Once in a generation, the planets align in such a way that a band is born of such furious cosmic intensity, that the fabric of being is irreversibly altered. Pons Aelius might be that band.
With two critically acclaimed albums and countless nights on the road behind them, the Newcastle-based instrumental powerhouse have rightly earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting acts on the European folk circuit. Taking the scene by storm in 2017 with their debut album Captain Glen’s Comfort, Pons Aelius followed through with 2019’s Fire Under The Bridge. Described as a “colossal sound-world, drawing influences from far and wide, yet managing to unite them under one roof”, this album must be heard to be believed (Alex Gallagher, FRUK). In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the band from going about their usual business of tearing through the festival calendar and forced them back to the drawing board. Wasting no time, Where Do We Go From Here? was born – an ongoing interactive project that sees the band virtually collaborating with their fans to create new music.
The sextet is a force to be reckoned with, driven by a dynamic frontline of bagpipes and whistles (Jordan Aikin), flute (Sam Partridge), tenor banjo and mandolin (Tom Kimber). In the stompbox and octave pedal era, Pons Aelius are proud to feature one of the scene’s leading all-human rhythm sections, comprising Callum Younger (bodhrán kit innovator), Alasdair Paul (guitar/bouzouki) and Bevan Morris (double bass). With these powerful tools at their disposal, they are masters of both subtlety and intensity, exploring the limits of these acoustic instruments to produce a formidable sound.
NB: Due to the increasingly far-flung nature of the band and the pandemic, this gig is unlikely to feature the full line-up. This is, however, a rare chance to hear the band’s music in a more intimate, stripped back guise!
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A livestream ticket costs £7.50. You may like to pay more if you are feeling generous or if there is more than one person watching. This would be really welcome at this difficult time when income for musicians and venues is drastically reduced.