Ian Giles & Dave Townsend - Voices, Concertina and Melodeon
Ian and Dave have been singing and playing together for more years than either will readily admit to. They are two of the most recognizable (and hairy) faces on the Oxfordshire folk scene, who bring to the stage a wealth of experience performing, touring and researching traditional songs & music. With voices and concertina, they offer a delightful repertoire of unusual songs and tunes.
Their comfortable and relaxed style of presentation makes the perfect setting for their commitment to the material and their consummate musicianship. Their affection for sea-shanties and maritime songs has earned them a regular berth at Harwich International Shanty Festival. Many of their songs feature scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells, which has led them to put together a programme ROGUES & ROVERS – Tales of Rakes, Vagabonds, Soldiers and Sailors.
Ian Giles is an Oxfordshire singer who also plays melodeon, hurdy-gurdy and percussion. He has performed and recorded with many groups including Folly Bridge, Sod’s Opera, Magpie Lane and The Oxford Waits.