Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, Hardanger fiddle, guitar) have joined forces to form an exciting folk duo. They are both very skilled and experienced musicians, and together they play exciting, imaginative arrangements of captivating folk music from Britain, Europe, and beyond, both traditional and contemporary.
Their debut CD, “Warp & Weft” (available to buy on this website) has met with great critical acclaim (see the Reviews page). Mike and Steve are touring Warp & Weft from Autumn 2016.
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).