Emily & The Simons
Saturday | 13:00 | Temple 2
Anglo-Belgian Balfolk Trio

Emily & the Simons are an Anglo-Belgian Balfolk trio. They met in England’s Peak District, at the folk festival “Skint” and began to perform together professionally soon after. Their music is centred around Emily’s compositions, drawing inspiration from life's encounters and the energy of the dance-floor.

Their style is highly expressive and improvisatory, full of passion, tenderness and playfulness. With a wide repertoire ranging from exquisite, sensual mazurkas to joyful, driving bourrées, their music transports the imagination, stirs the feet and uplifts the spirit.

"I had just a wonderful evening of dancing. There was a real feeling of connection between music and dance, and between musician and dancer. The melodies and harmonies were lovingly crafted, but at the same time there was a sense of exuberance and spontaneity which really brought out the creative side of the dance." Isla Zhang, organiser of Edinbal (Balfolk in Edinburgh)

"Outstanding bal-folk with Belgian and English influence... A lovely trip to the Southbank centre in Bristol for an evening dancing to Emily and her band. Playing a mix of their own tunes and some Belgian trad ones they kept the floor filled with happy dancers all night." Alasdair Paton

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