The BarrowBand play songs that can be enjoyed by all ages, anywhere. Exceptional musicianship combined with the unique songwriting talent of ex-Incredible String Band member Malcolm Le Maistre creates a performance that is unsparingly musical, energetic, surprising, participatory and educational.
They sing, dance and juggle their way through a large selection of original songs using styles drawn from pop, folk, country, Indian, klezmer, thrash jazz, rock etc. - whilst manipulating a kinetic market Barrow covered with various fruit, vegetables and beasts.
They also conduct interactive creative workshops.
The BarrowBand is about celebrating nature and its products in a funny and entertaining way through music, art and performance. As well as bringing the magic of fruit, vegetables, animals and minerals to the world, we will also influence people's health in a positive way.
Vocals, Mini guitar, Banjo
Ukulele, Percussions, Vocals
Sitar, Percussions, Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals, Cello
Double Bass, Vocals
Guitar, Mandola, Keyboards, Vocals
A brief history of the BarrowBand...
The BarrowBand came about after Malcolm saw a famous cook trying to get children to identify various fruit and veg without much success (leeks were kiwis apparently). He immediately started writing songs about them and not long after in partnership with an Edinburgh media company Rocket (now Blipfoto) created the BarrowBand - an educational multimedia project for teachers and health professionals about healthy eating and specifically fruit and veg based around songs.
In 2010, Colin and Malcolm did the first BB live gig in Durham. It quickly became apparent that the future of the BB was live and in early 2011 the band was formed. Since then we have performed throughout the land in venues as diverse as Kew Gardens (12 times) , Dunoon Harbour (in sub-zero temperatures), the JustSo festival, the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival, many schools, the annual conference of botanical experts in Dundee (an entire audience of adults going wild for the Onion song) and many others.
This year the band is embarking on a critical part of its journey to bring the magic of fruit, vegetables, animals and minerals to the world. Two new albums, many performances, fruit and veg dance films and much more!