 track album on cd and vinyl (Grook presents...)