Journey through this fun, intoxicating and sincere montage of trans-European roots music with upbeat guitar, finessed cello, dixie-esque clarinet, stomping drums, souring violin, heartfelt tin whistle, a vintage 1960s electric reed organ, blues melodica, 3-part harmonies, jazz maracas and more…
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The band was conceived by Spesh Maloney late one night in a cafe in Barcelona. The idea: what would happen if you took the intoxicating swing and feel of hot jazz, added storytelling songs inspired by English & Celtic folk, and throw in a pinch of bluesy roots..?
At least a decade went past until Spesh finally went in search of the musicians to continue his experiment; Greg (drums) was briefly but fortunately between bands, and Laura (clarinet, organ, melodica & tin whistle) was drafted in late one day to rescue a gig, a player short. They all met in the bards own country, Stratford-upon-Avon, a cocktail of dyed-in-the-wool touring musos, classically trained instrumentalists and a celebrated illustrator. Nowadays, Scratchy Beard are found performing at venues and festivals across the country.