Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, Hardanger fiddle, guitar) are “one of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures” (Topsham Folk Club). An evening with Cosgrave & Banks offers a “sublime concert, complete with quirky little intros, that takes you on a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe” (Villages In Action promoter) “underpinned by top quality musicianship” (Folk On The Moor). “It’s not always that I hear music that makes me smile quite so much as this did. And judging by the smiles on other people’s faces, I wasn’t alone.” (Bratton Clovelly Festival ).
Their CD, “Warp & Weft” (available to buy on this website) has met with great critical acclaim: “Superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?” – Maddy Prior. “Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun ! ” – Tom McConville. “Cosgrave and Banks are masters of their instruments, their tunes exquisitely arranged and performed – a real delight for the listener.” – Pete Cooper. (lots more reviews on the Reviews page).
Mike’s varied musical career includes work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuosos Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross. He started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é.
Steve started life as a classical violinist, playing with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is a long time member of the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with Maddy Prior. He also played with Celtic folk-rock group Chanter, and founded his own Devon-based band, Blue Jewel, which recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve: Dart Songs, and John Smart’s Bottle (both available at www.bluejewel.info).