Band photo from 2010
|Genres||Folk, acoustic, instrumental, minimalist, dance|
|Labels||Real World Records|
|Members||Jane Harbour, Alex Vann, Jason Sparkes, Jon Hunt|
Spiro are an instrumental musical group based in Bristol, England. They emerged from the Bristol session scene in 1993, soon settling on a line-up which remains unchanged to this day. They released one album (Lost in Fishponds, 1994) under the name The Famous Five. Their first album under the name Spiro, Pole Star (1997), saw a development of their interest in fusing minimalist classical influences with the traditional music of the North of England. In 2009 they signed to UK label Real World Records, since when they have released two albums, Lightbox (2009) and Kaleidophonica (2012). A new album, "Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow" was recently announced as imminent.
- Jane Harbour (violin, viola)
- Alex Vann (mandolin)
- Jason Sparkes (accordion)
- Jon Hunt (acoustic guitar, cello)
- Lost in Fishponds (recorded as 'The Famous Five') (Uncle, 1994)
- Pole Star (Uncle, 1997)
- Lightbox (Real World Records, 2009)
- Kaleidophonica (Real World Records, 2012)
- Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow (Real World Records, 2015)
- Tassell, Nigel. Spiro. spiromusic.com/about.html. Accessed 2009-10-17.
- Spiro. Real World Records website. Accessed 2009-10-17.
- Spiro WOMAD website. Accessed 2009-10-17.
- Spiro on Myspace. Accessed 2009-10-17.
- Review of Lightbox by Robin Denselow. The Guardian, 19 June 2009.
- Review of Kaleidophonica by Colin Irwin. BBC website, 2012.
- Review of Kaleidophonica by Robin Denselow. The Guardian, 16 February 2012.
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