Magnificent a cappela harmony from Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the finest exponents of the genre on the folk scene, can be heard in Mellor Brook next weekend.
The trio’s last album, “As If...”, was nominated in two categories at the 2011 Folk Awards, for Best Group and Best Album. Deservedly revered in the folk world, their repertoire includes First World War songs, Christmas carols, self-penned material often displaying a political conscience, and traditional folk songs from the great collectors, Cecil Sharp, Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger and others.
They regularly collaborate with War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and National Theatre player and musician John Tams, best known to many as Daniel Hagman in the ITV dramatisations of “Sharpe”.
They are also members of the folk “super-group” Blue Murder, together with folk royalty Martin and Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson.
Coope, Boyes and Simpson release their recordings through the No Masters Co-operative, a recording and publishing company run by songwriters, singers and musicians based in Leeds. Its roster also includes Chumbawamba, for whom the trio contributed vocals on recent albums “Get On With It” and “The Boy Bands Have Won”.
Although much of their music is political, they also perform sacred music. Two albums of Christmas carols receive extensive airplay on Classic FM around Christmas time, particularly from DJ Natalie Wheen.
Coope, Boyes and Simpson will perform at Mellor Brook Community Centre next Saturday, April 6th. Doors will open at 7-30 and a support act (to be confirmed) will be on stage at 8 p.m. before CBS begin the first of their two sets at 8-45. Tickets can be bought in person at the Britannia gallery on Branch Road in the village or by mail order (phone Janet on 07791 558 554 for details).