FATEA Instrumental Album of the Year 2015
“Achingly Beautiful” Songlines Magazine
“Infectious” Maverick Magazine
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners 2011
Moore Moss Rutter are a trio of musicians who are reworking traditional native English tunes and songs into something far more contemporary. They aim to breathe life back into ancient material through complex arrangement, virtuosic musicianship, powerful aesthetic and an ear for detail. Their tools – Violin, Melodeon, Guitar and Voice – may be simple enough, but they allow MMR to take the audience on a journey through utmost subtlety, rustic artisanal beauty, and tempestuous climax.
Their second record, simply dubbed ‘II’, shows proof of their six-year development both as a band and individual musicians. Tom, Archie and Jack have travelled the length and breadth of the UK (and further afield) performing together and honing their craft, but have been involved in a range of important musical projects as individuals, too. These have included EFDSS commissions, Royal Festival Hall performances, and European tours.
Tom Moore has been playing violin since the age of 4, and learnt using the Suzuki Method, an alternative educational philosophy which primarily focuses on teaching the instrument by ear. He is now studying Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to Moore Moss Rutter, Tom also performs with violinist/viola d’amore player John Dipper and duet concertina player Nick Hart in Oss; and has done deputy and session playing for a range of prominent artists including Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Alex Heffes for BBC films, Robert Mitchell, Bellowhead, Antonio Forcione. He is also part of new folk-rock band, False Lights featuring Jim Moray and Sam Carter.
Archie Churchill-Moss is one of England’s top melodeon players. Having been tutored by Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Saul Rose and many others, he is well positioned to carry the baton of virtuosic diatonic accordion tradition. Archie also performs with Breton/Folk/Rock outfit, Dragonsfly, while also studying Biology at Bristol University.
Jack Rutter is a respected guitarist and multi-instrumentalist working within the English tradition. Self taught, he is known for his for his highly rhythmic tune backing, flatpicking and fingerstyle playing. In addition to his contribution to Moore Moss Rutter, Jack plays in the Seth Lakeman Band, and he is in high demand as a session guitarist for numerous other artists and outfits in the British folk scene and further afield. Jack has just graduated with a degree in Countryside Management from Newcastle University.