Emily Askew – fiddle
John Dipper – fiddle
Adrian Lever – guitar
ALMA brings together award winning fiddlers John Dipper (English Acoustic Collective) and Emily Askew (Askew Sisters) with guitarist and tambura player Adrian Lever (Arhai). Inspired by fiddle traditions from England and across the world, at the heart of Alma’s music is the joyful sound of fiddles playing in harmony. Each member of Alma brings their own individual style and influences to the band, giving them a unique approach to the gems of each tradition, resulting in beautiful and exciting new arrangements, that tantalise and excite the audience.
Emily Askew is a versatile musician playing fiddle, recorders, vielle, shawm, bagpipes and piano. Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval, Baroque and contemporary repertoire. She is a seasoned Folk performer, being part of Askew Sisters, Alma, Ceilidh Factor, The Elizabethan Session and the Emily Askew Band. Her work in Early Music has included performing with The Artisans, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa and The Medieval Babes as well as being part of shows at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Apollo West End, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Glyndebourne. Her recent project the Emily Askew Band and its CD Alchemy is receiving rave reviews.
John Dipper is a highly regarded musician and composer. His playing is steeped in the traditions of Southern England, and he is renowned for his knowledge of english music and manuscripts. He has recorded on several films including the Hobbit. He is a founder member of the English Acoustic Collective with Chris Wood and Robert Harbron, plays in Alma, Methera, Dipper Malkin, Purcell’s Polyphonic Party, and has worked with many other musicians and artists including Hugh Lupton, Nick Hennessey, Martyn Wyndham-Read and James Patterson. He was also a composer and musician for the first ever nationwide tour of Morris OffSpring.
Adrian Lever is the guitarist with award winning folk and early music experimentalists Horses Brawl, co-writing and releasing three albums and touring all over the UK at festivals and arts centres and performing live on BBC Radio3. He is also been a member of Appalachian roots band ‘Acaysha‘ recording and releasing two albums with the legendary British pedal steel player B.J. Cole wearing the combined caps of producer and performer. Adrian’s interest in Eastern European music has led him to study with tambura-playing legend Vladimir Vladimirov. Adrian also works with UK–based Serbian singer and composer Jovana Backovic in the ArHai project, which has also led to a recent collaboration with London-based Macedonian singer Tanja Tzarovska.
“from the beginning of their set it was obvious that the choice of Alma was spot-on…the band were completely tight from the first note and continued to take their audience on a whistle-stop tour of European folk dances.” fROOTS
“Magnificent!” Living Tradition Magazine
“Spry, intelligent and joyous!” The Sunday Times
“The album positively sweeps and soars as the instruments interlace and entwine to take the listener on an incredible aural journey through its rich diversity.” FolkWords Magazine