Cupola launch their second album ROAM – footage from that gig and reviews of the album:
The Cupola Trio
Doug Eunson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews playing English and European dance music and English songs in three part harmony. Incorporating melodeons, hurdy gurdy, saxophones, clarinet, fiddle and viola, these three highly talented musicians and singers weave intricate harmonies and beautiful melodies.
CDs available from www.cothrecords.co.uk
Hot off the press – ROAM is our second album just released in May 2015 – still awaiting reviews – watch this space….
(Photo by Russ Bishop)
“Roam is a generous, well-rounded collection that showcases Cupola’s tremendous panache and the accomplished pooling of its members’ individual and collective talents.” David Kidman – fROOTS Sept 2015
ArtsBeat Mag, Derbyshire – Oct 2015
“Cupola are their own band, with a distinctive take on folk music …. Roam is the second album by the Derbyshire-based band and represents a significant step forward from their debut CD, Ivy … One of their strengths is the way they can make anything sound like a traditional piece of music ….. Many traditional folk recordings get released every year. Some of these make it, but the vast majority sink beneath the waves, dead in the water before they are off the starting block. Roam doesn’t deserve this fate, it needs to be heard.” Stephen Witkowski – the bright young folk review
“Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson and Oli Matthews….playing fiddle, viola, melodeon, hurdy gurdy, sax, clarinet and all three sing….I’d previously enjoyed Sarah and Doug’s two duo cds, but Oli’s wind instruments add an exciting new dimension, as does the rhythmic trompette of the gurdy! Blowzabella unsurprisingly come to mind and get a mention as a tune source. Tunes by Andy Cutting, John Dipper, John Spiers, and from Sweden and France, are mixed with songs old and new. ‘Mainstream English’ perhaps, but splendid playing throughout and those distinctive wind textures make for a cd that stands out from the crowd!
No gimmicks, just a hight quality cd by talented people that will stand up to plenty of repeated listening.”
T Bell-Richards, FiddleOn Mag Nov 2012
“Imaginative and pleasing arrangements of tunes – fascinating ! The last song unashamedly brings back echoes of the Watersons. Cupola are well worth seeing live, this album gives a good taste.!” Colin Andrews
“Cupola are always a fantastic group to hear play and have as part of any event, and their set at the 2012 Derby Folk Festival was no exception. The playing of all three members is superb, but certainly not in a clinical way – it is full of warmth, energy and what comes across as a genuine love of what they do – meaning you feel instantly drawn in to the music, and the musicians themselves. They leave audiences talking about them, and fellow musicians singing their praises – exactly what you need as a concert and festival booker!”
Bob Rushton – Programme Manager, Derby LIVE / Co-Director, Derby Folk Festival
From Poppy and Pint Folk Club for Sun 15th May gig 2011:
“….a terrific opening night at the Poppy thanks to a sell-out concert by our special guests, Cupola. They played a lovely mix of traditional, contemporary and self-written tunes – a wonderful range of material and talents! Sarah’s performance of Dave Sudbury’s ‘King of Rome’ was spellbinding.”
….sessioning at the Swan in Sidmouth
….and performing at the Ham Marquee at Sidmouth Folk Festival: