Spiro are a unique acoustic four-piece band who combine the multi-layered complexity of classical music with the melodic strength of traditional folk tunes and the simplicity and groove of modern loop-based music.
Their approach to composition and performance unlocks an extraordinary emotional response, both on record and in live performance. Proof of Spiro’s success lies in audience reaction in different cultures across the world; wherever they play, people describe similar emotional experiences, despite hearing the music in uniquely personal ways.
It was their shared love of traditional tunes that brought them together in the ’90’s at an acoustic folk session in a Bristol pub. Sourcing tunes that might be 500 years old, Spiro weave these melodies into the compelling new sound-world of the band’s systems-inspired arrangements. Unfettered in their thinking about what’s possible, Spiro rise to the demands of the music. Riffs and tunes explode into life, tussle, win and lose, decay and re-emerge.
Jane Harbour: violin Jason Sparkes: accordion
Alex Vann: mandolin Jon Hunt: acoustic guitar
“Spiro are like Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel – or Steve Reich playing the cider-scented backroom of a village pub. Intense and minimal, they roll out complex arrangements with such ease that you feel your heart lift a few inches above its normal resting place” **** The Word
“It’s all breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure.” fRoots
‘Cinematic, breath-taking and beautiful…traditionally English and yet wholly of the now. Folk has never seemed so relevant.’ ***** Songlines
‘Spiro are that rarity: true English originals’ ***** The Guardian
“…the Reichian shimmering pulse is still at the heart of Spiro’s finely machined modernist version of folk music: …each separate line repetitive yet the whole constantly changing like the surface of an unpredictable sea.” **** Financial Times
“Spiro’s gyroscopic sound swirls guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion lines in euphoric but rigorous folk dances, inspired by minimalist classical music and punk as well as folk music.” Time Out
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here. To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 8 or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.