About the band

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A stomping good-time alternative folk band with touches of flamenco, gypsy jazz and epic harmony, Ringlefinch are currently recording their self-produced debut album, set for release later this year. It follows their soundtrack for the feature film ‘Making It’, and their debut EP ‘Mass Trespass’ (produced by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker).

Ringlefinch formed in December 2012 at the exact moment the Mayans had predicted the world would end. A London six-piece (or seven- or eight-piece, sometimes), they’re not what you’d expect from a band named after a kind of Norwegian troll, or from a band whose first live show was in the room where Churchill celebrated the end of the Second World War.

But what should you expect if you mix a banjo and ukulele-juggling singer-songwriter, a latin percussionist, a trad folk guitarist, a classical string section, and a bassist and a mandolinist united in their love of alternative rock?

Dark-humoured, wittily introspective lyrics set to upbeat, quirky earworm tunes.

The toe-tapping rhythms of swing and jazz manouche – but with a thoroughly folk sensibility.

An exciting, rabble-rousing live show, peppered with moments of subtle beauty and hauntingly ambitious arrangement.

Ringlefinch ambled onto the London folk scene in summer 2013 like Godzilla in a party mood, and within 6 months were headlining the Folk Stage for Chiswick Oxjam. Gigging extensively as part of the ‘Folkroom Collective’ (including 8 shows in 3 days at the Edinburgh Festival, a sell-out launch party at the Betsey Trotwood, and a particularly memorable show at the Natural History Museum), and with a well-received EP and a feature film soundtrack under their belts, they’ve developed a strong reputation for an energetic 30-string sound that has been described variously as “joyful, joyful rambunctious glory!” and “a lovely heartwarming clusterpluck”.

With exciting live shows, quirky self-made videos, and a distinctive genre-hopping sound, this is one musical casserole that’s far greater than the sum of its ingredients.

Impromptu gig in a church garden

  • Andy on vocals, banjo, ukulele, charango, guitar, shaker, palmas
  • Arun on guitar, vocals, shaker
  • Emma on cello, vocals
  • Graham on bass, vocals
  • Nicole on violin, vocals, kazoo, palmas
  • Philip on mandolin, vocals, kazoo, tambourine, palmas
  • William on cajon, shaker, percussion, vocals