Rural Touring

Cosgrave & Banks at Folk on the Moor

We have had a very successful tour of 15 concerts in Devon villages with Villages In Action Autumn 2016 – Spring 2017. We are very sad at the ending of VIA’s touring programme. It is a great loss to rural communities in Devon. We add our thanks to the huge numbers of people who have benefited from the fantastic work of Roger Werner and his team at VIA over the last 25 or so years.

We are on the menu for the Autumn 2017 programme for Art Out West , the rural touring scheme for West Cumbria.

Click here to see video (in two parts) of our 20 minute set at the Villages in Action menu launch, May 2016. 

Many of the villages where we have played are asking us for a return visit. Here are some of the comments from VIA promoters.

“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. One man exclaimed to me in the interval: ‘Where did you find these blokes – they’re brilliant!’“. This last is an excerpt from a longer review of our concert at Bratton Clovelly Festival. The full review gives a good idea of what a Cosgrave & Banks gig is like; you can read it here:

“I loved C&B at the Menu launch and they didn’t disappoint.  They are magnificent musicians and they captivated the audience with their skill and relaxed sense of fun.  It was a wonderful evening.”

 “Cosgrave and Banks gave us an excellent evening’s entertainment.  Their programme was varied, lively and good fun. ”

 “Good relaxed atmosphere. Excellent original content from an obviously talented duo.”

 “Fantastic night.”

 “Great evening. Lovely sound from very talented musicians and singers. Fun performance with good audience participation. A good mixture of music from Europe and Canada introduced with some amusing anecdotes.”

As you can see from this feedback, we know that Cosgrave & Banks is a perfect act for village halls concerts.

Steve has also played a lot of gigs over the years through the rural touring schemes up and down the country with the Carnival Band, and counts them among the most enjoyable concerts he has played: the informal, community atmosphere, the relatively small venues which give a great sense of contact between performers and audience.

We provide our own PA, we just need a power socket to plug into. We do not provide any lighting. Our concert suits intimate lighting; if your venue is not equipped for that, let us know, and we’ll see whether we can sort out some simple lighting between us.

Please see the Promoters page for info about our programme, posters and fliers for over-printing, blurb, and photos.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch: email steve ‘at’, or phone Steve on 01803 782219.