Inspired by the infectious swing & alluring melodies of 1930s gypsy jazz, adorned with the storytelling spirit of Anglo-Celtic folk songs:
Journey through this fun, intoxicating and sincere montage of trans-European roots music with upbeat guitar, finessed cello, dixie-esque clarinet, stomping drums, heartfelt tin whistle, a vintage 1960s electric reed organ and more…
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The band was conceived by Spesh Maloney late one summer’s night in a cafe in Barcelona. The idea: what would happen if you took the intoxicating swing and feel of gypsy jazz, added storytelling songs inspired by English & Celtic folk, and throw in a pinch of bluesy roots & rhythm..? Gypsy-jazzy-rootsy-folk, of course.
At least a decade went past until Spesh finally went in search of the musicians to continue his experiment; Sara, (cello) was a chance encounter at a train station, Greg (drums) was briefly and fortunately between bands, and Laura (clarinet, organ, melodica & tin whistle) was drafted in late one day to rescue a gig with one 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.
You’ll experience the sounds of acoustic gypsy, 12-string and bottle-slide guitars, cello, clarinet, vintage electric reed organ, tin whistle, blues melodica, 3-part harmonies and jazz maracas.