Thursday, July 16, 2015


Fiddle. Mandolin. Accordion. Guitar. That sounds like a folk music lineup. And it is, except when it isn't. Spiro is an English quartet that uses this instrumentation as they ride that artsy edge between folk and classical music on Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow. The listener who chooses to ride along this edge will be deeply rewarded. The title comes presumably from the poem by John Keats which sets forth a number of contrasts:
    Infant playing with a skull;
    Morning fair, and shipwreck'd hull;
    Nightshade with the woodbine kissing;
    Serpents in red roses hissing;
As Spiro is a purely instrumental ensemble, they play around with aural contrasts, beyond simply the aforementioned folk and classical settings.

Read my full review of Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow on RootsWorld.