Acoustic band

Cosgrave & Banks

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About Cosgrave & Banks

Acoustic band
Totnes
Superb folk / roots duo based in Devon, playing captivating music from Britain, Europe and beyond.

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike has worked 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, but started with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é. Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer / fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve: Dart Songs, and John Smart’s Bottle. Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle, with Steve on fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD, Warp & Weft, has received great reviews. “This CD takes you to places you didn’t know had such beautiful and/or quirky music. Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?” – Maddy Prior “Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun!” – Tom McConville “Their debut is very good indeed. They take traditional tunes, songs and motifs and weave them into exhilarating new compositions.” – fRoots “A truly captivating CD that touches the very depth of being as only music can.” – The Living Tradition.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Traditional Irish folk, World music
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Types:
Acoustic band
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party
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Reviews

From customers:

Tom M, 3 years ago

Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun!

Maddy P, 3 years ago

This CD takes you to places you didn’t know had such beautiful and/or quirky music. Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?