BEN MOSS & LAUREL SWIFT: 3 fiddles, 2 voices, 1 melodeon and a pair of clogs + The West London Folk Band

Date/Time Sun 11 Dec 2016 7:45 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 booking fee; On The Door - £10


Ben Moss & Laurel Swift have a punchy, infectious style of playing that defies anyone not to dance and sing along. Having danced together in Morris Offspring for many years they started performing as a duo in 2013.

Ben Moss is a developing folk arts practitioner, involved in both the teaching and performance of folk dance and music. He plays with several ceilidh bands, namely the A3 Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Factor and The Ceilidh Tree and dances with The World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men and the Seven Champions Molly Dancers. When not playing or dancing he can be found drinking a cup of tea in the company of a good crossword.

Laurel Swift is a folk musician and dancer. She plays double bass with Gadarene, fiddle with The Gloworms and created ‘Under Her Skin’ with the performance storyteller, Debs Newbold. Laurel has twice showcased compositions with innovative folk organisation, Distil. Laurel is also the founder and choreographer of Morris Offspring, a young team of morris dancers who have appeared on BBC2’s Culture Show, sold out the South Bank, and in 2013 toured UK Arts Centres with folk powerhouse, Faustus.

Laurel Swift is also a teacher, and her regular Monday night class at the West London TUC in Acton has given rise to The West London Folk Band. Founded in Year 2000, it goes from strength to strength, regularly playing concerts and ceilidhs in the area. The band consists of “bedroom musicians, beginner musicians, starting-again musicians, younger musicians, late bloomers, musicians that think they can only read the dots, musicians who worry that they can’t read the dots” – all are welcome!”