About Evening Star ..
Paul James formed Evening Star to play original material influenced by European traditional music, culture and contemporary sounds. The music brings together Mediterranean and northern European influences with great tunes and effortless rhythmic drive played by musicians completely on top of their game.
Carlos Beceiro tours all over the world with Spain’s leading folk group La Musgana. Gigi Biolcati can make a tambourine sound like a whole drum kit and plays and sings with many leading Italian jazz and folk musicians including Riccardo Tesi's Banditaliana. Patrick Bouffard is the most influential French hurdy-gurdy player of his generation and plays with the much revered band La chavannée from the Bourbonnais region of central France. Virtuoso accordionist Luke Daniels tours with the Cara Dillon Band, the Riverdance Orchestra and his critically acclaimed solo projects. Paul James is a saxophonist, bagpiper and singer who plays with the band Blowzabella. Victor Nicholls has collaborated with many jazz and folk musicians playing bass, electric guitar, tuba and electronics in ways that defy easy description.
Commissioned by Anvil Arts www.anvilarts.org.uk
”Seriously first-division musicians. Sounds French, Spanish, Italian, African, free jazz and good old-fashioned Frippertronics.” Living Tradition magazine
“Collect six phenomenal and unusual musicians from France, Italy, Spain and the UK and invite them to play traditional folk music influenced by improvisation and 21st century sound and you get Evening Star. Totally unique.” Yorkshire Post.
“..wonderful tunes, virtuoso playing on an eclectic array of folk and modern instruments .. delivered with great energy and humour..” Basingstoke Gazette