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With their albums New Anything and In The Round and a long string of sell-out gigs, English instrumental trio Leveret have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material. Recorded live at the renowned Realworld Studios and accompanied by a hand-written tunebook, Inventions brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the three members of the trio.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy's Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-times BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.
Leveret’s playing is not arranged in the conventional sense – there is no prepared plan or structure and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. At the same time their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless. Much of Leveret’s material to date has been drawn from old manuscripts and tunebooks, but for all three players composing new tunes is a natural extension of the ‘page to stage’ process of rediscovering forgotten tunes from the archive.